In all of my years as a musician, I wouldn’t have called myself a lead guitar player. In fact, I shied away from it as much as possible early on, because I figure I’d let someone handle it who really understands lead guitar.
That is, until I no longer had someone around to play lead guitar, then the task fell to yours truly.
Enter the days of recording my songs for release, and putting myself on a deadline, recording in my home studio, and not having money and resources for others to be involved. I did it all. (bet you didn’t know that tidbit, did you!?)
With the song Frustrating, I had the body of the song finished, just no lead, and no ideas for one, either. I was putting off the inevitable, feeling confident that I could do it, but not having any real direction.
Then, we had serious car issues one day. What should have been a day recording all day turned into a day running around helping someone, it taking too long, getting separated from my wife Kerrie and catching a ride home with someone else. Then, a call saying the car won’t go into gear, followed by, you guessed it, FRUSTRATION. Frustration that I couldn’t get to her and she couldn’t get home, and worries about the car. And, to make matters worse, it would be several hours before I could get a ride to where she was to see what I could do. I felt helpless.
Trying to harness the energy that I knew needed to go into the lead guitar part for this song, I strapped up my Yamaha RGX-A2, put the recorder in a loop mode, and proceeded to simply throw down 16 different and angst-filled lead parts. The final is a composite of the best parts of all those takes, and it was not easy editing it all together!