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Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

GT: Do you have a type of pick that you can’t live with­out? (Make/gauge and why) DA: I can use most any­thing. I now use my fin­gers a lot as well. But I love Dun­lop Tor­tex Picks. Ei­ther .88 or 1.00. I play hard live so I like a thick plec­trum. GT: If you had to give up all your ped­als but three, what would they be? (And why) DA: I would for sure keep a Dun­lop MC0404 wah-wah. It’s just a killer wah. I would keep my Ma­jik Box DARF Rocket Fuel Sig Pedal. It’s a su­per Fat Over­drive that boosts lows along with the mids, which is very im­por­tant to me. It’s got a Bass Shift switch and a sep­a­rate clean boost that is very dif­fer­ent to the OD side. You can use both to­gether to if you wanna go nuts! Right now the third would be a DVK Fuzz Cho­rus. It’s my favourite fuzz ever and the cho­rus side does a killer Uni­vibe too. GT: Do you play another in­stru­ment well enough to be in a band? (If so what, and have you ever done it?) DA: Bass. I could play in a band no prob­lem. I have played bass on all the orig­i­nal demos for Whites­nake over the last few years in­clud­ing some that are on the up­com­ing Whites­nake record. GT: Do gui­tar ca­bles re­ally make a dif­fer­ence? What make are yours? DA: Yep, they re­ally mat­ter. I’ve used Mogami since the late 80s when I met Bob Bradshaw for the first time. He used to make me cus­tom ca­bles and my gui­tar al­ways sounded more full­spec­trum. I use the short­est run of a cable lead as pos­si­ble. I like Switchcraft ends also. GT: Is there any­one’s play­ing (past or present) that you’re slightly jeal­ous of? DA: Ev­ery­one! I can re­ally only play the way I do. I love so many peo­ple’s play­ing... I might say I am se­ri­ously jeal­ous of Michael Lan­dau, Duane All­man, Se­govia... GT: Your stu­dio is burn­ing down: which gui­tar do you sal­vage? DA: That’s too hard! The guitars I have are price­less to me. They are all like chil­dren. If it was gonna be one, I guess it would be Gold­top Les Paul. GT: What’s your favourite amp and how do you set it? DA: I have a 79 Mar­shall JMP that I bought in 1981. It’s just an amaz­ing amp. I’ve used it on ev­ery­thing I ever recorded. It’s got ex­tra big fil­ter caps in it and it has a nice bot­tom to it. Joe Sa­tri­ani bor­rowed it for the Ex­trem­ist record as well as Sully from Gods­mack for the live DVD. GT: What kind of ac­tion do you have on your guitars? (Any par­tic­u­lar quirks etc?) DA: I like it to be slightly higher than nor­mal be­cause it sounds bet­ter if it doesn’t buzz. But if it’s too high, it doesn’t in­to­nate and then the tun­ing is off. It’s a feel thing I think, de­pend­ing on the player. Some guys love ex­tra low ac­tion, but for me medium-high is bet­ter. GT: Who was your first in­flu­ence to play the gui­tar? DA: Jimmy Page GT: What was the first gui­tar you re­ally lusted after? DA: Gib­son Les Paul GT: What was the best gig you ever did? DA: Whites­nake 2004, at Ham­mer­smith Odeon. GT: And your worst play­ing night­mare? DA: With Dio in 2002, in Glas­gow. My amps blew and I was stuck play­ing through a ter­ri­ble amp that sounded aw­ful. I was try­ing my best but it was one of those days! GT: What’s the most im­por­tant mu­si­cal les­son you ever learnt? DA: Have fun and play what you feel from the heart. GT: If you could put to­gether a fan­tasy band with you in it, who would the other play­ers be (dead or alive)? DA: John Bon­ham, drums; John En­twistle, bass, John Lord, or­gan; Gary Moore, gui­tar, Ron­nie Van Zant, lead vo­cals - and me too! GT: Present company ex­cepted, who’s the great­est gui­tarist that’s ever lived? DA: Tough ques­tion! Most peo­ple go with Hen­drix or Jeff Beck, but pound for pound I’d say Jimmy Page. He has it all. And his live play­ing is beau­ti­ful to me. GT: Is there a solo you re­ally wish you had played? DA: Well... There are so many that I love. I would say any­thing Page, Clap­ton or Hen­drix did would be cool. David Gil­mour on Com­fort­ably Numb or San­tana, Gary Moore, Michael Schenker... But if I was pressed for one, I would choose Jeff Beck’s solo on Cause We Ended A Lovers - it’s stun­ning. GT: What’s the solo/song of your own that you’re most proud of? DA: Whites­nake, Forever­more Doug Aldrich re­leases Revo­lu­tion Saints, the epony­mous de­but al­bum from the new melodic hard rock band which also fea­tures Night Ranger’s Jack Blades (bass, vo­cals) and Jour­ney’s Deen Cas­tronovo (lead vo­cals, drums). The al­bum is out on Fe­bru­ary 20, 2015.

I might say that I am se­ri­ously jeal­ous of Michael Lan­dau, Duane All­man and An­drés Se­govia.

Doug Aldrich, Les Paul & Mar­shalls!

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