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Guitar Musician e-zine 07/19/2006
In This Issue:
| ".. Playing live is about going for it .. it's about
bringing it ... you should see a bunch of people trying out stuff, actually
performing, instead of learning the record and recreating it note for note.
I can't play the show the same way every night .. I really need to be in a
creative environment, every night or I'll go nuts ... my manager accuses me
of singing just long enough to get me to my next guitar solo - which is
- Brad Paisley
A guy out on the golf course gets hit in the crotch.
Writhing in agony, he falls to the ground. As soon as he could manage, he took himself to the doctor.
He said "How bad is it doc?...I'm going on my honeymoon next week."
The doctor told him, "I'll have to put your willie in a splint to let it heal and keep it straight. It should be okay next week." He
took four wooden tongue depressors and formed a neat little 4 sided splint, and taped it all together; ..an impressive work of art.
The guy mentions none of this to his girl, marries her, and goes on their honeymoon. That night in the motel room, she rips open her
blouse to reveal her beautiful breasts. She said, "You're the first; no one has EVER touched these."
He immediately drops his pants and replies,.......................
"Look at this,....still in the CRATE!"
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GUITAR Q AND A
Alternate Picking Verses Economy Picking
Mark Minardi; Lincoln Park, NJ
Q: In studying my picking technique I've found that I employ a bit of "economy picking" mixed into my alternate picking. I developed this method without really knowing the difference between the two techniques in my early days of learning to play. Now this "mixed mode" picking technique is very ingrained in my picking hand and I'm having a tough time adopting strict alternate picking (I'm just so much faster using my old way). It just seems to take longer to have to cross a string to pick it from the other side when I was already there before crossing past it! I've heard that SAP (strict alternate picking) will provide for much better timing and I do seem to understand that since the parts of my runs where I use economy picking can end up sounding rushed if I'm not careful.
Do you feel it's necessary to use SAP to really advance your technique? What are your thoughts on economy picking? Thanks.
A: Picking is so important to progress from a good guitarist to a great guitarist. If you play things that are not too challenging all the time you can pick almost any way you want but if you want the ability to play 64th notes at 140bpm you better have you alternate picking down cold!!!
What you are referring to as "economy picking" is also called "cross picking"; this picking style that encounters multiple down or up pick strokes in a row can be effective at times. When doing certain sweep picking patterns I use this technique very effectively.
Here is the bottom line ... If you want to play at very fast speeds with a smooth flowing sound you must be able to alternate pick well. The consistent up-down motion of your fingers when alternate picking creates a rhythm that allows you to gain momentum and build serious speed.
Practice exercises that concentrate on alternate picking and do them regularly; you will see a difference in a short amount of time that will have you rippin' up those strings.
Hope this helps,
A&R: Getting Signed
by Kenny Kerner
One of the most difficult things to understand is what the A&R Community is really looking for. What does an artist have to have to get signed to a recording contract? For lack of a better name, I call these intangible things "signing ingredients." And the more of them you have, the more likely you are to get signed!
During my 35 years as an Editor and Music Journalist, I've interviewed over 250 members of the A&R Community and, based on those interviews, was able to compile a Top 10 list of important signing ingredients. So, in order of their importance, here's what you need to get signed:
3. Live Show
4. Star Quality
6. Group Focus
8. Business Savvy
9. Red Flags
10. A&R Instinct
Before making his final decision, an A&R person will see how many of these talent ingredients his act has�and then go from there. Considering it takes about one-million dollars to properly promote each new act, don't expect a flurry of signings at any one label.
Excerpted from the best-selling book "Going Pro" written by Kenny Kerner and published by Hal Leonard. You can order this book by calling 800-637-2852
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