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    Quote Originally Posted by wahwah View Post
    If you're interested Tor, you might like to have a listen to the Free album "Fire and Water." Some truly beautiful guitar playing from an 18 year old Kossoff.


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    And has, to the tune of a merry jig spontaneously written on the spot for just that occasion.
    "Chimchimminy, Chimchimminy, Chimchim, Cheree,

    There's nothing as lovely as Mary on her knees..."

    Oh, it just makes me want to get me broom out and start poking around in a dark hole. Those were the days...



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    Strats are better than Les Pauls.

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    Funny that you say like that ,since i think Les Paul's needs more wrestling than a strat!!At least for my hands...I tac a strat any day of the week over a Paul...

    I asked about the EXR's since you have a deep feeling on your tunes ,so an 8 string with 6 octaves and a lovely clean tone could be heavenly!
    I can imagine how much "depth" you can get out of 6 octaves!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daemon barbeque View Post
    Funny that you say like that ,since i think Les Paul's needs more wrestling than a strat!!At least for my hands...I tac a strat any day of the week over a Paul...

    I asked about the EXR's since you have a deep feeling on your tunes ,so an 8 string with 6 octaves and a lovely clean tone could be heavenly!
    I can imagine how much "depth" you can get out of 6 octaves!
    You could very well be onto something there db, it might be time for me to broaden my horizons.

    It's great how the perception of guitars is such an individual matter. It makes sense since they are here to help us find our "voice."



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    Strats are better than Les Pauls.

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    And a serious question:

    Why?


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    Nice to see some stuff about the rockbender.

    As a superchamp user, monitor mix and quality must be paramount to you. I always find that a monitor 'enhanced' onstage sound is always inferior to hearing a similar volume straight from the amp. Do you have any tips for making monitor mixes sound more natural?

    Ever tried hauling your own monitor? -I've thought about doing the Iommi/Beck trick of loading one with guitar speakers...

    During the Farnham gig, did you have to play any Brett Garsed stuff note for note? -that would be challenging in spots...

    Name a few of your favorite dishes. Feel free to go into recipe details if necessary.

    Name your all-star, dream band (players alive or dead may be included).

    What non-guitar playing musicians do you dig?
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    Yo Mr. WW, great reading through this well... I'm sure you'd have loads more stories to tell! Anyway, of all the people you've worked with... and/ or supported, who has impressed you the most? I don't just mean their playing... I mean everything, the whole package... I guess the playing, the overall performance, attitude... everything! Similarly, who's been the biggest disappointment? Just thinking about the circles you move in, I just wonder how many great players are fairly normal regular people and how many are so far up their own backsides? I was going to ask about the lump of wood and how long it's been with you, but it's a long time so I won't offer you any kind of part ex to help YOU out! Lol... now this IS a serious question, what do you think you'll look for guitar wise when that dreadful day comes when you have to retire the Strat? All the best.

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    Which is your favorite Stooge? Moe, Larry, Curly, Curly Joe, Shemp?
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    For sure. Well, I go back as far as when he was Geoff Wheadon's protege. We're showing our ages now Digger!
    Mmm! And i,ve got ten years on you.I used to frequent "the Mathew"[or more recently Zagames]in the late 60,s with "walshy" and Dave briggs[LRB fame] and a group of other people.I was around when Tosh started out as a roadie,with a black Transit van; back in 73.He,s come a long way!


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    great Well, Geoff!

    if it hasn't been asked ... a rather obvious question:

    where did the nickname come from?

    and while we're on the question, how did you develop your excellent wah technique?

    I could use a few pointers, 'cause I'm a bit "wah challenged"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sosomething View Post
    And a serious question:

    Why?


    And, if so, for breakfast?
    Hey, if you have to ask, that would suggest that you......don't.....know.....why.

    Look, she was only 20 at the time, but she had already developed a substantial set of skills.

    And yes for breakfast, why not for breakfast? That would be my question to you.



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    Strats are better than Les Pauls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hot _Grits View Post
    Nice to see some stuff about the rockbender.

    As a superchamp user, monitor mix and quality must be paramount to you. I always find that a monitor 'enhanced' onstage sound is always inferior to hearing a similar volume straight from the amp. Do you have any tips for making monitor mixes sound more natural?

    Ever tried hauling your own monitor? -I've thought about doing the Iommi/Beck trick of loading one with guitar speakers...

    During the Farnham gig, did you have to play any Brett Garsed stuff note for note? -that would be challenging in spots...

    Name a few of your favorite dishes. Feel free to go into recipe details if necessary.

    Name your all-star, dream band (players alive or dead may be included).

    What non-guitar playing musicians do you dig?
    I can't stand the sound of the mic'd amp through monitors either, unless the foldback guy is Mr Wizard. For that reason I prefer to keep the amp real close, as in this pic from the Bryan Ferry tour.



    With the amp at that distance as a constant, I get all the volume I need. Fortunately it's not a loud band onstage. On top of that, a few of the other guys get the guitar put up through their sends, so it gets spread across the stage, but just not in my face. I also like to hear the guitar up through FOH, not to cue off, but for that extra bit of 'vibe.' But if I were to have it sent through sidefill or a monitor send, I would get them to roll off everything above 4k @ 12dB per octave, and set a high pass filter @ 80Hz, especially if I'm relying on that send for my vocals as well. But generally, I will try to avoid it. If I'm playing with a much louder band, I'll just use a bigger amp.

    As a result, I've never hauled my own monitor, but I like Beck's idea of having guitar speakers in a monitor. It would also be cool to have a good tube mic pre after the amp mic before it gets sent to power. That might help in getting a monitor mix that isn't raspy or cold.

    Fortunately with the Farnham tour I did, we had Jack Jones (aka Irwin Thomas) there to cover Brett's gig. I was basically there to do Stuart Fraser's gig, because he was off doing a Noiseworks reuinion tour. But Farnham's repertoire is really very simple, they're just straight forward songs. The pressure comes from the fact that they ask for no less than 100%, so there's no room for error. They set a very high standard, and it was a great discipline to meet it. Brett Garsed is a freakishly good guitar player, and I wouldn't have a hope of covering any of his fancy stuff. But Jack Jones tore it up, and Stuart and I have swapped gigs on many occasions, so I was confident of covering his guitar parts.

    Favourite dishes include Thai curries, a lot of Vietnamese dishes, peasant style pastas, many of the Indian curries, and a well grilled rib eye, medium rare. I also love fish, Sea Perch for grilling, and one of my favourite Vietnamese dishes, Rockling fillets with ginger and garlic. Lightly steamed or stir fried vegetables, lots of steamed rice.

    My all star dream band would have Paul Rodgers on vocals, Bonzo on the drums, Tal Wilkenfeld on bass (why not have a bass player with a cute rack? Especially if she can play like she does!) and Tony Hymas on keys.

    Bonzo is probably my favourite non-guitar playing musician. But I also dig Andy Fraser, Jan Hammer, John Paul Jones, Andy Newmark, Tony Hymas, Stevie Wonder, Double Trouble, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Simon Kirke, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, Steve Winwood, Colin Moulding, Bernard Purdie, Jim Keltner, Pete Thomas and Bruce Thomas from the Attractions, and many, many more!
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    Yo Mr. WW, great reading through this well... I'm sure you'd have loads more stories to tell! Anyway, of all the people you've worked with... and/ or supported, who has impressed you the most? I don't just mean their playing... I mean everything, the whole package... I guess the playing, the overall performance, attitude... everything! Similarly, who's been the biggest disappointment? Just thinking about the circles you move in, I just wonder how many great players are fairly normal regular people and how many are so far up their own backsides? I was going to ask about the lump of wood and how long it's been with you, but it's a long time so I won't offer you any kind of part ex to help YOU out! Lol... now this IS a serious question, what do you think you'll look for guitar wise when that dreadful day comes when you have to retire the Strat? All the best.
    The first guy that comes to mind who impressed me by being down to earth is Bryan Adams. He was just a complete gentleman, stopping us in the hallways and asking if we were being looked after ok, and offering advice. I'm not a big fan, but his show was impressive too. I was also very impressed by Andrew Roachford, he was brilliant. I actually got a chance to work with him on a live TV spot here http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...ideoID=2361029 Just a great all round musician and a nice guy. I was also blown away by Joe Cocker, such an amazing presence, even in his advanced years.

    I've found that as a general rule, the guys who have had a lot of success are quite often the friendliest and most at ease. Those who have had a taste of success but not enough to satisfy their egos, tend to be a real pain in the butt. There are exceptions in both cases, but that is the general rule. It certainly seems to be the case that the guys who have been on the rollercoaster, and have watched their careers go through the highs and lows, but are still doing it and loving it, tend to be grateful for their position.

    I don't know what I'll do if the old Strat becomes unplayable. If I had to replace it, I would be looking for something of a similar vintage. I recently found a 1978 Ibanez Silver Series "lawsuit" strat, and I've had some work done to it. It's come up well, but it still can't replace the Old Dear. Let's not talk about that anymore...



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    Which is your favorite Stooge? Moe, Larry, Curly, Curly Joe, Shemp?
    I prefer the hairless Stooges in general.



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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenVulture View Post
    Mmm! And i,ve got ten years on you.I used to frequent "the Mathew"[or more recently Zagames]in the late 60,s with "walshy" and Dave briggs[LRB fame] and a group of other people.I was around when Tosh started out as a roadie,with a black Transit van; back in 73.He,s come a long way!

    Yeah, I was in Brisbane until '83, so I missed a lot of that. I still get to work with Tosh occasionally when we do doubles with James Reyne, he often does FOH for him.


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    great Well, Geoff!

    if it hasn't been asked ... a rather obvious question:

    where did the nickname come from?

    and while we're on the question, how did you develop your excellent wah technique?

    I could use a few pointers, 'cause I'm a bit "wah challenged"

    cheers!
    The nickname actually came from an ex girlfriend. I was trying to think of a name for an e-mail address, and since my last name is Wells and I sometimes get booked just to play wah parts, she suggested wahwahwells! Kind of a play on the great Wah-Wah Watson. It stuck, and I now quite often get called Wah Wah, sometimes even Mr Wah Wah!

    In order to develop my wah technique, I spent a lot of time watching 70's p0rn. At least that's what I told my (now ex) girlfriends. No, actually, that's not true. I was very determined to get the wah thing happening, simply because I loved hearing what Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Nolan and the early funk and soul acts did with it so much, including of course the great Wah-Wah Watson himself. I spent a lot of time with it because it was so much fun. My basic rhythm technique is the most obvious one, pressing down on the downbeats of the bar, no rocket science there. I haven't found anything that works better, so I go with that. But I have learned to vary the depth of the sweep on each of those beats, so you end up with a longer phrase. So I might go shallow on the odd beats, and then full sweep on the 2 and 4 with the snare. Again, fundamental but effective stuff.

    For single note things, I like to take it note by note. Downward motion at the start of each note is a great place to start. That gets things quacking. Then it is a matter of choosing to either sweep back or leave that sucker wide open for a dramatic "wild banshee" run with the filter wide open. More important than anything is to have fun with a wah, I believe they are meant to be fun. And dare I say, sexy. I think it's also not bad advice to play the wah from the general groin area. Not with the groin area, that could be painful, but with that general "energy." That seems to be where it effects most females when it's done well, so I say go with it!



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    I dropped out of the Biz about 20 years ago[Xcept for mixing a "Death metal/punk band" in the late 90,s],So i haven,t seen him for a long time.A mate of mine has drinks with him regularly still,so i get a little feedback on what he,s doing;as with various others i used to know/still know.Probably many a name you,d know,even if you don,t actually know them.



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    If you could have one super power, what would it be?

    favorite super hero or super villain?

    favorite character?

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    If you could have one super power, what would it be?

    favorite super hero or super villain?

    favorite character?
    If I had one super power, it would be to be able to instantly tell whether or not a woman was lying. I would call myself "Polygraph Man."

    I've never been too interested in heroes and villains, but I will say Jimi Hendrix and Wile E. Coyote.






    My favourite character (for now) is Spotswood from Team America.




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    Strats are better than Les Pauls.

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    Spin-off from your explanation for your wah-use.. I don't think I've seen the pedalboard you use normally? I have seen glimpses in your pics, but not the whole pedalboard alone. Do you have a picture of that?

    For my concern, I do not play too many songs that require the wah wah, but they do come occasionally. However I am worried I wouldn't be able to manage the thing very well, so I've taken a short cut of acquiring an auto wah/envelope filter.. The Maxon AF-9. I like it a lot (especially after having bought a compressor to put after; it would peak and make shrill sounds too often if not used with a compressor..). But you, as Mr Wah Wah, what do you think of these filter pedals? Please don't veil your opinions on them due to respect or anything.



    By the way, thought I might say, be careful about reference to Guns on this forum.




    I just may have too much time on my hand now..
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