Magazine article Guitar Player

Carl Verheyen's Studio Diary

Magazine article Guitar Player

Carl Verheyen's Studio Diary

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A TREND IN THE ROCK CONCERT business is to record every night of a tour, and offer some songs for near immediate release via the Web. I was initially a little nervous about this during rehearsals for a Supertramp tour last year. Knowing there would be an official release of every show was a little daunting. I like to reach for something a little different every night in my solos to keep the music fresh, and I can occasionally fall short of my own expectations. We improvisers don't like to fall into patterns--we always seem to feel the need to push the creative envelope--and, for me, a seat-of-your-pants attitude gives the music an edge that is missing in most arena shows these days.

Of course, the risk in "going for it," is that I can walk offstage overwhelmed with joy, or completely bummed out, based on my perception of what I played. I'm sure you've experienced the same thing, and here's why: Your assessment is based on what you meant to play--not necessarily what you played. Many times, when you're going for something and you miss, what you actually played is every bit as valid. It just takes a few days (or weeks) of separation from the show to hear it.

For example, I recently recorded a live DVD with my band, and, of course, I went through the usual morning-after thoughts such as, "It's rubbish--nothing I played was cool." But three weeks later, I realized it was actually a fine performance--mistakes and all. One happy accident was that my wah pedal was on by mistake at the beginning of a solo, and although I cringed at the time, it sounds cool now. …

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