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Guitarist Interview with Lorne Hind
January 2013
Lorne Hind
Name: Lorne Hind
Bands: Lorne Hind 360, Tamin Thunder
Websites: www.LorneHind360.comwww.Myspace.com/LorneHind

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Listen to “Off And On”
Listen to “Zuess”

QRD – What was your first guitar & what happened to it?

Lorne – My parents bought me an acoustic guitar when I took my guitar lessons. I don’t know what happen to it once I received my first electric guitar. Wish I had it. 1973/74 model. Would have been a classic!

QRD – What’s your typical set-up from guitar to effects to amplifier?

Lorne – Guitar plugs into the effect pedal board. From the pedal board into the amp.

QRD – What’s the most important part of your rig - guitar, amplifier, or effects?

Lorne – Good question. All three. First would be a guitar you can feel very comfortable playing. Then an amp that sounds great to your ears. Lastly the effects that sound well with your playing style & music.

QRD – What’s your main amplifier & why?

Lorne – I have been using a Carvin “Steve Vai” model. The first one. Very versatile. Mostly plug into the clean channel. Accepts a lot of pedals very well. The dirty side is good too. Lots of headroom!

QRD – What’s your main guitar & what are the features that make it such?

Lorne – Fender Strat American Deluxe HSS. It’s a Fender Strat! LOL Versatile!

QRD – If you had a signature guitar, what would it look like & what would some of its features be?

Lorne – It would be a Fender Strat style body & neck with a volume & one tone. Some how have the one tone split into two tones. Two single coils with a humbucker.

QRD – If you had a signature pedal, what would it be & what would some of its features be?

Lorne – A distortion pedal that would vary different distortions & overdrive tones. Wampler is a good example.

QRD – How many guitars do you own?

Lorne – 3.

QRD – How & where do you store your guitars?

Lorne – My guitars are on a long guitar stand. They are stored in my studio room.

QRD – What do you wish guitar cases had that they usually don’t?

Lorne – A humidifier system

QRD – What features do you look for when buying a guitar?

Lorne – Feel of the neck, the balance of the guitar standing up & sitting down, strumming & picking the guitar to hear its tonality plugged & unplugged.

QRD – How much do you think a good guitar should cost?

Lorne – Now a days the way the economy is, it should be cheaper.

QRD – Do you upgrade & customize your guitars or just stick with what you get?

Lorne – I just upgrade the pickups if needed.

QRD – How thoroughly do you research or test a piece of equipment before buying it?

Lorne – Very thoroughly.

QRD – Do you change your rig around often?

Lorne – Not often. If I had endorsements like crazy I would! LOL.

QRD – Are you after one particular guitar tone & locking into it, or do you like to change your tone around a lot?

Lorne – I pretty much like what I have now. But I still listen to other players’ tones & go “Man that sounds

QRD – What are some guitars, amps, & pedals you particularly lust after?

Lorne – Guitars - Fender Strats, Music man, Gibson, Paul Reed Smith, Xotic, Vigier, Yahama.
Amps - Carvin, Fender Twin, Bogner, Marshall, Egnator.
Pedals - Wamplers, Boss, MXR, so many more.

QRD – What do you think are some important features to be on a person’s first guitar that aren’t always there?

Lorne – A pic of themselves . LOL.

QRD – What have been the best & worst guitar related purchases you’ve made?

Lorne – Best - Fender Strat.

QRD – What are some effect, amp, & guitar brands you particularly like or dis-like & why?

Lorne – For effects/pedals - Wampler pedals are great! Brian is the maker of these pedals. He really did his homework on capturing the sound of vintage/present amps onto his pedals. His pedals sound good through many amps.
Amps - Carvin, Fender Twin for great versatility! Marshall amps – well, you know POWER IN YOUR FACE! LOL.

QRD – What’s the first thing you play when you pick up a guitar?

Lorne – I wrote a song. Don’t remember the name it, but I was strumming along with it.

QRD – How old were you when you started playing guitar?

Lorne – 8.

QRD – At what age do you think you leveled up to your best guitar playing?

Lorne – I think I’m not where I should be. People listen to me & think otherwise. But I’m always practicing to get even better.

QRD – Why do you think a guitar fits you more so than other instruments?

Lorne – The instrument challenges me. Plus it looks sexy on me! LOL.

QRD – Do you think guitar should be people’s first instrument as often as it is?

Lorne – No. Everybody will gravitate to an instrument when they see, feel & hear it. It’s just natural.

QRD – Do you see your guitar as your ally or adversary in making music?

Lorne – Yes.

QRD – Who are the guitarists that most influenced your playing & sound?

Lorne – Joe Satriani, Andy Timmons, Neal Schon, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, guitarists from the 70s rock, funk, reggae, soul, country.

QRD – Do you think people anthropomorphizing their guitars is natural or silly (e.g. naming their guitar)?

Lorne – I think is natural. Some people love their guitar so much that it has to have name.

QRD – What do you do to practice other than simply playing?

Lorne – Scales, picking exercises, rhythms.

QRD – How many hours a week do you play guitar & how many hours would you like to?

Lorne – 7 to 10 hours a week. Maybe more. I wish I could practice 5 hours a day.

QRD – What type of pick do you use & why?

Lorne – Large rounded V-pick. It is thicker than normal picks. The way I hold it works great for me. Great for speed picking. Glides over the strings. It forces you not to use so much energy.

QRD – What gauge strings do you use & why?

Lorne – 9 gauge. Always been using 9s as far as I can remember. Lighter on my fingers. I play in standard tuning. Easier for me to bend strings.

QRD – How often do you change strings?

Lorne – Depends how often I play. I play almost every weekend, plus practicing & recording. I would say once a week.

QRD – How often do you break strings?

Lorne – Not very often. Just the top E string once in awhile. Those damn E strings. LOL.

QRD – Which do you feel is more proficient, your strumming hand or fretting hand & how does that effect your style?

Lorne – I do believe both are close to one another now.

QRD – Do you set-up your guitar yourself or send it to a guitar tech (or not set it up at all) & why?

Lorne – I usually send it to a guitar tech. Doing very small things I can handle myself. I did take a course on setting up the guitar. Just haven’t got around to buying the tools.

QRD – What tunings do you use & why?

Lorne – Standard tuning. Usually I stay in standard tuning for slide. So use to standard tuning. Eventually I will venture into other tunings.

QRD – Do you prefer tablature, sheet music, or some other notation system for writing down your own ideas?

Lorne – I just write down chords when I’m writing a song.

QRD – How high do you hold your guitar when playing (strap length)?

Lorne – Not high, not low.

QRD – What’s a bad habit in your playing you wish you could break?

Lorne – Smiling too much. LOL.

QRD – Playing what other instrument do you think can most help someone’s guitar playing?

Lorne – Maybe the piano.

QRD – What’s a type of guitar playing you wish you could do that you can’t?

Lorne – Jazz/Fusion.

QRD – What’s a guitar goal you’ve never accomplished?

Lorne – Inventing something for the guitar.

QRD – What’s the last guitar trick you learned?

Lorne – Playing with my teeth

QRD – What’s your favorite guitar gadget (ebow, capo, slide, string cutter, etc)?

Lorne – Capo.

QRD – What’s a guitar technique you’d like to master, but haven’t?

Lorne – Country bends. Practicing country licks.

QRD – Did you ever take guitar lessons & if so, what did you learn from them?

Lorne – Reading notations.

QRD – What would you teach someone in a guitar lesson that you don’t think they would generally get from a guitar teacher?

Lorne – Lots of rhythm playing of different styles of music. Then lead playing of different styles of music.

QRD – What’s something someone would have to do to emulate your style?

Lorne – Slow down the pattern & listen.

QRD – What’s your take on tremolo systems?

Lorne – I love them. Part of my style. The tremolo has come a long way.

QRD – How often do you adjust your tone knob?

Lorne – Often.

QRD – What do you see as the difference between lead guitar & rhythm guitar players?

Lorne – We as lead players are just flashy! Like a lead singer! LOL.

QRD – If a band has good guitar work, can you ignore the rest of the band not being good?

Lorne – No way! In fact the band is what makes the guitar player’s playing so much more attractive.

QRD – What famous musician’s guitar would you like to own & why?

Lorne – Jimi Hendrix & Joe Satriani. Two very innovative guitarists!

QRD – Who do you think is currently the most innovative guitar player & why?

Lorne – Joe Satriani. His playing & music is great! Very versatile player & songwriter!

QRD – Where can people hear your best guitar work? You can listen to my

Lorne – First CD titled Full Circle at www.Lornehind360.com.  My second CD will be added
in the spring.  You can listen to samples of my second upcoming rock/pop instrumental CD titled
Zuess on www.Myspace.com/Lornehind. Also you can view my latest YouTube videos of me playing different styles of music.  Already have 5 songs for my third CD.

QRD – Anything else?

Lorne – Practice, practice, practice! Enjoy it while you are doing it. Go out & perform, it will make your playing & stage presence confidence stronger. Learn as many styles as much as you can. This will
challenge & motivate you to play the guitar more & more everyday.

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