C

H
O
P
S B
UI
L
D
E
R
➧ ➧

T
A
B
j
, = 126-144
, , ,
=
3
¸
¸
........
,
¡
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
3 1 1
4
3
3
1
1
4
........
G
9
7
7
10
9
7 7
7
7
9 7
10
9 9
7
14
12
12 14
15
- - -

etc.
Ex. 1

T
A
B
j
, = 72-88
, , ,
=
3
¸
¸
........
,
¸
,
, ¡
,
, ,
, ¡
,
, ¸
,
,
,
,
,
,
, ,
........
4
1
2
3
2 1
3
1 4
1 2
(Bm7 5) (E7 9) Am11 ,
¡
10 7 8 8 7 9 6 5
5 7 4 4 7 5 (5)
1
Ex. 3

T
A
B
j
,
, ,
,
·
1
1 4
4
12
12 17
17
Ex. 4a

T
A
B
j
, = 72-88
, , ,
=
3
,
¡
¸
¸
¸

,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
, ,
3
Em11
9 10
9 12
11
10
11 12
12
10 14 12 17 (17)
.......
.......
2
1
4
3
2 3
3
1
1
4
4
- - - -

- -
Ex. 2
“If you’re feeling it, other people will feel it too.” — Stone Gossard, Jul. ’94, GP 148 GUITAR PLAYER JANUARY 2002 guitarplayer.com
“CHOPS ARE A LUXURY item,”
warns Grammy-nominated jazz
guitarist Mike Stern. “But if you
use them responsibly, they can add
a lot to your music. For example, I never wanted
to play fast for fast’s sake. But once I was on-
stage with Blood, Sweat, and Tears while every-
one was playing aggressive, burning solos. I
tried to play this slow, melodic thing, and Jaco
[Pastorius, bassist] told me I needed to learn
how to ‘hit up against the time’ and nail faster
tempos. So I started working up my speed—not
with physical exercises, but by playing tunes
a little bit faster each week.”
Ex. 1 is an exhilarating phrase borrowed
from Stern’s action-packed solo on “One World”
from his new album Voices [Atlantic]. “The
groove is driven by [West-African singer/bassist]
Richard Bona, and it has a blowing, ‘Rhythm
Changes’ vibe,” explains Stern. “I play very per-
cussively, so it’s extremely fun to react to that
groove.”
Once you get the first four notes of Ex. 1 un-
der your fingers, loop them to create your own
hypnotic flourishes. Experiment by changing
the order of notes, as well as by sliding the grip
up to the twelfth position.
Ex. 2 shows how Stern’s lethal fretboard
speed can be both exhilarating and melodic.
Using a Gmaj9 arpeggio as a diatonic catapult,
this example launches you to high Ain a hurry.
In contrast, Ex. 3 shows Stern’s chromatic
B Y J U D E GOL D

Sonic Snapshot
M I K E S T E R N ’ S S I X T E E N T H - N O T E S T O R M S
“If you play too many notes, and are no longer hearing
what you’re playing, you won’t be able to connect in
an emotional way,” says Stern.
Get GP’s Sessions sampler CD and its 11 expert lessons for
just five American greenbacks. Call (800) 222-5544 for details.
Net scrapers: To decode GP’s music notation and hear Sessions sound
samples, visit the Sessions Archive on the Web at guitarplayer.com/lessons.
guitarplayer.com JANUARY 2002 GUITAR PLAYER 149
January ’02 Guitar Player Chops Builders:
Towers of Fifths, BY DAVE CREAMER
Turbo Slurs, BY JUDE GOLD
Classic Column, BY CHET ATKINS
The Randomizer, BY JUDE GOLD
Sonic Snapshot—Mike Stern, BY JUDE GOLD
L E S S O N S a t T r u e f i r e . c o m
Some previously published lessons are still available on CD. For more information, contact
Notes On Call, Box 60789, St. Petersburg, FL 33784; (800) 222-5544.
C
H
O
P
S
B
U
I
L
D
E
R


STERN PHOTO: EBET ROBERTS
D
o
w
n
lo
a
d

le
s
s
o
n

m
p
3

f
i
le
s

a
t

t
r
u
e
f
i
r
e
.
c
o
m
!
G
e
t

$
1
0
.
0
0

w
o
r
t
h

o
f

f
r
e
e
d
o
w
n
lo
a
d
s

n
o
w
!

T
A
B
j
, = 72-88
, , ,
=
3
¸
¸
,
¡
`

,
, ,
,
,
, ,
,
,
, ,
,
,
, ,
,
,
, ,
,
,
, ,
,
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
,
,
, ¸
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
`

3
3 3
3
3
3 3
3
·
12 17
12 17
12 17
12 17
12 17
12 17
12 17
12 17
12 17
12 17
12 17
12 17
- - -

etc.
Em11
1 1 4
4
4
4
1
1
13 17
13 17
13 17
13 17
13 17
13 17
13 17
13 17
13 17
13 17
13 17
13 17
G9

T
A
B
j
¡
,
, ¸ ,
, ,
,
, ,
,
,
, ,
,
etc.
3
3 3
3
·
Fm11
13 18
13 18
13 18
13 18
13 18
13 18
1
1 4
4
,
, ¸ ,
, ,
,
, ,
,
,
, ,
,
3
3 3
3
13 18
13 18
13 18
13 18
13 18
13 18
Ex. 4b
side—an altered-tone exploration that
works over a II-V-I progression in Aminor.
Finally, in Ex. 4a you’ll find the sparks
you need to ignite a Stern-hot fire on your
fretboard. The trick is looping these four
notes, but not in Ex. 4a’s predictable duple
manner. As shown in Ex. 4b, you get a way
hipper sound by grouping them as sextu-
plets. Play them over a meaty, swung-six-
teenth shuffle, and don’t lose track of the
downbeats. Suddenly, you’ve created
swirling melodic maelstroms like the ones
Stern uses at the peak of his solo on “Scuf-
fle” (from Upside Downside).
“Playing fast is more a mental thing
than anything else,” offers Stern. “Jim
Hall doesn’t have insane chops, but he
can play absolutely amazing music over
incredibly fast tempos. Before you can
play fast, you’ve got to be able to hear
fast.” For a higher Stern education,
school yourself with his new video, Mike
Stern: Guitar Instructional Video [Hal
Leonard/Rittor Music]. g

BY JUDE GOLD a t T r u e f i r e . FL 33784. BY JUDE GOLD Sonic Snapshot—Mike Stern. visit the Sessions Archive on the Web at guitarplayer. St. c o m B U I L D E R Get GP’s Sessions sampler CD and its 11 expert lessons for just five American greenbacks. d wnloa Do lesson at s p3 file om! m . swung-sixteenth shuffle. you get a way hipper sound by grouping them as sextuEx. “Playing fast is more a mental thing than anything else.➧ side—an altered-tone exploration that works over a II-V-I progression in A minor. 4b. “Jim Hall doesn’t have insane chops. 4b = 72-88 3 = plets. Suddenly. S T E R N PH OTO : E B E T RO B E RTS guitarplayer. As shown in Ex. 13 18 T A B L E S S O N S January ’02 Guitar Player Chops Builders: Towers of Fifths. Petersburg. Net scrapers: To decode GP’s music notation and hear Sessions sound samples. The trick is looping these four notes. but not in Ex. Before you can play fast. g Em11 etc. BY CHET ATKINS The Randomizer. you’ve got to be able to hear fast. Mike Stern: Guitar Instructional Video [Hal Leonard/Rittor Music].c truefire 0. 4 1 G9 4 4 4 T A B 1 4 1 4 1 C H O P S 3 12 17 12 17 3 12 17 3 12 17 12 17 3 12 17 3 12 17 12 17 3 12 17 3 12 17 12 17 3 12 17 3 13 17 13 17 3 13 17 3 13 17 13 17 3 13 17 3 13 17 13 17 3 13 17 3 13 17 13 17 3 13 17 Fm11 1 4 1 4 3 13 18 13 18 3 13 18 3 13 18 13 18 3 13 18 3 13 18 13 18 3 13 18 3 13 18 13 18 3 etc. 4a you’ll find the sparks you need to ignite a Stern-hot fire on your fretboard. but he can play absolutely amazing music over incredibly fast tempos. contact Notes On Call. (800) 222-5544.com/lessons. BY DAVE CREAMER Turbo Slurs. Finally. For more information. 4a’s predictable duple manner.00 Get $1 f free o worth loads down ! now ➧ Some previously published lessons are still available on CD. and don’t lose track of the downbeats. you’ve created swirling melodic maelstroms like the ones Stern uses at the peak of his solo on “Scuffle” (from Upside Downside). Box 60789.” For a higher Stern education. Play them over a meaty. BY JUDE GOLD Classic Column. school yourself with his new video.com JANUARY 2002 GUITAR PLAYER 1 4 9 .” offers Stern. in Ex. Call (800) 222-5544 for details.

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful