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Issue #15 -- 30 October 2003
In this issue

@ Introduction
@ New Articles on iBreatheMusic
@ Jemfest Review
@ Essential Listening: Michael Hedges
@ Eric's Shred 101-Lick
@ Member Spotlight: forgottenking2
@ Sizzling Hot Forum Topics


Hello all,

Yes! - we did it again! - thanks to Jorge (you might know him as
'forgottenking2' in the forums) for allowing us to present you with
another user submitted article, which to me is more proof of the kind
of potential that this community holds through it's members.

Jorge's topic is exotic scales, which has been discussed in the forums
recently. We hope you like the article and as always, constructive
feedback is always welcome. 

Forgottenking2 is also featured in this issue's member spotlight.

If you are a regular in or forums (or intend to become a new member
soon) please make sure to read our new forum rules, which are
available at http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/misc.php?action=faq.
We've found it necessary to publish these due to the recent high
frequency of inappropriate posts. If you do happen to come across a
'questionable' post in the forums, please don't hesitate to click on
the 'report to moderator' function so we can sort it out.

Happy reading,


New Articles on iBreatheMusic

by Jorge Fernando Maldonado

Exotic scales can be used to create interesting sounds and emulate
some pretty interesting ethnic type of lines. Here are a few ideas on
how to start exploring the vast field of exotic scales ...


by Eric Vandenberg

Based on lot of discussions and requests in the forums, I decided to
elaborate a bit on bendings and vibrato, incl. pics and soundfiles. My
buddy Thorsten was nice enough to provide some soundfiles as well.
Remember my article about tone?


by Steve Carter

Because of the complexity of the fretboard, learning to sight-read on
the guitar requires a disciplined approach. In this article I'll
discuss the approach that worked well for me and has worked well for
many of my students.


by Jamie Andreas

Getting the unsettling impression that there seems to be an awful lot
of those things called scales? You may even run across an encyclopedia
of scales, and realize that there could be thousands of these little
buggers out there!


by  Bizarro

I'm sure everyone has heard about economy picking and has seen some
neat 'tricks' being done using the technique. I have some examples
which show how this technique can be applied in several situations.


Jemfest Review

The first German Jemfest (Oct.18th) was definitely a blast. Ricky
Garcia did a great job organizing the event, and it was an honour and
a pleasure to be part of this.

It was a really good feeling to see that the guitar-scene is still
alive, that there are still many people who love the guitar,
guitar-music etc. All the visitors, the artists and team were great
people... it was so much fun to hang out with them, talk guitar and
everything related, and see the fascination of the instrument at

I enjoyed playing there quite a bit, next time I'll bring my band
though... I think it's more appropriate to play with a band instead of
backing-tracks... Dan Cock and Ricky G. proved that with their sets...
great music.

The workshop part was fun as well... I did a workshop about
pentatonics, based on my 'Stretch It!' and 'Stretch Some More'
articles. (For the people who asked for hand-outs... you'll find all
the licks and even more in those articles!)

Martin Behr did a really neat workshop too, and his performance was
killer...  great guy! And the headliner... what can I say about Marcel
Coenen? Amazing player, great entertainer, really good songs, and
shred galore! A worthy main-act, no doubt about it.

I am proud to be a part of the JemFest thing, and thanks to everyone
who attended the show or contributed to it... remember, all proceeds
will go to the Make A Noise Foundation.

I am looking forward to the next Jemfests... US, UK, Germany,
Netherlands coming up... If you would like to see a JemFest in your
country, go ahead! Get in touch with the people at jemfest.com and
maybe you'll be the one who'll start yet another jemfest!


Essential Listening: Michael Hedges - Torched

I recently started listening to this album again... I looked through
my CD-collection and went 'Wow, haven't listened to that one in a
while'. Well, I  listened to it 4 times in a row that night, it's so
beautiful. 'Torched' is the album Michael was working on around the
time of his death.

It's an extremely melodic album, with both instrumental songs and
vocal tunes. I hear bunches of different styles in here, celtic
melodies, folk-stuff etc. 

Some of the melodies are simply stunning (like the melancholic 'Spring
Buds', or the simple, but beautiful 'Holy Flame'), and the album is
just perfect to light some candles and dream away to...

A great release for everyone who likes rather quiet, melodic tunes,
written and performed by a very talented musician who was taken away
from us way too early... 


Michael Hedges - Torched at amazon.com:

Eric's Shred 101

Pay By The Note - Lick

This is a lick I came up with for the jam 'Pay By The Note' (You can
download an MP3 of that at my website). It's loosely based on a lick I
heard Nuno Bettencourt do. The interesting part is the intervals (each
sequence doesn't go up or down, but goes 1-3-2, with the added open
The lick is a cool exercise, and doesn't sound too bad either. Check
it out...

  S S S S S S  S S S S  S  S 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=15

Member Spotlight: forgottenking2

member name: forgottenking2
real name: Jorge Fernando Maldonado 
homepage: www.TGI.practicespot.com
location:  Houston, TX
instrument:  Guitar, Piano, Bass

How and when did you get started with music?
Well, My mom (awwwww :D )  had a music school and she tried to get me
into music since I was 5 but it wasn't until I was 13 that I really
started getting into music getting piano lessons on and off, and when
I was 17 I got introduced to the guitar and I fell in love… from then
I've been kind of experimenting and basically keeping to what I like.

How did you come across iBreatheMusic.com?
I was looking for study resources online and I guess I got lucky :)

What styles of music do you play?
I consider myself mainly a rock guitarist, although I've done blues
and some country on stage. 

Who are your biggest influences?
Ooh tough question, let's see to name a few: Joe Satriani, Steve
Morse, Hittar Cuesta (an incredible guitarist from my hometown), Jimmy
Hendrix, Yngwie Malmstein, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Steve Ray Vaughn,
B. B. King, Eric Clapton… and the list goes on and on, there's also a
ton of non-guitarists that have influenced me a lot, musicians from
the baroque and Romantic period (like Bach and Vivaldi)… and basically
just whatever I hear… if I like it I'd try to emulate it on the
guitar, so my sound is still evolving constantly. 

What formal training have you had?
I had some classical guitar training when I first started out, along
with music theory, harmony and counterpoint, and some scattered
lessons on 'rock guitar' technique… but besides that I've been
teaching myself using books and listening to other players and the
internet here lately.

What were some of the biggest breakthroughs you have had in your
learning of music theory?
I think the very first breakthrough I had was when I really got to
understand what 'the guitar is a chromatic instrument' really meant…
it was so great to realize that I could take the same pattern and move
it around and stuff; also when I first got to understand the modal
harmony (which is practically forgotten in classical music training)
on the guitar…that was just awesome.

What practice technique you use do you feel has paid off the most
handsomely in its effect on the way you play?
The usage of the metronome and playing with some kind of
accompaniment, that really helps you play in time and in tune…  which
I think it's more important than playing at lightning speed (although
that's fun too :D)

How long did you play before you had your first paying gig?
I had been playing for about 3 months and then a friend from High
School asked me to play rhythm guitar with them in a band contest (I
was scared to death but I did it) and it went great (we won :D) so I
guess that was my first gig.

What gear do you use?
I moved to the States a year ago so all my pro gear was left behind
(my brother must be playing the hell out of it ;) ) so now all I have

An old Samick Strat style             
A Fender Squirel Stagemaster
An Ibanez 15w amp 
A Zoom 505 FX processor (don't like it)
And My Boss GT6 

What are you up to at the moment?
Mainly teaching around Houston, getting to know the musical scene
here, writing a lot and jamming once in a while trying to get a band
together… that's about it. When I'm not playing guitar I spend some
time with my wife (I am also trying to get her into music as well :)

Do you have any interests (apart from iBreathe of course!)?
I guess computers, In fact I make a living out of them that and music…
maybe some history and other kinds of art… Mythology and Philosophy
that kind of stuff.

Sizzling Hot Forum Topics

Scale Positions on guitar

Method Books

How good?

Guitar Lingo/jargon

Is a plectrum necesary

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