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Issue #17 -- 01 December 2003
In this issue

@ Introduction
@ What's New on iBreathe
@ Eric's Shred 101-Lick
@ Member Spotlight: Clive
@ Sizzling Hot Forum Topics


Hello all,

The last 2 weeks have been pretty busy for us here at iBreatheMusic.
We finally took the plunge and transformed the articles and categories
database into a more modular structure. This should serve us well for
the years to come :-) and should make browsing articles a lot easier,
so check it out, you might have missed some great articles along the

We're also very pleased to announce that as a direct result of the
community's support, the EricV PC Fund was a success! We should have
our esteemed contributor back online any day now, flooding us with
in-depth studies and articles :-) (What Eric told me over the phone
sounded really promising). Again, thank you all so much for your

And finally, we have a special member spotlight in this issue - well
at least to me. If you hang around the forums long enough you'll
certainly stumble across a guy named Clive. Well, he's not an active
musician or major content contributor to iBreathe ... but ... just let
me just say that without him there would never have been an

Happy reading,


New Articles on iBreatheMusic

by Chris Juergensen

The record business as we know it is changing into something totally
different. I'm going to describe what this means to you and why you
should be really, really happy ...


by Jorge Fernando Maldonado

As promised here it is the second part to the "Improvising with Exotic
Scales" series. By now you should have a couple of scales in your
pocket, so this time I'll show you a couple of ways to apply some of
these scales to your own music.


by Chris Juergensen

Don't let slash chords confuse you too much. No, they are not the
chords that the guitarist from Guns and Roses uses, they are something
different. A slash is this: /, so a slash chord should have one of
them in its name ...


by Eric Vandenberg

There have been quite a few requests about an example workout. So here
is Part I of an mini-series about that. I'll show you the workout I
used to use a few years ago, and how to personalise it for yourself.


by Peter Simms

I put together a very easy Chord Melody arrangement of the Beatles
tune "Here Comes the Sun". It's for beginning to intermediate
students. Think about which fingers to use to play your notes. Common
sense will guide you ...


Eric's Shred 101

First part of the 'Final Countdown' solo.

Anyone remember Europe? The band, I mean. They were one of the rather
successful 80's rockbands (also referred to as a 'hairband'). The song
'Final Countdown' was a rather big hit around the world.

One thing many people these days ignore is the fact that Europe had
two really talented lead guitar players who definitely deserve some
attention. The first one was John Norum (who was also a member of
Dokken and other projects, and released several solo albums), a player
who was quite obviously influenced by Gary Moore.

Once he left the band (after recording the 'Final Countdown' album ),
he was replaced by Kee Marcello, whom I consider a really amazing
player. If you listen to the solos on the 'Out Of This World' album,
you'll hear a very tasteful combination of monster chops and great

Anyway, my transcription of the FC-solo has kinda been checked by John
Norum himself... a reader of some of my articles asked him how that
solo was played, and he played it the same way that I had tabbed it
out. SO here ya go...


   E  S  T  T  S  S  T  T  S  S  T  T  S  S  T  T  S  S  T  T

   E  S  T  T  S  S  T  T  S  S  T  T  S  S  T  T  S  S  T  T

   S  S  T  T  S  S  T  T  S  S  T  T  S  S  T  T  S  T  T  E

  S S  T T S S  T T E  H

The full notated example can be found in the html version of this
issue at http://www.ibreathemusic.com/pulse/view_nl.php?id=17

Member Spotlight: Clive

Member name: 	Clive
Real name: 	Clive Ritchie
Homepage: 	www.planc.co.uk / www.planc.at
Location:  	Cape Town, South Africa
Instrument:  	Piano, Bass

How and when did you get started with music? 

My parents bought a piano when I was about 7 and I took lessons, on
and off, into my teens. I wasn't motivated nor mature enough to really
carry it through though - I just played by ear and didn't pay much
attention to the theory my teachers were trying to get across. My last
teacher accepted that things weren't going anywhere fast and just
showed me how to play a few jazz tunes and, with him on bass, we'd
just play for 30 mins each week which was really great. 

I also got my own bass guitar a couple of years ago which I really
enjoy playing, but also for personal enjoyment/relaxation rather than
with any serious goals in sight.

How did you come across iBreatheMusic.com?

I had just started a job at a London based internet company in 1999
and was looking for a place to stay in the same area. I saw an ad for
a room, phoned, got this friendly Austrian sounding guy (Guni) and
went to check it out.

After he showed me around we got chatting. I told him I had just got a
job with this company, he said 'Oh, are you the new designer guy?!'.
As it turned out he worked in the internet cafe part of the same
company, I was at the HQ just down the road. I moved in, we became
friends and started making websites for people that came into the
internet cafe under the name of 'Plan C' (Plan A and B didn't work

I got involved with Guitar4u towards the end and we used to spend many
after hours sessions in the internet cafe planning iBreatheMusic (and
playing Quake) which took shape about 10 months after that. 

What are you up to at the moment? 

I work from home. I spend most of the day online with Guni working on
iBreatheMusic and a few other web projects through our company.

For iBreatheMusic I'm usually busy with behind the scenes stuff like
proofing new articles/the pulse before they go live, helping Guni with
new features where I can, forum moderation and other more medial admin
tasks. I'm also responsible for the visual aspects of the site whereas
Guni comes from the code angle.

Apart from iBreathe, I'll be moving to New Zealand early next year and
am currently busy with the paperwork.

Where do you think iBreatheMusic can be improved and what do you see

I think doing away with 'learn' and 'play' was a great move. The new
article navigation also makes things a lot clearer. Now that these
have been resolved, I think the site is generally on track.

From a design perspective I'm looking forward to branding the new
forum software to the iBreathe look-and-feel and making the site look
more integrated than it is now.

Looking ahead... 

When we first started working on iBreatheMusic we thought the forums
would just be an extension to the articles. We also thought that we
were creating an 'online campus' offering accredited online courses.
But a lot has changed since then, the forums have turned out to be the
heart and soul of the site, which we're delighted about.

I'd like to see the site expand upon the articles + forums,
incorporating useful interactive online learning tools, a more
comprehensive reviews section and perhaps even online courses/tests
somewhere along the line in the future.

Although iBreatheMusic has been growing steadily, we'll still need
more active members before we can think about things like organising
'real life' workshops. I think our biggest challenge in the next few
months will be maintaining the quality of the forums as more people
take part.

This whole 'online community' thing has also really turned into
something beyond what I expected. Apart from the day to day forum
discussions (perfect pitch with your vacuum cleaner, russian
translated pickup lines, and some other music related stuff in
between) it feels like something quite powerful is brewing... the way
members give such warm welcomes to new members, pull together to steer
the forums out of trouble, help mould the site by actively giving
input into things like article categorisation/ forum restructuring /
helping to write forum rules etc. and then more recently, raising
funds to help a fellow member get back online... This is the good
stuff and makes me really optimistic for the months ahead.

Do you have any interests (apart from iBreathe of course!)?

Apart from Design / website building, I enjoy camping out in the
country, climbing mountains, snow skiing (I'm hoping to visit Guni in
Austria for some serious alpine skiing + schnapps soon), windsurfing,
frisbee on the beach, beer and hanging out with friends. I'm also
fascinated by anything to do with space. 

I used to love my multiplayer net game sessions too, although this was
a sacrifice I had to make moving back to Cape Town because even with
broadband, South Africa's connection to the rest of the world leaves a
lot to be desired.

Sizzling Hot Forum Topics

Recipe for Blues Turn around?

acoustic/strumming/singing reccomendations?

How did that song get popular?

Music in Melodic Minor

Cycles in General & Coltrane Changes

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