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Issue #9 -- 21 February 2003
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Finally, the old search has been replaced by a new improved system,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

The new system has been integrated into a few other places on the
- on the iBreatheMusic homepage under 'Recent Articles' you can choose
to view 'More Recent Articles' or go to the default 'Article Browser'
- 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

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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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?


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.
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
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

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!

    |----5-----|  |----5-----| |----5-----|  |----5-----|

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

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

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

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Guitars you own

that professional sound

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