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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]