First off, I hate, loathe, despise, abhor, dislike, and detest rehearsals. I practice my ass off and expect that people who call themselves professionals should have the song lists that they faxed us weeks ago fucking nailed shut. Another thing I hate about rehearsals is that they inhibit improvisation. It's a very human thing to slide into comfortable lines that you know will get you approval. Thing is that gets stale and sounds, well, fucking rehearsed
pretty quickly. I'd much rather stretch and take chances. I ain't afraid to suck out there sometimes. It's the price you pay for reaching that high.
We are doing a cover of floyd's Comfortably Numb
it works incredibly well with our front's vocals and style.
I'm using my Line6 Variax
on this one and I start it out in drop D tuning and modeling a Ricky 12. I am using a preset on the amp called Memphis Clean, with about 3 points of reverb and a decent dose of chorus effect thrown in. It's a shimmering otherworldly set.
Now for the fun part. At the last of the vocals. I stomp my amp over to another preset that's based on The Thrill is Gone, a piercing blues setting with gobs and gobs of sustain. Then I make two clicks on the guitar which changes it to a vintage SG in an open D tuning, snatch up a pill bottle and commence to wail. The first time I did that the other guitar player was totally frozen. Dude couldn't move, fucking paralyzed. The look on our star's face was priceless, wonder, and approval. When we were finished she said "I think this is our blowoff."