January 2012 http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4319/all en Hole Notes: A Look at the Acoustic Guitar Artistry of Yes Guitarist Steve Howe — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-look-acoustic-techniques-steve-howe <!--paging_filter--><p>While Steve Howe is perhaps best known for his electric and acoustic contributions to the progressive rock band Yes, the über-eclectic axman has also played key roles in bands like Asia and GTR and released well over a dozen solo albums. When Howe joined Yes in 1970, his classical influences, jazz-tinged electric guitar lines and general “experimental” musical nature had a profound impact on the band’s art-rock sound, resulting in a string of classic Seventies-era progressive rock records like <em>The Yes Album, Fragile</em> and <em>Close to the Edge.</em> Furthermore, live Yes photos from this era show Howe wielding “unlikely” rock instruments, including a Gibson ES-175 electric and innumerable steel-, nylon- and 12-string acoustics. In doing so, he made many guitarists reconsider their own perceptions of what makes an “acceptable” rock ax. While Yes has endured many lineup changes since then, the band—with Howe in the fold—is still active today and released their latest album, <em>Heaven &amp; Earth</em> in 2014. Let’s take a closer look at Howe’s acoustic output with this timeless prog act. Howe uses a pick-and-fingers (“hybrid- picking”) technique on “Clap” (<em>The Yes Album,</em> 1970), an acoustic solo piece that informs <strong>FIGURE 1</strong>. Grip your pick between your thumb and index finger and pluck with your middle (m) and ring (a) fingers. Get the D/A pattern together first—downstroke the lowest note, pluck the highest with your ring finger (a) and then downstroke the chord’s middle notes—and pick/pluck the remaining chords in a similar manner. This figure’s last four bars feature E7 chord fragments shifted up the neck, played with a “banjo-rolling” technique and punctuated with a strummed E6/9 chord. Howe’s intro to “Roundabout” (<em>Fragile,</em> 1971), not unlike <strong>FIGURE 2</strong>, is also performed using hybrid picking and is played in “free time” (with no discernible pulse) for expressive effect. After sounding the signature harmonics, “pre-fret” the third, fifth and seventh frets along the high E string, and pull off. For Am, G and D/F#, pick the bass notes and pluck the B and G strings with your ring and middle fingers, respectively. Now let’s put the pick aside and focus on Howe’s fingerstyle chops. “Mood for a Day” (<em>Fragile</em>, 1971) is a flamenco-influenced (with Celtic overtones) nylon-string solo piece featuring counterpoint moves—upper-register scalar lines played over shifting bass notes—like those in <strong>FIGURE 3a</strong>. Pluck each bass note with your thumb (p), using your middle and index fingers to sound notes on the top three strings. <strong>FIGURE 3b</strong> is reminiscent of another recurring theme in the piece and requires all four fret-hand fingers for high-E string pull- offs while low open strings sound beneath. Our final examples are inspired by the song “Masquerade” (<em>Union</em>, 1991) and fall in open position, decorating a D chord. Fret Dsus2 in <strong>FIGURE 4a</strong> with your index and middle fingers on the G and B strings, respectively; this frees up your other fingers to add hammer-on/ pull-off ornaments and comfortably grab later chords. <strong>FIGURE 4b</strong> embellishes the open D with sixths intervals (two notes, six scale steps apart), played with hammer-ons and pull-offs and plucked with the index (i) and ring (a) fingers, throughout. <strong>Part 1</strong></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/. --><p><script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js" type="text/javascript"></script><object id="myExperience1310987072001" 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="1310987072001" /></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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If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --><p><script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[ brightcove.createExperiences(); // ]]></![cdata[></script></p> <!-- End of Brightcove Player --><!-- End of Brightcove Player --><p> <img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-04-08%20at%203.50.42%20PM.png" alt="Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 3.50.42 PM.png" width="620" height="819" /></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="/steve-howe">Steve Howe</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/yes">Yes</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-look-acoustic-techniques-steve-howe#comments Hole Notes January January 2012 Musicians Institute Steve Howe Yes 2012 Videos Musicians Institute Video Lessons News Lessons Magazine Wed, 08 Apr 2015 20:04:10 +0000 Dale Turner 13820 at http://www.guitarworld.com Professor Shred with Guthrie Govan: Tapping in 16th-Note Triplets http://www.guitarworld.com/professor-shred-guthrie-govan-tapping-16th-note-triplets <!--paging_filter--><p>In this month’s column, I’d like to show you the complex fretboard-tapping section from a song of mine called “Bad Asteroid.” It’s from my self-titled album with the Aristocrats, which includes bassist Brian Bellar and drummer Marco Minneman.</p> <p>“Bad Asteroid” is a song that’s been bubbling away in my collection of unused tunes for about 18 or 19 years, and this new album gave me a good excuse to finally record it properly. </p> <p>It’s good material for this column because, in addition to requiring wacky and unusual tapping procedures, it features some nice harmonic interest in the chord progression over which the riff is played—what I like to describe as the “budget Steely Dan” chords.</p> <p>Without them, the riff just sounds weird. The chords are essential in providing a context to the tapped melodic idea. <strong>FIGURE 1</strong> illustrates the chord progression over which I play the tapped riff, which is essentially four bars long and followed by a fifth bar that resolves to Em9sus4. I begin in bar 1 with C/Bb, followed by A/B. Bar 2 consists of C9 to Fmaj7. </p> <p>Bar 3 sits on a chord that could be named a variety of things, but let’s call it Eadd2/G#, which is followed by a bar of Bbmaj7#11—that “Lydian mode” sound—and the resolution to Em9sus4.</p> <p>All of the chords, with the exception of the last, are performed fingerstyle, wherein I either pluck all the strings at once or subtly pick out individual notes of the chords, such as moving from the bass note to the higher strings, or vice versa. I also like to apply a little whammy-bar vibrato whenever a chord sustains.</p> <p>Equally important is the feel, which is a slow-ish swing. As a result, what are written as 16th-note rhythmic subdivisions are played as eighth-note/16th-note triplets. Now let’s look at the tapped figure, illustrated in <strong>FIGURE 2. </strong></p> <p>Throughout this pattern, I alternate between fret-hand and pick-hand tapped notes. Except for a couple of spots, I constantly switch from one hand to the other. For tapping, I generally use the middle finger and pinkie of my pick hand; in this section, I hold the pick in the crook of my pick-hand index finger, so that finger is unavailable for tapping.</p> <p>The rhythm is also essential to this riff. I’m superimposing an eighth-note triplet rhythm on each beat, then splitting each eighth note into two 16ths. This is the best way to look at the lick, because it progresses in two-note pairs, and representing it this way makes it easier to conceptualize.</p> <p>The other thing to keep in mind is that the two hands sort of mirror each other in their intervallic movement throughout. Slow practice will be mandatory to get a firm handle on this one. Although I wrote it, even I can’t play it unless I start from the beginning each time.</p> <p>This will be the last installment of my GW column for now, so thanks very much for reading. Check out the new Aristocrats album, and get more information about the group at <a href="http://the-aristocrats-band.com/music/">the-aristocrats-band.com.</a> See you on the road.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-17%20at%202.16.14%20PM.png" width="620" height="298" alt="Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 2.16.14 PM.png" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-17%20at%202.16.26%20PM.png" width="620" height="565" alt="Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 2.16.26 PM.png" /></p> <p><strong>Part 1</strong></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="myExperience1311026888001" 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="1311026888001" /> </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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