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Issue #1 -- 04 October 2002
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@ 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

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...


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.


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


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


by Eric Vandenberg

OK, after all the theoretical stuff and bunches of exercises regarding
picking, lets 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


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

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... 

  (Bm)                                  (A)

   |--3--|  |--3--|  |--3--|  |--3--|   |-3--| |-3--| |-3--| |-3--|

  (G)                         (F#)

  |-3--| |-3--| |-3-| |-3-|   |-3-| |-3-| |-3-| |-3-|

Sizzling Hot Topics

Unfamiliar Notation Questions

stage fright

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

Listening recommendations

master the instrument

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