GW Premiere: David Haerle's "The Tone That Got Away"

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Friday, August 14, 2020

“The backing track for this song is from a piece called ‘Prelude to Play It Like The Record.’ A great piece of music to improvise to on guitar. We looped it, got a great tone from my Nash ‘telecaster style guitar’ on the neck pickup by using my late 1970’s Fender Deluxe Reverb amplifier and Full Tone’s Full Drive 2 pedal. We recorded multiple takes and over time engineer Jose Salazar masterfully edited the piece together. He and I take very detailed notes on guitar tones and what we did to get them. Months down the road I wanted to do some additional takes and overdubs, but we could not for the life of us get that tone again. We tried everything. We went ahead and did an overdub or two but limited it to parts where we didn’t notice the tone difference. The ending of the song, which has a sitar-like feel, was done without the matched tone and it is one of my favorite parts. That’s why I call this ‘The Tone That Got Away.’”

“The Tone That Got Away” is from David Haerle’s album, Garden Of Edendale, released on June 29, 2018. His latest album, Death Valley, was released May 8, 2020.

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