Neil Spencer Bruce

Guitarist – Composer – Sound Designer – Producer – Tutor and Coach

 

Manchester based guitarist, Neil is an in demand professional guitarist, composer, sound designer, producer/engineer and educator.

Throughout his varied career, Neil has bridged the gap between creativity and technology. As such, he is in continual demand for his skills and ability to make things happen.

Neil has been playing for over 30 years, has gigged around the world and has had his guitar playing featured on numerous recordings, TV and film and corporate jingles. He writes and films guitar lessons and gear reviews and has also published a book on creativity and guitar playing, entitled Guitar Creativity | A new way of thinking.

Neil has released several albums under the name ‘Light B4 Sound’, his music and sound design has been featured on numerous films, TV, computer games and other platforms.

Neil lectures at a number of Universities in the UK, provides masterclasses for various organisations and private tuition, in person or via Skype.

On the site you will find guitar lessons, gear reviews, and also inner reflection on the nature of what it is to be a creative.

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Recent Blog Articles

Atomic Amps Amplifire Patches

ShareAfter posting my video review of the Atomic Amps amplifier, one of the  viewers Spectrumgym asked if I could post the patches which I used in the video. So as promised here they are. I am currently using five patches, these are as follows My main presets are Clean (Fender Deluxe Reverb) Meaty Clean with compression (Fender  Bassman) Crunch (currently this is thr Rumble aka Dumble amp but I am finding this doesnt cut through well on stage as it is currently set up so need to tweak more) Dirty (Freedman HBE) The 80’s OTT lead (5051) You can download these patches by clicking on the link below. Atomic Amps Amplifire Patches I will upload more patches as I create them and if you have any suggestions, please let me know. Enjoy Peace Neil... read more

Review : Atomic Amps Amplifire

ShareThe time has come to review the Atomic Amps Amplifire and I am not sure where to start! There is SO much to say, but firstly I should start with how we got here, the beginning of the story so to say….. Why the Amplifire? I have alluded to this in the video review, but basically at a number of gigs over the Christmas and New Year’s period I realised that my stage volume with my beloved Fender ’68 Deluxe Reverb was getting a little bit too loud! Particularly, in situations where the stage was quite small. I am a big advocate of keeping stage volumes low and letting the front of house do most of the grunt work, it makes it easier to mix but also is better for those on stage and most importantly helps with the problems of noise induced hearing loss. My setup that I have been using for most of last year was pretty rocking and I was so so happy with it, I just love the sound of the Fender Deluxe amp, I know it sounds a strange thing for a man to say but boy do I love it. Although, having said that, the amp really does work best at it’s sweet spot (see this post for details) and whislt I love the amp at quiter levels , I have become addicted to the sweet spot and this is a little bit loud for some gigs and stages. And of course, like all of you out there I also do suffer from G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) and particularly at this time of the... read more

Current PedalBoard 2016

ShareIt is the new year 2016 and time to reconisder the pedalboard! Not sure why but always seems like a good thing to do at the begining of the year and blog about it. I know how much you guys love to see pictures of pedals boards and read about them. So here firstly is the picture in action….. Atomic Amps Amplifire Pedalboard And now the why’s and what’s that are behind all of this! So, up until New Years Eve and the gig I had on that evening, I was supremely happy with my set up. Yes I was a very happy camper! Here is a picture, my setup then featured my trusty and loyal TC Nova System which I have gigged with since for ever, with the new and wonderful Xotic SL Drive (slowly becoming my favourite all time pedal) and The Rothwell F1 Booster, which is a great boost pedal into my Fender 68′ Deluxe Reverb (read all about it here) which is simply just an amazing amazing amplifier. So why even consider change? Well, I guess we all suffer from G.A.S. from time to time and New Year is a time of year when this particular affliction is very catching!!! Also, because I am still always trying to improve my set up (and ultimately make it simpler and lighter!!….Ligther being the big one for me and my stairs!). But, I have noticed at a lot of smaller gigs recently that my guitar was dominating the on stage sound and was quite loud and turning it down took my amp away from the sweet spot (don’t... read more

Guitar Creativity – A new way of thinking

This book doesn’t teach you or tell you how to play the guitar, it isn’t full of exercises or techniques. Instead, it is a holistic approach to helping you develop your own, unique voice on the instrument. Guiding you to develop your creativity, personality and connection with the instrument.

We live in an age of unparalleled access to information and we are witnessing an incredible upsurge in talented musicians, yet very few are making into the the fabled realm of guitar god. This book aims to help you, not only improve your playing, but how to be more effective in your practising and learning, as well as most importantly become the unique guitar god you are destined to be. FIND OUT MORE

“I fully recommend this to any serious musician and will personally be teaching some of these concepts to my local guitar students. Thank you Neil for writing this great book” Joel Moesker

Guitar Teacher, Netherlands

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“Through his recordings, Neil Spencer Bruce explores various influences including Brian Eno and Trent Reznor, synthesising the mood and tone of their music to create an individual sonic footprint.” Music Review Unsigned

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