A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns

(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.)

23 thoughts on “A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns

  1. This triad understanding was really the point I crossed over from secular “Metallica” guitar player to starting to “fit in” on a worship team! That and getting rid of my ESP and Charvel 🙂

  2. Great post! I really enjoyed it. “Age 26 is the cutoff age for skinny jeans.” Some people I know really need to learn this.

    • Haha! I concur! Well, I’m 16 so I’m still good! 🙂

      By the way, thanks everyone for the advice on the Boss DD-20! I just bought one today! It should be coming in soon!

  3. Mmmmm… Lovers in Japan intro… Wait you have kids?? Okay now I feel terrible for not noticing before lol. Huh. Well, very late congratulations then!

  4. if I didn’t see your name up top, I would have thought that Karl is back with his bullet points! hehe … your comparison of U2 to Rolling Stones is spot on. great points Dan!

    and, yeah, definitely triads … i have a whole series lined up for triads, it’s that important 🙂

  5. Those geardemos are mere showoff these days, they don’t even bother to actually “play” their voxes and gretsches (the new teles).

  6. Glad you guys liked it!

    Guy – If I could find the old embarassing photo that I took with Dimebag Darrell at a guitar clinic, I would have put it in this post. 🙂

    Brandon – you are blessed with some great gear for 16! I had a Kramer Striker, Pignose practice amp, and DOD chorus pedal when I was 16. Yikes!

    Ben – the videos are a good reference for someone looking into the kinds of pedals you need to play in church. It would be nice to hear them walk through the different sounds that they use. The pedalboards all start to look the same after a while.

  7. I have been to Church of the Highlands a number of times. Their guitar players always sound great. I think my wife knows that guy (she used to play keys there). Anyway, nice post. Dig it.

  8. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought the glass in front of those drums were cool.
    I also start looking at a second Gretsch because of that guy though I really don’t need one.

  9. Of course, they can spider their own Google+ site, but it has yet to reach universal adoption.
    In addition to this tactic, a good SEO business and
    its professionals give individualistic attention to each and every project.

    SEO (search engine optimization) is a term that is freely bandied about by
    people who like to make the art of internet marketing seem mysterious.

    My website … social media marketing uses

  10. Sunless spray tanning helps to reduce hyperpigmentation scarring which are either purple, red
    or brown marks left behind on the skin as a result
    of acne lesion heals. So, not only do you get a different
    shade while experimenting with different looks, you also look years younger.
    The main office handles all the appointments for any
    mobile services that are offered in Charlotte.

    Look at my website chloe sims quick weave ponytail styles

  11. However, whatever ready made bait you favour, it is a fact that
    you can create even more potent baits using a totally new level of
    knowledge and the reasons for you being able to defeat any ready made
    bait are endless. Presently there are lots of stunning places which includes the Wroxham Boat Hire that is the top sailing region.
    Her husband, Ian, is a pilot at the New River Air Station near Camp Lejeune.

    Here is my website … above ground pool deck ideas

  12. FDA laser safety standards for identification, each 5-10 minutes, every 1
    to 2 times will be able to achieve the maximum effect, general hair loss after three weeks there will be improved signs of immature hair
    growth hair loss site, in the course of treatment after three months, you can see the thicker and darker hair grow.

    However, it comes with a relatively steep price tag of $500 or more.

    Warm water opens up the cuticle allowing you to
    clean the hair shaft, but if you use warm water to rinse your hair the cuticle will stay open allowing moisture in and
    the hair shaft to swell.

    my web site: laser light hair growth therapy

  13. Everyone wants cheap bait these days but the big problem is that cheap often means rubbish.
    For instance at a time when anglers where sticking rigidly to the mantra of 3
    to 5 milliliters of flavour, plus 1 to 2 milliliters of
    intense sweetener to a pound of base mix or more, as
    measured by 4 large eggs or 6 medium eggs as a basis of measurement, I tried other approaches and reaped big rewards against much more experienced anglers.
    If you’re worried about your stored wine going bad in the heat
    of your boat, you need to invite me over.

    Feel free to visit my blog; deck restore how to apply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.