A short bluesy rock improvisation on a backing track from the guitare-live.com website. I shot this video to try my lapsteel plugged into a piece of gear lended by Line 6 (by the way thanks again guys) i.e. a Pod Studio UX2 unit, and most important the Pod Farm 2 software. I’ll do a review of the Pod Farm 2 later but here is an example of a a classic tone I could get for sliding.
While I was fooling around on the lapsteel I tried a strings bending technique for the first time. I used the ring finger of my left hand to pull the string while maintaining the pressure of the tone bar. That’s a bit acrobatic, and I’m not having a total control yet but it is a good technique to extend the expression range on the lapsteel. However I think I’ll moderately use this technique because it makes it easy to sound out of tune… I know that I’ve already said that the main interest in playing slide is to hit the microtones around the right note but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m allowed to be constantly out of tune.
As for the Pod Farm 2 settings, I used the Blues Slide preset that emulates the tone of Bonnie Raitt extraordinaire female slide guitarist. I sligthly modified the settings of the preset in order to match the characteristics of my lapsteel. I turned down the gain on the Classic Distorsion simulation to have a “cleanest” tone, and I slightly turned the drive up. I also modified the equalization of the Tweed B-Man amp simulation.
Pod Farm 2 Blues Slide preset chain: Line 6 Noise Gate, Classic Distorsion (based on the ProCo Rat), Tweed B-Man (based on the Fender Bassman), cab Line 6 4×10, micro 67 Condenser, Line 6 Compressor & Standard Spring Reverb (based on the reverb of the Fender Blackface Twin Reverb).