The Sonic Literacy Regional Tour And Other News

Hi everybody,

I hope this finds you well!

I just have a few updates that may be of interest to readers of this blog.

The “Sonic Literacy” “Tour”

I’ve decided to take a different approach to promoting my Minor Pentatonic book

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and give a little something back to the local communities at the same time.  Growing up in upstate New York, I used to spend countless hours in public libraries just reading and feeding my brain.  I think they’re incredible resources that often get over looked, so I’m pulling together a “sonic literacy’ promotional tour that will go to regional libraries and present the material in the book in a short clinic / lecture format that’s free to the general public.  Hopefully it’ll introduce what I do to some people and perhaps it’ll get some people looking for a free lesson to reconnect to the resources that  they have on hand.

Dates are getting set, but I’m kicking it all off at The Gloversville Public Library on Saturday 12/14/13 at 12pm.  It’s only slated for an hour with set up so it should be short.  If you’re in the area, I hope you can drop by!

I’ll post more details when I have them.

In related news…

I have a few other projects in the works…. I’ve been hitting some open mikes in a low key fashion to try out some new acoustic material and it seems to be received fairly well, so that should get recorded soonish.

There are some live silent film accompaniment gigs lined up for 2014 -and I hope to have a unique spin on it but I’ll post more about those when I have more info.

Looking at some new ensemble ideas and pulling a solo set together in a worse-case scenario.  I’m also researching grants, funding and non-profit status for some of the longer-term projects but, again, more info when I have it.

Guit-A-Grip

The podcast is returning but in the meantime, I have a new post I put up about making the transition in self-definition as a “guitarist”.  It also ties into G.A.S. and some other holiday related observations.  You can check that out here.

Guitar-Muse

The Chris Buono interview went up last week.  You can check that out here.

The year will end out with a few reviews.  A review of the Zoom A3’s been submitted and should be up soon.  I have a piece about useful guitar related apps that will either go there or go up here and you might see a review of the Antonio Hermosa AH-50 classical acoustic-electric in time for the big guy to get it down the chimney for you.

Other

I’ve gotten some people asking me about the FnH website.  FnH IS still in business – they decided to overhaul the site, but if you e-mail info@fnhguitars.com you should still get someone to respond.  If it doesn’t work, just drop me a line and I’ll forward your message along to them.

John Harper (the H in FnH) has told me that some stuff is coming back my way – a new FnH model and just as exciting – my double neck fretted/fretless 13 lb monstrosity that he had to make 2 new necks for and completely re-do the wiring for is also due to come back!!  It bodes well for some serious sonic misgivings in 2014! ; )

Still trying to determine the scope of the practice book and the pentatonic extraction books but I think we’re good on more new books until 2014.

That’s it for now.  More news as it develops and as always, thanks for reading!

-SC

Re-contextualizing Time

Here’s an obvious statement, with a not-so-obvious ramification.

Time is cumulative.

 

As a society, we’re trained to think of time in specific blocks.  We take an hour for lunch.  We work from 9-5 (if you’re lucky).  Television shows are either a ½ hour or an hour.

 

So we’re trained to think that if we don’t do anything for the full hour that nothing is getting done.

 

Here’s an experiment.

 

Can you do a 100 push ups in a sitting?

 

If not, can you do 10?

 

If you could do 10 consecutive push ups with perfect form how long would that take?  Maybe 30 seconds?  Now let’s say you did that 10 times a day.  That’s 300 seconds (aka 5 minutes).  But you can’t do anything with 5 minutes of exercise a day, right?

Wrong.

Try it every day for 5 weeks.  Try adding 1 push up per set every week (and more if you can).  That pushes you up to 15 per set or 150 a day.  By sheer increase in number you’ll notice that you’re getting stronger.   You’ll probably  notice physical changes as well.

Guess what happens when you apply this to practicing a difficult passage with a metronome?

Reclaim those shorter time increments in your day by reprogramming your brain for what they mean!  Those minutes add up over the course of the days, weeks and months ahead.

You can get a lot done in a lunch hour and those hours add up. Set a timer and work on things for 20 minute increments.  But when you work on them, really work on them.  Don’t half-ass them.  If you do this multiple times a day, you will get a lot more done than you might think.

If you have a strong understanding for why you are doing something, you will do whatever you have to to overcome any obstacles associated with how.

I hope this helps!  More posts soon (and more podcasts as soon as I can stop running my air conditioner long enough to record one!)  Thanks for reading.

-SC

PS: If you play guitar you may be interested in a book I just released yesterday!

The Scott Collins Fretboard Visualization Series: The Pentatonic Minor Scale

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You can read all about that here or see excerpts and order the book here.

Revised Pentatonic Visualization Book Is Out Now

Scott Collins’ Fretboard Visualization Series: The Pentatonic Minor Scale

Hey Everyone,

After several months, I’ve just completed a massive update to my Pentatonic book and the print edition looks great!

This updated edition is almost twice as long as the original Fiver edition and has a complete overhaul of the text and graphics!

The updated version is $15 for the print edition and $10 for the PDF from LULU (The print edition should be up on Amazon in a couple of weeks)

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You can preview the contents and order it here.

The information on the back of the book follows.

Scott Collins’ GuitArchitecture method replaces the standard approach to learning guitar (rote memorization) with a simple, intuitive two-string approach that anyone can learn. This method, where players can actually see scales on a fingerboard, is called sonic visualization, and it can be applied to any scale or modal system.

In this volume of his Fretboard Visualization series, Scott has used his two-string method to present the pentatonic minor scale in an easy, intuitive and musical manner.  This book not only demonstrates how to “see” the scale all over the fingerboard, but also shows how to use the scale in a variety of contexts and presents strategies that can be applied to making any scale more musical. The Scott Collins Fretboard Visualization Series: The Pentatonic Minor Scale is an invaluable resource for guitarists who are looking to break through to the next level in their playing.

The Print Edition of the book is $15, and the e-book version is $10 on Lulu (the revised print edition should be up on Amazon in the next 2-3 weeks)

The Original Fiverr Edition

In the meantime, for those of you on a budget – the original pdf lesson book is still available for $5 on Fiverr (That link is here).

I’ve broken the book out into six different lessons over 50 pages that covers:
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  • how to visualize pentatonic minor scales on the fingerboard positionally
  • how to use the scales over different tonal centers
  • one string patterns
  • cool ways to sequence the melodic cells with combinatorics and…
  • pentatonic harmony (Worth the price of admission alone)

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In other words, it’s a series of short succinct lessons to get under your fingers to start playing but with enough meat on their bones to keep you busy for a while.

Here are some reviews from Fiverr:

“super fast [delivery]. looks good – now i have one more reason to hide and play. thanks!”

“Excellent value! look forward to putting it into practice.”

“Very useful guide for those interested in the material. Great seller!”

“This is the way it should be taught! This method helps you to arrive at a good understanding very quickly. Thank you very much!”

“Fantastic book. Looking forward to checking out your other stuff. Glad I came across this!”
“Great course. I didn’t realize it was this much info. Thanks a lot.”
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Thanks Everyone!  Keep an eye out for my new Pentatonic Extraction Book which should be out this fall!!!!

A New Laptop Guitar Post On Guitar-Muse And Updates

Good morning!

Guitar-Muse just posted a column I wrote on blending dual signal paths to get more definition from your distorted guitar tone. You can check that out here.  You can find the tab (and the theory behind the lick) here.  I have a review of the EHX 8-Step Program coming out soon and another interview in the works for the end of the summer.

There are a few recent posts and podcasts on Get-A-Grip that you may be of interest to you.  You can find all of those here, and a page of all the current podcasts (with fixed links) here.

Some shows are coming up on the horizon which should be pretty cool.  I’ll have more info about those up next week.

More things in the pipeline as well.  Happy 5th of July!

As always, thanks for reading!

-SC

Mas Posts

Hey everyone!

I have a few new posts up that may be of interest to you.

1.  There’s a new podcast on Get-A-Grip (Confessions of a former music school “failure”) You can find that here.  There’s a post on the mindset differences between a professional and an amateur (found here) and a post on the instructional benefits from examining how not to do things (found here).

2.  In Guitar-Muse news –  A review of the Mono M80 hybrid case is up (you can read that here) and the lesson in Odd Time Riff transformation lesson with eX-Girl went up last week as well. You can check that out here.

3.  The edits to the print edition of the Pentatonic Visualization book are almost done and I’m waiting on the updated cover.   I should have the Pentatonic Extraction book out by mid fall.  It’s a book that will work and in hand with the chord scales book and approach the material in a different (and I hope cool/useful way).

4.  I’m in the process of refocusing both sites so there will likely be some dust and disorder here for a while.

More things in the pipeline as well.

As always, thanks for reading!

-SC