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14 January 2003 - Issue 7   
In this issue

@ Introduction
@ New Articles on iBreathe
@ Predictions for 2003
@ Shawn Lane Lick
@ Member Spotlight: Danster
@ Sizzling Hot Topics


Hello all, and welcome to issue #7 of 'The Pulse'.

I hope you have all had a great festive season and New Year's celebrations.

First of all thanks to all of you who took part in the survey. We received tons of submissions and I really consider this a great success in our aim to improve iBreatheMusic. We are doing our best to react quickly to the feedback and have already started implementing changes. If you still wanna have your say check out http://www.ibreathemusic.com/survey.php. The survey will be online for a few more days.

New Reviews
A lot of you have asked for more reviews. You can access the updated review section directly at http://www.ibreathemusic.com/reviews

The latest additions include:
The New Harmony Book by Frank Haunschild
Intense Rock I by Paul Gilbert
Intense Rock II by Paul Gilbert
Terrifying Guitar Trip by Paul Gilbert
Hot Rock Licks by Greg Howe

Till next time,


New Articles on IbreatheMusic
Brett Garsed
by Eric Vandenberg

Brett's about to release his first solo-record "Big Sky". So I figured it would be the perfect time to tell you more about this very unique player... GIT-instructor and legato-master Brett Garsed Continue

NotationSoundTablatureGuitar related

7th Chords
by Gunharth Randolf

7th chords are a continuation of the theory of Intervals and Triads. Get to grips with voicing techniques for the guitar as well as arranging: 7th chord families, Drop 2, Drop 3, ... Continue

NotationTablatureGuitar related

Meter, Phrase Displacement, Accent Displacement, Polyrhythm
by James B Schultz

What defines meter? How do you know what the meter of a given phrase is? When you listen to a piece of music, how do you decide what the meter is? You listen to the piece to hear repetition and count how many pulses before the pattern repeats. Continue

NotationTablatureGuitar related

Get the Juices Flowing
by Jamie Andreas

Music is emotion, and if you play it, you are obligated to have an emotional relationship with it, and the deeper the better. Would you want to be in the audience listening to someone give a speech about something they didn't even care about? Continue

Paganini Caprice #16
by Mike Campese

We asked instrumental guitarist and GIT-graduate Mike Campese to provide an article for us, and he sent in a great guitar-arrangement of Nicolo Paganini´s "Caprice #16"... check it out ! Continue

NotationSoundTablatureGuitar related


 iBreathe Predictions for 2003

Being a new year and all, we have made a few predictions as to what the year will bring. We'll check back on these in a year to see if we're tapped into the pulse of whats going on.

1) All major record companies will be making even more losses, not due to filesharing systems but due to their inability and attitude in terms of supporting what they are trying to sell: art.

2) The whole 'amp modelling biz' will slowly 'run out of gas'... the hype will fade, the market will reach its climax with all the different products available, and the modelling thing will be a regular standard, especially for home-recording.

3) This year we'll hear about Van Halen's future plans after their looooong break... whether they'll continue with a new (old?) singer or whether they'll call it quits remains to be seen...

4) Under the watchful eye of the iBreathe community Bongo Boy will record a mindblowing version of Autumn Leaves!

5) Hanging out at iBreathe in 2003 will be even more fun than in 2002, because we'll see a bunch of new features, cool articles and great talk at the forums

6) We'll see countless more no.1 hits from manufactured boybands and deep meaningful ballads about love from from 16 year old teenage heart throbs.

 Shawn Lane Lick

Shawn Lane-style scale-sequence
One thing that Shawn Lane sometimes does is use a certain sequence to descend through a scale. That sequence is based on playing 4 notes, descending the scale, then jumping back up to the 2nd note, and playing down five notes. The next time it´s 4 again, then 5 etc. I guess it's way easier to understand once you take the guitar and play through the example. I marked the 'blocks' (of 4 and 5 notes) to make it more obvious. Net effect of this is a very interesting positioning of the accent. Check it out, and use it to play through different patterns...

 Member Spotlight: Danster

Member Name: Danster
Real Name: Dan Murray
Location: South Texas (far from civilization)
Instrument: Electric guitar

How and when did you get started with music?
I have tinkered with music at various times in my life. Growing up, I sang in choirs, I played a little ukulele, recorder, drums, xylophone, and acoustic guitar. Never took any of it very seriously though, or stuck with any of those very long, nor did I learn much music theory from my exposure to any of that. One and a half years ago, a local music store was having a tent sale. My brother-in-law was in town. He liked guitars and played a little, so I suggested we go down and look around. I had always loved the sound of electric guitars, and had been to a lot of rock concerts in my younger days, but I had never held an electric guitar in my hands until that day. We poked around in the store awhile and went home. My brother-in-law headed for his home. Before he got home (four hours away), I called him on his cell phone and was playing Highway to Hell on my new electric over the phone! I had gone back to the tent sale, and bought a guitar which looked cool and was cheap. Since that day, the guitar has become my passion.

How did you come across iBreatheMusic.com?
I was over at harmonycentral.com. On their main page, they always have a list of new music-related websites, and there was iBreatheMusic. (This was obviously a while back). It didn't take much reading of the forums to realize that the discussions on this website were much more interesting and useful for someone wanting to learn guitar than are the forums on many guitar-related sites.

What styles of music do you play?
Rock and Blues. I play metal/hard rock and classic rock type stuff, and I also sometimes toy with current songs I hear on the radio. I am new to the Blues, but I mess around with various boogie patterns and with some SRV music.

Who are your biggest influences?
AC/DC's Back in Black album came out when I was in college. I was floored when I heard it for the first time. So much power! Luckily for me, and no offense intended to the band, but you can get a recognizable AC/DC song out of a guitar without too terribly much skill. I haven't worked on many of Angus' solos, but I can make several of Malcolm's rhythm riffs sound pretty cool. Also, since I started playing electric guitar and gained an increased awareness of all things guitar, I have become enamored with electric Blues guitar. I was first drawn to it by seeing the emotion that many Blues players could wring out of their guitars. SRV blows me away with his groove, and technical skills, which he makes look effortless. I like Buddy Guy a lot. I am not so much drawn to the sound of his music, as I am drawn to the 'feel' of it… his mojo… or something. There is a relatively little known guitarist named Walter Trout who has played with Canned Heat and John Mayall, and now has his own Walter Trout and the Radicals band. He is an incredibly talented guitarist. All these guys influence what I play, although none of them would want to take 'credit' for the way I play. :)

What formal training have you had?
Not much. Took some music classes in public school. Took one year of band in public school. Took private guitar lessons for about three months twenty years ago. That's about it.

What were some of the biggest breakthroughs you had in your learning of music theory?
My understanding of music theory is still pretty lean, but three things come to mind: (1.) Learning about the intervals in major and minor scales, (2.) Learning about the usefulness of pentatonic scales, and (3.) Learning how to harmonize. As far as numbers 1 and 2 are concerned, these came about mostly by reading Guni's articles which you can find links to at: http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=11. The 'Intervals' article, the 'Chord Scales' articles, and the 'Improvisation Tools: Pentatonic' were all of major importance in my understanding of basic music theory (thanks Guni!).
With respect to number 3 above, this just happened a couple of days ago, and I still do not claim to know much here. The movie 'Babe' has a real pretty main theme song (sorry, I don't know the song's title). I began picking out the melody on my guitar. Then I started trying to harmonize it, without really knowing where to begin. OK, don't laugh too hard now. Well, James (szulc) from the forums had a post up about quartal harmony recently, and though quartal harmony seemed a little uncommon, it did make me think of just trying to harmonize the melody in thirds. So I tried harmonizing the melody using major ascending or descending thirds… no good. So then a little light bulb popped on… perhaps I should figure out the key, figure out what chords are used in that key, take a note of the melody, find out what chords in that key contain that note, and harmonize by using another note from a chord which uses that melody note. Voila! I'm sure I must have read something about how to do that somewhere before, but sometimes you gotta be READY to hear something before it will sink in.

What practice technique you use do you feel has paid off the most handsomely in its effect on the way you play?
Not really a practice technique, but I think the fact that I play EVERY day is paying off. I will admit that my practicing is rather unfocused. I have at times written a list of things I want to work on in practice, but I have typically stuck with such a list for a week or so max. So I progress more slowly than I could if I was more disciplined. On the other hand, my brother-in-law is learning from ME now. :)

How long did you play before you had your first paying gig?
No gigs yet. Still getting my chops in order. I'm not in too big a hurry.

What gear do you use?
I love gear. It's too bad I'm not rich. I have two guitars, a Samick LK35DOS and a Yamaha RGX610M. I've described them in the iBM forums at the link: http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/showthread.php?postid=5172#post5172

I have a TC Electronics M300 Multi-effects processor which I hardly know how to use. I won this thing in a contest. It's a rack-mounted unit in search of a rack. :) I just got a real amp recently. It's a Tubeworks RT2100. It's a hybrid amp with tubes in the pre-amp stage, and a solid-state power amp stage.

What are you up to at the moment?
I'm playing lots of boogie patterns. I'm working on that main riff from Ozzy/Rhoad's Crazy Train. I'm trying to perfect a lot of AC/DC riffs that I've been playing sloppily from the beginning. I'm working on improvisation by playing blues scales or pentatonic scales over chord progressions I have recorded. I'm s-l-o-w-l-y working my way through the early pages of William Leavitt's Modern Method for Guitar. I'm trying to figure out what kinds of tones I can get outta my new amp in combination with my effects processor. I'm trying to get my 14-year old son interested in the guitar.

Do you have any interests (apart from iBreathe of course!)?
Outside of my work, my life is consumed by the guitar pretty much. Other than playing guitar, visiting guitar-related websites, and reading guitar mags and books, I also like to tinker with my guitars. I put together my Yamaha guitar from two different guitars. I wired it up with help from James. I'm thinking of attempting a refretting job myself on my Samick guitar. The frets are worn, and I have another neck to put on the guitar which has good frets, so I'm considering refretting the original neck. Fretwire is cheap, and I think I've kinda messed up the neck anyway with overzealous truss rod adjusting.

 Sizzling Hot Topics

Composition or Arrangement Study

Fretboard Pattern Overload

Accent/ Rhythmic Displacement

Trying to make Sense of Cents

theory: good, bad, or ugly?

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