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Issue #6 -- 14 December 2002
In this issue

@ Introduction
@ What's New on IBreathe
@ Eric's Shred 101-Lick
@ Member Spotlight: Guni
@ Sizzling Hot Topics


Happy Holidays to you all from iBreatheMusic.

I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to the upcoming
break. It has been a really busy few months here and I can't wait to
sit down with a nice glass of wine, draw a line under this year and
think about the future. More practically, I'm going to do some
maintenance, upgrade software and write some stuff so that we can head
on well prepared into the new year.

iBreatheMusic Survey

We'd like to know what you think of iBreathe, especially the forums.
We've put a few questions together into a survey where you can voice
all your feedback, comments and suggestions. Please take the time and
let us know what you think so we can improve things.


In this issue you'll again find a very nice Shread Lick by Thorsten
Koehne. 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind' seems to be a must movie
for all musicians :-)

And last but not least, due to a few requests, I've been featured in
the member spotlight this time. Hope ya enjoy the reading...

Have a great X-mas and a Happy New Year!


PS: The next issue of 'The Pulse' will be send out in the first full
week of 2003.

New Articles on iBreatheMusic

by Tom Hess

So what is the most important skill that most guitarists do not have?
Some would claim that it is thorough knowledge of music theory. Others
would say that the most important skill is creativity...


by Eric Vandenberg

After my article about Greg Howe, its time for me to pay tribute to
another one of my main influences... the amazing Paul Gilbert. I
showed you a bunch of his licks in my picking articles... here are a
few more awesome licks by him !


by Jamie Andreas

It's interesting to think of the ways people speak about time, and
their relationship to it. Certainly, the subject of time has been the
study of not only scientists in recent times, but even more so by
mystics, sages, and saints throughout the ages.


by Eric Vandenberg

OK, after I got some positive feedback regarding my "You Didnt
Try..." article, here is yet another one dealing with stuff other than
scales, licks etc... attitude, which is equally important!


by Darrin Koltow

Instead of sitting down with a bunch of boring theory textbooks, how
would you like to make *music* as you learn how harmony and chords
work on the guitar?


Eric's Shred 101-Lick

Thorsten's Alien-Lick 

EV: Thorsten showed me just another cool lick... 
Thorsten: This one has a little story behind it... I actually kinda
stole it from Steve Vai. I first heard it on his album 'Flex-Able', in
the song 'Little Green Men'. I later found out that he 'stole' it,
too, from the movie 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind'. In that
movie, the aliens communicate with the humans by way of musical
pitches, and the first melody submitted by them is this melody. 
EV: Weird... we talked about CEOTTK in the forums already, in the
"Solfege"-thread, I believe... 
Thorsten: Anyway, I liked this melody a lot even back then, but I
thought of another fingering for it, to be able to play it way faster.
Pay attention to the combination of picked notes with the occasional
pull-off... this makes it easier to speed it up. The string-skip might
be a bit tough at first, but once you can nail it, you can play this
one all over the fretboard. Beam me up, Scotty! 
EV: Thanks, Thorsten!

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Member Spotlight: Guni

Member Name: Guni
Real Name: Gunharth Randolf
Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Instrument: guitar

How did Guitar4u come about? (the predecessor of iBreathe)?
It all started with a project at Berklee. In 1997 the Web was about to
become huge and there weren't any sites dedicated to music
instruction. I was interested in putting my views on music theory on
the Net so I gave it a try. Well, we've come quite a long way since
then .....

What inspired you to keep going with it? I mean, both Guitar4u and
iBreathe required a lot of work and effort from you, so what inspired
you to invest that?
IBreathe forces me to 'put into practise' my talents and interests,
from writing, teaching, playing music to building web sites. I love
doing a lot of different things and they all come together in this
project. Also, how else can you be in such close contact with other
musicians from all over the world and get such immediate feedback and

What do you see in the future for iBreathe... where is it heading to?
First off, I think that a lot will come from our visitor's vision of
the site. This is what makes this thing interesting and is different
in the way music was tought up to now. I mean we went online with
iBreathe in April and a lot has happened since then. I definitely have
a different view of the site than I had when we first started out. The
immediate goal is to attract more visitors, expand upon the content
and build up a strong memberbase in the forum. The site needs to grow
with its memberbase and interests and one of my main goals is to be
able to respond quicker to site suggestions and implementation of

Furthermore, we have started discussing interesting ways to improve
and further the scope of the site's offerings: Initial ideas range
from producing videos and books to online tools and live playing
workshops. The challenge is integrating such 'conventional' offers and
making it as open to feedback and input as the forum itself. This will
take time to develop and depends on demand, integration as well as on
choosing the perfect technology.

Tell us some things about the gigs you have done recently... we know
you as an instructor, so let us know some stuff about you as a
performer / guitarist!
There's a cover band that I perform with about twice a month. It's
more the 'just for fun' gig with a lot of room for improvistaion.
We're mostly playing stuff from the 50s and 60s, Beatles, Elvis, a lot
of Blues .... it's kind of a niche we're in, as you don't hear that
stuff a hell lot anymore, but everybody knows the songs. More recently
I have met a great singer and we decided to form a duo ala 'Tuck and
Patty'. We're still at the rehearsal stage as it takes quite some time
to get a good set of songs together and develop a good balance between
guitar and voice. And then I'm working on my repertoire for playing
solo gigs - Jazz Standards in a chord solo style. I did one gig which
really got me hooked. It's a real challenge. And I gotta add that I
have always been interested in arranging. That's what I graduated in
at Berklee. There's a local Big Band that I got in contact with and
they would be eager to get some new arrangements. So I'm undusting my
scores I wrote while at Berklee and I'm looking forward to getting
them played.

When you sit down with a guitar and decide to play something just for
the fun of it, not to prepare for a gig or an article, what do you
play ? What style etc. ?
It's very 16th rhythm based with a touch of Blues, Jazz and Fusion,
still having this 'rock-drive' to it. I'd say it goes into the
direction of the playing and compositions of Wayne Krantz.

I would like to hear some of your compositions or live(or studio)
Do you have a web site with original or cover/standard music?
The last real recordings are a while back. I was involved in 3 Musical
productions. Other than this I just have a load of demo tapes and live
recordings, which I don't wanna put online. I played mostly live the
last few years. Someday, if I have the time I'll go back to recording
stuff and with the Duo and Big band project I hope to have some
resonable recordings soon.

What inspired you to be a musician?
I was very shy when I was younger and the guitar made it a lot easier
for me to communicate. Taking out the guitar and singing songs broke
the ice to others. 

Do you play other instruments?
A bit of bass, drums and keys ... but I wouldn't wanna go on stage
playing them.

What type of guitar did you study first (Classical, Rock Blues,
I started out learning some folk tunes. My father plays as well so I
had him as a teacher. I then took 2 years of classical training but
soon started with electric guitar and went out on my own. Before
Berklee I attended a private music school in Munich to get me

Is iBreathe and being a musician/music teacher your sole means of
Nope, but I wouldn't mind it to be :-) My main income is through
developing websites. Furthermore, I am involved in a govermental
project, which offers e-learning courses in multi media to Teenagers.
Both give me very important input for iBreathe.

Where do you currently reside? London?, Austria?
Innsbruck, Austria (can't wait for the skiing season again :-)

What is the country of origin of iBreathe?
Ok, I'd say it's multinational. Guitar4u was born in the States -
IBreathe was developed and is hosted in the UK. I manage all things
from Austria and input is coming from all over the world :-)

What do you consider the greatest epiphany you have had about music or
music theory?
I think the day I realised that I can just move my Em Pentatonic
fingering to another fret to play in another key.

What is the first (or most important) thing you want to say to your
beginning students?
Fasten Seatbelts! No, seriously, I do not try to give advice up front
and if I do, it's individual and depends on the situation. First, I
need to get to know the person real well - I ask a lot of questions:
Why the guitar? what does he/she wants to achieve? How much time does
he/she have on his/her hands? How much selfconfidence is present? etc
etc... without this informatin any advice might backfire.

What do you consider your strengths and weaknesses as a guitar player
(or as a musician in general)?
Let me answer this in terms of what I see I need to work on the most.
There are 2 sides to this question: techical abilities and
personality. Over time personality and character have become more
important to me than the actual task of playing. Sure, I did my part
of practicing technique and gaining music theory knowledge,etc. but
things like tone, expression, developing ideas throughout a solo,...
this is what I am working on. 

What one piece of music do you wish everyone could hear at least once
in their lifetime?
1st impulse: Highway to Hell - ACDC :-)
2nd impulse: Mozart "Requiem"

How long did it take you to get the 1st member at Guitar4u since the
site was released?
G4u or iBreathe? G4u didn't have any members but I remember the stats
in 1997 after being online for 1 months: 25 people :-) visited.
iBreathe had quite an advantage as a lot of G4u visitors moved over to
the new site.

What kind of beer do you like best?
No real preferences here - just don't give me american beer: too weak
I was thinking, as Bongo mentioned that he's into brewing stuff we
could get our own iBreatheMusic beer.

Sizzling Hot Topics


Many doubts in my mind: 5 questions: 1.What is 8 Finger tapping;

pedal point licks

Turnaround Construction

Cycle 4/Cycle 5

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