Betcha Can&#039;t Play This http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/27/all en Betcha Can't Play This: Ethan Brosh's Cascading Harmonics — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-ethan-broshs-cascading-harmonics-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new edition of Betcha Can't Play This, guitarist Ethan Brosh demonstrates his way of playing cascading harmonics.</p> <p>You'll notice this video is much longer than the typical Betcha Can't Play This video, since it goes into greater left- and right-hand detail—and into greater detail across the board. You'll also notice there's no tab included (Again, the longer video explains the fret positions and a whole lot more).</p> <p>For two other Betcha Can't Play This columns by Brosh, check out <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-guitarist-ethan-brosh-lays-down-challenge">Betcha Can't Play This: Guitarist Ethan Brosh Lays Down the Challenge</a> and <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-diminished-madness-guitarist-ethan-brosh">Betcha Can't Play This: Diminished Madness with Guitarist Ethan Brosh</a>. You'll find a third one under RELATED CONTENT, below the photo.</p> <p><strong>For more about Brosh, visit <a href="http://ethanbrosh.com/">ethanbrosh.com</a>.</strong></p> <p>As always, good luck! We have more on the way!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-VIGjUeI8uw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-ethan-broshs-cascading-harmonics-video#comments Betcha Can't Play This Ethan Brosh Videos Betcha Can't Play This News Lessons Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:51:14 +0000 Guitar World Staff 22094 at http://www.guitarworld.com Betcha Can't Play This: The Commander-In-Chief Revisits "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-commander-chief-revisits-introduction-and-rondo-capriccioso-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Earlier this year, GuitarWorld.com premiered a new performance video by the Commander-in-Chief, a Norwegian seven-string guitarist who lives in the U.K.</p> <p>The video was a <a href="http://mobile.guitarworld.com/commander-chief-premieres-introduction-et-rondo-capriccioso-music-video">performance clip of Camille Saint-Saëns' "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" as played by the Commander-in-Chief and classical guitarist Craig Ogden.</a></p> <p>Earlier this month, the Commander-in-Chief visited <em>Guitar World</em>'s basement studio in New York City to shoot several videos. Among them is a new "Betcha Can't Play This" clip based on "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso," which Saint-Saëns wrote in 1863 for virtuoso violinist Pablo de Sarasate; the Commander-in-Chief arranged the piece for seven-string guitar. </p> <p>"This is my favorite song of all the classical ones I have recorded," said the Commander-In-Chief in February. "It has a very sad but also unpredictable and playful vibe to it." You can check out the video and transcription below.</p> <p>"Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" can be found on the Commander-in-Chief's new album, <em>2 Guitars: The Classical Crossover Album</em>, which she recorded with Ogden. Since late 2014, GuitarWorld.com has premiered several songs (and videos) from <em>2 Guitars</em>, including <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/commander-chief-premieres-introduction-et-rondo-capriccioso-music-video">"Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso,"</a> <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/paganini-guitar-duel-commander-chief-and-craig-ogden-play-caprice-no-24-video">Niccolo Paganini's Caprice No. 24</a>, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/commander-chief-and-craig-ogden-play-por-una-cabeza-video">"Por una Cabeza,"</a> and <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/commander-chief-and-craig-ogden-premiere-new-song-let-it-go-exclusive">an original song called "Let It Go."</a></p> <p><strong>For more information on the album and the Commander-in-Chief, visit <a href="http://www.commandermusic.com">commandermusic.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zh_Dn75eA18" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Betcha Can&amp;#x27;t Play This: Commander-in-Chief Revisits on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/266822972/Betcha-Can-t-Play-This-Commander-in-Chief-Revisits" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Betcha Can&amp;#x27;t Play This: Commander-in-Chief Revisits</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/266822972/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_21547" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-commander-chief-revisits-introduction-and-rondo-capriccioso-video#comments Betcha Can't Play This The Commander-In-Chief Videos Betcha Can't Play This News Wed, 27 May 2015 19:34:09 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24560 at http://www.guitarworld.com Betcha Can't Play This: John Petrucci's Descending E Mixolydian Run http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-john-petruccis-descending-e-mixolydian-run <!--paging_filter--><p> This is a descending E Mixolydian [E F# G# A B C# D] run that moves across the strings and eventually down the neck in a cascading type of contour. </p> <p>It’s based on a recurring nine-note melodic motif of three 16th-note triplets, with three alternate-picked notes followed by two double pull-offs.</p> <p>I begin in ninth position with a fairly compact shape that spans the ninth to 12th frets. At the end of bar 1 and moving into bar 2, the fret hand shifts down two frets and spreads out to cover a four-fret span, from the seventh fret to the 11th. Use your first, second and fourth fingers to fret the notes. </p> <p> The fret hand quickly shifts down to a lower position at the beginning of bars 3, 4 and 5, so try to make these transitions as smooth and seamless as possible. Make sure your pull-offs are loud and clear, and use the palm of your pick hand to mute the unused lower strings during bars 1 and 2.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fxKLaesuQE0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-02%20at%205.16.42%20PM.png" width="620" height="217" alt="Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 5.16.42 PM.png" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/john-petrucci">John Petrucci</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-john-petruccis-descending-e-mixolydian-run#comments Betcha Can't Play This John Petrucci September 2010 Videos Betcha Can't Play This Blogs News Lessons Magazine Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:39:40 +0000 John Petrucci 20924 at http://www.guitarworld.com Betcha Can't Play This: Subway Shredder Mike Groisman's Sweep Arpeggios — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-subway-shredder-mike-groismans-sweep-arpeggios-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In <em>Guitar World's</em> very latest edition of Betcha Can't Play This, virtuoso New York City-based "subway shredder" Mike Groisman rips through some ferocious neo-classical sweep-arpeggios, ending with a blazing alternate-picked descending run.</p> <p>He then goes back and explains the entire lick.</p> <p>Very often, Groisman can be found playing guitar at various stops along the New York City subway system (as shown in the bottom video, which was shot in Brooklyn). If you see him in action while you're down there, be sure to lend an ear. He certainly deserves it!</p> <p><strong>Stay tuned for several upcoming Betcha Can't Play This videos featuring Groisman, and check him out on YouTube <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/lgontop">right here.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Cze5OzW82pI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0l-OvacRkIs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-subway-shredder-mike-groismans-sweep-arpeggios-video#comments Betcha Can't Play This Mike Groisman Videos Betcha Can't Play This News Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:13:05 +0000 Guitar World Staff 23716 at http://www.guitarworld.com Betcha Can't Play This: Rolling Along with Psycroptic's Joe Haley http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-rolling-along-psycroptics-joe-haley <!--paging_filter--><p> This is an ascending run that’s fairly typical of my playing style in Psycroptic. I like to come up with lines that flow and roll nicely while making things as easy as possible for me technically, and this run is an example of that approach. </p> <p>It’s loosely based on the B natural minor scale, or Aeolian mode [B C# D E F# G A], and works nicely in the key of B minor.</p> <p> I like to play a lot of things legato, using whatever hammer-ons and pull-offs are available in any given position that my fret-hand fingers are in. I’m also inclined to do a lot of hybrid picking [pick and fingers], using picked down-strokes in tandem with upstrokes of the middle finger. This enables me to do a lot of string skipping very efficiently, with much less pick-hand movement and effort than would be required using only the pick. </p> <p> Bar 3 of this run is a perfect example of this. I don’t really think too much when hybrid picking; I just do what feels the most natural and economical for any given note sequence. On beat two of bar 1 I insert a Gs chromatic passing tone [D string, sixth fret] into a descending line to give it a bit of an "outside" flavor and create a smooth legato feel. When you play the run up to speed, the outside note doesn’t sound "wrong" and actually enhances the intended rolling effect.</p> <p> I use G# again in bar 2, this time instead of G, in effect changing the mode to B Dorian [B C# D E F# G# A]. You’ll notice I do a couple of finger slides to shift positions in this bar and also incorporate the open D string between two A notes at the seventh fret to get a quirky, wide-interval dip in the line.</p> <p>Bar 3 features more wide intervals, achieved via the previously mentioned string skips, which create a nice angular melodic contour. The run concludes with another chromatic sequence that again incorporates both G and G#, this time ascending the B string [seventh-ninth frets] and one last finger slide, in this case with the pinkie sliding up to the high B root note at the 12th fret, to<br /> which I apply a nice decorative finger vibrato.</p> <p>When playing this run, try to make all your pull-offs and hammer-ons clear and strong. Also, be sure to lightly rest the side of your palm on the lower bass strings that you’re not playing on to keep them quiet.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YsQP2Jy-4JY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-06-05%20at%203.52.57%20PM.jpg" width="620" height="129" alt="Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 3.52.57 PM.jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-rolling-along-psycroptics-joe-haley#comments Betcha Can't Play This Joe Haley November 2009 Psycroptic Betcha Can't Play This News Lessons Magazine Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:34:58 +0000 Joe Haley 21474 at http://www.guitarworld.com Betcha Can't Play This with Guitarist Glen Drover — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/glen-drover-betcha <!--paging_filter--><p>Check out this Betcha Can't Play This lesson video (and tab) with former Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover. </p> <p>With this blazing run in B natural minor, Drover shows you how to create striking contrasts between smooth, legato phrasing and intense hurts of alternate picking.</p> <p>For more about Drover, visit <a href="http://www.glendroverband.com/">glendroverband.com</a> and <a href="http://www.magnacarta.net/glendrover/">magnacarta.net</a>.</p> <p>For more Betcha Can't Play This lessons with videos, tab and text, head in <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/lessons/betcha-cant-play">this general direction.</a> And — as always — good luck!</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><p><script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js" type="text/javascript"></script><object id="myExperience993289263001" class="BrightcoveExperience"><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="993289263001" /></object></p> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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The first six bars consist of a Dm arpeggio (D F A) played in various inversions and positions, with each bar being played in a different position. </p> <p> I use a hammer-on/pull-off combination each time I get to the high E string to give the line a little bit of a legato feel and to help give my pick hand a more time to change direction for each upstroke sweep. </p> <p> I also do a couple of slides with my index finger in bars 5 and 6, which can be a little tricky. I throw in a little twist in bar 7 by playing Dm(maj7) [D F A C#] instead of a straight Dm triad. </p> <p> The top note of this arpeggio, the Cs at the 21st fret, sets up a smooth transition to Dbm [Db Fb Ab] in bar 8. From there, things just get weirder as I move to Bbm [Bb Db F] and Am [A C E] before ending with a Dm “grand finale” in bar 11, which is just the initial root position Dm shape in fifth position alternating with the exact same shape played 12 frets higher, in 17th position.</p> <p> The position shifts are probably the most challenging aspect of playing this lick. Start out slowly and build up speed as you memorize the shapes. Also be sure to palm mute the strings as indicated to keep the noise to a minimum.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xlfz6iUhKpY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/sanders.jpg" width="620" height="503" alt="sanders.jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-karl-sanders-sweep-picking-fiesta#comments Betcha Can't Play This February 2008 Karl Sanders Nile Videos Betcha Can't Play This News Lessons Magazine Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:42:34 +0000 Karl Sanders 21329 at http://www.guitarworld.com Betcha Can't Play This: Fretboard Fingerskating with John 5 http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-fretboard-fingerskating-john-5 <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's a pretty cool-sounding, fast E major pentatonic-based run that takes you all over the fretboard. </p> <p> I love runs like this, and I play these types of elongated patterns often. Here, I pick the first note on each string and use hammer-ons, pull-offs and legato slides, at times in combination, to give the notes some variation in attack and create smooth phrasing.</p> <p> The notes are within the E major pentatonic scale (E F# G# B C#), except for two: the C note at the end of bar 1, which functions as a chromatic passing tone between B and C#, and the A note on beat three of bar 5, which functions as the fourth resolving to the third (G#).</p> <p> You can also use this run in a minor context by moving all the notes proportionally up or down the neck and/or playing it over a different bass note. For example, if you play the entire run, with the exception of the final chord, over a low C# bass note or C#5 chord, it will sound like it’s in C# minor, the relative minor key of E major. </p> <p> To use it in an E minor context, move every note up three frets, starting and ending on G (sixth string, third fret), as any G major idea will sound like an E minor idea if played over an E5 chord or E bass note.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience3719791190001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3719791190001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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I use alternate picking for the most part, which produces a burning staccato sound and gives your picking hand a great workout.</p> <p> Bars 1 and 2 are based on the A natural minor scale [A B C D E F G], which is also known as the pure minor scale and the Aeolian mode. What I’m doing here is picking three notes per string and chaining together three-note groups in a 16th-note-triplet rhythm, using quick position shifts as the line ascends the fretboard. Notice that the picking pattern alternates between down-up-down and updown-up on each successive string.</p> <p>In bar 3 I begin a pedal-tone line that descends the A natural minor scale on the first string, with the high A note at the 17th fret fretted with the pinkie and picked twice between each lower scale tone. In bar 4, I move the same pattern over to the B string. One neat thing about this bar is that the notes are common to both A natural minor and E natural minor [E F# G A B C D].</p> <p>In bar 5, things ‘cool down’ a bit as the rhythm shifts to slower eighth-note triplets and I play a one-octave A minor arpeggio [A C E] up and down. I follow this in bar 6 with a descending E major arpeggio [E G# B] that covers nearly three octaves and takes you across all six strings before resolving to an A minor chord.</p> <p>Notice that I incorporate a few hammer-ons, pull-offs and finger slides into the arpeggios to create a legato sound and a nice contrast to the first part of the run.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience3719701848001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3719701848001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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The first three beats incorporate legato phrasing [hammer-ons and pull-offs used in combination]. I play a total of five notes using the "2-2" form [two notes per string]. I then move to a D augmented arpeggio with a #11, again using the 2-2 form but only playing a group of four notes this time.</p> <p>After this, I play a series of arpeggios, using the 2–1–2 form, that move intervallically up, down and across the neck. At this point the melody no longer accentuates the downbeats and starts developing an interesting rhythmic pattern that keeps moving around.</p> <p>For the remainder of the run, the 16th notes are grouped in fives [2-1-2] and sevens [2-2-1-2], and everything is based on sweep and alternate picking. It’s important to keep the pick-hand’s movement relaxed, efficient and flowing when transitioning from one technique to the other. The goal is to keep the 16th notes even.</p> <p>There are two consecutive down-strokes with a string skip in between, first seen in bar 2, beat one, and repeated throughout the remainder of the run. Executing this while maintaining the sweep-picking motion will probably require the most amount of attention and practice. The objective is to create a continuous flow of notes. 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Also, notice the use of string skipping and varied rhythms throughout.</p> <p> As there is no picking involved, each note has to be either tapped with the right hand, hammered onto with the fretting hand or pulled off from a higher note on the same string. Notice that many of the notes are hammered onto with the fretting hand while the string is silent—"from out of nowhere," as Eddie Van Halen would say. The objective is to make every note sound distinct and at a consistent volume. Make each hammer-on and tap quick and firm to generate sufficient volume. </p> <p> When pulling off with either hand, pull the string slightly downward, toward the floor, before lifting the finger off of it. Doing so will keep the string vibrating enough so that the pulled-off notes don’t "die." Using a heavily distorted tone and some compression will help even out the note attack. </p> <p>Good luck, and have fun.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZF5ra8N1ndw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-07-28%20at%2010.47.04%20AM.png" width="620" height="436" alt="Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 10.47.04 AM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-beethoven-speed-michael-romero-symphony-x#comments Betcha Can't Play This January 2006 Michael Romeo Symphony X Videos Betcha Can't Play This News Lessons Magazine Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:02:48 +0000 Michael Romeo 21954 at http://www.guitarworld.com Betcha Can't Play This: Building Suspense with Andy Timmons — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-building-suspense-andy-timmons-video <!--paging_filter--><p> Here's a cool, suspenseful-sounding climbing run that’s based on the A minor pentatonic scale [A C D E G] and the A Dorian mode [A B C D E F s G].</p> <p> The concept is to ascend the neck on just two strings—in this case the G and D—using a uniform alternate picking pattern applied to shifting positions. </p> <p> What I’m essentially doing here is stringing together groups of 16th notes played in four-note shapes, or modules, and playing mostly two notes per string, with a couple of exceptions here and there wherein I stay on the G string and repeat the first two notes instead of crossing over to the D string.</p> <p> Notice how the contour of the line climbs and falls—kind of like a statistics graph chart—as I ascend a couple of positions, take a step back and then continue ascending. I find this kind of ‘up two, back one’ or ‘up three, back one’ contour more interesting and dramatic than just a straight ascent. It also enables you to prolong a lick by not running out of fretboard as quickly.</p> <p> One valuable thing about this approach, which I’ve worked on a lot, is that it helps you to learn scales up and down the neck, or horizontally, as opposed to just learning them vertically in separate positions. This way of playing and thinking can help you connect ‘blind spots’ and also enables you to maintain a consistent timbre by staying on the same strings throughout a run.</p> <p> As is almost always the case when you’re playing any kind of fast lick like this, it’s important to try to use both hands to mute the strings you’re not playing on to suppress any sympathetic vibrations, which create noise that distortion unfortunately amplifies. The bass strings are best muted by lightly resting the palm of the picking hand on the bridge saddles as you pick the higher strings, while the treble strings may be muted with the fleshy side of the fret-hand fingers.</p> <p>Equally important is that you resolve a lick smoothly. Notice here how I conclude the run with a bend and a hearty finger vibrato, which serves as the icing on the cake.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/n5p-i-jGc0s?list=PL198C391437BDEA9D" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/andy.jpg" width="620" height="205" alt="andy.jpg" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/andy-timmons">Andy Timmons</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-building-suspense-andy-timmons-video#comments Andy Timmons Betcha Can't Play This February 2009 Videos Betcha Can't Play This News Lessons Magazine Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:42:40 +0000 Andy Timmons 21923 at http://www.guitarworld.com Betcha Can't Play This: Tapping and Skipping with Andy Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-tapping-and-skipping-andy-wood <!--paging_filter--><p>This is a tapping run that incorporates string skipping and a couple of fret-hand finger slides.</p> <p> It’s based on the A natural minor scale [A B C D E F G], but the notes are organized into arpeggios, which imply some interesting "tall" chord sounds. </p> <p>Although it is played in steady 16th notes, it sounds and feels out of time because of the unusual melodic contour.</p> <p> When skipping to another string, often the first note is hammered on "from nowhere" by one of the fret-hand fingers [indicated by "H"]. Strive for an even attack and volume note to note, making each hammer-on quick and firm. When pulling off, flick the string slightly sideways, in toward the palm. </p> <p>I tap a couple of the notes on the high E string with my ring finger, which makes the jumps across the strings a little easier. Mute the strings you’re not playing on with your pick-hand palm to keep them from ringing.</p> <p> The lick ends with a big bend on the B string, which I perform by tapping the string then bending it upward with both hands, using the fret hand’s fingers to help the tapping finger bend the string.</p> <p> For more on Wood and his band, Down from Up, visit <a href="http://www.andywoodmusic.com/">andywoodmusic.com</a> and <a href="http://www.downfromup.com/">downfromup.com</a>. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uvyxn2kkEVY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-07%20at%203.43.33%20PM.png" width="620" height="393" alt="Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 3.43.33 PM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-tapping-and-skipping-andy-wood#comments Andy Wood Betcha Can't Play This Down From Up June 2010 Betcha Can't Play This Blogs News Lessons Magazine Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:37:02 +0000 Andy Wood 20956 at http://www.guitarworld.com Betcha Can't Play This: Ethan Brosh's Minor and Major Add-ons http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-ethan-broshs-minor-and-major-add-ons <!--paging_filter--><p>This lick is in the key of C# minor and starts off with a C#m(add9) arpeggio [C# D# E G#]. </p> <p>The arpeggio in the first beat is actually just a straight C#m triad [C# E G#] played across all six strings in two octaves, although landing on the high D# note [first string, 11th fret] provides the ninth degree.</p> <p> Begin the lick with the ascending finger slide and hammer-on, as shown, then perform the rest of the arpeggio with down-picks in a smooth, raking motion [commonly referred to as sweep picking]. To keep the notes separate and distinct, as opposed to sounding together like a strummed chord, try to lift your fretting fingers off each string as soon as you move to the next higher one.</p> <p> The next part of the lick [bar 1, beats three and four] is an arpeggio-style run that outlines the flat-seven chord in the key of C# minor, a B major triad [B D# F#]. I add E notes to the run, however, which technically makes it a Badd4 arpeggio [B D# E F#]. When moving across the fourth and fifth strings at the ninth fret going into beat four, I use consecutive upstrokes to provide a smooth, sweep-like transition.</p> <p> Bar 2 is based on an Amaj7 arpeggio [A C# E G#] that ascends up and across the neck, covering a full three octaves. I create an odd time feel here by using seven-note groupings, rather than sticking with more traditional four- or eight-note groupings.</p> <p>I begin bar 2 with a down-stroke for the note slide on the sixth string, fretted with the middle finger, and then follow up by plucking the fifth string hammer-on with my pick-hand middle finger. I down-pick the sixth string again for the low A note and then repeat the fifth string hammer-on pluck with the middle finger. I continue up the neck with this hybrid picking approach for the remaining two octaves of the arpeggio on the D and G strings and the B and high E strings.</p> <p>For the final part of the lick, I revisit the high D# note from bar 1 and conclude the phrase with a quick slide up to the root note C# on the B string’s 14th fret.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/f1LHsEsxHwY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/freely.jpg" width="620" height="324" alt="freely.jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-ethan-broshs-minor-and-major-add-ons#comments 2011 Betcha Can't Play This Ethan Brosh March 2011 Betcha Can't Play This News Lessons Magazine Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:58:10 +0000 Ethan Brosh 21579 at http://www.guitarworld.com Betcha Can't Play This: Guitarist Ethan Brosh Lays Down the Challenge http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-guitarist-ethan-brosh-lays-down-challenge <!--paging_filter--><p> I start this lick by ascending a two-octave Bm(add9) arpeggio [B C# D F#]. </p> <p> This short run is performed legato style, in which all the notes are sounded by the fret hand alone. I don’t use the pick again until the next beat, when I begin down-picking across the D and G strings. </p> <p> These consecutive down-strokes are performed using a smooth raking motion, otherwise known as sweep picking. Be sure to lift your fretting fingers off each string as you move to the next higher one. This will help keep the notes distinct. A light palm-mute can help with this.</p> <p> After descending through the top octave of Bm(add9) at the end of bar 1, I play a somewhat cyclical note pattern within the B natural minor scale [B C# D E F# G A], employing alternate [down-up] picking. The pattern repeats a few times and then moves down the scale, where, in bar 3, I create a unique-sounding ascent back up the scale.</p> <p> I begin bar 3 by alternating between a fret-hand legato pattern and dedicated alternate picking on each string. Begin on the sixth string with a down-pick, followed by a slide and then two consecutive hammer-ons. Next, move to the fifth string, this time using only alternate picking for these notes. Return to the previous legato approach, followed by picking, as you move across the remaining four strings.</p> <p> In bar 4, I put my own spin on a Bm7 arpeggio [B D F# A] by adding the 11th degree tension note, E [G string, 21st fret], via pickhand tapping. Note that frethand hammer-ons that occur on strings without a preceding pick attack—as with the high D and F# notes in beat two—require a deliberate and extra-strong hammer technique.</p> <p> The arpeggios in bars 5 and 6 are based on ‘add9,’ or ‘add2,’ triads. 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