Category Archives: Gigging

Peace Day 2010

My friends, before I can tell you all about my wonderful gig this past evening, I must digress and apologize for the tone of this post.  You see, of late, my wife has been relentlessly renting what Netflix calls “British Drama With Strong Female Leads”.  I’m afraid these movies have had a lasting impression on my mind and, thusly, have affected my speech. 

But my excitement will not allow me to delay any further.  Oh, what a wonderful celebration it was indeed.  We, my wife and I, as Simple Souls, were lucky enough to enlist the help of the great Lisa (Dr. Do-Little) Santoso (of the party band Wylder) and her friend and neighbor, Greg Ennis.  These musicians of great talent helped propel our sound to another level!  And I cannot begin to describe what wonderful and supportive people they are!  We had so many laughs together!

The said engagement was held at The Judge’s Inn.  What a terrific venue it is!  The staff and food are top notch.  What a perfect place to celebrate Peace Day with songs!

It was a splendid time and I only wish you could have been there to share it with us (thank you to those who were there)!

This would not be a proper ckyoung music blog post without mention of gear.  I used my trusted Larrivee.  Although I had been practicing and intending to make use of my newly purchased Martin, unfortunately, I found out late that I was without my LR Baggs Acoustic DI pedal which I was planning on using to help shape the sound of the Martin since the Martin does not have an on-board active preamp.  It was most fortunate that I had remembered to bring the Larrivee as a backup.  I plugged it in directly into the board and made good use of it’s pre-amp controls!  I don’t know what I would have done without it!

But I do hope someday soon I’ll find the opportunity to use the Martin in a live situation and hear it roar proudly.  In fact, of late, I start to wonder of what use do I have of the Takamine.  It seems so thin and pale in comparison.  It should consider itself lucky that it remains to be the easiest acoustic guitar to play in my arsenal.Oh, I hope I do find that DI pedal soon!  It is so useful.  I’m not sure if I can survive long without it!  Time will see…

Once again, I must sign off.  Thank you for keeping with me.  I do so enjoy our visits.

And please do not be weary.  I promise I will post a guitar lesson in due time.

Peace to you all!

Benefit Gig, 2nd Year

I’m pretty psyched about playing the benefit gig again for a local volunteer firehouse.  We have about a month to put the set together (just like last year).  Some of the songs from last year are going to make it into this year’s list.  Some we’re replacing.  So we have about 6 new tunes to learn.  Not bad….

Again, J&H sounds great.  I don’t have my Mesa Boogie MkIIb anymore.  I’ll be playing through a little Fender Pro Jr.  I’ve been using this for jams.  And I also used this at the recital.

I’ve been getting some positive comments on it which helps.  Over the years, I’ve been so used to having a “big” amp (60W, 100W, etc.).  Now I don’t have one and am depending on this little guy and just keeping my fingers crossed that it sounds okay.

Actually, I love this little guy.  In fact, it makes me wonder what I’ve been lugging a heavy amp around for all those years!  Well… this little guy only has a 10′ cone so it doesn’t get very deep.  But it does alright and I love the responsiveness.  I’m not sure if the Mesa Boogie preamp tubes have anything to do with it.

In any case, it’s going to be a great time!  I’m going to use the wireless this time and I’ll be able to move around the stage more.  Instead of using the piezo out of the Brian Moore, I’m going to try using a A/B switch going into a Boss Acoustic Simulator.  It sounds okay.  Totally worth it for the freedom!

The IDP Gig & The Larrivee

Simple Souls, my original project, played at The Peaceful Center last night.

What a great night!  So much fun!  The band did a great job!  Tim and Kim, the new members, worked really hard in the past few weeks learning new songs and working out parts.  We’re so happy to have them in the band.

My board starting having some problems in the last few weeks, though.  The XLR input to channel 5 is not working.  It’s now dedicated to 1/4″ only (ie guitars).  Channel 7 is completely dead.  I think it’s the gain knob.  But despite all that, we were able to get everything mic-ed.  Overall, the system did a very good job.

I’ve been using my Larrivee a lot since I got it. It’s pretty much my main guitar for all gigs. But I haven’t used it with another guitarist.

The other guitarist, Tim, is using two Taylors both with the Expression System (6-string and 12-string). They both sound awesome! So the trick was to make sure the Larrivee and the Taylors blended well together. I wanted them to have distinct voices and compliment each other.

Man, I love the controls on this guitar. It has a pre-amp by B-Band. I think the model is A6..? B-Band now has different models and Larrivee is now putting in LR Baggs systems. In any case… This is a “dual source” system with an AST pickup (acoustic soundboard transducer) and UST pickup (under saddle transducer). It has a slider for blending the two signals. I find that I’m about 90% on the UST side.

Before this, being the only guitar in the band, I had no need to play with the controls other than the EQ. For this, I found the phase switch to be really helpful. Although, I’m still trying to figure out how to use the notch and frequency controls effectively.

During the gig, I was increasing my volume for solos. But at some point, I found that I wasn’t cutting through as much as I’d like. So I increased my mids also and that did the trick. Awesome! Remember: mids is your friend!

Now I just need to fix up my board so I can get a volume pedal and tuner back in my chain.  And maybe the LR Baggs Para DI too.

The Wedding Gig

Last night, Ten Pound Tiger, my acoustic cover band, played at a friend’s wedding. We’re not normally a wedding band but this was a last minute thing and we decided to do it.

So we had to look at our set list and make sure we didn’t play certain songs because they wouldn’t be appropciate for a wedding. The thing I noticed was that most of the songs I picked fell into this category!

Bad Day – Fuel
Missin’ Your Love – Johnny Lang
Apologize – One Republic
For You – Staind
Oops I Did It Again – Britney Spears (actually we ended up playing this anyway)
Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
Diary of Jane – Breaking Benjamin
Believe – Cher
Love Song – Sarah Bareilles
Stay – Lisa Loeb
You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
Enter Sandman – Metallica

What can I say… I’m just a depressing guy. But maybe we can get gigs doing funerals..?!

Benefit Gig

A friend of mine invited me to play with his band for a benefit gig coming up on August 1st. The set is going to be:

1 My Own Worst Enemy – Lit
2 All the Small Things – Blink 182
3 She Likes Me For Me – Blessed Union of Souls
4 Semi Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
5 Brian Wilson – Bare Naked Ladies
6 Mr. Brightside – The Killers
7 Machinehead – Bush
8 When I Come Around – Green Day
9 Possum Kingdom – The Toadies
10 Sleep Now In the Fire – Rage Against the Machine
11 Gives you Hell – All American Rejects
12 Interstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots
13 Long Division – Death Cab For Cutie
14 Fire – Jimi Hendrix
15 Mollys Chamber – Kings of Leon

We had our 1st practice last night. So far, so good.

I’m just glad that my equipment worked okay (for the most part)! I haven’t played with my electric gear for a long time. And I lend out some of my pedals and I was afraid I wasn’t going to have the right gear for the right sound. But the Jekyll & Hyde stepped up, as usual, and did an awesome job!

The Brian Moore (i8) did a great job too. Played very well and sounded pretty nice. But I miss the PRS (CE24)!