EZ Street: Pull-Off Power By Andy Ellis
Now that weve explored hammer-ons (How to Nail Hammer-Ons, April 04 GP), its time to investigate the flip side of the coin, which is the pull-off. Like hammer-ons, pull-offs let us select and attack a note with the fretting hand. Plus, the beauty of pull-offs is they allow you to play fancy phrases with minimum effort.
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Rock Guru Steve Morse: Major Breakthroughs As told to Jude Gold
The major scaleor Ionian modecan teach you a whole lot more than simply how to play do re mi fa so la ti on the fretboard. Burn it into your fingers and youll learn many common whole- and half-step groupings that not only exist in other modes, but also in most genres of modern music.
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Jazz Guru Charlie Hunter - Stock Options As told to Jude Gold
While the notes in the examples of this lesson are exactly the same, the fingerings (as shown in the tablature) are very different in each example. Thats because you can usually play the identical phrase about a zillion different ways on the guitar. Some will say this is one of the instruments weaknesses. But, while its true that this aspect of being a guitarist can be a drag when youre sight-reading a giant piece of music (which, personally, Ive never been particularly great at), I think of this mountain of options not as a weakness, but as a distinct advantage.
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Metal Guru Rusty Cooley: Blazing on a Single String As told to Jude Gold
Last month I showed you how to get a captivating, unpredictable sound by racing up and down six-string scales using a repeating seven-note pattern. Well, guess what: As Yngwie Malmsteen and other stellar shredders have proven, you can also apply patternsor sequencesto single strings as well. And when you remain on one string, sequences are even easier to pick quickly, because there are no string skips involved.
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How to play like... Jeff Watson By Jude Gold
There was probably another guy in a room somewhere doing eight-finger hammer-ons, says Jeff Watson. I was just the first guy fortunate enough to get it on MTVwhich is exactly what Watson did with the video for Night Rangers hit song (You Can Still) Rock in America. It was 1984arguably the peak of the most technique-obsessed era in electric guitar historyand when Watsons mind-boggling solo hit television screens worldwide, it quickly established the Northern California guitarist as the unofficial king of tapping.
The idea actually came out of a piano lick that I was trying to cop on the guitar, says Watson. But on guitar, the lick required too much picking. It seemed more natural to play it all legato on one string, tapping the high notes with all four fingers of my picking hand.
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Acoustic Guru Kaki King - From Folk to Funk As told to Jude Gold
The tuning I use most on my debut album, Everybody Loves You [Velour] is C, G, D, G, A, D, low to high. El McMeen is probably the first guitarist I met who used this tuning. Its great for inspiring riffs you might not think ofor perhaps even be able to playin standard tuning.
House of Pain - Dave Creamers Blues for Alice By Jude Gold
You never forget a great guitar lesson. I was 17 when I decided that it was time to learn the hipster comping practice of plucking chords while maintaining a walking bass line. I couldnt have consulted a better mentor for this topic than my teacher at the time, Dave Creamerthe veteran Bay Area guitarist who has worked with Miles Davis, Mel Tormé, John Abercrombie, and other jazz legends. (For more on Creamer, check out his Masters Series feature on 12-tone improvisation in the June 89 GP, or his Web site, davecreamer.com.) In response to my query, Creamer showed me his timeless bass-and-chords interpretation of Charlie Parkers Blues for Alice changes, as shown in this lesson.
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