FRANC O'SHEA
FUSION MEANS NEVER
HAVING FO SAT 'THAT'S
IMPOSSIBLE!' SAYS FRANC
I
n this month's column I will
continue looking at how a
fusion solo can be effectively
devised. I will start by looking
at how we can combine
various left hand patterns
with right hand raking patterns.
An effective approach when
attempting to analyse ideas such
as these is to map out what is
available and condense ideas into
appropriate groups.
Example 1
assigns more than
one number to certain individual
left hand fingers. Normally your
left hand fingers have the numbers
one to four assigned to them,
where 1 equals your index finger, 2
your middle, 3 your ring finger and
finally 4 your little finger. When
playing scales in one position we
normally place three notes on each
string and use a left hand fingering
of 1, 2 and 4, or 1, 3 and 4, or even
1, 2 and 3. Once we start getting
into combinations of these patterns
and different permutations of these
numbers, things can start getting
complicated. All the patterns use
the first finger in them but the
variations occur with the other
fingers and can be 2 and 4, 3 and 4,
or even 2 and 3. But by assigning
the numbers 2 and 3 to encompass
all these possibilities, we can
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EXAMPLE 1
EXAMPLE 2
EXAMPLE 3
EXAMPLE 4
EXAMPLE 5
condense everything down to just two numbers (three including the 1). So 2 can represent either the middle or ring
finger, and 3 can represent either the ring or little finger, as demonstrated in the first example.
Example 2
demonstrates all the combinations of the numbers 1, 2 and 3 and also splits them into two groups.
Group A starts out (Ai) showing the numbers in a descending order: 3, 2, 1, but then Aii places the first number
at the end of the sequence so that what was the second number, now becomes the first: 2, 1, 3. The same process
continues for Aiii so that we have 1, 3, 2, and then all the possible permutations have been found (if you were to
continue the process you would be back at the original permutation of 3, 2, 1). Group B demonstrates the numbers
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