Hi my name is Wayne... and I am an Effects Addict. J/K.
It's late, and I've been jamming away. The house is now silent and I was just reflecting. I have a lot of gear. Recently went on another binge again and picked up a few neat toys locally used off craigslist. The one I'm fooling around with the most currently is a Line6 FM4 Filter Modeler.
The pedal really got the juices going, and I've got an idea for a Funk version of Days of Elijah with 70's funk bass part and some serious funk guitar. (picture auto-wah/envelope filter and Bootsy Collins!) The voice box effect let me build a groove off a 80's Journey style riff into Fall On Me.
I was warned that the pedal itself is pretty "out there". I don't think I could use a lot of the effects in a live-type setting (especially the synth effects as I'd be worried they wouldn't track that well live), however the envelope filters and voice box effects are great. Just got to find that right part and not over do it.
Anybody else out there been fooling around with some gear or something neat that just got the juices going? Let me know. Got anything weird and funky?
(I guess this thread is just a sad way for me to justify my gear habit...)
I suffer from the same thing, I've got an entire board planned with some new pedals, basically I'm bouncing around with the idea, phaser, tremolo, chorus, and a delay. I'm playing with a wah, distortion, and volume currently. The mix of the three, although seems minimal, can produce some fun late-at-night sounds. Especially when thrown in with guitar techniques, wah with a glass side for example.
But our impulsive gear acuisition can be used for good. As more and more worship music is coming out, and more of us are writing, more and more genres are being touched. The use of the effects may just bring about a new worship song that appeals to some new people and helps bringing them to Christ. Music has the power to do amazing things.
One of the guitar players in our worship team was a gear junkie, but not in a good way. I remember a particular Sunday morning when he left his amp, distortion, and phaser on. The whole sermon was backed up by the static hiss phasing in and out... SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHssssssssssssssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHH....]yikes.
One of our vocalists left a mic on one time pointing towards my amp, she went to be seated while I, the lead whorship guy, and two others remained up. Every few seconds I would hear this screeching, and wondering why my equipment hated me. When we investigated the cause behind our tech mis-happenings, we found the mic left on pointing at me and subsequently screeching as a result of feedback,
Interesting. Glass slide + wah? I've got my Dunlop glass slide that I've taken out for some intros/riffs for some songs. I've done Bryan Adams' Back to You and U2's City of Blinding Lights type of things. However, I've never tried it with the wah before. That's something totally new.
I like the slide sound. I mean I was contemplating a lap steel just to get better at it with a more pure tone. I just find it a lot effort as a lot of weeks I'm playing and leading (singing) too. Taking the slide on and off was so troublesome (once I stuck in my mouth for a chorus and got a lot comments how silly it looked!),
However I found the glass only OK. I only picked it because my fingers are relatively small, and the Glass slide was smaller than the Nickel or Brass ones. I might try one of the metal ones later on, to see if I like the tone better.
The best way to be a gear head is to be good friends with someone who is a bigger gear head. Since to get new pedals they'll need money, you can not only buy their old stuff used for less $$$, but you can try them out first!
I've demoed and bought a Voodoo Sparkle Drive, BOSS Trem, DD-5, DL-4 (had to get new, he wouldn't give it up!) from my good friend and fellow gear head!
I definitely gotta agree with Daniel. I can't remember which model, but it a BOSS effect board, worth about $350, instead of dishing that much, I tried out one a friend had, and I like it, but not enough to buy it for that much, so hence our next band upgrading I'll buy his when he buys another.
That's a great idea. However, unfortunately in this case I'm the 'friend'. Of my 12-14 guitars, a large number are on loan to others. I got amps and pedals all over the place on what seems like semi-permanent loan.
I do try to buy a lot stuff used off Craigslist/Kijiji to keep the costs down.
But until I started playing electric at this Church, everyone was just using piano and acoustic guitar, dry with no effects. Slowly, I've been introducing new sounds and styles. Some days it's a struggle. 10 years ago they didn't have drums. Another church one of our pastors worked at before didn't allow electric guitar (only acoustics). 15 years ago it was Hymns and Organ every week.
Somebody has to be the ground breaker I guess. Sometimes it's just the cost of our convictions.
Very much like my church. I grew up in an old Anglican church and it was all Book of Common Praise with the music belted out by an aged congregation and choir...I was the youngest person in the entire church besides my brother...who's also my drummer. We started bringing other instrumentation in, more people go now. Praise and and Worship needs to be accesible for everyone, sometimes the old school stuff just doesn't have the same feel for younger generations and they lose interest in it. Worship doesn't need a distinct genre. just a joyous sound (Psalm 100:1-3)
We're all worship leaders so I guess we all know how difficult it can be to break the mold and do something new.
Similar experience here. 3 years ago, we didn't have drums, just piano for hymns and guitars for praise music. Now we have a full band and sometimes electric guitar (depends on who we have). We went from a 50% seating fill to 80%. I'm not sure it's all the music, but I do think it brings people. If all you do is hymns with piano, it's perceived as cold and soul-less. Add some more instrumentation and friendly faces on stage who enjoy praising the Lord in song and people feel a warmer welcome and more freedom to be open in their own worship.
It's kind of silly how certain instruments are considered the tool of the devil. I guess the thoughts from Kim Smith's book are still pervasive out there.
A movie I think all worship leaders and christian musicians, and musicians in general should see is Hells Bells 2. It talks about the ideas of music and how it can effect the soul and relation to scripture. It's really good. Instruments can be the tool of the devil, but it lies on use and perception. But my parents left the church because of the old organ and old people trying to sing, it just wasn't welcoming. Now that I've shown them the contemporary worship we perform, as well as our renditions of old hymns, they're more receprive to going to church again. I"m of the school of thought that music is a very powerful tool, it has to power to do amazing things, to lift people higher, to create something great, but it has a flip side, it can cause damage and change a person's train of thought for the worse. And even using distortion and all these effects like we were talking about some percieve as blasphemous in worship. Which I think is silly. The book of Psalms says to make a joyful sound in praise, it doesn't say, thou shalt not use a Les Paul with reverb, distortion, and wah.