Examples of live looping used in melodic post-bop jazz are few and far between. Here Aki Ishiguro demonstrates spot on technical ability in the service of gorgeous lyricism.
It might be stretching it a bit to call Tim Olive a guitarist. His instrument generally has a single string that he attacks as much as plays. But if Keith Rowe is a guitarist, then we must suppose so is Olive—just a minimalist version. It is ultimately harder to make music out of noise than notes, but Olive succeeds more often than he fails, serving as a fine example to those who toil in the garden of chaotic improvisation, attempting to grow something beautiful in the soil of pure sound.
My review of the Zoom MS-100BT MultiStomp Guitar Pedal with Bluetooth will be coming up in Guitar Player magazine in the next couple of months, but until then check ou J.A. Deane’s rundown of the MS-50 G. “Dino” is a titan of improv and live sampling and knows whereof he speaks.
These Zoom units offer a plethora of classic and zany effects that sound great and all fit in one small pedal space on your board or table.
If you are asking: “Dear Guitar Moderne, how do I use my new wah wah pedal?” Look no further than this video. Melvin ”Wah-Wah Watson“ Ragin is the acknowledged master. Check out how he combines wah and delay to add color and texture as well as rhythm.
The b3 Water is part of Gene Baker’s new line of guitars featuring five models based on the Chinese elements: Fire, Water, Earth, Wood, and Metal. It offers a modification of the archetypical semi-hollow double cutaway in the Gibson ES-335 mode.
Tremolo is not just an effect for roots musicians. It can be used in a variety of musical applications, with the choppier forms especially suited to modern guitar playing. Like all their pedals, Jam pedals’ new tremolo is handmade in Greece.
This is the first Guitar Moderne review to feature a dedicated video demo, so be kind.
If you have missed Bill Ruppert’s Effectology demos of Electro-Harmonix pedals, you have been denied the experience of seeing how an effect should be demonstrated. An obviously brilliant player, Ruppert always subsumes his chops to showing the possibilities of the pedal. Here is his presentation of the E-H Epitome, a truly synergistic multieffect.