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Ben Howell
Posted on: Aug 23 2014, 01:30 PM


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Hey Guys,

I was doing a basic vamp for some students of mine today and thought I'd share the backing tack here and see what you guys can come up with!

Its just a vamp (one note/chord) backing in G. G minor/major pentatonic would be a standard scale to use, but you can pretty much use any scales that are 'G based',major or minor or altered.

Lets hear your ideas!

I uploaded a track with some of my improv just using the minor pentatonic (which was actually really hard for me to do as I am used to throwing all kinds of stuff in there!) so you can get an idea. I chose to stay simple for my students sake as they are learning the pentatonic boxes at the moment and I don't think any diminished ideas would be appreciated biggrin.gif

I will post feedback on anything submitted!

Enjoy,

B
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  Forum: PRACTICE ROOM · Post Preview: #694627 · Replies: 0 · Views: 730

Ben Howell
Posted on: Aug 11 2014, 10:40 AM


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Hi Guys,

Welcome to my review of the 68 custom Princeton Reverb review!

This is my first piece on here for a while, and I havn't even had my morning coffee yet so be gentle haha!

The 68 custom Princeton Reverb is Fender's Mexican made custom reissue of the classic Princeton amp. The guitar is a Fender American Special Stratocaster. So Fender and Fender smile.gif

In the words of Fender '1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps, with tone that was still pure Fender but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum “drip edge” grille cloth trim, the Princeton Reverb received a fresh new face as it remained the perfect recording and gigging amp. Small, light and moderately powered, it produced big tube tone, with world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Princeton Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender sound.

The ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb Amp pays tribute to the classic look, sound and performance of Fender’s late-’60s “silverface” amps. In a special twist, a modified tone circuit gives modern players greater tonal flexibility with pedals, and the amp’s reduced negative feedback gives greater touch sensitivity and quicker onset of overdrive. The ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb’s single 10” Celestion® TEN 30 speaker also delivers a more distinctively rock ‘n’ roll flavor'.

You can find the full specs here at Fenders website: http://www.fender.com/series/vintage-modif...on-reverb-120v/

If you don't know much about the amp do not fret (pun intended) hopefully the sound clips will tell you what it is all about. Think Glassy cleans, warm tube tone and a great base for your favourite pedals!

It is a classic Fender amp in the sense of what Fenders are known for, and sits within the hallowed company of the Twin Reverb and Bassman etc.

This amp is not a metal amp, so if you are looking for an amp for mega high gain look elsewhere. However its is perfect for Blues, Country, Jazz and Rock because of its beautiful cleans. Most people who want an overdrive tone will either crank the amp to 10 or more likely stick a pedal in front of it, which is what I did (The Staxmaster drive pedal which may have a review soon smile.gif

The amp is only 12watts-but don't let that fool you-its is pretty loud. And by that I mean loud enough for small gigs/clubs.

I had the volume on 4 (the sweet spot just before/its starts to break up) but the volume does go to 10. However past 5 it simply gets more overdriven, not much louder. I think it is a wonderful recording/studio and small gig amp.

One difference between this and other Fender amps (i.e. the Twin, 65 Princeton) is that it is designed to break up (overdrive) slightly earlier, at about 4.5 on the volume knob.


My rating for this amp is an easy 4.5/5 with the following breakdown:

Tone: 4.5/5
Versatility 4/5
Quality 4/5
Value 4/5
Weight 4/5 (light)

PRO's:

-Beautiful classic Fender Cleans/WARM valve tone!
-Great Base for pedals
-Very versatile-all but the thrashiest if metal
-Loud enough for small gigs
-Quiet enough for home use
-Quite light so easily transportable
-Price is bang on imo.
-Looks (I love it-some might not)
-Lovely Blue LED smile.gif

CON's:

-Wont be the best amp for metal (though its not designed for that so whether a con is opinion....)
-Would be nice to see some metal protection on the edges like other Fender amps
-Looks
-Some might see the 'Made in Mexico' as a con

So here are the clips, all recorded first take and improvised so take them with a pinch of salt. Some have slight gaps for when I change tone controls.

Let me know what you think!


Cheers

B
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  Forum: GEAR & PRODUCTION · Post Preview: #693749 · Replies: 0 · Views: 6.279

Ben Howell
Posted on: Aug 4 2014, 10:55 AM


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I will be on chat for a bit while I work on design stuff guitar wise so if anyone has any questions (especially blues, jazz, fusion or gear related) come join!

B
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Aug 2 2014, 08:29 PM


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All done smile.gif

Can you sort out my profile so I can PM etc?
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Aug 2 2014, 08:23 PM


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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Aug 2 2014, 01:03 PM) *
Nice to see you back here Ben smile.gif


Hey buddy! Long time no speak! Hope you are good? Any of the old gang still 'ere?

QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 2 2014, 04:30 PM) *
It's always great to have a guitarist called "Ben" coming back to GMC! "The return of Ben" is always a killer sequel. biggrin.gif

I remember you mate! It's cool to see you here again! Are you planning to record some new lessons?


Cheers Gabriel-its been a long time-I remember ya too! Yes I hope to...if Kris lets me biggrin.gif

QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Aug 2 2014, 07:04 PM) *
Bath's a great place. I'm about 35/40 miles south on the Somerset / Dorset border.


Ah not far at all then...maybe a special video jam sesh on the cards! smile.gif
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Aug 2 2014, 10:23 AM


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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Aug 2 2014, 09:44 AM) *
Hey Ben, you have an awesome name. Only 3 letters but very powerful.

It's good to see another Englander on here. Are you from the Bath area or did you relocate there to study ?


Haha! True bro! laugh.gif

Near Bath area but studied there (2005-2008).

Yourself? Cheers for saying hi!

B
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Aug 1 2014, 09:46 PM


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Hey guys,

My name is Ben Howell-I used to be an instructor here many moons ago and am now back!

Its awesome to be back and I have matured as a player, my playing tends to be revolved around blues/jazz/fusion but I do like the odd tapping lick thrown in there!

I have been playing the guitar for 13ish years, and studied Music at Bath in the UK.

I have taught at the International Guitar Festival along side some amazing players (most of who write for Guitar Techniques) and have been a session player and general guitar/amp/tone lover!

I have a theoretical background, having studied jazz at degree level and love that side of it. But I am forever in the persuit of trying to be a better musician and to be able to play what I can hear in my head

Anyway-any questions, queries give me a bell. I have some old lessons on here, but I am hoping to be much more involved now smile.gif

Talk to you soon!!

B
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Aug 1 2014, 09:38 PM


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QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Aug 1 2014, 09:27 PM) *
What a nice surprise Ben, it's great to hear from you again biggrin.gif

Email answered!


Replied biggrin.gif Awesome stuff!

Now where do I say hi again??!

B
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Aug 1 2014, 08:40 PM


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....but check your emails biggrin.gif

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Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 21 2008, 06:47 PM


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In the words of the Alan Partridge...Lovely stuff!


-Ben
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 21 2008, 09:11 AM


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Wow, this is great!

Id love one in black if possible...!!

Great idea, whoever it was!!

-Ben
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 17 2008, 07:26 PM


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This is legendary! biggrin.gif
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 17 2008, 06:41 PM


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Welcome Alain, enjoy your stay. smile.gif

-Ben
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 17 2008, 04:11 PM


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Welcome to GMC matie!

-Ben
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 17 2008, 03:08 PM


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Haha not a master at jazz by a long way, but thanks anyway!

-Ben
  Forum: Practicing (Muris) · Post Preview: #121211 · Replies: 9 · Views: 4.486

Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 17 2008, 02:59 PM


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Nicely played Coffeeman, i wouldnt say your timing was that off at all, in fact 'swing' is the standard timing for jazz anyhow.

Well done,

-Ben
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 16 2008, 10:20 PM


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Hello Matt, cheers for your reply. Now thats the two questions taken care of, is it good sound quality? At GAK they have it for only £89 so it seems like a good deal.

-Ben
  Forum: Gear Reviews · Post Preview: #120918 · Replies: 108 · Views: 44.993

Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 16 2008, 07:25 PM


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Hey Guys,

On the subject of the Pandora, does it let you record backings so you can solo over?

Also will it fit in your pocket?

Cheers,

-Ben
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 12 2008, 04:23 PM


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Great lesson Andrew, very well explained.

-Ben
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 10 2008, 12:34 PM


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Thanks guys for all the input. Some food for thought definately.

-Juan, il pm you now if you have some software that helps with transcribing?

Thanks again,

-Ben
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 9 2008, 09:41 PM


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Interesting Muris-thanks for your answer.

Do you know of any free slow-down software out there btw? Im using amazing slow downer but its very limited.

Thanks,

-Ben
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 9 2008, 08:34 PM


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Nice replys guys-Thanks.

Its come to a point in my playing where ive realized REALLY GOOD ears are ultimately what matters, especially from an improvisational point of view.

Transcribings a favourite of mine, but can be quite hard especially with some Scott Henderson stuff im working on ohmy.gif .

As a side point-how much do you guys rely on your ears in an improvisation aspect, in a ratio perhaps to pattern, shapes etc?

Cheers,

-Ben
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 9 2008, 07:31 PM


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Hi Guys,

Just a quick question. Im currently doing ear training at the moment, with the ultimate goal of being able to hear phrases in my head and translate them (quickly) onto the guitar. This is obviously not an overnight thing, but im just wondering your methods of this training?

Im currently using interval training which i find fairly easy to be honest, but hearing the intervals over changing chords (particularly jazz changes) is rather difficult as for each chord you have to treat it as a new tonal center to hear the intervals correctly if that makes sense.

Cheers for the input,

-Ben
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 2 2008, 08:55 PM


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Sounds great Andrew, cant wait to hear it. Perhaps you'll start your own boutique amp company?!

-Ben
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Ben Howell
Posted on: Jan 2 2008, 07:10 PM


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The amp looks SWEET Andrew! Congratulations!

Love to hear how it sounds!!

-Ben
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