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Welcome to my web site!

Hopefully you will find something useful here.  If there's a problem anywhere, send me an e-mail at and I'll try to fix it.  If you come back later, there will probably be something new.  So please, visit again!

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NEW! I'm going to Mars in 2003... or my name is anyways.  Go here to see the official NASA certificate.  Go here to get your own!

Quick index of this page:

Here it is! EDS - REPENTANCE, the Teaser and the Happy Techno Mix!

Humor mostly for the 31337 ph00lz and coding wizards (collected and original)

King's Kids 2001 CD tracks

Guitar or jump right to the techniques section

Top songs for hip-hop beats

I support Rock for Life.  So does my former band, Eternal Death Strike.  Eternally on strike from death!

King's Kids 2001 band official soundtrack

CD tracks

1-9 are for the band.

  1. Ace Troubleshooter - 1 Corinthians 13
  2. DC Talk - My Deliverer
  3. Thousand Foot Krutch - When In Doubt
  4. Five Iron Frenzy - Every New Day (live)
  5. Insyderz - Who is This
  6. Big Tent Revival - Where's the Passion
  7. Thousand Foot Krutch - Lift It
  8. Relient K - When You're Around
  9. Thousand Foot Krutch - Moment of the Day
  10. Code of Ethics - Hallelujah 2000
  11. Audio Adrenaline - Will Not Fade
  12. DJ Maj feat. Ill Harmonics - The Crowd Is Standing
  13. Relient K - Sadie Hawkins Dance
  14. Superchic[k] - It'll Be All Right
  15. John Reuben - Jezebel
  16. Calibretto 13 - Merry Freakin' Christmas
  17. Sphere of Hip-Hop - Scratching Crazy (DJ SkillSpinz)
  18. World Wide Message Tribe - Lift It
  19. Calibretto 13 - The Apple Song

So this is it guys! Cool.

The Big Page o' Guitar Goodies

Yeah, I love playing my electric.  Acoustic is nice too, but I prefer the lighter strings and lower action of an electric any day.  So, here's some stuff any guitar player will find useful, no matter how green.

Other sites
Cyberfret - one of my favorites. Tips, tricks, and licks with video and audio samples for the techniques! RealAudio and RealPlayer will help you here.

Christian guitar resources - The best place to go for chords, tabs, and words for Christian songs.  There's stuff for bass guitar too, so your band can play the song right!

Tabcrawler - Tabs and chords for all music.  Tabs for guitar, bass, and drums!

My equipment (highly recommended!)

Epiphone G-400 Deluxe Flametop (list $750) - a very nice guitar! Sunburst finish, dual humbuckers with separate tone and volume for each, 3-way switch for the pickups, classic Gibson SG body shape, and output jack on the front down by the knobs. The strap attaches to the bottom (as it sits in a stand) and to the back of the guitar.

Digitech RP-2000 Modeling Guitar Effects System (list $400) - sweet effects pedal. Probably the best pedal under $600.  The next best is the $600 Digitech GNX2.  Four switches, assignable analog pedal (for Wah, volume, amp gain, effect volume, or whatever), Bank/Patch mode, Next Bank/Patch switch, assignable Control switch to manipulate an effect in real time, rhythm trainer with 30 drum patterns, Learn-A-Lick, Jam-a-long jack, headphone jack, digital S/PDIF output, auto-chromatic tuner, MIDI connectivity, and so much more.

Fully customizable effects:

bulletPickup simulator (single coil to humbucker and vice-versa)
bulletCompressor, wah, pitch shift, harmony, whammy, detune
bulletAmp modeling ('65 Fender Twin Reverb, Matchless DC30, Mesa Dual Rectifier, Mesa Boogie Mark II C, '57 Fender Tweed Deluxe, Vox AC30 top boost, Marshall JCM900, clean combo, crunchy combo, smooth hi-gain, flat top acoustic, piezo acoustic)
bulletCabinet modeling (simulates a mic'ed amp)
bulletTalker (robot voice, vocoder, synthesized voice, etc)
bulletNoise gate, auto-swell
bulletChorus, flange, phase, tremolo, panner, vibrato, rotary speaker, auto-yah (similar to wah except it makes a "yah" sound), YahYah, envelope filter (auto-wah), detune, pitch shift
bulletDelay (mono, analog, stereo ping pong, stereo analog ping pong, reverse delay - very cool)
bulletReverb (club, studio, bathroom, plate, sound stage, garage, hall, church, arena, spring)

My guitar techniques explained!

You may have wondered how I do some of the stuff I do.  Well, here's your chance to learn without me actually being there to show you.  This is a big part of my life.  If a section doesn't have a link, e-mail me and I'll point you in the right direction.  You could also send me stuff to put here!

I wrote every last word of this whole site myself, except where noted.  Other authors get their due recognition.  So, if you want to send me something, your name will be here!

Beginner's tips: Reading chord charts, basic open chords, holding the pick, strumming, reading tabs, why not to use your thumb

Tips for intermediate players: Patterns on the fretboard, forms of barre chords, alternate fingerings for chords, strumming patterns, styles of music, leading from one chord to another, when to do leads, hammer-ons and pull-offs, fretboard map

Electric guitar: Different types of distortion and when to use them, different types of effects, combining effects, chorus, delay, wah-wah techniques, playing in a church, fancy techniques, audio samples of effects

Bass guitar: A couple scales, leading from one chord to another, when to pick/strum during a song

Leads: Simple minor pentatonic scale, expanded pentatonic scale, major scale, minor scale, blues scale, improvising rock, improvising jazzy stuff (R&B, light rock), improvising hardcore,  tremolo / vibrato, bends, slides (with your fingers), hammer-ons and pull-offs, pick hammer-and-slide technique, leading from one chord to another, multi-string lead notes, fretboard map, intervals

Chords: Beginner chord forms, intermediate chord forms, advanced chord forms, chord construction/music theory, intervals, unusual chords, chords that defy theory

Song construction: Chord progressions, 12-bar blues, breaks, verse & chorus, intros, dynamics, emotional "feel" of various keys and chords, fast song construction, slow song construction, elaborate vs. simple, chord variations for variety

Strings: Ernie Ball pure steel, GHS Boomers

Concerts: Set list construction, stage presence

Impressing people: Expanded pentatonic scale, Bass Scales, Patterns (play any song instantly), Different types of distortion

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