04 October 2002 - Issue 1
In this issue
@ And off we go ...
@ What's New on IBreathe
@ Pulse Bites: Dynamic Level Markings
@ Eric's Shred 101-Lick
@ Sizzling Hot Topics
|And off we go ...|
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|Pulse Bites: Dynamic Level Markings|
Using dynamics in your playing is like salt and pepper in a soup. We mostly are concerned about the correct notes that we play. Even more important is how we play these notes in a given musical situation. It may be helpful to think of the most commonly used dynamic levels as ranging from softest to loudest on a scale from 1 to 10. Below are the dynamic level markings with their full terminology.
10 - ffff - fortissississimo
9 - fff - fortississimo
8 - ff - fortissimo
7 - f - forte
6 - mf - mezzo-forte
5 - mp - mezzo-piano
4 - p - piano
3 - pp - pianissimo
2 - ppp - pianississimo
1 - pppp - pianissississimo
The most common range is between 3 and 8. Empowered with this knowledge we can now apply this information to our instruments.
A few practicing ideas:
- When playing on your own define 'the default' dynamic in your playing (somewhere between 5 and 6). This should leave enough room for playing a lot softer and a lot stronger.
- Pick a scale, play it up and down while gradually moving up and down through our dynamic scale, from pianissimo to fortissimo and back.
- Improvise with focus on dynamics only. You could just use one note. Try to create tension and release with using different dynamic levels
|Eric's Shred 101-Lick|
This is an excerpt from one of my songs, "Dreamer" (you can listen to the whole song at my website at http://www.ericvandenberg.com). The song and the way it's being played was inspired by Joe Satriani's 'Midnight'... I use less strings though.
Hammer on the notes on the E- and A-string (basically P5-intervals) with your left hand, and tap the top note with your right. The chord-progression is fairly simple, make up your own variations at will. Sounds great with a clean sound, you might wanna use a bandana or a sock tied around the guitar neck to mute the open strings when you use distortion...
|Sizzling Hot Topics|
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