Lee Ranaldo Guitar Clinic

Throughout his three decades with Sonic Youth and as a solo act, Lee Ranaldo has discovered countless ways to wring noise out of his guitar. Fortunately for aspiring avant guitarists in major metro areas, Ranaldo is the sharing type. In October, he hosted a guitar clinic at New York record store Other Music; a second clinic will follow 12/11 at Amoeba Records in San Francisco. The bits captured in a new five-minute video suggest the New York stop was an eye-opening exchange of ideas replete with mallets, effects pedals, voicemail samples, and a Stratocaster hanging from a noose. Ranaldo shows off some of his favorite techniques and answers questions about gear after transforming a solo rendition of his recent “Lecce, Leaving” from a straightforward rocker into a harrowing noise excursion. As he explains near the end, “This was meant to be more of a demonstration than a lesson — a realm of possibilities with the guitar.” If so, Ranaldo seems to have achieved his objective. Watch below.


(via Rolling Stone)

Lee Ranaldo And The Dust’s The Last Night On Earth is out now via Matador.

Comments (6)
  1. Thats a Lee Ranaldo Jazzblaster, not a stratocaster.

  2. Seriously. If you aren’t really up on Sonic Youth I could see mistakingly calling it a Jaguar or Jazzmaster but Stratocaster????

  3. You’ve gotta love a record store with “Dusk at Cubist Castle” on vinyl out on display.

  4. That was one of the cooler things I’ve ever seen.

  5. You should change “Stratocaster” to “Jazzblaster” before you have a teenage riot on your hands.

  6. guys this is a music blog, dont expect them to know anything about the tools to create it (unless its a macbook pro). yeah spinmedia!

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