Gers: Well, you can do three-part harmonies.
Murray: Yeah, none of us ever stops playing—even if the other guitarists are playing a
harmony. It could be rhythm guitar behind the
harmony, or a unison part.
tone, you’d just use a Marshall with the guitar
volume down, which isn’t really ideal.
Murray: I just got a Fulltone Deja’Vibe I really
like. Also, using just a little bit of delay is nice
for ambience, so it’s not completely dry. With
Maiden, because there are three guitarists, you
need to cut through everything, and having
that ambience helps. And maybe a little bit of
a chorus—anything that can add some spark
and make it more musical and less flat.
Gers: A Marshall amp.
One of Maiden’s trademarks is your harmonized melodies. Since you started out as a
two-guitar band and later added Janick, how
do you arrange your two-part harmonies?
If it’s a harmonized line, would you do a
Janick Gers summons a “wall of sound” live at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, July 11, 2010.
Photo by Rod Snyder
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