FROMRUS­SI­AW­ITHLOVE

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I’dreal­ly­like­tosaythatI’veread themagazine­foryears,but­there’s noa­bil­i­ty­top­ur­cha­seit­freely­here in­Rus­sia.Afriend­ofmine­dur­ing hervis­itsabroad­has­broughtme the­set­wois­sues:206July2012 and231June2014,with­Clap­ton andVaugh­anon­their­cov­ers cor­re­spond­ingly.Iwant­ed­towrite toTalk­back­t­woyearsago,hav­ing readthat‘Let­terFromIn­dia’in GT206.Youw­ereas­t­on­ished­bythe fact­that“thestuffwe­pro­duce­here in­GB­is­find­in­gitsway­across­the world”.Iwant­ed­tosaysome­thing like:“Hey-hey!In­di­aisanEnglish speak­ing­na­tion,atleast,sowhat wouldy­ousayabout­my­coun­try?” ButIpro­cras­ti­natedandthen­didn't getround­toit.Nev­er­the­less,things changedthisyear.I’ma­self-taught mu­si­cian;Ilike­to­gainanew knowl­edge,and­fora­cou­pleof month­sIhad­been­try­ingtofind some­com­pre­hen­sive­in­foabout us­ing7th­chords,andthe­cir­cleof 5ths.Coul­dany­oneimag­inemy sur­prise­whenAnna(the­friend) gave­meGT231andthere­wasan ar­ti­cle­with­ex­pla­na­tions con­cern­ingth­e­set­wobadly re­quired­topics?That­wasagreat boost­formy­mu­si­calin­spi­ra­tion! Sothankyou,GT! DmitriySu­min Well,it'sjus­tas­fab­u­lous­to­knowthat some­o­fouris­sue­sareget­ting­toyou in­Rus­sia,aswella­s­tore­ad­er­sinIn­dia. Your­coun­try­hasan­in­cred­i­ble mu­si­cal­his­tory,andI­knowthat his­to­rycon­tin­ueswith­somea­maz­ing gui­tarists,suchasFeodor­Do­sumov, who­gives­lesson­swith­ourfriends over­atwww.jam­track­cen­tral.co­mand isas­goodasany­onewe'veeverseen. Iwas­re­al­ly­in­ter­este­diny­our­recen­tar­ti­cleon­string bend­san­da­com­ment­madeinNeville’s‘wel­come’ page­about­the­me­chan­ic­sof­string­bend­ing.Init,he was­say­ingthat‘hold­ingth­efin­ger­per­pen­dic­u­larto thestrings’is­not­cor­rect,and that­someother­sortof­mo­tio­nis the­waytodoit.I’dbe­re­ally in­ter­este­d­in­hav­ingthis ex­plained­fur­ther,sin­ceI strug­gle­with­string­bend­sand, worse,havin­ganykindof con­trolover­the­mon­cethey’re bent.Iuse­light­gaugestrings, I’messen­tial­ly­playingabluesy style­andtherestofmy tech­nique–pick­ing,gen­eral speedand­soon–is­com­ing alongfine.I’ve­been­play­ing about­fouryearsandI’minmy 50s,hav­ing­tak­en­the­gui­tarup late–andI’mguess­ing‘late learn­er­syn­drome’is­morethan alit­tletodowithit!Any­way, some­fur­therin­struc­tion­would be­mos­thelp­ful. Ter­ryDodds,New­cas­tle Try­ing­to­ben­das­tringjustby‘pushin­gup’with­afin­ger­from be­low­is­no­ta­greatidea,asit’sall­butim­pos­si­ble­to­get­the re­quired‘pur­chase’again­st­the­neck–whichyou’ll­needif youhaveany­hope­of­con­trol­lingth­ebentstring.So,pickup your­gui­tarand­fol­lowthe­se­in­struc­tions.We’re­go­ingto bendthesec­ond­stringu­pa­tone,fromG­toA,atthe8thfret.

1)Gripthe­neck­firmly­be­tweeny­ourthum­band­first fin­ger,and­fret­thesec­ond­stringatthe8thfretwith­y­our thirdfin­ger.Ify­ourhan­dis­any­thing­likem­ine,the­baseof your­firstfin­geris­now­presseda­gain­st­the­bot­tomed­geof the­neckaroundthe5thfret(thi­sisyour‘pivot’point),and yourthumbis­comin­gover­the­neck­atabout­the6thfret. What­alove­ly­co­in­ci­dencethatthe is­suesAnnabrought­back­home fea­turedthev­ery­lesson­sy­ouwanted. Let'shopeshe­makesmoreUKvis­its and­can­top­upy­our­col­lec­tion­with more(hope­ful­lyjus­ta­suse­ful)lessons.

2)Main­tainthis­gri­pandy­oumayno­ticethaty­our­first and­sec­ondfin­ger­sar­erestin­gonthestring­be­hindthe ‘bend­ing’fin­ger.Thi­sis­handy,be­causeyou’ll­needthe­seto ‘as­sist’inthebend­ing.Ifthey­don’tfall­her­e­nat­u­rally,place themtherenowand­getused­tothis.Thefin­gersshould now­beany­thing­but­per­pen­dic­u­lar­tothestrings;in­fact, they’ll­be­lyin­gal­most­par­al­lelto them.The­p­ointofthe­ex­er­ci­seisto ro­tateth­ewris­tanti-clock­wise, piv­ot­ingth­e­firstfin­ger­a­gain­st­the neck­tosortof‘lever’thebend.

3)Asy­ouro­tateth­e­hand,push thestringu­pusin­gallthree­fin­gers. Usea‘clench­ing’ac­tion­that­comes fro­ma­com­bi­na­tionofwrist ro­ta­tion,firstfin­ger­pivot,fore­arm mus­cle­andthestrength­ofthree fin­gers.Keep­bendin­gan­drelax­ing thestring,and­feel­ing­what’sgo­ing oniny­our­hand,wri­s­tan­darm.Use yourearto­hearhow­faryou’vebent (or­check­byfret­tingth­e­samestring atthe10thfret).Be­fore­longy­our mus­cle­mem­o­ry­willde­vel­opand youwon’tneed­to­think­abouthow much­forceeach­ben­drequires.

4)The­me­chan­ic­so­fadding fin­gervi­bra­toareverysim­i­lar.For abluesyvi­brato,bendthestringas sug­gest­edthen­letit­down,but­notright­back­toitsstart­ing place,per­hap­shalfway,then­bend­back­to­pitchan­drepeat ad­in­fini­tum.You’ll­doth­is­me­chan­i­cal­ly­tostartwith,but theaimisanat­u­ral‘os­cil­la­tion’–try­the­samem­o­ve­ment with­y­ourhand­heldinthe­same­shapebut­awayfromthe gui­tar­neck;wob­blei­tandyou’llseey­ou­can­makeit­gointo akind­of­s­pasm,soit’soscil­lat­ing­with­outy­outellin­git­todo eachup-down­mo­tion.Whaty­ouwantin­blue­sisa‘re­flex ac­tion’vi­brato,no­taforced,un­nat­u­ralone.

Good­bendin­gand­vi­bratodon’tcomeovernight,so you’ll­need­to­prac­ticereg­u­larly.But­the­sea­spect­sarewhat makead­e­cent­play­er­sound­likea­greatone.Good­luck! takeonMixoly­di­an­mode,etc)and nowhave­quitealargecol­lec­tion –but­noin­dex!Does­suchanin­dex ex­ist,orhavey­outhoughtof pro­ducin­gone?The­n­ear­est­thing I’ve­foundisa‘Gui­tarTech­niques songs-list’on­line;this­gives­some ofthesong­tran­scrip­tions,butnot theall-im­por­tant­tuition­fea­tures.

Icanal­wayslaymy­hand­sona fewwell-thumbe­dar­ti­cles,suchas Guthrie’sclas­sic‘Su­per­chargeYour Play­ing’in­De­cem­ber2009, be­causethe­yaren­ev­er­far­fromthe topofthep­ile.But­mostof­thetime, Ihave­to­ploughthrough­back is­sue­sun­tilIei­therfind­whatI’m look­ing­for,orelseget­side-tracked in­to­some­com­plete­ly­d­if­fer­entstyle of­play­ing.Ia­mal­mostcer­tainI’ve seenalet­terask­ingabout­this be­fore,but­can’tfind­theis­sueit ap­pearedin!Sure­lyth­is­fan­tas­tic archive­of­gui­tar­tu­ition­ma­te­ri­alis wor­thy­ofa­com­pre­hen­sivein­dex? KenAvery Ourold­friendJimCameronusedto keep­anin­dex­of­thetran­scrip­tions andwe’drun­that­from­time­to­timein themagazine.Bu­taswe­havesofew tab­so­fac­tu­al­songs­these­dayswe haven’tprinte­d­it­forawhile.We sim­ply­don’thavethep­eo­ple­power to­gothroughev­eryis­sue­and­cre­atea ful­l­listof­lesson­sand­fea­tures­from scratch–256mag­a­zines(orso)and count­ing.And­to­be­hon­est,it’snot thekind­ofjobI’dgive­toa­work ex­pe­ri­en­ceper­son–it­would­put the­mof­f­work­for­life!Bu­ti­fany­one out­there­has­suchal­i­s­tand­wouldn’t mind­sharin­gitwithus,I’dkeep­i­tasa PDFon­thedisk,up­loa­dit­totheGT pa­geon­www.mu­sicradar.co­mand up­dateit­fromthenon.

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