Vocabulary – Holdsworth Diminished Sound

I was listening to some Alan Holdsworth recently, I think it might have been the song Tokyo Dream, but it was definitely something around that era. I got hooked on some diminished sounds that Alan was using, and decided it was time to stop putting off learning about because it’s technically difficult, and find a solution to the problem! so here it is, a look inside my process for not only transcribing a specific piece of music, but also for tackling things that I can’t execute right away.

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String Crossing Pattern

Here’s an idea that my guitar player Tim Miller showed me several years ago. It’s a grouping of nine notes that has you moving across the entire fretboard, and it’s something that’s great for creating tension. The most important part of this one for me is how delicately you choose to use it… it’s very easy once you have it under your fingers to just go shredding up and down the neck, but that probably won’t produce the most musical results. Pay close attention to what I’m saying in the video about target melody notes and how to frame the idea with other music.

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Practice Session August 18th 2011

Here’s another practice session. I was taping tons of new footage for the site an took a break to practice for a while and hit record to give you a look at this repeated note idea I had been working on. There will be a full lesson on the site soon deconstructing this idea, but in the meantime I would love to see some posts and thoughts in the forum on this idea, and hear people’s feedback!

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Playing what you sing

Singing and Playing is something I’ve used for years to help connect my ideas to instrument faster. Our first instrument is our voice, and the more in control of it you can be, the better you’ll be able to relate your musical ideas to your instrument for a more fluid and relaxed performance.

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Warm up routine

Here’s a cool concept for using drum sticks and a practice pod to warm up with before you start playing bass! it’s something I’ve done for years having been a drummer before a bass player, and there’s no reason why you can’t give it a try and see if it’s as effective for you as it is for me.

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