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Modus Operandi: Sarah Longfield

By: Ramon

There is a big difference between being able to play the guitar really well and being a good guitarist. And even then there is a big difference between having the ability to perfectly play the likes of a Malmsteen, Abasi, Petrucci and Laiho in you attic room, or having the capability to craft something that allows you to truly reach out to people. And even then there is a difference between those who can do this in the studio (at home, most of the time) and those who can actually deliver this live on stage. YouTube star Sarah Longfield is all of that. With her diversity in styles she will release her new record ‘Disparity’ on November 30th 2018, on which this one-woman prog band chose to sail a slightly lighter course than we anticipated, but the little lady stuns our gear section with a level that evokes nothing but shyness. So it is about bloody time to see how this sensational autodidact comes to her sound. And she has some good gear on her side.

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Modus Operandi

Guitars:
Strandberg Guitars.

Bass Guitars:
Ibanez SR506.

Tunings:
Standard and open C.

Pickups:
Fishman.

Amps & Cabinets:
Axe Fx II.
Engl Powerball III.
Orange 2x12.

Effects:
Carbon Copy Delay.

Strings:
D’Addario.

Gauges:
9-42 and 10-84.

Picks:
Dunlop Tortex Red .4mm

Keyboard/Piano/Organ:
Some old Roland 88-key weighted electric piano.

Toms/Drums:
Ludwig Questlove Kit /various E-kits.

Pedals:
Tama Speedcobra’s.

Cymbals:
Sabian are preferred but I have a mix.

Throne/Stool:
Roc-n-soc.

Drumsticks:
Promark Shira Kashi Oak 5A.

Camera:
Sony A7S ii.

Software:
Logic Pro X.

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General

When did you start playing guitar/bass/keys/drums?
I started first with piano at eight years old, guitar at twelve, drums at thirteen and bass at seventeen.

How much do you still practice and do you make a distinction by practicing and playing for fun?
I have never really been good at dedicated practicing (although I should probably work on that haha). I’ve always just played whatever was the most fun for me, and if I couldn’t play it yet, or if it was challenging that made it all the more fun. As I’ve progressed over the years though, my focus has shifted from technical challenges to creativity/songwriting, which I feel is a pretty natural progression for most musicians.

What are you still eager to learn?
I would really like to get around to learning theory someday! I’ve tried a couple times but I don’t know if I have the attention span for it yet, haha.

On which piece of gear do you keep your most beautiful memories and why?
My first 7-string; it was an Ibanez RG7321 and the guitar that made me LOVE guitar. I would fall asleep playing it so many nights and it was covered in stickers.

Really? I think putting stickers on a beloved guitar is next to sacrilege, personally, hahahah. Do you have an endorsement deal or a signature model?
I’m currently endorsed by Strandberg Guitars, and we are working on a signature model! I don’t know if I’m allowed to release any more info on it yet though.

Aaaah, please… ok, I’ll give up. What was your worst purchase ever and why?
An Ibanez RGA-8. I love most everything Ibanez makes, but that 8-string was a bad time. It had a super flat neck (which lead to hand cramps) weird string spacing, tinny sounding pickups with a bridge similar to a Floyd Rose except fixed, which was super unnecessary.

Who are your influences (musicians)?
I’d say my biggest influences on guitar are Tosin Abasi and Mateus Asato!

What was your first guitar/bass/keys/drums?
My first guitar was a blue Hamer XT series and I traded it for a cello a few years later.

What is on your wish list, gear wise?
The new Roland TD17KVX, I want one SO bad. I’m saving up for it currently.

Start crowdfunding! Ultimate goal as a musician?
Just to be able to continue making music constantly and getting to see the world.

What do you have to say to the little(r) kids out there who want to become a stage or YouTube star themselves?
Go for it! Don’t doubt or compare yourself to others, if you want to do it you will find a way to make it happen!

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