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A minute’s all it takes to find out what makes a great gui­tarist tick. Be­fore he jumped into his limo for the air­port we grabbed a quick chat with Robert Glendin­ning – gui­tarist of Mar­shall Records’ new sign­ing, Bad Touch.

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Robert Glendin­ning, lead gui­tarist with Mar­shall Records’s new sign­ing, Bad Touch.

GT: Do you have a type of pick that you can’t live with­out?

RG: I’m not too fussy with picks. As long as it doesn’t flex I’m happy, so any­thing above 1.2mm I’m okay with. Jim Dunlop Tor­tex are prob­a­bly my favourite.

GT: If you had to give up all your ped­als but three, which ones would you keep?

RG: Prob­a­bly a tuner. In fact def­i­nitely a tuner. I’m a Gib­son guy so need a tuner. A de­lay and boost in the FX loop are the other two for so­los.

GT: Do you play an­other mu­si­cal in­stru­ment well enough to be in a band, and have you ever done it?

RG: Def­i­nitely not. But that’s the great thing about be­ing in a band; I al­ways envy those guys who can pick up any in­stru­ment. I just play gui­tar and I strug­gle at that.

GT: If a mu­sic chart were put in front of you, could you read it?

RG: Tab prob­a­bly yes, but clas­si­cal sheet mu­sic might take me a while. I stud­ied clas­si­cal mu­sic a while back but am prob­a­bly a bit rusty now and things like sight read­ing need to be prac­tised fre­quently.

GT: Do gui­tar ca­bles re­ally make a dif­fer­ence? What make are yours?

RG: I think as long as you get a rea­son­able qual­ity ca­ble, you’ll be fine. I think a real long ca­ble can take some high end away but noth­ing an au­di­ence would pick up at a show.

GT: Is there any­one’s play­ing (ei­ther past or present) that you’re slightly jeal­ous of?

RG: There are loads of play­ers I’m jeal­ous of. My all-time favourites are: Jimmy Page, Slash, then The All­man Brothers and Derek Trucks. Re­gard­ing slide, Joe Perry and Greg Martin, too. For me, dis­cov­er­ing gui­tarists is part of the fun. Of the more re­cent gui­tarists, Chris Buck of Buck & Evans is right up there.

GT: Your stu­dio is burn­ing down: which gui­tar do you sal­vage?

RG: That’s easy - my R7 Gold­top. My dad bought me that gui­tar. I use it at ev­ery show and as long as it keeps go­ing I’ll keep us­ing it. It’s had a fair bit of work as we do a fair amount of shows, but it’s still go­ing strong.

GT: What’s your favourite amp and how do you set it?

RG: My favourite amp is my orig­i­nal Mar­shall Sil­ver Ju­bilee that I bought about five years ago. I use the reis­sue ver­sion on the road and record with the orig­i­nal. Those things just scream when you turn them up.

GT: What kind of ac­tion do you have on your gui­tars?

RG: To be hon­est, I don’t know. Dar­ren our tech sets the gui­tars up and they al­ways play good to me. I’m not great on the tech­ni­cal side; I just love play­ing them.

GT: What strings do you use?

RG: At the mo­ment Ro­to­sound Reds, 11-48. I like heav­ier gauge strings. I don’t re­ally know why. I think it’s just what I’ve be­come ac­cus­tomed to, and if it works then don’t change it.

GT: Who was your first in­flu­ence to play the gui­tar?

RG: My first in­flu­ence was Slash, watch­ing the Par­adise City video on MTV and go­ing, “I wanna do that”. Ap­petite For De­struc­tion was a pretty good in­tro­duc­tion to tak­ing gui­tar se­ri­ously.

GT: What was the first gui­tar you re­ally lusted af­ter?

RG: A Les Paul, al­ways a Les Paul. I’ve had loads of gui­tars but for me noth­ing feels and sounds as good as a Les Paul. I started on a Fender Strat, then I got an Epi­phone Les Paul, and since then haven’t looked back. More re­cently I’ve been want­ing a 335 as they just look great. I’ll have to see how that goes.

GT: What do you think was the best gig you ever did?

RG: Some of the big­ger fes­ti­val slots we’ve done like Down­load, Ram­blin’ Man Fair and Steel­house Fes­ti­val were bril­liant. How­ever, there’s some­thing rather spe­cial about go­ing on your first head­line tour and hav­ing peo­ple singing your songs back to you. I guess all gigs have their own thing go­ing on.

GT: And do you have a worst play­ing night­mare?

RG: I get most stressed when I can’t use my own gear. I hate that. You have like 20 min­utes to get a sound from an amp you’ve never played, and that’s some­times tough. If I couldn’t use any of my gear that would be pretty bad.

GT: What’s the most im­por­tant mu­si­cal les­son you ever learn?

RG: The most im­por­tant thing would be not to over­play, be­cause the play­ers I like don’t. If you’re go­ing to play some­thing it needs to go some­where and add to the song, rather than be there just for your own sake.

GT: Do you still prac­tise?

RG: I try. I’ve tried re­cently to get into a habit of prac­tis­ing spe­cific things rather than just play­ing ran­dom things. I re­cently bought a loop pedal to help; play­ing chords, loop­ing them and try­ing spe­cific ideas over re­ally helps.

GT: Do you have a pre-gig warm-up rou­tine?

RG: No, not re­ally. I pre­fer to just get up and play than stew on things for too long.

GT: If you could put to­gether a fan­tasy band with you in it, who would the other play­ers be (ei­ther dead or alive?)

RG: My fan­tasy band would be Led Zep­pelin’s John Bon­ham, and John Fred Young from Black Stone Cherry (I’m go­ing for two drum­mers be­cause I can’t de­cide). John Paul Jones on bass, Duane All­man on slide gui­tar and Chris Sta­ple­ton on vo­cals.

GT: Present com­pany ex­cepted, who’s the great­est gui­tarist that’s ever lived?

RG: I don’t re­ally think you can choose the great­est gui­tarist of all time; you have tech­ni­cally great play­ers, great ‘feel’ play­ers and great song­writ­ers. The gui­tarists who have in­flu­enced me the most are Jimmy Page and Slash.

GT: Is there a solo by some­one else you re­ally wish you had played?

RG: There are loads. Ob­vi­ously, Led Zep­pelin’s Stair­way To Heaven is well up there, as is Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine. So­los that you can sing tend to get me, ones that have more of a vo­cal feel. Oh, and don’t for­get Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free­bird.

GT: What’s the solo or song of your own that you’re most proud of?

RG: I like all our stuff. But I’m quite self-crit­i­cal. When I record some­thing I al­ways think I could have done it bet­ter. I’m never re­ally sat­is­fied.

GT: What would you most like to be re­mem­bered for?

RG: For writ­ing great songs. The main thing is to have great songs.

Bad Touch, fea­tur­ing gui­tarists Daniel Seek­ings and Robert Glendin­ning, re­lease their new al­bum, Shake A Leg, on Mar­shall Records on Oc­to­ber 5th. Bad Touch’s head­line tour starts Oc­to­ber 17th Fur­ther info: www. bad­touchrocks.co.uk

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