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Dan begins his series by revolutionizing the way we approach our instrument. In this lesson, Dan shares a concept he calls The Speed of "Light".
Taught by Dan Sugarman in Sugarman's Shredding Revolution seriesLength: 10:27Difficulty: 1.5 of 5
“The Speed of Light”
Have you ever seen a guitarist going absolutely ham on their instrument, while seemingl to exert little to no effort? That’s because these guys are master magicians of lightness and finger intelligence - they do this with no effort, because they move with effective and efficient movement. Today, I will expose the trick to you behind how this is done with a series of exercises designed to help develop Finger IQ that I call “The Speed of Light” - but first we need to do a little astronaut training.
The Speed of Light is how you’ll create that “midas touch” for your instrument, while also developing economy of motion, an awesome muting technique that I call ‘the pulse’, all while mastering the 3 steps it takes to play a note - the landing, the note itself, and the take off. If you have 2 hand sync problems, it’s most likely because the landing of your note isn’t lined up with your pick stroke… If you tend to have excess string noise and muting problems, you have issues with your take off… this exercise will train you how to control both. The first step of conquering the speed of light is to discover what the “zero point” feels like… this the state of the finger in suspended animation during the “landing” part of playing a note. But before we get into 2 hand sync, lets break down that equation. Fretting Hand + Picking Hand = 2 Hand Sync… alright, so lets attack it that way. Lets focus on the fretting hand first!
To get to a proper understanding of what zero point is - consider it to be what zero gravity would feel like… If we’re first learning how to float above the earth comfortably (aka, our fretboard), we should first train with a tether attached to us so we don’t float away.
While sitting in the correct posture (more on that later), we’ll go through an example of “The Tethered Speed of Light” exercise - with 4 breaths on each finger before changing fingers. You will have the pinky of your picking hand sitting under your fretting hand fingers on the 9-12 fret on your G string. On your exhale, move your finger first finger towards the string - touch the string, don’t press it! Almost as if you were doing a harmonic. Pause, inhale and return to the starting position. Pause, and repeat. We’ll do this with each finger, removing the tether out from underneath the engaged finger all the way until there is no tether, and we’re just hovering in zero point.
You should begin to feel connected to the sensitivity and control required to move your fingers diligently enough so as not to be flailing around and moving without a focused awareness. Get comfortable with the uncomfortable, because this new sensitivity you’re developing will be the driving force behind the next dimension of your playing. Attached is a photo of the zero point with a tether to help you along.
Sugarman's Shredding Revolution is all about discovering and creating ways to develop a new and unique level of understanding of two-hand synchronization, which is one of the core foundations of clean playing.
Dan Sugarman gives us an introduction and preview to his series - Sugarman's Shredding Revolution.Length: 5:13 Difficulty: 0.0 FREE
Dan begins his series by revolutionizing the way we approach our instrument. In this lesson, Dan shares a concept he calls The Speed of "Light".Length: 10:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Finding the "Goldilocks" zone is key to getting your hands in the best position possible to shred, by finding the right amount of pressure to apply to the strings. Dan helps us find the touch that's "just...Length: 12:21 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson, we put into practice what we've talked about so far in this series. This exercise is designed to help you find your Goldilocks Zone, and practice it enough to put it on auto pilot!Length: 7:49 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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This lesson is designed to work on the hand to brain connection during the string change, and to help you "fall" into position as opposed to "flail" into position.Length: 2:56 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Now it's time to sprinkle some legato playing into the proceedings. Starting with hammer ons, Dan shows us how to use "weight" not "strength" to achieve this technique.Length: 6:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Now Dan shows us the next element of legato playing: Pull Offs.Length: 3:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Using hammer-ons and pull-offs that we learned in the previous lessons, Dan now gives us an introduction to true legato - using three note per string patterns.Length: 5:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Now that we've spent a good deal of time on the fretting hand, it's time to turn our attention to the picking hand. Dan starts with examining how to get the best tone from our instrument, using what he...Length: 11:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Dan helps us apply some exercises to the home application that will help it become second nature in no time!Length: 8:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Now, Dan moves the Konokol rhythm system that we looked at in the last lesson to the guitar, exploring different rhythm configurations along the way.Length: 3:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
When it comes to complex rhythm, understanding the difference between polyrhythm and polymeter are very important. In this lesson, Dan gives us a crash course on how to tell the difference.Length: 3:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Now it's time to put our hands together (so to speak). We're bringing what we've worked on for the left hand, and what we've worked on for the right hand together to get a firm grasp of our two hand sync....Length: 8:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Dan continues to emphasize two hand sync, adding the new ideas of inside picking and outside picking.Length: 10:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Now Dan introduces some 2 string patterns into our two hand sync exercises. In each lesson, he's ratcheting up the difficulty level!Length: 3:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Dan explores more two string patterns, this time emphasizing odd two string patterns. Finger twisters and brain teasers for sure!Length: 8:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Endurance is the name of the game in this lesson. Dan shows us one of his favorite techniques he calls "Phalange Laps".Length: 4:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Now we get to muting techniques. Starting off, Dan gives us all the details on muting techniques for the picking hand. These are a must if you want to truly reign in that beast of an instrument!Length: 12:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Switching our muting attention to the fretting hand, Dan gives us the essential techniques we need to get the cleanest result.Length: 14:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Dan teaches a great way to analyze our own playing, focusing in on our mistakes and how to correct them. It starts with quarantining our playing.Length: 9:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
What gives you your unique voice on the guitar? Well, there are a number of things that go into that equation. In this lesson, Dan takes a look at some of the key techniques that will go a long way in...Length: 18:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Now Dan will help us focus on growing our weaknesses. First up is Rhythm vs. Lead Playing.Length: 5:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Up next in working on strengths and weaknesses? Legato.Length: 3:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Up next in the world of substrates - Alternate Picking.Length: 4:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The last substrate Dan takes us through is Directional Picking.Length: 7:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In the last lesson of the series, Dan gives us a musical, full band exercise that ties in all of the techniques that we've learned throughout the series.Length: 6:25 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Who is Dan Sugarman? Get to know a little about Dan - his background, his music, and what drives him to excel at guitar in this JamPlay interview.Length: 8:44 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
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Dan Sugarman is a 26 year old guitarist, producer, teacher and songwriter hailing from the South Bay of Los Angeles, CA. His tenacity and dedication to the art of music and guitar led him to the lead guitar position in the internationally touring band, As Blood Runs Black. Now as a solo artist, Dan continues to work on his original music being released through Patreon, and is currently producing and engineering other bands & artists at Sugartone Studios, and composing for film & television. He also maintains an ever-growing student body as a private guitar teacher, mentor, and educator in the crafts of songwriting, creativity, and modern day recording techniques.
Dan is currently working on his "living album", Inside Out - Part I, available on patreon.com and completing an album for his new group A Mind Made Me, featuring singer//actor Sarah J Bartholomew.
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