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21 February 2003 - Issue 9   
In this issue

@ Introduction
@ New Articles on iBreathe
@ Pulse Bites: Quotes
@ String Skipping Lick in C Major
@ Member Spotlight: Zatz
@ Sizzling Hot Topics


Hello all, and welcome to issue #9 of 'The Pulse'.

You might have noticed that it has been 3 weeks since the last issue. We didn't have too many new things going on, so I decided to skip a week as I don't feel at all like sending out worthless mails ... the kind I'm used to flooding my inbox :-)

New Search

Finally, the old search has been replaced by a new improved system, which enables you to search either within articles or forum threads. We did some serious testing and in my opinion this is a major improvement for getting around and finding specific content quickly.

Furthermore, when entering the 'Article Browser' you can browse articles alphabethically, by author and by publishing date. If you wanna give it a shot right now go to http://www.iBreatheMusic.com/browse

The new system has been integrated into a few other places on the site.
- on the iBreatheMusic homepage under 'Recent Articles' you can choose to view 'More Recent Articles' or go to the default 'Article Browser' homepage.
- on the articles pages themselves you can now click on an authors name and it takes you to more information about the author together with a list of articles he/she wrote for iBreathe.


New Articles on IbreatheMusic
Three Note Per String Patterns
by Eric Vandenberg

Scale patterns are a great tool for creating music. Before, I showed you the three note per string-patterns of the pentatonic scale. This time, we'll take a look at the major scale and I'll show you some cool exercises and licks ... Continue

NotationTablatureGuitar related

Stage Fright: Part One
by Jamie Andreas

I have suffered every degree of what is called stage fright. I have dealt with, experimented with, and thought about this subject from many different angles, and believe I have come to certain truths concerning it ... Continue

Improvisation Tools - Part 2: Arpeggios
by Gunharth Randolf

In part 2 of our improvisation tools series we'll have a closer look at arpeggios and chord tones: from basic 5 positions to breaking up the neck by exploring all of the fretboard in 12 positions and looking at horizontal possibilities ... Continue

NotationTablatureGuitar related

Pentatonic Madness
by Eric Vandenberg

Think you know how to play every possible lick with the pentatonic scale? Wanna "Shred" and think that the pentatonic scale ain't the tool to do so? Well, let's see ... Continue

NotationTablatureGuitar related

The Energizer Bunny
by Patrick Vega

Playing Guitar (especially technically demanding playing) requires a lot of energy and can be dangerous for your hands. What good is it to be "theoretically able to do it" but your hands told you to back off? Continue

NotationSoundTablatureGuitar related


 Pulse Bites: Quotes

5 great quotes (sent in by EricV):

'If I'm a guitar hero, I never really entered the competition... I forgot to fill in the application form'
Keith Richards

'5 good reasons not to practise: 1. There 2. Are 3. No 4. Good 5. Reasons'
Steve Vai

'Everyone does not have the ability to become a great guitarist. But everyone does have the ability to improve. To me, that's more important.'
Mick Goodrick

'I have a mistress. Lovers have come and gone, but only my mistress stays. She is beautiful and gentle. She is a swinger. She has grace. To hear her speak, you can't believe your ears. She is 10,000 years old. She is as modern as tomorrow, a brand new woman every day, and as endless as time mathematics. Living with her is a labyrinth of ramifications. I look forward to her every gesture. Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to none.'
Duke Ellington

'There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.'
Frank Zappa

Got a cool quote? Share it with us by mailing it to ThePulse@iBreatheMusic.com and we'll inculde the best ones in a future edition.

 String Skipping Lick in C Major

This is one of my favorite string-skipping patterns. I play it almost completely legato-style. It has a really nice sound and is a great exercise. Make sure there's no unintended noise from the B-string!


 Member Spotlight: Zatz

Member name: Zatz
Real name: Andrew Zatserkovni
Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Instrument: Guitar

How and when did you get started with music?
I started off way back when I was a kid - about 4 years old or so. Once before my birthday I suddenly felt a weird crave for balalaika (a russian folk instrument that looks like this http://www.balalaika.org/_instruments.htm), when I saw it in a store. Noone had a clue why I'd got seized with such a strange desire. This fact is still a secret even for myself over the years. I was all happy when I got the thing as a gift. My grandpa can play about all the stringed instruments. It takes him a few strums to adjust to the sound and play and sing along. So he showed me how to play simple melodies on this 3-stringed instrument (C E G). Since then my family wished they had bought me a drum instead. My cat would dart away once I started playing. Now I'm coming to realize that the sweet sounds out of my first instrument must have been the reason why all the flowers would get wilted in my room.

How did you come across iBreatheMusic.com?
I migrated to IBreatheMusic from Guitar4U. A link to Guitar4U came as an unexpected and wishfull windfall to me when I was surfing the web while searching for good pdf-document dealing with music theory stuff. I read all the contents through and tried out an examination. The results put me in a good spirits and inspired me to go on. I used to visit Guitar4U rather often to have ear training excercises. When IBreathe was born I felt I found what I'd been looking for so hard. This site is on top of my interests, 10 points clear of soccer and beer.

What styles of music do you play?
Rock mostly. A bit of folk rock, classic rock, ballads. My acoustic sort of dictates me the style implying wide and open sound which I like very much. Well, I try to play jazzy stuff to embellish the songs from my repertoir with fancy progressions and alterations to give the sound a fresh touch.

Who are your biggest influences?
Among the first records I ever listened to were Adriano Celentano and another Italian music, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
But my biggest influence is The Queen. Innuendo and A Kind of Magic were the albums that stirred up a love for music in me. Then came the others - local bands (russian rock mainly), Metallica, Sting, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana etc. Kurt Cobain was the one to inspire me to go for playing all out of me and to be sincere in expressing myself and sharing my inner world with people who listen to my playing.

What formal training have you had?
None. Though I wish I would have some training some day. My technique is my playing experience and the theory knowledge is what I have read in public library and on the internet plus my own conclusions out of what I come to analyze. I'm lacking desperately a supervised training because now I have to rely wholly upon the non-professional comments (from my friends mostly) on my playing. Besides that I wish I had more time to practice.

What were some of the biggest breakthroughs you had in your learning of music theory?
The biggest breakthrough for me was realizing that I can build whatever chord I need on the fretboard. Having known the theory behind the chord construction I felt I was a mighty guitarist. I no longer needed to remember the patterns and it drove me at believing I can make up the knowledge gaps for musical logic. Also I was happy to have understood that I could anticipate the progression of the song using tension/resolution idea not just by ear. To sum it all - when I discovered that I can apply a mathematical approach to music I realized there are no more limits in perception and creation of music .

What practice technique you use do you feel has paid off the most handsomely in its effect on the way you play?
I like walking bass technique very much. Using chords with pedal open strings also does good to my playing. Chord soloing is what I love as well - it's my favourite way to play the fills. All these tools help me obtain the rich, continuous and smooth sound on my acoustic.

How long did you play before you had your first paying gig?
Never got paid for my playing. I play for fun and for the pleasure of my friends though I wouldn't mind trying to perform for money just to see if I can win the recognition of my talent in money equivalent. So no gigs yet. Not really what I'm going for by far at least until I feel I'm ready for that.

What are you up to at the moment?
Currently I'm deeply into doing my doctorate research work which takes about all of my time from dawn to dusk. Though I graduated from cybernetics faculty my research field is plasma physics. So now I'm having hard time configurating my brain to optimize its work for thinking in terms of physics being a mathematician.
As to music I continue to experiment on combining modes, imposing and mixing different ideas, juggling with the notes in search of unique sound.

Do you have any interests (apart from iBreathe of course!)?
Yes, I have some.
I've always played soccer since I remember myself. Played in a school team, university team, anywhere, anytime. Also I'm an outrageous fan of FC Dynamo Kiev. Stadium is my second home.
I like swimming and skating. Played a bit of hockey when I was a kid and lived in Latvia where it's very popular.
One of by biggest hobbies is drinking beer with my good friends. Delicious beer can soothe my troubled mind and bleeding soul like no other thing ever on the planet.

 Sizzling Hot Topics

Attending a music school

Guitars you own

that professional sound

Paul Gilbert guitars for sale!!!!

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