Summer has officially arrived, and like the hot weather I'm out and about, playing my music and finding ways to improve my sound. Part of that is figuring out how to setup and work all of the feet-stomping gizmos that I've been slowly accumulating. Finally I feel like I own enough pedals to make it worth building a pedal board.
So, the other day I had my friend Quincy who is more carpentry-inclined than I am help build me one (ok so he basically built it while I passed him screws and told bad jokes...). He was nice enough to let me use some of his wood as well (cedar, so it smells good, which is important).
Now comes the scary part- wiring all these bad boys-loopers, reverb, octave, oh my!- together and getting that elusive "sound I'm looking for". This is foreign territory for me. To me the ideal live gig set up situation is handing a 1/4" cable to the sound guy and saying "you got it from here". Anything more complicated has always caused that deer-in-the-headlights look from me. But, since I'm not quite at the point to have my own roadie to set everything up for me and feed me grapes from a silver platter (nooo, that's not a fantasy of mine...what?) I have to figure this stuff out on my own.
It's an adventure. A new skill to master. So here's to pushing buttons & seeing what happens, to building pedal boards and discovering things about yourself along the way. Like how many ways you can wire your pedals together incorrectly ;) And if you come to a venue on the Big Island and hear loopy music & smell cedar, chances are that'll be me.