Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

GT: Do you have a type of pick that you can’t live with­out? DP: I like to play with the dark pur­ple Dun­lop ga­tor grip .96mm be­cause I re­ally like the rougher slip-free tex­ture. I also pre­fer to play with the rounder edge of the pick as op­posed to the pointy bit. I find the tone is a bit thicker and I don’t get caught up in the strings when play­ing fast stuff. GT: If you had to give up all your ped­als but three, what would they be? DP: The first pedal I would keep is the Xotic EP Boost be­cause it does some­thing very spe­cial to my over­all sound that I can’t re­ally ex­plain. The best all-round tone shaper I have ever used. Pedal two would be MI Au­dio Blues Pro V3 over­drive; it’s one of the most open sound­ing drive ped­als I have ever played with. Third pedal is from a bou­tique pedal builder in South Africa called GraigAmps. The pedal is called a Shoe Soul which is a boost/buf­fer type of thing that opens my tone up amazingly. GT: If a mu­sic chart were put in front of you, could you read it? DP: If it was in its most ba­sic form – eg a chord chart - but if there’s dots I’m afraid I wouldn’t even know where to begin. When I see a page full of black dots the blood nor­mally drains from my head and a cold sweat fol­lows swiftly. GT: Do gui­tar ca­bles re­ally make a dif­fer­ence? What make are yours? DP: I be­lieve gui­tar ca­bles make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence in pre­serv­ing tonal qual­i­ties. I never be­lieved this un­til I switched to a higher qual­ity ca­ble and heard the dif­fer­ence for my­self. I im­me­di­ately found that the bet­ter ca­ble seemed to let through a whole bunch of fre­quen­cies that I wasn’t hear­ing be­fore. Mon­ster Ca­bles do the trick for me. GT: Is there any­one’s play­ing (past or present) that you’re slightly jeal­ous of? DP: Yes al­most too many to men­tion, but the first guy that comes to mind is Philip Sayce. Ev­ery­thing about Philip’s play­ing pushes my but­tons. In my opin­ion he has the coolest Strat tone I think I have ever heard and his style is ex­actly what I want to hear when I lis­ten to a gui­tarist do his thing. GT: Your house/stu­dio is burning down: which gui­tar do you sal­vage? DP: That’s an easy one. It would with­out a doubt be my 1962 Strat not be­cause of its value money-wise, but be­cause it’s one of those gui­tars that’s been with me for the last 14 years of tour­ing. The gui­tar feels more like a fam­ily mem­ber to me than just an­other in­stru­ment. I’ve got a deep con­nec­tion with that old gal. GT: What’s your favourite amp and how do you set it? DP: My all-time favourite is my Dr Z EZG-50 head which is ba­si­cally a tweaked Su­per Re­verb. My start­ing de­fault set­tings are: Pre, 1 o’clock; Post, 10 o’clock; Tre­ble, 1 o’clock; Mids, 1 o’clock; Bass, 10 o’clock. Depend­ing on the room those set­tings will get tweaked slightly. GT: What strings do you use? DP: I use Ernie Ball but put to­gether a cus­tom set for my­self: 12-15-18-2838-52. Be­cause I tune down a semi-tone it makes the set feel like 11s. All my favourite gui­tar play­ers to lis­ten to for the most part used heav­ier gauged strings and that’s al­ways the tone I’m af­ter. GT: Who was your first in­flu­ence to play the gui­tar? DP: The first guy that re­ally made me want to get be­hind the gui­tar was Ste­vie Ray Vaughan. I was given Live At The El Mo­cambo al­bum at age of 15 to watch, and that pretty much changed ev­ery­thing for me.

Dan Pat­lansky: con­tem­po­rary blues man

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