Interview with Anda Volley
August 14, 2017
Name: Anda Volley
Bands: Anda Volley
Websites: www.andavolley.com, andavolley.bandcamp.com, twitter.com/AndaVolley,
QRD – What was your first guitar & what happened to it?
Anda – I don’t remember what kind it was, or how I parted ways with it. My mom got me a cheap acoustic when I was 15.
QRD – What’s your typical set-up from guitar to effects to amplifier?
Anda – OD or fuzz -> Modulation -> Delay -> Reverb -> Amp
QRD – What’s the most important part of your rig - guitar, amplifier, or effects?
Anda – Effects.
QRD – What’s your main amplifier & why?
Anda – Toneblock 200 head + Mesaboogie 12” cab. To save space + I can’t lift a heavy amp.
QRD – What’s your main guitar & what are the features that make it such?
Anda – Telecaster American Standard Deluxe. It’s just a really lovely guitar that sounds & feels good to play & stays in tune the longest during a set.
QRD – How many guitars do you own?
Anda – 6.
QRD – How & where do you store your guitars?
Anda – My bedroom.
QRD – What features do you look for when buying a guitar?
Anda – It has to feel good to play. I prefer cutaways.
QRD – How much do you think a good guitar should cost?
Anda – $1200.
QRD – Do you upgrade & customize your guitars or just stick with what you get?
Anda – I stick with what I’ve got.
QRD – How thoroughly do you research or test a piece of equipment before buying it?
Anda – I read all the reviews & play models in a store.
QRD – Do you change your rig around often?
Anda – Yes.
QRD – Are you after one particular guitar tone & locking into it, or do you like to change your tone around a lot?
Anda – I like to change a lot.
QRD – What are some guitars, amps, & pedals you particularly lust after?
Anda – I have enough to keep me satisfied.
QRD – What do you think are some important features to be on a person’s first guitar that aren’t always there?
Anda – Guitars that can stay more in tune & don’t have initial fretboard issues like buzzing.
QRD – What have been the best & worst guitar related purchases you’ve made?
Anda – A Traveler Acoustic guitar was the worst. The internal pick up was glued & fell apart fast. The strings were too high off the fretboard & risky to adjust. I couldn’t sell it. Their Traveler electric guitars are okay through.
QRD – What are some effect, amp, & guitar brands you particularly like or dis-like & why?
Anda – I haven’t found a phaser or chorus pedal I like yet. Maybe I just don’t like those effects.
QRD – What’s the first thing you play when you pick up a guitar?
Anda – Some simple rhythm chords & pentatonic scales.
QRD – How old were you when you started playing guitar?
Anda – 15.
QRD – At what age do you think you leveled up to your best guitar playing?
Anda – When I took more lessons & practiced more often. When I don’t as much, I regress. It’s less about age.
QRD – Why do you think a guitar fits you more so than other instruments?
Anda – For me, they’re easier to write structured songs on.
QRD – Do you think guitar should be people’s first instrument as often as it is?
Anda – No, I think piano/keyboards, even a midi keyboard would be better. Keyboards are better to learn music theory & reading music, imo.
QRD – Do you see your guitar as your ally or adversary in making music?
Anda – Ally.
QRD – Who are the guitarists that most influenced your playing & sound?
Anda – My mom.
QRD – Do you think people anthropomorphizing guitars is natural or silly (e.g. naming guitars)?
Anda – Natural & shows a sense of humor.
QRD – What’s the most physical damage you’ve done to a guitar & how did you do it?
Anda – I bumped into a $1500 Fender Strat that fell off the wall & got a pretty bad gash in the body. A sticker would cover it.
QRD – What do you do to practice other than simply playing?
Anda – Finger exercises & scales.
QRD – How many hours a week do you play guitar & how many hours would you like to?
Anda – I used to practice about 10-12 hours a week.
QRD – What type of pick do you use & why?
Anda – Medium flexible for rhythm & harder & pointier for melodies.
QRD – What gauge strings do you use & why?
Anda – Lighter strings. I don’t have strong fingers.
QRD – How often do you change strings?
Anda – Less often than I should. When I was practicing a lot I changed them every month.
QRD – How often do you break strings?
Anda – Hardly ever.
QRD – Which do you feel is more proficient, your strumming hand or fretting hand & how does that effect your style?
Anda – Strumming hand. I fall into more trance lush sounds.
QRD – Do you set-up your guitar yourself or send it to a guitar tech (or not set it up at all) & why?
Anda – Only myself a couple of times. Usually I’ll have someone else do it. I don’t really know what I’m doing.
QRD – What tunings do you use & why?
Anda – Standard, & sometimes more drone tuning in C
QRD – Do you prefer tablature, sheet music, or some other notation system for writing down your own ideas?
Anda – Tablature & sheet music together for guitar.
QRD – How high do you hold your guitar when playing (strap length)?
Anda – Not too high. Not too low.
QRD – Playing what other instrument do you think can most help someone’s guitar playing?
Anda – Ukelele.
QRD – What’s a type of guitar playing you wish you could do that you can’t?
Anda – Shredding.
QRD – What’s a guitar goal you’ve never accomplished?
Anda – Shredding.
QRD – What’s your favorite guitar gadget (Ebow, capo, slide, string cutter, etc)?
Anda – String cutter.
QRD – Did you ever take guitar lessons & if so, what did you learn from them?
Anda – Yes, I learned the blues structure & finger exercises.
QRD – What would you teach someone in a guitar lesson that you don’t think they would generally get from a guitar teacher?
Anda – How to follow what you feel like.
QRD – What’s something someone would have to do to emulate your style?
Anda – Pick up a guitar & strum
QRD – What’s your take on tremolo/vibrato systems?
Anda – Mostly boring, but I like the Boss Slicer & Dwarfcraft Twin Stags.
QRD – How often do you adjust your tone knob?
Anda – Just at the start of a set or song.
QRD – What do you see as the difference between lead guitar & rhythm guitar players?
Anda – Lead is usually a better guitar player.
QRD – If a band has good guitar work, can you ignore the rest of the band not being good?
Anda – No.