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Question

Hi Greg

Have you ever considered doing a guitar workshop for those fans looking to sharpen their skills.

Regards

Rich from Brooklyn, NY

Answer

Dear Rich, 

You are very kind to suggest this idea. I don't know about teaching the guitar per se' but I could probably offer an interesting insight into song writing on guitar etc. Thanks for the suggestion.

Best,

Greg.

(Nov-26-2010)

 

 
Question

Your recent American tour was a surprise and a rare moment in musical history. Anyways,  fab show, still wondering about the Synth Drums and your "Recording Studio", whether you had a live "synther" on drums or really computer synthed, that was an amazing job of drumming to solve the missing Carl, and to do it live. Not sure if something like that has been done before for a live concert that by itself was revolutionary.

 

 

Answer

Many thanks. 

Keith and I very much enjoyed performing this tour together and the use of technology was obviously an integral part of our being able to do this in the way that we did. 

Part of the idea was to perform just as two musicians revealing the way in which the various records were written and recorded. In this way pieces like Take a Pebble, Tarkus, Bitches Crystal etc were performed simply by the two of us without the use of sequencers etc. However, for the benefit of the show, pieces such as Pirates etc would not have been possible without using it. The end result was an intimate show which not only offered an insight into the way Keith and I worked as writers and recording artists etc, but also provided moments of striking high energy entertainment. Overall I was personally happy with this balance and of course we were always open and honest about our use of the technology so there was never any attempt to hide or deceive anyone about its use. 

Anyway, I am very glad you enjoyed the experience.

Best,

Greg.

(Nov-26-2010)

 
Question

Hi Greg. I play a Samick bass, active, 4 string, and I enjoy its slightly distorted intonation; but I'd like to get a brighter tone sometimes in some tunes, for example, similar to yours in the 1970s tour of ELP of the record Pictures At An Exhibition. Spectacular bass there, Greg Lake, the speeded up licks...what envelope filter or pedal do you suggest me to have that, in an active bass (a Fender bass would have that sound more naturally sure, but I love the active basses...)? 

Tthanks so much.

Carlos Bill, bass, occasional voice, composition.

Answer

Dear Carlos,

I would recommend that as soon as funds allow, you buy a Sadowsky bass with both the active and passive options. It is an "A" Class instrument with all the options. Other than that I suggest that you study other bass players carefully and see how they achieve the results they do. Take a deep look at Paul McCartney because this will teach you that the notes you play and how long you play them for, is far more important than any other considerations such as sound etc.

Best,

Greg.

(Nov-26-2010)

 
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Hi Greg I have been a fan since you were with King Crimson. I especially enjoyed Ian's flute playing since I play the flute as well. I have always been inspired by your music and lyrics. I've been following your recent concerts on YouTube, and I think you both play and sound better than ever. My question is after the High Voltage festival, is there any possibility you might play some venues in the northwest, such as Salt Lake City or Boise Idaho? I would love to see you in person and you have a lot of fans here in Idaho. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions and best of luck! Angelina

Answer

Dear Angelina,

Many thanks for your letter. Ian is a wonderful player and I do love the sound of the flute. I do not know the actual dates on the forthcoming USA tour with Keith and I but I certainly hope that it includes somewhere in the Northwest. Please call your local promoter or/and radio station and let them know about your wishes. I am sure we will get to play somewhere near where you are and when we do, please make sure stop by and say hello. You can arrange this through Eileen who runs the website.

Best,

Greg.

(Oct-20-2010)

 
Question

Hello Greg:

I've been a huge admirer of your music/performances, both with ELP, and your other bands - especially King Crimson!

I had the opportunity to see you and Keith when you played in Indiana - and I took my 22 yr old son. What an experience! It was almost as if we'd invited you over to meet and play for us! My son, James is also a talented musician (I play the cd changer) and he was thrilled to see you guys after hearing me play your music since he was a baby! My other son, Stuart was playing guitar with his band that night, so couldn't join us!

One question - I was surprised to see you with a Fender precision bass. Any particular reason for that choice?

I hope to be able to see you and Keith again and, hopefully the tour with Carl?

Many thanks for all those moments spent enjoying your great music!

Andy

Answer

Dear Andy,

Many thanks for your very kind words. I think the bass was probably a Fender Jazz. I do sometimes play a Precision but mainly Jazz as the fingerboard is easier to navigate on speedy pieces.

Best,

Greg.

(Oct-20-2010)

 
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