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Guitar Lessons [FROM GOD]

If I Was A Starving Musician

[guitar lessons from god]

Steven m. borella

25 april 2016

Two things happened to me today that [_inspired this book: _]

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1.! I got a text this morning that read, “Hey Steve! Kyle just told me he thought you were one of the _ best [ guitar players he has ever known.” _]

2.! [I walked into the Med club today [in Ben Lomond]; and as the _] customer _ talked to the cashier ; here was the dialogue:

[*Cashier: *] [_What is your shirt all about? _]

[*Customer: *] It’s an Arsonist Get All The Girls T-shirt; dedicated to one of the members that _had died _ more than a decade ago.

[*Me: *] [_Yeah; I was in that band _]

Cashier & Customer [simultaneously]: [_I don’t _] believe _ you _

[*Me: *] _Well I was _

[*Customer: *] Who are the _ members [? _]

[*Me: *] [_*Listed everyone; and mini _] anecdote’s*

[Me: *] [then I explained all the details behind Pat’s death; and how he was _] not on drugs the night he died; just _alcohol.

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Final thoughts

I!suppose!if!I!included!guitar!lessons!in!this!chapter!that!I!should!at!least!list

credentials!so!you!know!the!information!is!credible.!I!understand!that!most!people!wil !not

at,!nor!understand,!the!lessons;!but!I!know!there!are!plenty!of!good!guitar!players!out

that!just!need!a!little!more!schooling.!I!wanted!to!put!together playbook!that!I!learned

my!own!adventures!and!mistakes.!If!these!lessons!even!inspire!one!person!out!there!to

music!I!would!have!done!my!job.!The!lessons!feature!both!scales!and!chords;!but!it

provides!information!regarding!to!sheet!music.!Personally,!I!find!reading!and!interpreting

music!is!one!of!the!most!beneficial!skil s!for!any!musician.!If!you!want!to!be!shredding!solos

you!may!want!to!consider!running!basic!scales!to!get!your!muscle!memory!in!a!flawless

The!benefit!of!playing!guitar!is!that!you!really!only!need!to!learn!one!scale!up!and!down

entire!neck;!once!this!is!achieved,!the!patterns!stay!the!same,!and!the!scale!is!relative!to!a

note.!For!example,!if!you!play!first!position!with!root!not!G,!you!can!take!that!same

position!scale!and!start!it!on!a!new!root!note;!in!doing!so!you!are!effectively!playing!a

scale.!These!lessons!will!only!work!if!you!are!wil ing!to!put!in!the!work!and!practice

Once!the!basic!concepts!are!understood!it!is!easier!to!branch!off!into!new!tricks!and

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I!have genetical y!passed!on!musical!trait!from!both!my!mother!and!fathers!sides.

dad!has!been!playing!drums!since!he!was!in!high!school,!and!my!uncle!has!been!playing!bass

even!longer;!my!uncle!also!plays!a!wide!range!of!instruments,!but!the!bass!is!his!primary

There!is!much!musical!ability!on!my!mother’s!side!of!the!family!as!wel .!My!grandfather

played!guitar!and!banjo!most!of!his!life.!It!is!quite!inspiring!that!I!have!been!passed

immense!talent!through!my!genetic!makeFup.!I!was!given!my!first!guitar!when!I!was!just!a

however,!at!the!time!my!fingers!were!not!long!enough!to!stretch!too!many!frets;!the!guitar

a!black!and!white!Fender!Squire.!It!was!not!until!a!couple!years!later!that!I!began!playing;!if

had!to!guess,!I!would!say!that!I!started!playing!guitar!in!my!freshman!year!of!high!school.!I

28!now,!and!I!was!17!when!I!graduated!in!2005;!that!would!make!it!2001!when!I!begun;!so

would!estimate!I!have!been!playing!for!roughly!13!years.!That!fact!scares!me!because!I!feel!as

I!should!be!much!better!for!the!amount!of!time!I!have!been!playing.!I!guess!there!were

things!getting!in!the!way!of!my!guitar!playing;!such school_ _work.!I!stil !play!from!time

time,!but!I!do!not!pick!up!the!guitar!even!close!to!as!much!as!I!would!like!to.!Guitar!is!often

escape!from!reality;!sometimes!when!I!sit!down!with!the!guitar,!I!forget!everything!else!that

bothering!me!in!the!world.!It therapy!in!a

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The!first!band!I!was!in!was Alone3in3This.!I!think!we!began!jamming!in

sophomore!year!of!high!school.!When!I!was!growing!up,!there!were!tons!of!kids!on!my

and!since!this!was!before!we!could vehicles,!it!was!convenient!that!we!could!all!meet

my!house!and!jam;!my!parents!were!very!accepting,!and!would!allow!us!to!practice

we!wanted.!The!band!consisted!of:!Rob!Cattivera!(guitar),!David!Ryan!(base),!Dave

(drums), yours3truly!on!second!guitar.!I!guess!you!could!say!that!we!played!a!few!shows

recorded!some!shitty!demos.!Luckily,!none!of!us!remember!the!songs!and!the!recordings

long!gone. San3Lorenzo3Val ey3High3 School,!they!allow!bands!to!play!in!the!courtyard

lunch!at!the!end!of!the!year.!I!don’t!know!why!we!thought!we!were!good!enough,!but!it

stil feeling3the3energy!and!people!actually!listening.!I!don’t!think!I!can!find!the!video;!so

think!it!is!safe!to!say!that!no!one!wil !ever!see!that

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After! Alone3in3This3 was!abandoned,!I!decided!to!work!on!a!new!project The3

Longest3Winter;!I!totally!stole!the!name!from Pedro3the3Lion!song.!The!band!name

it!sound!more!emo!then!it!actually!was.!At!the!time!I!was!listening!to!a!lot Benton3Fal s,!

and!looking!back!on!the!shows!that!can!stil !be!found,!I!noticed!that!a!good!percentage

my!riffs!were!derived!from!that!band.!The!band!had!David!Ryan!on!bass!stil ,!and!my

Jesse!Washburn!on!the!drums;!we!were!a!threeFpiece!band,!so!that!meant!the!singing

left!up!to!me.!I!was!absolutely

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After! Alone3in3This3 was!abandoned,!I!decided!to!work!on!a!new!project The3Longest3

Winter;!I!totally!stole!the!name!from Pedro3the3Lion!song.!The!band!name!makes!it

more!emo!then!it!actually!was.!At!the!time!I!was!listening!to!a!lot Benton3Fal s,!and

back!on!the!shows!that!can!stil !be!found,!I!noticed!that!a!good!percentage!of!my!riffs

derived!from!that!band.!The!band!had!David!Ryan!on!bass!stil ,!and!my!buddy!Jesse

on!the!drums;!we!were!a!threeFpiece!band,!so!that!meant!the!singing!was!left!up!to!me.!I

absolutely!terrible!and!I!am!stil !terrible!at!singing;!as!I!am!pretty!much!deaf!at!this!point

playing!too!many!live!shows earplugs. lyrics!sounded!like!something!a!3rd

had! written.!I!even!tried!to!mix!screaming!in!with!the!singing,!and!it!sounded!even!worse;!at

time!screaming!and!hardcore!were!in!style.!We!never!had!any!recordings,!but!we!played

of!shows,!and!I!probably!stil !have!them!recorded!somewhere.!Most!often!we!played!at

Quixote’s;!a!local!bar!and!restaurant!near!my!house!in!Felton,!Ca.!The!place!is!actually

nice;!in!fact,!I!have!even Tommy3Emanuel!perform!there.!I The3Longest3Winter!

lasted!through!the!end!of!my!high!school!years!up!until!the!beginning!of!my!col ege!years.

don’t!jam!with!David!Ryan!anymore;!however,!Jesse!and!I!had!stil !continued!to!jam!to!this

in!a!new!project!I!have Me3Monster.!

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One!day!at!school!I!was!contacted!by!two!musicians!named!James!Mul er!and

Garay.!At!the!time!I!was!younger!than!them;!as!I!was!a!junior!and!they!were!seniors.!I

had!really!met!them,!but!I!was!aware!that!they!were!in!the!most!popular!high!school

called! Words3Like3Shards.!I!suppose!they!must!have _The3Longest3Winter, _!and!liked

guitar!playing,!because!when!they!approached!me!they!had!asked!if!I!wanted!to!play

guitar!for!them.!They!were!a!hardcore!band,!and!although!I!really!wasn’t!in!the!genre,!I

because!they!were!the!best!musicians!in!school;!and!I!knew!I!could!learn!a!lot!from!them.

story!short,!we!played!for!quite!a!long!time,!having!many!shows!and!acquiring!a!great

Cruz!fan!base.!Additionally,!we!recorded!two!records,!and!although!never!printed,!they!are

available!today.!Recently,!we!have!been!attempting!to!reconnect!and!get!something

again.!Our!friend!Garin!Rosen!asked!us!if!we!wanted!to!open!for!his!bands!CD!release!show;

it!was!apparently!the!5Fyear!anniversary!of!our!last!show;!it!was!to!be!played!at!the

Atrium!in!Santa!Cruz.!As!of!now,!we!all!live!in!remote!locations;!one!member!is!in!South

Tahoe,!another!in!Sacramento,!and!then!the!rest!of!us!here!in

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While!I!was!stil Words3Like3Shards,!my!friend!Garin!Rosen!asked!me!to!play!in

band!called 3Arsonists3Get3al 3the3Girls,!or!AGATG.!They!were!just!starting!out!at!the!time,!and

guess!I!was!technically!their!initial!second!guitar!player.!AGATG!was!way!heavier Words3

Like3Shards;!and!once!again!I!joined!them!to!learn!even!more!about!the!guitar.!They!will

admit!it!now,!but!we!actually!recorded!a!demo!in!Scotts!Valley!that!was!really!rough!and

sloppy;!however,!it!was!what!they!needed!to!get!them!in!the!door.!I!played!a!couple

shows!with!them;!they!were!a!lot!of!fun!to!party!with.!My!favorite!show!was house3 party

Salinas.!The!guitar!player!Arthur!had!work!that!night,!and!he!was!going!to!show!up!after!to

Unfortunately,!he!never!got!off!work!in!time;!and!I!had!to!play!the!whole!show!by!myself;

in!mind,!I!had!hardly!even!learned!the!songs!yet.!I!had!to!keep!turning!to!Garin!so!that!he

lead3me3in3the3right3direction.!It!was!really!fun!but!absolutely!stressful.!In!the!end!I!think!it

fine.!The!band!wanted!to!start!touring,!and!as!I!was!interested!in!school,!so!I!decided!it

be!more!important!to!attend!col ege!then!tour.!Now!they!are!a!signed!band,!with!I!believe

records;!and!have!toured!the!country!and!the!world!various!times.!I!guess!I!missed!out!on

opportunity;!but!I!stayed!in!school!and!graduated!so!I!guess!it!was!probably!worth

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After! Words3Like3Shards!ended,!I!joined!another!hardcore!band;!we!called

Scryer.!The!band!consisted!of!Kyle!St.!Ledgerbarter!(Vocals/Keys),!Grant!Goodwin!(Drums),

Lecesse!(bass),!James!Lucas!(guitar),!and!I!on!guitar!as!wel .!I!guess!when!I!look!back!on!it,

played!for!quite!some!time;!we!were!most!often!playing!hardcore!shows,!but!we

opened.!We!recorded!two!albums!at!Panda!Studios.!The!studio!is!run Sam!Pura;!a!man

is genius!in!his!ability!to!record!bands!to!absolute!perfection.!Sam!really!impressed!me

his!ability!to!edit!quickly!and!accurately;!he!even!made!Grant!sound!good.!I!am!only!half

I!bet!if!you Words3Like3Shards_ _Scryer3 into!myspace.com,!you!might!find!some!of

recordings.!Even!though!we!never!actually!printed the3recordings3were3a3good3indication3

of3our3ability3to3compose3music.3

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My!most!recent!project!is Me3Monster.!The!only!consistent!member!is

Mul er;!who!helps!keep!me!in!line!with!his!beautiful!bass!playing.!At!first!Jesse!Washburn

the!drummer,!but!as!he!got!wrapped!up!in!firefighting,!we!had!to!use!Garin!for!two!shows.

had!Protools!on!my!old!computer!before!it!bit!the!dust,!and!at!first!glance!had!no!idea!how

use!it.!We!had!about!nine!songs!that!we!wanted!to!record,!so!I!began!messing!with

and! taught3myself!how!to!use because3I3knew3nothing3at3the3beginning,!I!am!pretty

with skill3set!I!acquired.!I!stil !listen!to!the!album!and!I!very!much!enjoy!it.!James!and!I

been!working!on Me3Monster!songs,!and!we!plan!to!record!another!album!as!soon!as!I

Protools!running!again.!We!literally!practiced!with!Garin!one!time!before!each!show;!and

kil ed!it.!I!like!bar!shows!the!best.!It!was!often!typical!at!these!shows!that!we!would!pound

Daniels!in!the!parking!lot,!and!smoke!joints!in!the!back!alley.!I!guess!some!people!can!play

fucked3up.!There!are!videos!on!youtube.com!of!one!of!our!bar!shows.!As!I!forgot!most!of

songs,!it!is!a!good!way!to!reference!things!I!have!written!in!the

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My!nextFdoor!neighbor’s!brother,!Jon!Cattivera,!had!been!in!his timespentdriving!

since!I!was!in!junior!high!about;!and!maybe!even!further!in past.!They!are!a!fantastic

and!I!always!grew!up!listening!to!their!albums.!They!were!always!such inspiration!for!me!as

kid!to!get!better!at!my!instrument!and thrive!to!be!as!good!as!them.!Over!the!years!I!had

into!Jon!from!time!to!time,!and!as!I!was!young!and!annoying,!would!always!tel !him!how

they!were.!Many!years!later,!Jon!and!the!second!guitar!player!got!into!a!feud,!which!lead!to

band!breaking!up.!One!day!I!get!a!call!from!Rob!Cattivera;!and!he!informed!me

timespentdriving!was!looking!for!a!new!guitar!player;!being!a!long!time!friend,!Rob

me!to!his!brother.!I!ended!up!joining!the!band!for!about!a!year.!I!think!we!played!four!shows

together;!at!one!show!we!even!played!with!one!of!my!favorite Taxes.!In!addition,!we

two!days!in!a!studio;!and!got!a!rough!idea!of!how!the!songs!were!going!to!sound.!I!heard

Jon!had!written!about!95%!of!the!riffs!in!the timespentdriving!records.!When!I!played

them,!I!wanted!to!write!mostly!my!own!riffs;!but open3to3suggestions!from!Jon;!of

When!I!started!graduate!school,!I!could!no!longer!play!for!the!band. dream!was but3

that3was3the3way3it3had3to3be.!Since!I!left,!they!have!acquired!all original!members;

have!put!a!great!amount!of!time!into!their!new!record.!I!have!heard!it,!even!though!I!am

supposed!to!have!it.!It!sounds!just!like!the!music!that!they!had!written!before;!and!as!they

have!a!plethora!of!music!experience,!it!is!safe!to!say!that!the!album!is!really !

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Guitar Lessons [FROM GOD]

Steven has been playing since he was a Freshman in high school [that means he has been playing around 15 years]; within this ebook are 13 different guitar lessons [in which Steven attempts to describe in a manner that any musician can understand.

  • ISBN: 9781310590771
  • Author: Steven M. Borella
  • Published: 2016-04-26 01:50:09
  • Words: 479
Guitar Lessons [FROM GOD] Guitar Lessons [FROM GOD]