Admit it. You've spent the bucks on an endless array of gear, and invested hundreds of hours tweaking your "sound" to achieve that sweet, super sustain that you so covet - and yet, you still can't quite get to second base without sounding too wet and over-effected. True?
Sustain opens up an infinite palette of colors and textures to craft your lines, melodies and improvisations with. Sustain is one of the sonic qualities that explains why we guitar players yearn to emulate sax and horn players as much as we do. Sustain is why Jeff Beck rocks our world with two or three tasty notes. Yes indeed, sustain is very much an intrinsic quality of the "perfect tone" we all seek.
So many of us start off trying to achieve tone with pedals, effects or by over-driving our amps. Yup, that's somewhat gratifying and there's certainly a time and place for all that BUT what really separates the men from the boys is what's happening with the hands on the fretboard.
Great sustain is really all about technique and NOT pedals and effects. And that's what this Guitar Lab course is all about; developing and finessing the range of techniques you need to employ to achieve Super Sustain.
There's no one more qualified than Brad Carlton to guide you through this intensive examination of sustain and its underlying techniques. "This Guitar Lab syllabus is designed to refine the touch of your fretting hand so you can control the delicate relationship between the string and the fret, which also happens to dramatically improve your intonation across all of your techniques."
"We will also focus on dampening with both hands, which cleans up your playing, making your sustain even more powerful. I have included an over the shoulder camera angle for the fretting hand to help you in assessing your own hand positions. In addition to the many exercises that I've prepared to help you develop your dampening and Super Sustain skills, we will also work through 46 technique combinations to show you how to create different licks with the same melodic material."
Super Sustain: Syllabus
Picking Hand: Dampening Exercises
Fretting Hand: Dampening Exercises
Fretting Hand: Sustain Exercises
Technique Combinations: Part 1
Technique Combinations: Part 2
Technique Combinations: Part 3
C Major Pentatonic Scale
C Ionian Mode
C Lydian Mode
C Mixolydian Mode
C Lydian b7 Mode
C Minor Pentatonic Scale
C Dorian Mode
C Aeolian Mode
C Phrygian Mode
C Phrygian Dominant Scale
C to G Melodic Moves
G to Am Melodic Moves
Am to F Melodic Moves
F to C Melodic Moves
As you can likely tell by the syllabus, Guitar Lab: Super Sustain is not just about technique. Carlton demonstrates and has you work through all of the techniques in a musical context so you are able to put those skills to work by making music with them. Put that distortion pedal away now and get to work!