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The key to learning Akkerman is having mastery of off time-signatures and being able to string three or four different time-signatures together in the space of eight bars. Oh, and being able to play behind the beat while doing so.
... in addition to you having to ignore anything you've previously learned about music structure and tonality! I could never (and still can't) get my head around how their tunes are structured, as you said, especially their time signatures. The only way I could even attempt to muddle through the guitar parts was to learn the separate parts, and string them together as a collection of riffs.
I'm listening to Moving Waves just now, shocked at how much it sounds like later period Floyd, they must have been listening to this before they made Wish You Where Here.
Have you come across Deeexpus[^] yet? Their lead guitarist is a mate of mine. He's also the lead guitarist in the Tygers Of Pan Tang and has just come back from a South American tour (with a stop off tour in Belgium and Holland).
I've not heard of Deeexpus, but will certainly give them a listen
Tygers Of Pan Tang ... Love Potion No 9 Raised On Rock is the 1st song that comes to mind (nice chunky rocking intro guitar riff), they're still frequently played on Planet Rock. How many Les Pauls does you friend have? ... any time I've seen any of their pics/footage, I'm always like "Whoaa, nice gibson!"
That's funny. For years, Mickey was a Superstrat/PRS guy. They got endorsed by Vigier for a while but Mickey hated the guitar they made for him so now he's rocking out on LPs. You'll be able to hear their new album which comes out this year.
I'll need to look for some footage of them, when you mention them the Les Pauls where the 1st thing that popped into my head.
You can't beat a good Les Paul ... I was a strat guy for years, but got a Les Paul 2 years ago, and since then I've even ventured into ES335 territory ... the strats don't venture out their cases much these days.
See, no matter where I wander, I always end up coming back to strat styles. My favourite is my JEM-777 - large frets but boy does it sound great and I can abuse it however I like and it stays perfectly in tune.
JEM777 ... the one with the tree of life fret inlay? *drool* lol
That's the one. Absolutely love that guitar - beats all my others, including my limited Prestige (yeah, I love Ibanez).
Nice, on the Frankenstrat. We all need a Frankenstrat at one time or another. I made one with a Kahler Flyer back in the 80s - that was a lot more stable than a Floyd at the time, and dropped a Sustainiac into it. Boy was that a mistake.
I've been threw a few Kahlers in my time ... they're really easy to drop into Strats.
My FrankenStrat has some interesting pickups you might remember? Reflex Reds? HSS - at the time (late 80's again) they were the UK equivalent to EMGs, only IMO allot less sterile and lots more tonal ... I remember having trouble sourcing some 10,000K pots for them! lovely pickups.
I always wanted a JEM, never did get round to picking one up yet
My 1st 'big' gig was a Dave Lee Roth gig, when his band was Steve Via, Billy Sheenan on bass ... and I'll always remember Steve shredding on his triple necked Heart shaped guitar! Happy times!
I remember them - they were damn pricey IIRC. Strange take on the active setup as well. Saying that, I never really took to active pickups - they just didn't sound right to me.
Ah, the Skyscraper tour - I saw them at Donnington that year. That was the year that two people died at the Guns and Roses set. DLR rocked hard that year and I was pleased that I managed to see him when he was still great. When you saw him did Vai swap his guitar onto Roth for the Panama solo? That was a pretty cool thing when I saw him. And you should definitely get a Jem - trust me, you'll never want to move away.
The SkyScraper tour indeed ... you know your stuff, I think DLR had the guitar for the Panama solo, I can't be sure tho, as my head was shaking at full tilt because they where playing a Van Halen track! Haha!
I'll maybe have a look into the Jems again, maybe bend your ear if I'm close to a purchase? I'm not up on the Ibanez's range these days.
The FrankenStrat is the my only guitar (these days) with active pups, and I haven't plugged it in too many years. Back in the day it was allot more natural sounding than any of the EMG equipped guitars I had. It has a killer midrange boot/cut on board preamp, twanging telecaster to screaming filth in the turn of a dial ... I really should fire it up for old time sake.
I'm more into home recording these days, and the actives should (in theory) come into their own in that environment.
DeeExpus: a very nice ... beautiful guitar playing, a melodic style very reminiscent of Joe Satriani (... high praise intended by that statement). I like the mix of vintage synths (analogues + glissando = ) and the twin/double guitar solo stuff.
Moving into a very different genre, have you ever heard of a guitarist/singer/song writer called George Ross Watt (who sadly passed a few yers ago)? ... when I 1st stared out guitar playing in the late 80s/90s, hell bent on Hendrix/SRV/Rory etc this was guy to see in town.
There's not alot of his stuff out there (... some old camcorder type footage in youtube, a couple of albums on Spotify). I can't send links as I'm at work just now, but if you search Spotify for "Big George and the Business" and "George Ross Watt" - if you can have a listen to a track called "The Storm" from "The Alleged Album" ... haunting guitar playing.