Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

Grand Ole Opry

Posted: April 5, 2017 by phanson in Tips & Tricks

I have been a pro guitar player my whole life and now that I’m 60 I realize this wild ride has led me to some very interesting places. On the left are the grounds of the palace Schonbrunn in Vienna Austria. I lived about a mile away for a couple years while teaching at an [...]

Looping, Amps and Attenuators

Posted: January 25, 2017 by phanson in Tips & Tricks

Youtube question: (My looper) works great last in (the effects chain), very clear reproduction.  However, when I use my attenuator…  (while I create loops and play over them) the looped recording sounds awful…  flubby, mush…” My Answer: If you play multiple loops through an amp that’s distorting it will sound like a mess. Since you mentioned you [...]

Back to the Future… B or Bb?

Posted: March 21, 2016 by phanson in Tips & Tricks

One of the highlights of my career in Hollywood was being a guitar coach to various movie and TV stars, one of which was Michael J. Fox for the first and second Back to the Future movies. Because the first movie’s 30th anniversary was last year I was asked to do several interviews. One was [...]

Future Shock – Guitar Technology!

Posted: February 12, 2016 by phanson in Tips & Tricks

The 2016 NAMM show was very interesting. I demoed an amazing new guitar, the Willcox Atlantis (left). Also, in between Willcox performances, I got a chance to roam the show and see what was out there. Let me first tell you about the Atlantis guitar. It’s equipped with what Willcox calls the Lightwave Optical Pickup. This pickup lives [...]

Pedal Switchers and my Pedalboard

Posted: January 8, 2016 by phanson in Tips & Tricks

I just put together a new pedal board so I thought I would tell you about it. If you want to use one pedal click to do multiple pedal switches, in the past you had to get a very expensive Bob Bradshaw, CAE system. But nowadays Boss and other companies make switchers that do it for [...]