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January 07, 2009

Added a guitar solo to a friend's tune

My good old friend Mathias contacted me the other day and asked if I could add a guitar solo to a tune he recorded. Sure, I said! Mathias and I used to play together in a fusion band called Local Gossip, back when I lived in Sweden. He's a great keyboard player and musician, and this time he added some vocals too.

I fired up my Line 6 Toneport, my Suhr and my MacBook Pro. I use GarageBand for recording, mostly because it is so simple and easy to work with. It doesn't have a lot of fancy things to it, but I like that. I'm a simple man...

This song is called "Give Me" and it has a key change halfway through the solo. I realize I've been so much into blues for last few years, so that playing lead over a song like this was quite difficult. I had to try a few takes to see what kind of stuff would sound good.

I used a Marshall Plexi model on the Toneport together with the tube screamer model. It seems I lean towards that amp model anytime I want some good rock tones, although I like most of the available amps on the Toneport. Most of them can be tweaked to sound pretty good. Well I guess I'm not a great fan of the Insane Distortion stuff, but it can be cool too!

Have a listen and let me know what you think of my solo!

Listen to the tune Give Me by Mathias Aberg.

It might sound a bit different that the stuff I usually play, let me know your feedback. I hope to do more collaborations with Mathias, and perhaps other musicians too. It doesn't really matter where people are in the world - the Internet connects us nicely for musical collaborations like this.

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on January 07, 2009

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