Phrasing Techniques

Hi! My name is Gianluca Piersanti and this is my first column on the site.

I started to play guitar when I was 16 years old, and at 18 with my band I used to play covers from guitarist such as Malmsteen, Satriani, MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore, etc. I also taught guitar to a huge number of guitarists, won several prizes and contests, including best original arranger with my band Gli Impossibili. Being an A-lover of music (in general) I also studied composition and recently has focused on music for film.

Since I've decided to join the Guitar Nine site as a columnist I tried to get an answer to this question: What is the best way to teach cool licks and useful techniques and at the same time how to make the student achieves his own style? I still don't know if I found the answer but this is what I'm going to do. I will be focused on phrasing. Examples will include a mix of different techniques in order to play an advanced and colorful approach to the solos.

I hope you enjoy my column and thanks for steppin' by!

The example below is from a song that I wrote called "Farfalla".

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This extract displays a very simple sequence of a pentatonic scale, a minor arpeggio with tapping, and a minor scale all played in C sharp.

MP3 - Example - Slow

MP3 - Example - Solo

Check the entire solo on my web site and feel free to email with any questions.

Gianluca Piersanti, a guitarist born in Italy, moved to Hollywood in 1999.

Gianluca won several prizes and contests, including best original arranger with his band Gli Impossibili. He has studied composition and recently has focused on music for film.

Gianluca Piersanti

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