Musician & guitar player for over 40 years, I compose, arrange and perform in various genres. Music scores, jingles, for my own use or on demand. I also dub in foreign languages for films, advertising, commentaries or broadcasts.
2020 marks the 58th year since I held my first guitar in my hands. It's been a long way, a journey with a lot of experiences and anecdotes.
I did play live on several venues in France, from 1972 to 2005. I love it. Contact with the audience is a frightening/marvelous feeling... !
I have been basically influenced, like many guitar players I suppose, by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Peter Green and mainstream blues players like the Kings (Freddie, Albert and BB.).
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Michael Bloomfield, Jeff Healey, Paul Kossoff, Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore were also between my favorite guitar players. So are Eddie Van Halen, Leslie West, Joe Bonamassa, Paul Gilbert, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons, Buddy Whittington, David Gilmour, Johnny Winter, Mick Taylor, Popa Chubby, Keith Scott, George Marinelli, Keith Richards, Mick Jones, Ritchie Blackmore, as well as less renown brilliant guitarists: Todd Sharp, Ana Popovic and last but not least, Alan Mirikitani (BB Chung King & Buddaheads).
My roots are the blues. This music expresses your deep feelings and helps you to get along.
I came back to playing more intensively after the Stevie Winwood/Eric Clapton tour back in 2010.
It triggered a lot of memories from the 60's and 70's and led me to dig out a lot of things I had in stand-by.
My favorite channels on YouTube are the ones featuring :
- Shawn Tubbs: brilliant Nashville guitarist. Has an awesome technique for "outside the box" playing;
- R.J. Ronquillo: great Philippino guitar player & YouTuber;
- Jarle Bernhoft, a Norwegian phenomenon. He represents the one-man band at its top level. A huge voice and beautiful compositions and videos. Total fan !
- Brett Kingman, an Australian guitarist who does a lot of demos for effect pedals. A brilliant player and a nice guy;
- Juca Nery, a Portuguese guitar player/teacher who also does a lot of demos, great sound and playing Jose !
- Phil X who does guitar demos for Fretted Americana : Phil is crazy (that's why we love him ;-) and an awesome guitar player, singer and composer. With his band, the Drills, he produced a few records, very inventive and well thought. I'm a great fan;
- Lyle Watt : another guitar wizard. This Scottish guy published videos from when he was 15 ! A very accomplished musician with a breathtaking technique and mastering of guitar playing.
Watching those guys, and other sites - like the ToneQuest - I was led to discover a bunch of less known, but fantastic, musicians: Pete Anderson, Mark Selby, Diesel (also known as Mark Lizotte), Mark Seymour (no, I do not develop a fixation on Marks), James Reyne, Rob Tognoni between others. Australia has a lot of great talents besides the Young brothers !
Speaking of new talents, watch those names: Sam Coulson and Aynsley Lister, Aydan Watkins, Aaron Hiebert, James Bell and... Lyle Watt: you're bound to hear more of them in the future !
I gave away almost all of the analogic equipment I had accumulated over the years.
I kept a few items though: effect pedals like the Ibanez TubeScreamer, a VOX Pathfinder, a Yamaha TX802 expander.
As my main amp, I use a Dr.Z Maz 18 with a Celestion G12H75 Creamback. The Chime of a VOX, the growl of a Marshall, with a touch of magic from Dr. Z ;-)
Killer sound !
Alternatively, I use an Award Session Blues Baby 22 with A Tayden Classic Ruby G12-50 speaker. A light, versatile amp that reproduces BlackFace to Marshally sounds without the hassle of Valves. Takes pedals very well.
I use a lot GarageBand on the iPad, which is mainly why I bought one. Very handy as a quick notepad for musical ideas.
My guitars are :
- a Schecter Strat of 1985 with MonsterTone pups and a passive parametric EQ. I added a Floyd Rose whammy back in the 90's. A great-sounding Strat with a D birdseye maple neck.
- a Duesenberg Senior 52, which I bought 2nd hand early 2012 at a very attractive price. I love its neck, D profile, sound - due to the P 90 - and looks ! A great, chambered guitar with a unique flair.
- a GS Mini acoustic from Taylor guitars. I went to the Taylor road-show and was literally blown away by the sound of this guitar. A shorter scale, with a huge sound. Beats all the others, including Martins and Gibsons I have tried.
- a Taylor Barytone 8, that you can see in my photos. A special 8 string guitar, tuned from B to B. A fantastic resonance on bass strings and nice projection on the doubled medium A and D strings. One has to get used with it but it combines greatly with a regular guitar on harmonies.
- April 2013: custom BTO Telecaster. Light Ash body, TransWhite colour, Seymour Duncan bridge pickup, the neck pickup is a Gibson mini-humbucker, the volume knob has a phase inverter, solid Rutters bridge with compensated brass saddles. Sheer pleasure, great sound :) For more info, see my post on TDPRI http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/408063-my-voodoocaster.html All maple neck replaced by a Warmoth Strat Birdseye maple neck with Rosewood fretboard and vintage-style tuners
- I own a 5 string bass, an Argo 5.1 by Clover basses, a German manufacturer who does a superb work and an Eden Nemesis 4x10 200 watt amplifier combo.
- I acquired a Collings I35LC. An excellent, pre-owned instrument at an affordable price. This guitar is a player's dream. Everything in the conception, construction, electronics, neck profile, playability, sound, is just perfect. It is kind of a scaled-down ES 335, but with a mojo of its own. The attention to every detail is stunning. The Lollar Imperials play a good role as well. A beautiful, resonant guitar, obviously the gem of my collection.
- Sold my Piano Black Duesenberg Starplayer III.
- 2016: a lovely amber NightHawk ST3 from Gibson that I picked in Milan. Gone in 2020.
- June 2017, I traded in my Squier 51 for a Warmoth ThinLine assembly, with a mahogany neck and Rosewood fretboard, stainless steel frets, 2 Seymour Duncan SH-2 PU with a split switch. This one goes from Twang to Jazz, from Country to Rock, its early 50's C shape neck with satin nitro finish allowing lots of comfort.
- January 2018: The 71' Les Paul went to Holland for a fair price and I've got me 2 great new guitars: one is a Warmoth SuperStrat, Honduran Mahogany body, figured Koa table, mahogany neck and Pau Ferro fretboard. A very nice SRV shaped neck and 3 Suhr pickups. The other one is a Suhr Quilt Tele with P-90's (now gone).
- October 2018: Out goes the Koa SuperStrat after a few mods and in comes a blue-flamed PRS DGT model. All stock, does not need any mod being perfectly versatile with its 2 splittable humbuckers, separate volumes. Spectacular !
- 2019: I went for Gibson's re-issued George Harrisson '64 SG, with historic appointments, a big round neck and a VOS finish. The Beatles' Revolver sound !
- 2020: a Sonic Blue Telecaster with Radioshop '52 pickups, 5 way switch, Musikraft chunky roasted maple neck
- A Sunburst Kauer Starlighter offset boutique guitar, very organic, with lightweight alloy TonePro's bridge and tailpiece, SD's Whole Lotta Humbuckers: lots of overtones, harmonics and sustain.
- Gordon Smith GS 1000 Ltd double cut: smooth Spanish cedar body and D tapered neck with turtoise binding. Light, feat. a single pickup that sounds like Malcolm Young when split.
And finally, after 48 years, my search is over; I found the Les Paul of my wildest dreams. Tiger flamed washed cherry top, mahogany body and neck, early 50 profile, dark rosewood fretboard, 2x Alnico III CustomBuckers, VOS finish and tulip green Kluson tuners. Lightweight NON chambered (8.25 lbs). A monster tone machine with the looks. Can't put her down...!
I use an array of harmonicas in different keys, a JetSlide guitar slide (cheers Gary ;-), various metal and glass bottlenecks, an Ensoniq keyboard, an M-Audio BlackBox and
Although I did not choose to pursue a career in music, it was and still is my main attraction.
I worked for a company in 1973 that produced and recorded artists as well as manufactured mixing consoles. We used one of the first 24 tracks to record Miles Davis, Albert and Freddie King, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint (not less than 8 mikes for the drumset), Memphis Slim, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Millie Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Fats Domino, Roy Buchanan, Canned Heat, Roxy Music, Focus, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Ralph Mc Tell, Carole King, Lynn Carey and so many others that leave quite a bit of memories... I had my 20th birthday celebrated together with Chico Hamilton, whom I had recorded live just before. Having "happy birthday" sung to you by a renown Jazzman is something one does not forget !
I suppose Internet is a wonderful tool to express oneself and that it is gradually going to take over the traditional way of making/playing music.
Long live Rock and Roll ! ;-)