Sharpen Your Axxe

Posted: June 8, 2017 in MUSIC
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It never ceases to amaze me how inspired and creative I feel when I change the strings on my guitar(s).  Simple chords sound gorgeous.  The whole body of the guitar resonates with depth.  This makes experimenting and exploring new areas delightful.  It is important to keep tools of the trade not just working properly but living up to their potential.

I watch vocalists go into the recording booth and put on really nice headphones to get a direct audio feed from the soundboard.  Maybe this is not their first time, but when they start singing – and can truly hear what their voice sounds like they get this big grin that turns into a surprised smile.  Hearing through the studio system vocalists can make nuanced changes as they sing ……. and hear the difference.  This gives them more control and immediate results.  They become confident enough to experiment and innovate.  I hope it feels similar to playing my 12 string guitar with brand new strings.

Pictured are of some of my guitars, the drummer from Euphoria/The Chase – Mike Gill, and Steve Steinmann of Iridium.

What tools do you use that benefit from regular care?

  1. That reminds me….ha, ha!

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  2. Nicole says:

    The way you described restringing your guitar and the vocalist in the recording booth reminds me of sitting down to a blank page to write or hitting that shutter button to capture that photo. I know it’s different, but like with all art, it feels good to experiment. Almost freeing, in a way. Thanks for sharing and I hope you’ve been well!

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    • midimike says:

      I do agree with you. There are more similarities than differences. There is nothing more creative and inspiring to me than a blank page or a picture waiting to be taken. It is freedom at the core!
      Thank you for your thoughts!


  3. tracihalpin says:

    So cool; I can hear your excitement in your writing. Nice guitars! I would say my spiritual tools; I keep them present and in view, and my books and journals. I love when it’s time to buy a new journal, whether it’s a fancy one or just a marble notebook, I get excited and if I’m buying a new pen…Oh boy!!

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