A new video from me and my great friends, the Men of Great Courage-"Come Out to the Woods" directed by Richard Marr-Griffin.
Jim Berger- Bass
Rick Couto- Drums
Jonathan Gregg- Steel Guitar
Bob Kirkman - Banjo
Richard Reed - Keys
I play the guitar in my band and when we play a gig, I use a few different stomp boxes.
They are: compressor, micro-amp, distortion, tremelo and echo.
These pedals come in handy when I'm trying to create a vibe or make the note take a different kind of life.
Lately, in rehearsal, I've been plugging directly into my amp using no stomps boxes.
There is definitely something to be said about plugging into an amp, turning it up to its sweet spot and playing. In rehearsal I use a low wattage amp (12 watts) and it breaks up pretty nicely at a reasonable volume. However, when you're used to using stomp boxes it can be a challenge to play naked.
I don't know if it's more enjoyable to play directly plugged into the amp but it definitely is a good work out. I find myself forced to play with more definition and less flash. I think that's a good thing. I haven't put the stomp boxes away but I do try to use them more judiciously and try to get more out of the fingers, strings and amp.
Here's a tune I wrote and recorded at home. In the tradition of Slim Harpo, here's a song for celebrating. 'Let's Celebrate' Hope these times find you happy and hope this tune makes you a little happier-
Mark plays music in the New England area mostly in RI with various bands. He used to tour around the country but now tests software during the day in Boston and plays music in the night time. Mark hopes to retire some day and just make music all night long.