A simple song in a bluegrass/country-western style I wrote for my dad
A Classic Reimagined: Dave's remake of the Triumph classic. Recorded and produced by Dave through his Wall of Sound Productions, this is a modern rock tribute to the production and musicianship of one of Dave's favorite bands. The song features the combo lead vocals by Barbe Paris and Dave's guitar work.
This song is available for purchase at Apple, Amazon, and anywhere else you get your music, and is also available for streaming on Spotify and other platforms. Visit the Fight the Good Fight page for more detailed info on this song.
A hard rock instrumental featuring 7-string guitar low end djent riffing and non-stop shred solos. The video features animation from the eclectic mind of Demetrius Harris of Dreamcraft Movies Paperworx Films
Official video for hard rock single "Black Magic Promises".
Lyrics and Music: Dave Paris
Produced and Directed by Dave Paris and Curt Harman. Cinematography: Jacob Spiekermeier - Oak Park Media and Curt Harman. Edited by Curt Harman.
Inspired by his pet cats and dogs, "Everything That Hath Breath" is a solo acoustic guitar arrangement by Dave Paris. Utilizing open-D tuning, this composition emphasizes Dave's versatility on guitar, providing both a stark contrast and additional level from his "Jury of my Peers" instrumental rock and blues release.
The first single from Dave's "Jury of my Peers" album, inspired by the plight of his nephew Roman, who was born four months premature. The video features home movies and clips of Roman's earliest days in the hospital, to his playful moments growing up with his family. For the video, Dave also wanted pretty, young dancers, but the only ones available within the budget were his nieces!
Official music video. Off the instrumental release "Jury of my Peers".
Guitarist Dave Paris "unshreds" on a this song from "Jury of my Peers" featuring the Cigar Box Guitar designed by Glenn Kaiser. Cyprian Alexzander solos on harp in this bluesy piece filmed live which also features the acoustic bass styling of Barbe Paris.
The song Dave says he's always wanted to write, written for his wife. Vocalist Bob Colquhoun lends his powerful range to this drop-tuned power rock composition, which may or may not be a ballad. The video for this song is brought to you in living head-cam, taken via GoPro during one of Dave's bike rides.
A satirical love song written for Dave's wife Barbe as a precursor for "Until Forever", it serves as a sort of musical "gag gift." Suffering from a terrible cold, and writing & recording the song in a mere three weeks, this loving tribute also features past and present pets & other animals melded with this ballad to further convey the love and emotion within this arrangement.
Dave's cover of the classical guitar piece originally written and recorded by Rik Emmett on Triumph's "Thunder Seven" release.
Cat videos & electric guitar! This instrumental guitar single backs up a mash-up of the antics of his kitten "Scribbles."
A big fan of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, here's Dave's stripped-down, acoustic version of their version of the Christmas carol. Which begs the question: is this a cover of a remake, or a remake of a cover or a cover of a cover or a remake of a remake?
The Dave Paris Group performing the Deep Purple classic "Smoke on the Water" with the Cedar Rapids Community Orchestra. Along with the CR Strings, this performance features Dave's friend & special guest guitarist SoundExcape.
Drummer Keith Nester performs with the Dave Paris Group live on the NewBo City Market Stage. Keith played drums on the original recording of "Free B" on the "Jury of my Peers" album & this performance is the first time the lineup from the recording of Dave, Barbe, & Keith ever performed this song together live.
Highlights of the DPG "Jury of my Peers" show
Live at the Cedar Rapids Kernels Stadium
Dave performs his acoustic arrangements of these timeless hymns live.
Hosted by Guitarist Dave Paris at Wall of Sound Productions. AUDIO WAVES, RANTS & RAVES covers musical topics focused on audio recording, music business, songwriting, and other random topics related to music...and maybe not music depending on any sidetrack rants or rabbit holes. Inspired by a need to help other artists better understand musical aspects, Dave utilizes his years of experience in the music industry, recording, non-profit work, and education to inform and inspire.
If you only watch one episode of Rants & Raves, watch the episode that dives into why recording is not just a "one & done" experience
A continuation, this video talks about the positive side of spending time on your session to really get the quality you are seeking
A quick & simple video showing three chords for seven-string guitar.
For jam settings with other guitar players, it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish yourself from the rest. With the help of Arty Cavazos, Dave Paris shows examples of techniques and cues to not only enhance your own playing, but to compliment the other guitar players.
This second video carries on examples for jamming with other guitar players, creating distinction within your playing. Arty “ALC” Cavazos and Dave Paris provide various stylistic examples using a portion of the blues 1-4-5 progression. Concepts include shredding and melodic playing, and the advantages of using slide playing.
This video shows a triad guitar finger exercise, which is also based around the circle of fifths.
Part two of this series on triads features a string-skipping finger exercise for guitar. This exercise utilizes alternate picking and string-skipping based on a major triad. This simple exercise works well on electric or acoustic guitar, and helps build speed and accuracy.
Here's an example of playing a lick on a seven-string as opposed to playing on a traditional six-string. This particular example uses the Altered Dorian Mode, and the Jazz Minor Mode. The example is from a section of "God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen", recorded on Justin Hill's "Wonder" release.
This video covers jazz guitar Drop Chords – Drop 2, Drop 2 4 chords, but is less about the chords and more about applicability. Working within a stationary position, I attempt to explain my approach to creating and using chords, which may or may not fall into a “Drop” category.
In the example one video, we talked about creating jazz guitar chords in a stationary location on the fretboard, whether approached as “Drop 2” chords or not. This video shows how you may approach creating guitar solos around those chord positions.