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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!

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.