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iBreatheMusic.com -- The Pulse
Issue #19 -- 30 December 2003
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In this issue

@ Yet another year ...
@ Stats and The Best of ...
@ A Look Ahead...
@ How did we do?: Predictions for 2003
@ Eric's Predictions for 2004

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And another year ...

This issue of The Pulse looks back on this last year, on how
iBreatheMusic has come on and gives a glimpse of what is to come in
2004. We'll return to the normal format for the next issue in 2 weeks
time.

Overall, I think 2003 has been a great year for iBreathe. We've seen
plenty new members sign up, a decent stream of new articles and
improvements to the site's functionality. The forums have also
flourished into a really special place to 'hangout'.

It's also great that members actively share the same long-term vision
to keep the site a powerful resource dedicated to music instruction,
without the clutter.

Thanks again to all of our members and authors who have made this last
year a great success for the site.

Happy New Year,

Guni

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Stats and The Best of ...

Web Statistics

Here are some statistics that compare where we are now, to where we
were a year ago.

Total Hits (per month): 
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DEC 2002: 1503030
DEC 2003: 2695556
Top month [NOV 03]: 2936012

Total Unique Visits (per month): 
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DEC 2002: 24256
DEC 2003: 44130
Top month [NOV 03]: 45478

Page Views (per month):
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DEC 2002: 6302
DEC 2003: 14866
Top month [NOV 03]: 15276

Forum Members (total):
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DEC 2002:  633 total
DEC 2003: 2028 total

In the last 3 months 503 new members have signed up.

Forum Posts and Threads (total):
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DEC 30 2002:  553 Active threads
DEC 30 2003: 2746 Active threads

Forum Posts and Threads (per month):
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DEC 02:	1329 posts 
DEC 03:	1971 posts*

(* thats an increase of nearly 650 posts from a year ago)

DEC 02:	141 new threads created
DEC 03:	222 new threads created


The Best of ...

Top 5 Articles (based on visits and ratings)

Step by Step Song Writing Guide (Chris Juergensen)
http://www.ibreathemusic.com/article/126

A Closer Look At Sweep-Picking (Eric Vandenberg)
http://www.ibreathemusic.com/article/124

Brett Garsed (Eric Vandenberg)
http://www.ibreathemusic.com/article/100

Chord Scales - Part 1: The Major Scale (Gunharth Randolf)
http://www.ibreathemusic.com/article/105

Neoclassical Shred Guitar (Eric Vandenberg)
http://www.ibreathemusic.com/article/121


Top 5 Forum discussions

Pulse Bites: What makes you tick?
http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=1362

Nervous
http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=2278

Share Your Personel Improv Ideas
http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=102

perfect pitch training disks
http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=157

Concept: Playing a Song
http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=295


Top 5 active members (excluding the iBreathe crew ie. EricV, sculz,
Guni, Bongo Boy)

Koala 
Bizarro 
metaljustice83 
The Bash 
Danster

Thanks guys.


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A Look Ahead...

What's ahead? Long term it's hard to tell, but there are a few things
that we're focusing on at the moment:

The long awaited forum restructure is in it's final planning phase. It
is a tedious process but we'll start rearranging content and adding
new topics within the next few weeks. 

Once this is done, we'll update the forum software which will give us
all plenty of new features to play with. Furthermore, as the forum
grows we'll take steps to get moderators on board to help monitor the
content in the forums.

One thing that I've been spending quite a bit of time on, is creating
an 'iBreatheMusic Standard for Presenting Online Educational Material'
(I just love all these acronyms so here we go: ISPOEM). It may not
seem massively important, but it is quite a major aspect to the site
ie. how material is presented including notation, graphics, sound
files, powertab (which is only accessible by Windows users) etc. So,
I'm looking into ways to ensure the best cross platform solution to
ensure all content is accessible by all users, indefinitely. We are
also looking into offering video which could be a massive step forward
for the site.

An important personal goal of mine is to get back into writing
articles, even if I have to cut down on the site development side of
things. It's about time I expand upon those theory articles I did a
while ago.

So all-in-all, there are some interesting times ahead and we're
excited and curious to see how all this will pan out.

NB: If there's anything regarding the site, or future plans that you
have an opinion on, please let us know at comments@ibreathemusic.com.
Feedback is very important to us and we do our best to mould the site
around your suggestions.

Guni


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How did we do?: Predictions for 2003

As you might remember last year we made some brave predictions for the
year 2003. Now's the time to face the truth and see how we did:

1) All major record companies will be making even more losses, not due
to file-sharing systems but due to their inability and attitude in
terms of supporting what they are trying to sell: art. 

TRUE 


2) The whole 'amp modelling biz' will slowly 'run out of gas'... the
hype will fade, the market will reach its climax with all the
different products available, and the modelling thing will be a
regular standard, especially for home-recording. 

Well, we think we weren't all that wrong. Amp modelling is pretty much
a standard thing now and everyone does it to some extent. We also
think it's far less scary now than it was 1 or 2 years ago when people
were running to sell their tube amps to get some virtual... 


3) This year we'll hear about Van Halen's future plans after their
looooong break... whether they'll continue with a new (old?) singer or
whether they'll call it quits remains to be seen... 

http://vai.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=3208 
Also, have you heard the phone interview that's floating around on the
web? Eddie is recording! 


4) Under the watchful eye of the iBreathe community Bongo Boy will
record a mind-blowing version of Autumn Leaves! 

Well, we know he's working hard on it .... maybe we should ask him to
contribute another soundfile ... what do you say Bongo? 


5) Hanging out at iBreathe in 2003 will be even more fun than in 2002,
because we'll see a bunch of new features, cool articles and great
talk at the forums 

TRUE :-)


6) We'll see countless more no.1 hits from manufactured boybands and
deep meaningful ballads about love from from 16 year old teenage heart
throbs. 

Sigh...


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Predictions for 2004

- Steve Vai has just been nominated for a Grammy AGAIN (for best
instrumental rock tune). And as much as I would like to see him win, I
think he won't...  (and why didn't they pick 'Feathers' ?!? And why
didn't he get one for 'Whispering A Prayer'?!?) 

- The RIAA and law enforcement will stay busy suing people for
downloading stuff illegally, and this will become a regular thing in
the European countries as well - lots of people are gonna have some
surprise visits soon. Heck, the record industry is gonna get their
money one way or another.

- The record industry will attempt more collaborations with
internet-companies to provide even more 'pay for music downloads'
sites, and none of them will really be worth the effort.

- Both Vai and Satch will release new albums (that is not a
prediction, it's been pronounced already). And I think Satch will
manage to surprise us again by trying something very different... 

- Some of those kick-a**, yet sadly unknown players (such as Marcel
Coenen, Ricky Garcia, Rob Balducci and Thorsten Koehne) will finally
get some of the attention they really do deserve!!!

- Some well-known band is gonna release a new album. In advance, the
whole album will be discussed into the slightest detail in the
fan-forums, the expectations will rise to the point where it's almost
unbearable... and once the album is out, everyone in those forums will
do nothing but complain... I have seen this happen at least twice in
03! (nope, I am not mentioning any names!) 

- I WILL eventually publish that dreaded tapping-article (not only
one, I think), including video (thanks again, you people!). Gosh, now
there's the pressure! 

- iBreathe will continue to grow like crazy, we'll have some awesome
new features, new design, bunches of great discussions at the forums,
and I'll probably reach the 7.500 post mark (I'm sure I'm not gonna,
but where's the fun in making safe bets, huh?) 

- At least half of these predictions will prove to be wrong (including
this one... there's a brain-twister for ya!)



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