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Issue #20 -- 26 January 2004
In this issue

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


Hi all,

The more iBreatheMusic grows the more we will need to rely on the help
and active support from you, active visitors, members and authors.
There has been quite a bit of interest on how to submit material to
the site as well as some really positive ideas from people who are
keen to help spread the word and even make donations from time to time
to defray the site's operational costs.

We've put a page together that lists a few ways that you can take part
in the improvement and growth of the site. This page can be found at
http://www.ibreathemusic.com/support.php. All input will be very much

Article wise, I'm proud to present you with an article by Troy
Stetina. If you haven't heard of Troy yet, I suggest that you check
out his website at stetina.com. About 20 years ago, Troy really helped
me take my first real steps on the guitar through his great books and
teaching methods. I think he was one of the first people to realise
the importance of serious teaching methods for rock guitar.

Another article that I think deserves special attention is James's
'The Tritone, Substitution, Cycle 4' article. Although, it is
certainly targeted at more advanced players, the topic of tritone
substitution is finally discussed from every angle and displayed in a
logical, practical way - at least that's my opinion. Check it out and
if there's anything you're not sure of, feel free to post your query
in the article related thread at

And last but not least, right after his birthday
http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=3138 this
issue's member spotlight falls on Shaman_Santana. Thanks for taking
the time and telling us a bit more about yourself.

Happy reading,


New Articles on iBreatheMusic

by Troy Stetina

Dive into the moshpit with 10 ultra-heavy riffs... The task for this
article is clear: root out some of the deepest, darkest, heaviest
riffs ever


by James B Schultz

Due to recent discussion in the forum I was explaning something about
tritone substitutions and moving tritones through cycle 4 with an
ex-student and decided to reference an old document. I was thinking it
was time to write a new article.


by Chris Juergensen

I have really small hands but I never knew it. When we compare our
hands, without a doubt, mine is the smaller of the two. How come I can
get my hands to stretch for those extra notes? I'll show you how I
taught myself to do it.


by Mike Campese

Another great lesson by instrumental guitarist and MI-graduate Mike
Campese. This time, he's gonna show you how to develop scale patterns
and sequences. Theres an endless amount of different variations you
can do. Check it out!


by Eric Vandenberg

In this final episode of the Workout-trilogy, I am gonna show you a
bunch of execises you could include into your own personal workout.
And I'll show you 5 etudes I came up with while I was practicing...


Eric's Shred 101

'Matthias Eklund Open String Lick'

Mattias Eklund is one of the most interesting players to appear on the
scene in recent years. His instrumental debut 'Freak Guitar' (released
on Vai's Favorite Nation Label) shows an astonishing amount of chops,
combined with some unusual ideas, cool melodies and a lot of whacky

One of the things Mattias uses a lot (besides a whammy pedal and some
whacky artificial harmonics) is fast open string licks, either using
tapping, hammer-ons / pull-off's or tapping... or all of those

Here is one example of that...

  |---5---| |---5----| |----5-----| |---5----|
  S S S S S S S  S S S S  S  S  S S S S  S S S

  |---5---| |---5----| |----5-----| |---5----|
  S S S S S S S  S S S S  S  S  S S S S  S S S

The full notated example can be found in the html version of this
issue at http://www.ibreathemusic.com/pulse/view_nl.php?id=20

Member Spotlight: Shaman_Santana

Member name: Shaman_Santana
Real name: Richard 
Location: London, England
Instrument: Electric Guitar

How and when did you get started with music?

Well, its difficult to say exactly when - cos I started and stopped
several times before I really got going! I've always really enjoyed
quality music of any sort; anything I can relate to, and I listen to
many types of music. I know I've always wanted to do something musical
- to play an instrument, but it took me a long time to find the
instrument for me. A few years ago I was really inspired by a friend
of mine who is a fantastic piano player. I loved the mood and feel he
was able to create with what he played. It made me want to learn, and
I went out and got myself a keyboard. I really thought when I bought
it I had found that musical thing I was looking for, but unfortunately
after the first week or so I hardly played it. I dunno it really just
didn't get the same inspiration from playing that particular type of
instrument myself. I became interested in digital music production for
a bit after that, mixing together a few tracks and stuff, but again it
still didn't feel quite right.

I really couldn't say exactly what it was that made me pick up a
guitar, but the idea did suddenly come to me to do it, a few of my
friends played so perhaps that had something to do with it. I borrowed
my Nan's old acoustic when I was about 16 - and from then on I knew I
had found the instrument for me. I'd say it was at that point I really
'got started' with music, and I learnt my first few basic open chords,
and basic chord progressions on that old acoustic. A month or so later
I took the keyboard - which was basically unused, and part exchanged
it for a Squire Strat and a Fender practice amp. The guitar is an
instrument of both melody, and great attitude and power - that's what
I love about it and is what inspires me to play. I've now been playing
for roughly a year and 5 months, and I have played pretty much every
day since I started!

How did you come across iBreatheMusic.com?

I typed in 'Beat It Solo' on Google. I was bored and it was a
completely random thing, I Love 'Beat it' and was getting really
interested in Eddie. So I just did the search and Eric's article came
up top of the list. It was EXACTLY what I wanted - not just a tab of
the solo, which I hadn't been able to find, but also an explanation of
how it actually works - bit by bit, and even a soundfile! After, of
course I looked around and saw all the other great stuff on this site.
I think I'd say IBM it is single best find I have ever made on the

What styles of music do you play?

Well, I've been playing I think about 1 year and 5 moths (maybe
slightly more or less) and I'm aware that I'm very much still
developing musically. I haven't really developed a style that is 'me'
yet - my own style, but I'm very into the Blues at the moment because
that is what I have been studying. Other than that I play Rock, I've
looked at Funk a little bit, and I play bits and pieces of my
favourite instrumental songs, and general songs. My long-term goal as
a guitarist though, among other things, is to be proficient in every
major style!

Who are your biggest influences?

My number one influence and inspiration, without a doubt is Carlos
Santana (guess my forum name kinda gives that away a bit, Lol). As I
explained it took me a while to find the 'right' instrument for me,
but I have always loved Santana for as long as I can remember. I love
the vibe of the music, from the band's classic older stuff through to
Carlos' current 'Supernatural' phase. 'Samba Pa Ti' is my ultimate my
favourite piece of music, and it was before I even began playing
guitar myself. Whenever I listen to it, no matter how bad things may
be at the time, I find that song has a 'healing' quality, I can't even
quite describe what it means to me. As a guitarist, listening to
Santana also reminds me WHY I play, I always draw inspiration from
that. Sometimes you can get a bit obsessed with developing technique
and so on, and I get frustrated sometimes. Santana's music reminds me
why I am practising these things.

Other than Carlos, I love Joe Satriani. Ever since seeing the live in
San Francisco DVD I've been hooked on Satch. Through IBM I've come
across the music of Andy Timmons and Brett Garsed - both of whom are
incredible musicians and guitarists, and I get a lot of inspiration
from their music. To name others players I love, Steve Vai of course
('Whispering A Prayer' - WOW), Jimi Hendrix, Gary Moore, Eric Johnson,
Eddie Van Halen, players from guitar magazines, friends, the list
could go on and on!   

What formal training have you had?

I was self-taught up until a few months back. However, I recently took
a beginners/foundation course at the London Guitar Institute, which
finished just before Christmas. It covered the fundamental theory, and
although other styles were touched on it was mainly based around the
Blues. The course ended with a 12 bar blues performance, which I
posted in the forums (thanks for the feedback guys!).  

What were some of the biggest breakthroughs you had in your learning
of music theory?

I've still got a long way to go with theory, and I'm still getting to
grips with the basics really. I'd say at the moment, learning the 5
pentatonic and blues scales would be my biggest breakthrough because
it gave me the tools to develop my improvisational skills, and so
become more 'free'. 

What practice technique you use do you feel has paid off the most
handsomely in its effect on the way you play?

I'll admit that I've never properly sat down and practised specific
techniques yet - and I know I really should. I mean I have practised
alternate picking - doing chromatic exercises etc, but I haven't
properly dedicated time to perfecting technique yet. The technique I
have I have gained mainly through learning solos/songs etc and trying
to get them to sound like they do when I hear them. I'd say the
technique that I have gained that has 'paid off most handsomely' would
be Vibrato. I developed this mainly through learning the main melodies
to the Satch songs 'Love Thing' and 'Until We Say Goodbye' and
watching the 'Live in San Francisco' DVD to see how Joe does it. I was
then able to learn from it and apply it to my general playing and
improvising. It has paid off because I see that it has allowed my
playing to sound far more expressive.

How long did you play before you had your first paying gig?

I haven't yet played a 'paying gig'.

What gear do you use?

Well, my main guitar is an Ibanez RG 470. I also own a few Strats,
because I absolutely love them. Amp wise, right now I have a Marshall
practice amp. Effects - a Dunlop 'Cry Baby' Wah.

What are you up to at the moment?

Getting through my last year at college (man, is it dragging on!).
Once that's out the way, i'm going to do a full time diploma course at
the London Guitar Institute - cant wait! That's when I'll really get
serious with my playing, right now my main focus is to get college
behind me, then its time for some fun!

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

A few, Lol. A while ago I was very into digital video editing -
putting together video presentations etc. I did some of my own 'music
videos' as well for fun - setting captured clips from things like, I
dunno, a sports event, to music - like they do for highlights of
stuff. I actually did work experience for two weeks, when I was 15, at
the (British) 'Big Brother' studios, in the video-editing department.
That was great fun, and I actually ended up being involved with the
live show, which was cool.

I've had a few web-sites in the past, none of which exist anymore. It
was just a hobby really, a way for me to share my Video stuff. I was
the Co-Webmaster of one particular site, my most successful one, which
at one point received about 5000 visitors a day. 

Obviously I've mainly talked about myself and guitar related stuff,
but music itself is one of my main interests. I just love quality
music, and I listen to quite a range of different types of music. I
love hip-hop, people like Nas or 2pac for example, R&B, Jazz,
Reggae, Soul, and then obviously rock and related stuff like heavy
metal, instrumental etc. 

Football/Soccer (Arsenal Fan!), and also I've always been into Rugby -
and now wear my England shirt with extra 'world cup winning' pride!

Of course I'm really into typical stuff like watching films, TV and
certainly computer games. I've always loved computer games; my PS2
rarely gets a day off work! I'm also into beer (sometimes a bit too
into it, Lol), good company, women :)....I plan to travel quite a bit
over the next few years - particularly to Australia, I have a lot of
family out there. Well, I think that's about it!

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