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Issue #12 -- 23 May 2003
In this issue

@ Introduction
@ New Articles on iBreatheMusic
@ Pulse Bites: New digital copyright
@ Essential Listening: Jason Becker
@ Eric's Shred 101-Lick
@ Member Spotlight: The Bash
@ Sizzling Hot Forum Topics


Hello all,

Thanks to you, iBreatheMusic and its forums are constantly growing. On
Tueday our post count reached 10.000, which I think is quite an
impressive number and shows that the popularity of the site is
constatly growing.

There are also a few drawbacks to this which we quite heavily
experienced the last few weeks. It's pretty easy for someone to
subscribe to the forums to promote any service to a targeted audience,
without any intention to constructively take part in the discussions.

Most of the time such posts are spotted and removed within a few
minutes. Still, we are not able to monitor the discussions 24 hours a
day and this is where I wanna thank all members who always have a
close eye on what's happening in the forums and when needed report any
kind of spam message or suspected inadequate postings.

It's our intention to keep the forums as clean as possible and I think
this is in all our favour.

Talking about spam: I recently received this spam mail and I really
had to laugh out loud (Zatz!! This one is for you :-). It's a response
to the forum thread 'perfect pitch training disks' and our discussion
about vacuum cleaners at

Sorry guys: http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/posts/vacuum.htm
Wall-Hugging Technology?!? but how does this thing sound? :-)


New Articles on iBreatheMusic

by Tom Hess

Are you musically frustrated with yourself?  Are you not the musician
that you want to be? I think just about everyone has had these
thoughts go through their mind from time to time...


by Eric Vandenberg

Here's a collection of thoughts about practicing... how to get the
most out of your practicing time, practicing methods and strategies, a
sample schedule etc.


by James B Schultz

Borrowing from the concept of learning modes from each scale degree or
alternately from a common root. An alternate approach to learning the
relationship between modes or keys by altering known patterns instead
of moving them around, is presented.


by Atanas Shishkov

I use a lot of two-handed licks in my playing. I started to explore
and include more of this technique into my style because of the smooth
and fluid sounds created with two-hand playing...


by Eric Vandenberg

In this article, I'd like to show you a slightly different approach to
legato-playing (Brett Garsed-style), and also the "Technique A vs.
Technique B" vs. "Why not do both?" approach.


Pulse Bites: New digital copyright

Lately I have been trying to understand what the new copyright and
patent directives are that the US and the EU are trying to push
through, and what they have in store for us from a consumer

Well, unless you're a lawyer, the directives themselves are quite hard
to read, let alone understand.

So, I was looking for actual real world scenarios. Here are a few that
are based on the EU directives for the new patent law:

- Imagine you have a CD at home which is secured through a patented
code and can be only played on a CD player made by company XY. Due to
financial reasons the company owning the patent decides to stop its CD
player line. Well, bad luck my friends. The CD will be unusable.

- Another CD example. You buy 2 CDs: 1 was produced by Sony, one by
Ariola. Both CDs can only be played on the company's own CD Player.
This CD player has the speakers built in and there's no line out for
external speakers so there's no copying possible.

- You buy computer software: you need to buy the yearly updates - even
if you want to keep the old version. You have to buy the new software
on a yearly basis to the price the company sets - whether you like it
or not.

- The software you own has a bug: keep it to yourself. Talking about
software bugs can put you into prison. So, according to the license
agreement, you are legally bound to not disclose any bugs you may
find. This translates into losing the right for the software that you
have purchased having to work in the first place.

Bottom line is that this will drastically diminish consumer rights,
not to mention that this is in no way helpful to any artists. If this
all goes through I think our society will become a society of hackers
and crackers :-). Feel free to comment on any of the above in the
forums - I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.

For more information or speaking up check out these links:

GNU and FSF (Free Software Foundation): http://www.gnu.org

US Citizens:
Digital Speech: http://www.digitalspeech.org
Petition Against Software Patents:
Anti-DMCA Petition:


Essential Listening: Jason Becker

Jason Becker  Perspectives 

I have mentioned this album a few times before in the forums. This is
one of the most beautiful albums I have EVER heard, written by Jason
when he was already suffering from ALS. 

A lot of the composing and arranging was done by him on the computer,
using an 
Eye-tracking system, cuz he was unable to move much anymore.

There is so much beautiful music on this one. Starting with the
percussion-heavy 'Primal', we get a plethora of different styles and
soundscapes. 'Rain' is a beautiful guitar solo, 'End Of The Beginning'
is a long orchestral piece with some amazing guitar-work by Michael
Lee Firkins (the melodies are wonderful).

'Higher' has some of the most astonishing choir-arrangements I have
ever heard, it's almost divine. 'Blue' has some kickin' blues-guitar
soloing (also, some shred included), while 'Empire' is based on vast
orchestration-parts, japanese scales and a great guitar-melody. 

This album is simply amazing, and proves what a great composer Jason
is. It's heartbreaking to listen to it while remembering what he must
have gone through to make it (you can see scenes from the production
phase on Jason's new video), and to consider what a musical genius he
is, stricken with such a horrible disease.

This one definitely is recommended to everyone whether you're a
guitarist, a fan of classical or ambient music, or not a musician at
all a unique statement by an incredibly talented, brave young man.

This CD is available at Amazon:

Eric's Shred 101

Two melodies played with natural harmonics, Jeff Beck-style.

OK, this time we have some stuff that might not be exactly
'shred-material'. We're talking about two melodies played with natural
harmonics, inspired by Jeff Beck. 

Lots of people use harmonics as an effect, but you can actually play
scales and melodies with them. 

The first melody is taken from Beck's beautiful 'Where Were You' (from
'Guitar Shop'), which is one of the most beautiful guitar solo-pieces
I have ever heard. Make sure the harmonics ring out clearly, and add
some vibrato with the wang-bar.

The second melody is the famous 'Big Ben'-melody 

... try to come up with more melodies played with natural or even harp

a la 'Where Were You'

freely, approx. Q=56
   S   S    S    S   H.         S   S    S    S   H.

 a la 'Big Ben' melody

   Q    Q     Q    Q      Q     Q    Q    Q

The full notated example can be found in the html version of this
issue at http://www.ibreathemusic.com/pulse/view_nl.php?id=12

Member Spotlight: The Bash

Member name: The Bash
Real name: Davey Little
Location: Illinois 
Instrument: Guitar

How and when did you get started with music?
I believe it probably started many lifetimes ago. But in this lifetime
it began when I got my first guitar sometime around age 10. I had
wanted a guitar for many years before that which was kinna strange as
I'm not even sure I knew what one was. My grandfather played and maybe
that was the reason I wanted one. It wasn't until I saw a video clip
of The Beatles at She Stadium that my musical life made any sense. It
was at that point something clicked inside me, the fog cleared and a
path opened.

How did you come across iBreatheMusic.com?
I discovered the old site one day scouring the web looking for input
on how to go best go about putting together a basic music theory paper
for some of my students. Well, I discovered Guni's articles on
Intervals and Chord Scales and it was so much better than anything I
could of come up with so my brilliant  plan was: Go here and download

What styles of music do you play?
Hmm, this question is kinna misleading as it actually implies I have
style :)
Actually I like noodling with everything I can get my ears on, but I'm
pretty much a straight up rocker.

Who are your biggest influences?
The Beatles, Frank Zappa, David Gilmoure, Jimmy Page, Richie
Blackmore, Steve Morse, Jeff Beck, John Petrucci, Steve Howe, Pete
Townshend, etc. I could on and on for days but those were some of the
guys who shaped me musically through licks or songwriting or mentally
through attitude. 

What formal training have you had?
I graduated from college with a Music/Business Degree. So 4 years of
basic Music training.

What were some of the biggest breakthroughs you had in your learning
of music theory?
That if I take that Jimmy Page lick from the 5th fret and move it to
the 12th fret I just moved from the Key of A to E. So at least in the
beginning it was moving basic pentatonic shapes around and realizing
it was the same 5 shapes just in a new location.

What practice technique you use do you feel has paid off the most
handsomely in its effect on the way you play?
When I first started I had no one to jam with so I'd jam with myself.
I'd recorded a progression on a cheap tape recorder and make stuff up
over the top of it and record that with another cheap tape recorder.
Poor Boy's 2 track. That and playing with a metronome (which should
come as package with every instrument ever sold). 

How long did you play before you had your first paying gig?
Not really sure, somewhere between being 16 and 18 yrs old. I was
defiantly over 18 when you could call what we got real money. Well
real money as far as a gigging musicians go :)

What gear do you use?
I have a Washburn that was a prototype for the Nuno model (with the
extended cutway) there was only so many of those made so I got luckey
there. I got Washburn G-15V that's my main gigging axe. Amp wise I got
a Messa Mark IV that's my main Amp, a Laney AOR series head that was
my main head, now it's my safety net. And A Digitech processor, that
does more things than I really wanna know about, that I ain't seen in

What are you up to at the moment?
Hopefully expanding. Not currently gigging I've got more musical time
for myself. 

I've been trying to write without an instrument just ear/mind and
paper (power tab) in this case. Sometime in the near future I'd like
to get my own Computer (outside the family computer) set up with a
professional program to do this properly. Anyway it's defiantly the
kinda stuff the average person in a bar dosen't wanna hear :)

Do you have any interests (apart from iBreathe of course!)?
Music and Reading. I've as many books as Albums and Cds.

Sizzling Hot Forum Topics

Sweep picking - handy hints!

Understanding Intervals

Pulse Bites: What makes you tick?

Dimarzio Pickups

Happy Birthday Eric

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