09 May 2003 - Issue 11
In this issue
@ What's New on IBreathe
@ Pulse Bites: What makes you tick?
@ Essential Listening
@ Eric's Shred 101-Lick
@ Students charged for p2p
@ Sizzling Hot Forum Topics
Hello all, and welcome to issue #11 of 'The Pulse'.
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New Reviews on iBreathe
All reviews can be found at http://www.ibreathemusic.com/reviews
Rock Discipline by John Petrucci
Rock Fusion by Brett Garsed
High Shred Techs by Francesco Fareri
The Advancing Guitarist by Mick Goodrick
Open Ears: A Journey Through Life With Guitar in Hand by Steve Morse
|Pulse Bites: What makes you tick?|
Now here comes a very weired topic but lately I've been thinking about this a lot. A few weeks ago I started to write an article about how it was when I started out, what problems I encountered, what the major hurdles were , etc.. etc ... and yes, I GOT STUCK!
The article forced me to answer a few questions in the first place: Why did I pick up the guitar? Why did I continue despite the fact of blisters? Was music intentionally picked or was it just an accident, like today I might become a master in playing computer games.... What was it when I started out that got me hooked? Satisfaction of being able to gain control over my doings in this field, opposed to a static school environement? Was it just that it was just damn cool? Was it a way to deal with aggression, life, generation X???? ....
Then a few more questions poped up. What is your/my ultimate vision. I mean it must be there otherwise why would we go through the hassle. Is it a picture of you on stage? Is it a special lick? A technique that let's other drop their jaws? Writing songs? A feeling? ...
Actually I can give you my current answer: I have a vision of one single note being played with all I got inside me - with all who I am. I picture this 'sound' being somewhere around the 12th or 15th fret and it's gotta be a bend - a hell of a bend :-)
Ok, call me crazy, whatever .... but I'd be interested in hearing your experiences, dreams, visions.
What makes you tick?
The corresponding forum thread can be found here:
|Essential Listening: Steve Morse Band|
Starting with this issue of 'The Pulse', we'll have a new feature: Essential Listening. In each new issue of the Pulse, I will quickly introduce a cool classic or rather recent album which I consider worth checking out... some 'essential guitar records' and some albums that should be interesting for everyone (although those guitar records are definitely not for guitarists only!)
No.1: 'The Introduction' by The Steve Morse Band (good choice for a start, huh?)
Original release: 1984
Line-Up: Steve Morse (g), Jerry Peek (b), Rod Morgenstein (dr/keys)
Guests: Albert Lee (g), T. Lavitz (piano)
This first album of the Steve Morse Band still is a classic among both guitar-players and fusion-freaks. The SMB sounded a bit more rock-influenced than the Dixie Dregs (Morse's and Morgenstein's former band), but still maintained a wide mix of musical styles.
The album kicks off with the rocking 'Cruise Missile' (still a regular part of SMB-setlists) with some really nice bass-soloing by Peek. Next up is 'General Lee', with Morse and Albert Lee trading leads.
The title-track is one of my favorite guitar instrumentals, with a beautiful mid-section (the clean part) and a great, melodic solo.
Other tracks include 'Mountain Waltz' (wonderful piano-playing by Lavitz), the lush, slowly-building 'The Whistle', 'On The Pipe' (another Morse-standard with some killer-licks) and more...
Bottom-Line: What a great debut. Even though the recording and sounds might seem a bit outdated these days, this one is a classic, and it's still very enjoyable to listen to it. The guitar-work is amazing. This album isn't often mentioned as a 'classic', but it sure influenced a lot of players (i.e. John Petrucci... )
So, check it out !
This CD is available at Amazon.com:
|Eric's Shred 101: Jeff Tyson Lick|
Jeff Tyson-lick from T-Ride's 'Backdoor Romeo'.
Ever heard the name Jeff Tyson? T- Ride?
Well, Jeff Tyson is another one of Joe Satriani's former students (others include Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett, Larry LaLonde and Alex Skolnick). He was in a band called T-Ride. They released their debut album in the early 90's... the album was raved about by many critics, but it didn't sell very well, so neither the band nor Jeff became really famous... (Where are they now?)
The album was full of great rhythm-work by Jeff, although he held back on the lead-guitar. One of the songs, 'Backdoor Romeo' has a very cool
little solo at the very end, which you can see tabbed out below... it's something like a 'speed of light'-version of a classic blues-style lick.
The rhythm also is cool, going from 32nds to sixtuplets... check it out, and if you like AOR-rock and wanna hear some cool rhythm guitar by one of Satch's former students, try to get your hands on that T-Ride album....
|Students charged for p2p|
The NY Times reported that last week, a few college students had to pay several thousand dollars to the record industry after a court verdict found them guilty of copyright infringements.
They used their college server for filesharing, and provided MP3 rips of copyrighted material. We had a discussion about this in the forums... I predicted that the people that will suffer from file-sharing will be
- small independent or freelance artists (Steve Morse, Andy Timmons, ...). Andy sold his CDs by way of mail-order. Nowadays, you can download them via p2p.
- the listener. When the record industry has to compensate for the money they lose due to file-sharing (although it's not as bad as they say in public), they'll most likely raise CD prices and cut back on artist support and promotion.
This verdict is intended to scare off people. It seems like the record industry is now taking some really extreme steps to deal with the issue, and in some cases, I can't blame them. So, just incase you're running some p2p server, or if you're downloading a lot, keep this in mind.
|Sizzling Hot Forum Topics|
New metallica album
shredding and shredders
Need to confirm so stuff about modes
SMRO: Picking Exercise
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