I based EZfunk on forgotten charts I found in my workbook searching for a new song to record. I have so many of them written over the last 30 years that I forgot a lot of them. I’m trying to alternate recording new and old songs. Most of my old songs are completely finish with the arrangement, but this one was just rough ideas I completed and arranged while recording. The first part is a slow funk at 97 BPM. I had everything but the bassline, and I improvised around the melody written. The second part speeds up at 130 [More]
I entitled that song “Mustang Wanted” in honor of the Ukrainian urban climber who owns that pseudonym. Right from the start I wanted to call that sound that way but for the sake of originality, I was searching for another title for days. I can come up pretty fast with name songs, but this time around I couldn’t find anything that fit as good as “Mustang Wanted.” When everything was done but the title, I decided to use my original idea. The song structure is a D major blues. I’m changing the structure in some places during the song, but [More]
I wrote this song for my band named Aloes. The title is an untranslatable French joke. It’s a play on words with the movie East of Eden. I recorded that song you bring two custom Stratocasters I made with an entirely different electronic wiring. The main guitar I used to play the lead features three hot rail humbucker pickups from Belcat. Even if the sound is clean, there are a bunch of effect on it. I plugged it into a Micro Synth stompbox from EHX, a compressor, Cathedral reverb ( room setting), detune (PS-6 from Boss), and a bit of [More]
I called this piece Black Beauty in honor to the guitar I just set up. It is a Stratocaster featuring HSS Wilkinson pickup configuration. The electronic is wired as a 9 Way Switching System that offers four additional sounds to the traditional pickup selector. Also, the middle pup can be set half out of phase, and the bridge humbucker pickup can be set in series, split or parallel. Finally, the guitar has a 12 positions Varitone. The second guitar used in this composition is one of the other guitars I build recently. It features five microphones and two selectors. A [More]
Easy Listening Midtempo Shuffle. I wrote this song fast when I was covering my Fender Stratocaster modern player model. You can check this article following that link if you are interested to learn technical aspects of this guitar. Generally, I am using a different guitar for each track to make them entirely different from each other. But this time around I used the same guitar to play both tracks, because I used quite different effects. The second part is extremely minimal. I used a clean sound in fifth position pickup, with my Superego pedal from EHX, along with some detune [More]
This song is based on two compositions I wrote years ago. The two different parts blend perfectly, so I decided to make one song out of it. I recorded it using three different guitars of my collection. I played the lead part using my custom fretless guitar plugged into my Micro Synth effect from EHX. I’m using four different voice mixes of the same filter sweep setting. It sounds unbelievable. I am amazed of the different sounds I can get using different pickup Selection. I also used the fretless to play the baseline in the first part of the song. [More]
This is a crazy funk rock arrangement of the French children song “a la Claire Fontaine”. I wrote it ten years ago for a brass band I was playing in on tuba. We had fun playing it, so I decided to record it on guitar playing each part with a different custom instrument. All of the Stratocasters I used own a Kahler vibrato. They are all of them entirely different regarding wiring, pickups and even type of body. The theme is harmonized in parallel fourth, which is strange for this sort of melody. I did it on purpose because the [More]
I recorded this song using the last two custom Stratocaster I build. They are totally different one from another. The one you see in the video is a Custom Stratocaster featuring GFS Gold Foil Pickups and a Telecaster neck pickup used as a middle pickup. The wiring is not as extreme as my other Stratocaster. It features three on-on toggle switches instead of a regular Stratocaster five position selector. Also, as all my pickguard featuring humbucker pickups, I have an on-on-on toggle switch on each humbucker to be able to set it as series, split, and parallel. There is one [More]
Funk on the water is a crazy version of the mystical Deep Purple super hit. In the beginning, I started to write it as a joke. And then, when I played it I liked it a lot. I thought it was pretty funny to change the song and still being able to recognize it. Well, personally I nail the song right away but I played it to my girlfriend, and she said: I know that song, but I don’t know what it is. 🙂 She is not the most knowledgeable in music but I am sure she already heard Smoke [More]
The more I play it, the Harley Benton custom line Nashville nylon guitar is becoming one of my favorite guitars. Originally, I bought it because it was extremely cheap, and I wanted to have a nylon guitar to play some chords a work my finger-picking technique. As time goes by, I’m using it more and more regularly. It fits my style much more than I thought. “Quai Des Brunes” is an old song of mine that I used in the new Harley Benton review video I recently published. In that video, I played a basic version of it. Featuring only [More]
I got the idea for that song while I was reviewing the Varitone installed on my Modern Player Stratocaster. I was playing around the chord progression since a few days, and when I was recording the video, I came up with a guitar intro and the main riff. I kept the intro phrase I imported from the modern player’s video. I was too lazy to record it again, and I liked the way it sound with that Modern Player Stratocaster. Besides the intro, the song is entirely performed using my latest custom Stratocaster featuring Hot Rail Alnico Humbucker Pickups from [More]
I wrote this piece a very long time ago in the 80s and I played it with my quartet in Canada. Jazz Fusion was really hip at the time, and living in Montreal, I couldn’t resist to the enormous influence Uzeb had on mostly every musician of the city. I strongly distanced from that kind of music since. Jazz Fusion was really hip at the time, and living in Montreal, I couldn’t resist to the enormous influence Uzeb had on mostly every musician of the city. I strongly distanced from that kind of music since. Nevertheless, I love this song, [More]
Micro Swing is a medium swing at 100 BPM. I had the idea of the song while testing my new effect from electro harmonics: The Micro Synth. I came up with the theme within few minutes. The sound I found after few minutes of testing inspired me. I kept that song as simple as possible. I am used to producing heavy duty arrangement featuring lots of different parts. This time around, I wanted to be as simple as possible and to play with spaces. There are only four different tracks in this song. Bass, drums, a clean guitar track and [More]
That video is the part two of the cha-cha solo I did to demo the Delta six Eastwood guitars. This time I used the crunch sound of my Bugera 26 watts amps. I added an “S” to amp because I am using two amps in stereo. Both amps are set exactly the same. The only effect I used this time around is a TC electronic nova verb. I like that sound and I am using it a lot with all the guitars I have. With the Delta 6, it gives a warm sound I found perfect for that type of [More]
Mr Brun (Mr. Brown in French) is a tribute to a French movie called Marius. Mr Brun is one of the main characters in that movie, and I love the guy. The actor himself and the role he plays. I’m into old French movies. Nowadays they try to make US movies, and it sucks. But back in the days when they were producing real French movies, they were splendid and original. As you can see in the video, I am not using any images from that movie. I didn’t want to break any copyright rules. I use HD stock video [More]
I named the sound Potion Magique (Magic Potion) because it is an unusual mix of different rhythms: Reggae and swing. I thought those two different styles were blending like a magic potion to make the song alive. I wrote that song back in 1985. Yes, you read right; that was 29 years ago. I was living in Montréal back then, and this is one of the first songs I ever composed. 1985 was the first year I was leading my septet. It was my first year at Concordia University, and that song is featured on my first demo. I recorded [More]
The song has been written using five different African rhythms. Jensa, Kurubi, Kasa, Madan, Sofa. Jensa and Kurubi being the most used the ones. I’m working a lot on African rhythm since years. I am not doing traditional African music, but I love using their rhythms to do jazz music. I have already composed and published another song recently that is using African rhythms. The song is called Mr. Brun. You can check out the video following that link if you’re interested. That one is using 12/8 African rhythms. While this one, Jensa is employing binary African rhythm in 4/4. [More]
I composed this piece not too long ago for a demo of the Fender Squier Bullet Strat HSS. I thought it fit perfectly with the Stratocaster sound. I named the tune Jeronimo, spelled with a J, not because I am an ignorant, but in honor of drummer Jerome Antonuccio, who gave me the drum groove. I took this old midi track, and I recorded the final cut in few hours only. The song is deliberately very simple. There are four parts: A drum part, a bass part I played on my Fender Bass VI Modified, and two strat parts. A [More]
This video is part of the review I made about the Delta six Eastwood guitars. If you want, you can listen to the entire review and check out the post following this link. It’s a simple two chords cha-cha, in a Carlos Santana style. I like playing that way, when I got back from Canada, fellow Frenchman musicians nicknamed me: Carlos Canada… In this one, I use a soul food stompbox from EHX, and later on in the solo I’m adding a WMD Super Fatman effect. I set the soul food really low, to not get any distortion. I just [More]
As you can tell by the title, I’m a Deep Purple fan. The song has nothing to do with the Mega Hit, Highway Star. I just named it like that because the song is extremely fast, and as you can guess, is performed on Stratocaster guitars. The lineup used in the song is quite simple. It’s only two guitars, a bass and drums. On the left side, you can hear the rhythm track played on my custom Stratocaster loaded with a hot rail pickups from Belcat. I used the bridge pickup in series with my Dual Fusion distortion pedal set [More]
This song is the progressive rock type of music. I used all my different Stratocaster guitars to record it. I played the main part with my Fender Modern Player HSH. I played the second part with my custom scalloped Stratocaster featuring a Lace pickguard. I played the third part on my second custom scalloped Stratocaster featuring a Seymour Duncan pickguard. Finally, I played some cunter-melody was my Squier Stratocaster using a Noise Box effect from Subdecay. The song is mainly in 5/4 rhythm. During the main part in 5/4, I am playing around metrics to displace the downbeat. The bridge [More]
This piece was composed for the demo of the Harley Benton Custom Line Nashville String Nylon. You can read the article on this guitar by following this link. The video includes an introduction that explains the reasons for my purchase, before interpreting the song. This piece is a slow funk at 100 BPM. It consists of a relatively simple orchestration. I wanted to avoid a large arrangement for you to hear the sound of the guitar clearly. Furthermore the bass part, guitar and drums, I made some overdubs using my You Rock Guitar guitar Midi controller. I also added some [More]
I wrote this composition almost 20 years ago, just before returning from Canada. I used a lot of stompboxes on this recording. There are two-guitar parts in addition to the drums part, the bass part and some orchestral overdubs done with VoiceBox and superego effects from Electro Harmonix, and some minimal synth parts played with my midi controller. The rhythm guitar part uses an A3 Zoom with a 50-% pickup blend (p90/piezo) to enhance the acoustic sound and clearly separate the sound of the lead guitar. In the funk part, I used a “touch wah” from the A3 Zoom. The [More]
I wrote that song in 1991. I played it for a long time with my French trio. It was quite a blast to play to live because the song got a lot of energies. Except the middle part in 7/4, it is pretty straightforward 4/4. There are three different part in the song. The first one is a rhythm and blues groove inspired by a Brecker Brothers song called   “If you Wanna boogie.” The second part is a basic four power chords rock ‘n roll’ suite. Finally, the third part is a 7/4 pattern. I performed it using my custom-made [More]
This song is based on the principle of pyramidal building. It was originally composed for a radio jingle, and employed as an intro for a radio show. It was back in the early 90. For a couple of years, I wrote the entire music for a radio name RPH. This radio is still alive today, and it is located in the south of France near Pezenas. At that time, I was only making MIDI programming. Computer music wasn’t at the level it is today, and audio recording wasn’t possible or at least not as easy as it is today. When [More]
The song is a medium shuffle at 120 BPM. I wrote it somewhere around 1991. I don’t remember exactly, but it’s not that important. I performed it live with the French trio I formed in the late 90. I played the main part with the Airline Map from Eastwood Guitars. I like that guitar pretty much, especially for that type of music where I require a distorted sound, but without being too much rock ‘n roll. A Stratocaster would’ve been to treble. The hollow body of the Airline Map gives that mellow sound I like and need to perform fusion [More]
Smooth bossa nova like mood. It’s not really a traditional bossa nova rhythm, but the ambience remind the coolness of the Brazilian style. I wrote this song in 1991, and I never played it with anyone. It was just a chart slipping in a folder. I also had a basic MIDI file of the arrangement, and that was it. Finally, it was time to make the song alive. I enjoyed pretty much recording it using all my different guitars and the lovely Latin rhythm EZdrummer plugin. I used six different guitars for the recording. I always use many different instrument [More]
Funk That Map is the song I used in the demo of the Airline Map from Eastwood Guitars. Well, in the video review I improvise over the background sequence. It’s not the same version as this one. In the video review, I used only an extract of the song (the A part) I improvised on to demonstrate the guitar possibilities. That is the full studio version of Funk That Map. I used two different guitars to record it. I performed the solo part with the Airline Map from Eastwood Guitars. I played the two rhythm parts with a Stratocaster guitar [More]
I named that song Even and Odd because of the polyrhythmic use. It is a superposition of two different meters. One part of the band is playing in 4/4 while the other part is playing in 5/8. It sounds a bit intellectual, but it’s not as complicated as it sounds. I always liked polyrhythmic figures. When I was young, I was playing a lot of odd meters without knowing what it was. I had a hard time trying to write it down because I didn’t even know the existence of odd meters like 5/4, 11/8, etc. I didn’t even know [More]
The song features a bunch of different guitars. I based it around my Harley Benton RB – 612 CS. A 12 strings electric guitar that I bought over a year ago. In the first place, I wanted to use that song to demo that 12 strings guitar. But, as creation got along things went differently than expected. I was fooling around the chord progression of the first part since years. I like it, but I didn’t know what to do with it. I even included it in a song that I scrapped long ago. When I started to record that [More]