Days of the New - Touch, Peel and Stand - Solo

This article is part 39 of 47 in the 2022 music project series.

I wrote briefly about Days of the New as part of the background of my solo for Tantric's Astounded. I finally broke down and bought a Days of the New tab book on eBay, and the solo from their most famous song Touch, Peel and Stand is pretty fantastic. I'm not sure if Travis Meeks or Todd Whitener wrote it, but Todd Whitener performed it.

Travis Meeks apparently praises the cymbal work of the drummer in this song, but in my opinon the bass really carries it. And the vocals. The guitars are actually pretty uninspired in this song, except the solo is quite bitchin'.

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Transcription of the Touch, Peel and Stand solo from the 1997 album Days of the New

Recording

I'm chewing gum in this, by the way. So that's why my mouth is moving during the strumming part when I no longer had to concentrate. I'm not a mental patient. Also, I think this is the third video to feature this sweatshirt…

And note that I'm playing this on a Dreadnought on a 20-year-old $400 guitar with a two-inch action. So, you know, I did my best. You can watch Todd Whitener play this live in 1998 here and be more impressed.

Cover of Todd Whitener's solo from Touch, Peel and Stand

This was my first recording using updated versions of Ardour and Hydrogen, as well as on the new (to me) Ubuntu Studio operating system, which is pretty neat.

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Screenshot of my Ardour/Hydrogen setup