Generally, electric guitar playing is considered to be a macho thing. The behavior of “guitar heroes” mistreating their instruments, or even smashing or burning them leaves us with no doubt about who’s playground the stage is.
The more I get bored with those heroes, the more I appreciate one of the greatest guitar players cultivating a thing called “woman tone” – a common name for Eric Clapton’s guitar sound in certain songs during the late Sixties when he played Gibson guitars. It is done by simply turning the tone control for the guitar pickup down, while turning the volume control to maximum. With the guitar plugged into a softly overdriven tube amplifier, the result is a characteristic sound that combines rock’s roughness with a wind instrument’s vocal-like voice. Voilá!
guitar & gear: Epiphone Les Paul Custom, Vox AC 15 Heritage, Tube Reverb
Somehow what I’m trying to do here is to give examples of how we can look and listen. “Psychedelic” in this respect is just a code for a different way of perceiving, for shifting perspectives and uncovering hidden meaning.
It may be essential for us all to learn how to be present in the moment, and to experience the Now wherever we are. Awareness is a primary value for the future, as it is already now. And it is something we have control over, something we can begin with right now.
Perhaps it doesn’t fit the concept of this blog all too well, and I know it’s not the most important thing to do to state one’s Weltanschauung in front of other people. But I would feel bad if I wouldn’t give it a try, at least for once.
Here come my personal “Eight Commandments”. For sure I’m not holier than thou, but I’m trying to build my life around them, every day anew.
- Live in order to respect and protect life in it’s many forms.
- Learn how to contain aggression instead of suppressing or falling prey to it.
- Believe in /find your life’s purpose – there is one.
- Believe in what most people call God. Don’t worry about the name.
- Support sustainability. Don’t waste energy and resources.
- Be grateful for every little thing you got. You’ll live much happier by that.
- Be tolerant instead of dogmatic. There’s more than one truth to the world.
- Learn how to think globally instead of just talk and consume globally. This planet is small, precious and vulnerable.
Spreading thoughts like these, and being an example to other people is one of the most powerful means to change the world.
Amen. Thank you.
guitar & gear: Epiphone Les Paul Custom, Vox ToneLab, Tube Reverb
Would it be possible to improvise on just one and the same note? That’s a challenge I imposed on myself one day. Like in meditation, sometimes it’s good to restrict your field of action. When actually trying it, I found out it would be better to add the octave. Is an octave a different note?
I don’t know. But to be one with yourself like this tree, amidst all weathers and despite the loss of some branches – that’s a virtue.
guitar & gear: ’67 Stratocaster, Vox ToneLab SE, Tube Trem
fathoming out [audio:fathoming.mp3]
These two forming a twin entity, you are being invited to enter a door or an entrance to see what’s behind. Thereafter feel the deepness, or measure the unmeasurable like I did by bending my guitar strings more than I ever did before…
guitar & gear: Epiphone Les Paul with Haeussel pickups, Vox AC 50, BSM treble booster, Tube Reverb