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Issue #18 -- 15 December 2003
In this issue

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


Hello all,

Winter has been slow to arrive here in the Alps this year. Today is
the first day of snow. It's falling heavily and settling thick on the
streets. I'm finally getting more into the festive season (Oh my, I
guess I have some urgent shopping to do ...). I can't wait to undust
my skis and get back on the slopes again ;).

Just in time for Christmas, I've put together an article featuring
'White Christmas' in form of a guitar chord solo. I hope you'll find
it useful and practical. If you have any questions regarding this solo
please follow the link in the article itself to the dedicated forum

This week we had our first real test with the new forum software.
First impressions are good. We are excited about the new features and
it will be a major improvement over the current system. There's a very
cool and powerful message editor that will enable you to work in a
wysiwyg (what you see is what you get) environment. You will also be
able to upload and manage more than one attachment at a time, which
will really come in handy. 

Well, there's much more ... feels like it's Christmas already to us.
Integrating this new software into our current system will be quite a
task and it will take a few weeks before we will be able to make the
switch, but this is really something to look forward to and we'll be
working hard to implement this as soon as possible.

Merry Christmas from everyone here at iBreathe!


New Articles on iBreatheMusic

by Gunharth Randolf

Guitar chord solos are technically challenging. They're a great way to
practice chords and involve a lot of arranging techniques. This
version of White Christmas will hopefully give you an insight, and
perhaps a song to strum this christmas.


by Chris Juergensen

The record business as we know it is changing into something totally
different. I'm going to describe what this means to you and why you
should be really, really happy ...


by Jorge Fernando Maldonado

As promised here it is the second part to the "Improvising with Exotic
Scales" series. By now you should have a couple of scales in your
pocket, so this time I'll show you a couple of ways to apply some of
these scales to your own music.


by Chris Juergensen

Don't let slash chords confuse you too much. No, they are not the
chords that the guitarist from Guns and Roses uses, they are something
different. A slash is this: /, so a slash chord should have one of
them in its name ...


by Eric Vandenberg

There have been quite a few requests about an example workout. So here
is Part I of an mini-series about that. I'll show you the workout I
used to use a few years ago, and how to personalise it for yourself.


Eric's Shred 101

17th Century Chicken Picking lick / exercise and variation

Chris Impelliteri is another popular shredder. He is extremely fast,
and his style could be described as heavily influenced by Yngwie
Malmsteen. One of the coolest songs I ever heard Chris do was '17th
Century Chicken Picking'. I thought the title was extremely funny, and
combined with the mind-boggling licks in that song, it showed a really
good sense of humour.

Here is one of my favorite licks from that tune... a pedal-tone-ish
string-skipping lick, with the top-note constantly changing. This is a
great way to work on your picking and string-skipping technique, and
sounds cool, too.

I tabbed out two of the 'sentences' he used... feel free to use it
with different scales or move it up or down the scale...


Part 1
     |------6-------|  |------6-------|  |------6-------| 
     S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S 
S  S

   |------6-------|  |------6-------|  |------6-------| 
   S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S

Part 2
    |-----6------| |-----6-----| |-----6-----| |-----6------|
    S S  S  S  S S S S  S S  S S S S  S S  S S S S  S  S  S S

  |-----6------| |-----6-----| |-----6-----| |-----6------|
  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=18

Member Spotlight: CaptainCarma

Member Name:  CaptainCarma
Real Name:  Marc Meinekat 
Homepage:  www.gooskin.com (some parts under constr.; english page
still to come)
Location:  (Downtown) Cologne, Germany
Instrument: Guitar

How and when did you get started with music?
Though I'm from a family without any musicial background, it took me
16 years to realise, that there is a world besides 'Simon and
Garfunkel' and 'The Beatles'. Back then, I had a friend who played
some guitar. He wasn't really serious into playing or music in
general, but he introduced me to this instrument by playing  basic
blues patterns and singing some freaky, improvised (German) lyrics.
Those nights we spend creating some weird stories to be enhanced by
his repetitive playing made me wanna start to play, myself. Overnight
I became more and more interested in music in general and a few weeks
later I bought my first guitar and was finally infected by the
'bacillus musicus'.

How did you come across iBreatheMusic.com?
To be serious, I can't remember. It might have been through 'google',
searching for some new instructional stuff. It turns out to be another
addiction for me (thanks to my flatrate DSL).

What styles of music do you play? 
In the beginning of my guitar life I was into 'blues', moved to
'singer-songwriter pop/rock', to some kind of 'metal', 'jazz/rock',
and a bit of 'funk'.

Nowadays I try to involve a bit of everything into my playing and my
songs, but I, and the ones who dare to listen to my music are likely
to say that the 'blues' is the base of my playing.

Who are your biggest influences?
Tough to say. On the one hand there are the ones I love to listen to.
On the other hand, there are the few, who left some noticeable
influences in my playing. It's impossible for me to say, who of the
following belong into the second category.

Marcus Deml, Jimi Hendrix, SRV, Gary Moore, Steve Lukather, Richie
Kotzen (the later one), Michael Landau, Dann Huff, Eric Johnson, Mike
Stern, Jeff Beck, Robben Ford, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Hiram
Bullock... Frank Sinatra, Marcus Miller, Toots Thielemans, Claude
Debussy, Richard Wagner...

What formal training have you had?
I started as an autodidact for the first couple of years. At the age
of 18 (I guess), someone handed me the phone number of a quite
popular/successful German guitar player called Marcus Deml. During
those days he was the guitar player for a band called 'Kindom Come'
(some of you may know them) and 'Saga' (you should know them).

He was and still is deep into the business, working as a session/tour
player for some domestic and international major acts and as a solo
artist with his  instrumental rock/techno/fusion project 'Errorhead' 

I picked up the phone with a heavily shacking hand, because of
nervousness and made  that call asking for some lessons. He laughed
and asked whether I was really willing to drive 900km per lesson just
to have him as an instructor. I was. So I stood away from school on
those Tuesdays and drove all the way to Hamburg to receeve lessons,
instructed by my personal guitar god.

Besides all the guitar related stuff, he also taught me a lot about
things like entertaining, stage performance, self confidence etc.

During the last years I took private lessons instructed by several
guys out of my 'neighbourhood' (e.g. Mario Neunkirchen) whenever I got
the feeling of a 'standing progress'.

In 2001, I spend some days at the 'Los Angeles Music Academy', but
because of the short time, this was more a 'musical vacation' than a
serious learning experience, although it left some influences into my
playing and general behaviour towards music.

What were some of the biggest breakthroughs you had in your learning
of music theory? 
Understanding of the Modes; Chord  Scale  Relationships.

What practice technique you use do you feel has paid off the most
handsomely in its effect on the way you play?
Playing behind the head, playing with my feet and all those Hendrix

To be serious, I cannot give a proper answer to this question. 

'Call me Dr. Faust...'

Sure, I got all this exercises surrounding me 24/7 and I've always
felt to force myself, reaching the next level as a guitarplayer.
Therefore I spend time reading articles on 'iBreathe', working through
other instructional media (books, videos, dvds, etc.) and try to
involve some of those aspects into my playing and songwriting.

But on the other hand, I never wanted to deny the entertaining and
emotional aspect of music. It took me quite some while and some kicks
in certain regions of my body (thanks again to Marcus) to realise,
that either a single, beautiful bended note filled with heart and soul
touches the listener where he has to be touched, than a diminished
32nd triplet run over a B7(whatsoever)chord.

All I wanna say is that, there's a need to practise both aspects. The
technical and the emotional, 'cause everything you feel during your
performance sounds throughout the notes you play.

You don't have to be the 'best' guitarist (whatever that means) to
make people happy with your music. This conclusion from experience
keeps me alive and playing.

How long did you play before you had your first paying gig?
One and a half years after I started to play. I used to play in a
pop/rock band with some guys from high-school. Our singer was a very
talented songwriter. So it took us just a few months to build up a
repertoire for a show of 90min.

After several pub and event gigs, we were asked to headline a concert
some other guys from school organized. It was the first time for us to
play on a 'real' stage, with pa, light system etc. plus promo and
airplay on a local radio station. And it was the first time for us to
play in front of an audience that came for no other reason than
watching us perform.

The show went well and our part of the ticket sales made something
'round 500DM (about 250$). For some reason (only God knows why), we
decided to let our bass player take care for the money.

After a few weeks we had to realise, that he invested the whole money
into illegal substances. Our money had already turned into smoke...
(would be interesting to know what he does today!) Quite funny stories
'n struggles I've been through with this band... (cool topic for
another forum's thread).

What gear do you use?
Guitars: Fender Standart Strat '95, White with custom painted gold
sparkle pickguard, goldpotis, seymour duncan jb jr. (bridge

Charvel ST Custom (Japan), Silver sparkle custom painting, black
pickguard, seymour duncan jb (bridgeposition). Heavily modified,
nothing special (exept the additional painting) but I love it.

Yamaha SGV 300, vintage yellow. Cheap guitar, great sound and
definatly an eyecatcher par exellance.

Hamer Archtop (somewhere from Asia), my first guitar. Needs to be
modified. Nearly never used nowadays.

Amps and other stuff: Fender Bandmaster `66, Yamaha DG 1000, Mesa
Boogie 50/50, T.C. Electronics G Major, Selfmade 1x12 Cabinet, Hughes
'n Kettner Attax 80, Hughes 'n Kettner Tube 20, Ibanez TS9, Dunlop
Crybaby, some Boss stompboxes, Behringer V-amp

What are you up to at the moment?
Currently, I am very busy writing and arranging new songs for my band
'gooskin' is an instrumentalrocktrio (drums, bass, guitar) playing a
melange of Blues, Rock, Funk and a bit of Jazz combined with an
undeniable touch of humour.

We had a brilliant live debut this year, playing venues from 50 up to
250 people and some event gigs for companies or at vernisages.

There still is one gig in '03 to come (on Friday, 26th of December)
but we're already preparing for whatever is to come in '04, focussing
on the recording of a full lenghth cd at the end of the year.

Besides that I keep working on my playing abilities, especially on my
technique (I really have to...)  and on my vocal chops. Oh my God,
there's so much to do and so little time...

And maybe I start writing, these questions throw up so many nearly
forgotten experiences...

Do you have any interests (apart from iBreathe of course!)? 
Apart from all what already has been mentioned, I'm a bit into
reading, cooking (not really interested but I'm unmarried, so I have
to) sports, films, languages (going to learn japanes next year, hope
so) and meeting friends.

Sizzling Hot Forum Topics

Fear of playing.

Licks 'n Runs 'n Riffs - Part III

confusion in modes


Finger Tension

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