The human eye can only process 10 to 12 separate images per second. That's why some sights can only be fully appreciated in slow motion like that viral close-up video of an eagle flying towards the viewer -- incredible harmony of motion. How 'fast' we process sound, specifically music, is a different matter all together. Over time, your ear can be trained to hear, process and appreciate the underlying harmony and nuances of music performed at blazingly-fast speeds while the untrained ear will only hear blazingly-fast note sequences.
Such is the case with masterful executions of ultra up-tempo classical, jazz and rock performances. It takes a trained ear to fully appreciate scorching passages comprised of 32nd, 64th and 128th notes. And you'll certainly need that ear to be fully blown away by the harmony in motion of Rusty Cooley.
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Don't get us wrong -- even the most un-trained ears are blown away by Rusty's mastery of the fretboard and thunderous, driving, exhilarating music. Rusty's monster chops and signature technique are impeccable in every sense of the word. This alone distinguishes him from other world-class players but Rusty's waters run much, much deeper. His knowledge base of harmony is majorly huge and his artful application of that harmonic knowledge is unparalleled.
Rusty Cooley's Lickopedia packs a powerful one-two educational punch; the first expands your vocabulary of head-turning monster licks; the second expands your knowledge base of harmonic applications. Rusty demonstrates each line and then analyzes the underlying harmony so that you can learn the line and understand why it works so well over the chord it's constructed for. In short, you'll learn the whats, whys and hows of crafting killer lines to feed your solos and improvisations for a lifetime.
You'll learn how to craft lines for G Major 13, A Minor 13, B Minor b13b9, C Major 13#11, D13, E Minor b13 and F# Minor b13b9b5; How to build Diatonic 13 Arpeggios; How to work with Diminished 7th Arpeggios; Combining Diminished 7th Arpeggios; Diminished Chromatic, the Galaga lick, Multi-Tapping Diminished, Phrygian Dominant, Phrygian Dominant in Fives, B Spanish Phrygian; How to "Spread Your Disease" and an E Natural Minor 3-4 Combo, Multi-Digital Tapping, Bumblebee Taps, Tapping E Minor 7ths, T2 T3 E Natural Minor, B Phrygian Dominant Tapping, E Minor Pentatonic, Legato Sixes in A Minor, A Blues Multi-Digital Tapping and a lick Rusty calls "Let Off Some Steam, Bennet." There's more...
Rusty shows you some of his stock licks along with some Blues/Pentatonic and Two String Sweeping licks. Then you'll dive into a G Major String-Skipping Bach Idea, a G Major Arpeggio Sequence, G Minor Arpeggio Sequence, B Harmonic Minor String-Skipping Sequence, B Phrygian, Dominant Trills, B Phrygian Dominant Pedal Tone Tapping, String Skipping Diminished, 7th Arpeggios, New Diminished 7ths and D Minor Fourths. Rusty goes even deeper with a series of explorations: Exploring the Diminished Scale, Half-Whole Diminished Scale, Diminished Triads, 4 Note Per-String Diminished Scale, Exploring the Phrygian Dominant Scale, Exploring the Mixolydian b6 Scale, Exploring Dominant and concludes with a lick he calls "Left to Follow."
Naturally, Rusty demonstrates all of his lines at tempo, which in his case is usually break-neck speed. Fortunately for we mere mortals, he also demonstrates the line at a slower tempo. Plus, we've transcribed them all so we can present them in tab, standard notation as well as in Guitar Pro so that you can slow them down, play them at any tempo and then work them up to speed. This is also how you will train your ear to hear the harmonic nuances at fast tempos.
This course is not for the faint of heart. You will dedicate hundreds of hours working out the harmonic applications and getting these licks anywhere near top speed. But those hours will yield fretboard riches beyond your wildest dreams.
No pain, no gain man. Get on it!
About Your Instructor
Guitarist Rusty Cooley received his first guitar on his 15th birthday and never looked back. Unsatisfied with local instructors, Rusty began teaching himself through Doug Mark’s Metal Method and various other instructional books and videos. During High School, Rusty took music theory classes and also attended the National Guitar Workshop. He performed solo guitar in high school talent shows and performed such pieces as Van Halen’s “Eruption” and Randy Rhoads “Revelation Mother Earth” solos. During his senior year, Rusty was offered his first teaching job at the same store, that just three years earlier, he had bought his first guitar. Some of Rusty’s early influences included: Rhoads, Malmsteen, Becker, Gilbert, Holdsworth, Paganini, Bach, Vai, Gambale, Moore, MacAlpine, Taffolla, Friedman, Howe, Kotzen, Firkins, and Housholder. He was also influenced by many styles including: Jazz, Classical, Funk, Blues and even Country, if you can believe that. There where times when Rusty was pulled in so many different directions by music, he didn’t know if he wanted to be a Classical Conductor or a Jazz guitarist.
After graduating High School, Rusty continued studying Music Theory at the local college, as well as Music History and Classical Piano. In 1989, Rusty joined the local rock band Revolution. Revolution wrote, performed and recorded all original music. Also, during 1995 Rusty entered and won the “Guitar Master Series” winning the title of “Best Guitarist” in Houston. Rusty also started doing guitar clinics as well. Rusty’s presence on the Internet was growing and his music started getting great reviews, which followed with interviews and instructional columns. His music was featured on several compellation CDs as well.
Rusty has also been featured in Guitar Player, Guitar One, Guitar World, Guitar Techniques magazines, Axe and written his own column for Guitar Player magazine titled “Metal Guru”. With a stable and impressive band lineup, Rusty is currently writing and recording Outworld’s second CD which promises to capitalize on the strengths of the debut CD and demolish all expectations. In August 2007 Outworld won 10,000 in a Famecast contest similar to American Idol where viewers watched and voted for the favorite artist.
“Remember to live, eat, sleep and breathe music for the mind, play from your heart and never be swayed by the current trends.” - Rusty Cooley
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