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Preparation is the name of my musical game in the moment for both recording and an upcoming live performance.

A couple of weeks ago I began getting the fingers moving in a productive way with the aim of improving left and right hand precision. I know of no better way to hone my edge than to work within the discipline of Guitar Craft with a metronome, in this case specifically the Geballe 1st Primary Regimen, the Claypool 2nd Primary Regimen, the Geballe/Fripp piece Hammerhead, and the Ball/Fripp piece The Airport Exercise. The left hand and right are syncing nicely.

I've also been preparing mentally to begin recording Breathe. I have been listening to demos and loops, revisiting notes, and living with the music and concepts of the album. My head is "getting in the game".

Pedals for The B.O.A.R.D. gig in MarchAnd I've also been preparing for an upcoming performance with The B.O.A.R.D. on March 6th, 7:00 pm, at the Winfield High School gymnasium in Winfield, WV. The opening act is The Lifeguards. The set list for the evening is approaching final form and I'm well into internalizing the music. I'm very excited to play with the team again and look forward to another good performance.

I think I've set effects chain for the gig. Following the signal path from right to left: Peterson StroboStomp -> Dunlop GCB-80 volume pedal -> Analogman Bi-CompROSSor -> Boss DS-1 with aNaLoG.MaN Pro Midrange Mod -> T.C. Jauernig Gristle King Rev2 -> Boss DD-3 Digital Delay with aNaLoG.MaN High Cut Mod. It's a straightforward, rockin' configuration that will get the job done. I might change my mind but I'm thinking about using the 2001 Paul Reed Smith CE 22 as the primary guitar with the 2001 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster as my secondary. I worked with the Strat yesterday and the PRS today, both are wonderful instruments.

I will be focusing on more personal rehearsal for the show this coming week and will get the chance to rehearse with the band at least once, perhaps twice. In the meantime, Breathe is nearing its beginning. More as it develops on both fronts...

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