(by Guest Blogger Dan at Maple Neck)

  • I watched Bono & Edge do their Spiderman song on American Idol. Mancard revoked.
  • How many more albums does U2 have until they become the Rolling Stones? By that, I mean a touring act that sells out stadiums and releases new albums that no one buys. My friend called it the transition from great band to band covering its own songs. The ultimate cover band is the original band itself? Yeah, we’re getting meta here.
  • Bono is an advanced genius. According to Jason Hartley, an advanced genius sees what went wrong, and then does it more wrong, until everyone realizes that it was actually right all along.
  • Dear Harold Camping, thanks for turning the story of God’s love for his people into a prop from a bad Nicolas Cage movie – wait, would that be National Treasure or Knowing? Did anyone else get a little bit of stand-up comedy from their pastor last Sunday?
  • I haven’t bought anything this year. I can’t post on Show me your pedalboards #17 or the neatest pedalboard (so very TGP!) thread. Cue tiny man playing world’s tiniest violin.
  • I am closing a deal for the best small midi foot controller that I will be using with the new Timeline. I have a SMS alert on my gmail for any emails from Strymon. Mental illness sometimes looks like preparedness.
  • TC Electronic – you’ve almost sold me a Flashback. Can I get a Steven Seagal toneprint?

  • Starbucks is the Line 6 DL-4 of Coffee. They created this market for coffee in the US but they’re not the best or coolest thing anymore.
  • Single cup drip coffee using organic shade grown beans would be the Echoczar.
  • You still see the DL-4 on the boards of people who play to 1,000 – 100,000 people a night. Before people got all crazy about analog dry path, soft switches, subdivisions, stereo ins and outs, updatable firmware, the DL-4 was kinda groundbreaking in 99.
  • You had to go rack in the 90’s if you wanted to do what we can do with delay pedals today. It was the dark ages I tell you!
  • Favorite DL-4 user? Minus the Bear or Reggie Watts
  • I told my friend to stop buying Line 6 stuff because he didn’t like mushy sounding delays. You like crispy delays – get a DD20.
  • Hammock uses Line 6 pedals. Really.
  • Dinosaur vs Bedtime is a great book to read with your kids. Timefactor wins.
  • Do you want to make your guitar sound like a keyboard? Delay – Reverb – Delay – Reverb. You’re welcome. :)
  • I really need to stop trying to sound like a keyboard player.
  • Voodoo Lab is in my town and I drive near their office after I drop off my kids at preschool. By kids, I mean my actual kids not my collection of pedals. I’m tempted to stop and ask them when the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power Versa is coming out. Never? OK, how about the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power Digital?
  • My friend showed me a $20 Red Bear pick. I thought it was a little nutty but I can’t judge with the amount that I’ve spent on instrument cables.
  • There should be a site called drummersbehindglass.tumblr.com where you can look at all of the ridiculous plexiglass setups people are using in church. I was watching this video and this might be the most beautiful curved glass that I’ve ever seen.
  • Guitarists – so you think you are being persecuted when they ask you to turn down on stage or put your amp off stage? Try to play after being put into a terrarium!
  • You know what’s nice about that video? The camaraderie among worship team members. I played at a place before where everyone was kinda aloof. Or maybe just young and angsty. But it was a weird vibe.
  • Solid snare tone, accenting, and groove. Drummers, we can recognize a good drummer.
  • How do you know that you’re old? When you shake someone’s hand and they try to go “hip handshake” on you. You can only do normal? OLD!
  • No Strymon pedals on your board? OLD!
  • Age 26 is the cutoff age for skinny jeans.
  • We’ve been checking out a new church and I’m convinced that their soundboard has a yearning knob. There is something really authentic and goosebumpy about the way that they worship. Early U2? Yearning knob on 10.
  • I spent 15 minutes this morning going through live Phil Wickham youtube videos with my friend to give him pedal chain advice for this Sunday. Youtube as worship prep tool is amazing.
  • People using youtube as indirect product support or telling you that they’re buying a pedal based on your video = confusing.
  • Part 2 of the web is a funny thing. I had a soundguy say that he saw my 2-12 cabinet in a picture on my friend’s website and that he was worried about me bringing it into their reflective room. I commend you on your preparation/mild stalking but I only brought a 1-12. Played at volume below what I use at home. Crisis averted.
  • Crossing my fingers that Future of Forestry will tour around here in July. A little Sigur Ros’y but I love the ladies and gentleman we are floating in space moment on this song:

  • Can a great intro guitar part make a whole song? Yes, Coldplay “Lovers in Japan” and Longwave “Wake Me When It’s Over”

  • Flip Video cam is clipping big time so it looks like I will need to get an interface if I want to do any new videos. Can you mike your cab properly people – you win.
  • My friend asked me what he should work on to get better. Triads. I’m on the same wavelength as Rhoy.
  • You don’t even need the whole chord. You can play the 1 and the 3 on the A and B strings or the 1 and the 5 on the low E and B string to outline the chord.
  • Thank You. That’s my time.

(Dan is an ultra-experienced worship and professional guitarist from the Bay Area in California. He runs the blog Maple Neck.)