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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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New Articles on IbreatheMusic
Damper Pedal Guitar
by Jon Finn

When you push down the damper pedal on a piano, all notes you play continue to sustain until you lift the pedal. It creates somewhat of a "washy" or "ethereal" effect. Recreating that effect on guitar is much more of a challenge... Continue

NotationTablatureGuitar related

You Didn't Try To Call Me...
by Eric Vandenberg

After all the licks and exercises here some things you should know about being "in the biz". This should be of interest for most of you, regardless of style and (pretty much) level... just some things to remember and pay attention to. Continue

The Dumb Tune Game
by Mark French

'I play what I hear' is a statement that many aspiring guitarists have heard from players they idolize. A goal worth striving to attain would be the fingers performing sounds which the improvising soloist hears ... Continue

Guitar related

Your Hand is Your Band
by Jamie Andreas

Very often, we are not really sure of which fingers we are using for each note we must play, and we do different things at different times. Read all about the importance of fingering Continue

Guitar related

Picking Etude- The Moto Perpetuo / Perpetual Motion
by Eric Vandenberg

OK, after all the theoretical stuff and bunches of exercises regarding picking, letīs get to work and play a really cool "etude" which will help us to take our picking up a few notches... the "Moto Perpetuo" by Niccolo Paganini Continue

NotationSoundTablatureGuitar related


 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

Unfamiliar Notation Questions

stage fright

Our Articles... what do you really think...

Listening recommendations

master the instrument

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