Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Leveraging Other Instruments to Build Guitar Speed

After hearing violin virtuosos tear through Paganini caprices, I knew violin music would be fun to play on the guitar. Around this same time, the movie Crossroads came out, featuring Steve Vai and incorporating a section from Paganini's 5th caprice in a guitar duel.

I've continued to transcribe violin music over the years, and believe it to be interesting and helpful in inspiring new ideas and practice material (sequences, arpeggios, etc.) plus building up right hand speed (picking).

Here's a line from Kreutzer's 42 studies for the Violin at 180 bpm - Download the PDF. Enjoy.

Video explanation and illustration of the lick.

New Instrumental, Rock CD Almost Complete (release date in March 2017)

My new instrumental, rock CD is almost complete! I've finished the recording, mixing, and am currently mastering the songs and performing some final tweaks. The artwork is underway and the song titling process has begun.

The majority of the songs (13) are from the last 6 years or so while was finishing my Bachelors and Masters Degrees in IT Security. School preempted me from much composing or recording. I think you will really like this recording, it's edgy but melodic. I incorporated the nylon string (classical) guitar in this one. Videos of various licks from the CD can be found on my YouTube Page, here's an example. Enjoy.

New instrumental, Acoustic Guitar CD 'Glare' Now Available.

Eric Peterson 'Glare' CD Cover

1/31/17 - My latest recording is an instrumental, acoustic guitar CD called 'Glare', available anywhere you buy or download music. Here's a direct link

There are many exciting aspects to this recording, one being a heavy use of my nylon string (classical) guitar for the solos and melodies. I enjoyed finding the 'sweet spot' for the microphone and keeping it set up for ease of daily recording. Secondly, I believe my recording, mixing, and mastering of the CD really turned out professionally and you'll enjoy the quality.