Ted Hoffman

Ted Hoffman
Guitar and songwriting junkie, meteorologist by profession, Parkinson's patient
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  • in reply to: Solo Trouble #183184
    Ted Hoffman
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    Thanks, Ids… yeah… I kinda like that trippy melodic stuff. Thanks for the kudos about the song, too… I wasn’t supposed to write the whole dang thing…but I guess nobody was that motivated LOL. There was a funny scratch demo where I was asking folks to join in and write part of the tune, but nobody else did.

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    in reply to: Solo Trouble #183059
    Ted Hoffman
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    Ahhh, phun with physics, huh?

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    in reply to: Solo Trouble #183041
    Ted Hoffman
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    Nice, Ids!

    For me, with my Parkinson’s problems – it really might be a blessing in disguise, as it’s forcing me to think less like a Ritchie Blackmore wannabe and more like a George Harrison wannabe… short, concise, and something simple that augments the song. I’ve always said one of the best and most effective solos ever recorded was Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” …one note. Cue in to 2:06…

    Another screamingly effective minimalist solo is Duncan Sheik’s “White Limousine” (cue in to 2:30)

    One of my favorite gee whiz guitarists (and there are many!) is Toto’s Steve Lukather… while he routinely peels paint off the walls with his solos – this one is is short, to the point, and melodic as heck.. cue in to 3:11

    Back in 2004, as a result of the tsunami that devastated Thailand and Indonesia, some members of another forum decided it would be cool (since there were members from all over the world) to put something together – write a song that we could have people download and donate the proceeds to the cause, sort of a “we are the world” deal. Well, I wrote a melody and a verse, and figured I’d let everyone else have at it to write subsequent verses, add vocals and instruments, and, of course, the solo section. We offered to sort of hold a contest to see who could come up with a solo for the song. Amazingly, most of the entries were based out of a minor pentatonic blues scale, which (and you’ll hear why if you listen to the tune) just did not work whatsoever. Finally, EQ Magazine columnist Phil O’Keefe (who was assembling the final track) suggested that I put my Rick 360-12 to use on the solo. So that’s what I did. Sadly, the cooler version of this with the many people playing on it got lost when my old hard drive bit the dust…so what I’m posting here is my working track with just me and Jak’s brother Drew on drums. Copies of the good version still exist – I just don’t have any myself. For anyone that is curious, the solo section begins at 1:55 …

    I guess my point is some very simple solos can be quite effective.

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