From the very first moment we plug in our guitar, we begin our quest for the
Holy Grail of Tone. With an Indiana Jones-like tenacity we explore the
digital and analog landscape attempting to uncover the quintessential
combination of guitar, strings, amps, pedals and other assorted doo dads.
Rarely do we succeed. In fact, sometimes it seems that no matter what we
try, or what we spend, the prize we seek eludes us. Most of us spend
fortunes on gear and various rehabilitative treatments for
GAS, the obsessive compulsive disorder affecting most guitar players
(the most effective cure being TUMS aka Time to Unload My Stuff).
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One of the key revelations we experience along the way is that it's not just
gear that shapes tone; it's the tactile interaction between our flesh and
the guitar itself. Larry Carlton is a great example; without touching a dial
or a pedal, Larry's lines morph from clean, bell-like melodies to those
sweet, singing, driven, lines he is so well-known for. Yes, he plays a $40k
Dumble but really, it's all about "touch" and
he'd be the first to tell you that.
you're willing to accept that "tone" stems from both gear and touch, then
you just might be a click away from a treasure map to your Holy Grail of
Tone. Kings of Tone examines twelve masters of tone revealing their gear and
effects formulas (and how you can emulate same with your own gear) along
with their singular approaches to "touch" and stylistic phrasing.
While our quest is ultimately about finding our own "voice" and signature
sound, we must first study the masters, just as they studied those who came
before them. Kings of Tone dissects the styles, touch, tones, amps, pedals,
guitars and setups of Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page,
Billy Gibbons, Dickey Betts, Duane Allman, The Edge, Angus Young, David
Gilmour, Keith Richards and Mark Knopfler.
Professor of Tone is NYC session player and educator Jeff McErlain, whose
standing-room-only workshops on the subject testify to his expertise
stemming from years of tone exploration. "I hope to demystify the tonal
qualities of these twelve players by sharing the insight I've gained over
many years studying them and deconstructing their styles, touch and rigs."
Kings of Tone is NOT about learning to play the signature licks of these
masters (although you will pick up many that you will add to your bag).
Rather, you will learn how to "channel" their respective tones, rigs, styles
and approaches so that you can develop your own "sound" more intelligently
and/or emulate these players' tone when covering them in a live gig
For each of the twelve Kings, McErlain walks you through a configuration of
amp settings, pedals and other technical tweaks that you can use with your
own gear to get you in their general ballpark tone-wise. Jeff then presents
a series of lessons to convey the touch, feel and stylistic approach of the
artist. Use this information to impersonate the tone of the artist or mix
and match the gear and styling of different artists to innovate your own
sound. Kings of Tone also includes tab, notation and Power Tab for all of
the playing examples along with the practice rhythm tracks that Jeff used to
demonstrate the examples.
Want to learn the ins and outs of tweaking amps and pedals? Yearning to learn
how to play in the style of Beck, Hendrix, Gilmour, Clapton and the rest of
the Kings covered herein? Ready to get a solid grip on the relationship
between touch and tone? It's all here in Kings of Tone!