Rusty Cooley – Fretboard Autopsy: Level 1-2
May 29 2015
Level 1: In the Fretboard Autopsy- Scales, Modes & Melodic Patterns, Level 1 DVD Rusty Cooley presents his unique fretboard visualization system of shapes and patterns, along with years of modal knowledge. Rusty was named one of the top 20 fastest shredders of all time, and has been an influence on many guitarists including Mark Tremonti and John Petrucci. Learn how the modes are covered across the neck, 5- and 6-string root modal patterns, extended and split patterns, and single and double string techniques.
Rusty shows you the modal sequences he uses, and then challenges you to play the scales and modes. Apply all these techniques and develop your own style over the full band backing tracks included in the Fretboard Autopsy DVD program.
Level 2: In the Fretboard Autopsy Scales, Modes, & Melodic Patterns, Level 2 guitarist Rusty Cooley unlocks the road map for the freedom to improvise over the entire guitar fretboard without being locked into positions. Learn 4-, 5-, and 6-string root modes, extended patterns spanning the guitar neck, 3 octave modes, reverse linear patterns, and modal sequences.
Rusty demonstrates on this Rock House DVD how to create modal chord progressions for each of the 7 modes that you can shred your own leads over. Develop your own guitar style while applying what you learn over the full band backing tracks.
This is definitely one of the better fretboard learning vids currently on the market. A good player doesn’t always mean they’ll be a good instructor. Rusty definitely shines on both fronts. His approach is always easygoing with a hint of humor. Although his knowledge of theory, and the chops he possesses are clearly nothing to laugh at. He does a fantastic job of explaining the material, and presents it in a manner that everyone above an absolute beginner status can understand.
Some things to keep mind of. Rusty tunes a half-step down, although the printed material is presented in standard tuning. This ‘might’ throw the uninitiated off a bit at first. Also, he uses a 7 string guitar in all the examples. Although he doesn’t make use of the lowest string. This might also confuse the novices at first.
If you’re an advanced-beginner to intermediate player, and want to get the most out of both Fretboard Autopsy DVD’s. Consider buying it. There’s quite a few diagrams and extra material presented in the 94 page e-book that’s not shown in the included manuals.
Basically it gives you 7 mode shapes to memorize, and then BAM! the entire fretboard is unlocked. Rusty then gives you different approaches to connecting those shapes diagonally which really helps it sink in. If that sounds complicated, don’t worry about it, just get the DVD and you’ll see what I mean. You just learn seven 3-note-per-string shapes, link them together, and you’ve got one scale across the entire fretboard, from the first fret to the 24th (or whatever you have). But actually without realizing it you’ve learned seven scales, not just one, across the entire fretboard, and you’ll be able to do all seven of these scales in any key.
This method is unbelievably simple and extremely liberating. If you want to be able to play freely anywhere on the neck, and currently aren’t able to do so, just get this DVD and you’ll be there in no time. And don’t make the mistake thinking you have to try to play like Rusty Cooley, as the point of the DVD isn’t to learn to play fast but to learn your scales. If you just follow the instructions he gives you, you’ll make a giant leap in your improvisational abilities. As Rusty says, scales are your roadmap to freedom as an improviser.
Running time: 150 min
Video: DivX 640×480 1223 kbps 29.97 fps AR: 4:3
Audio: AC3 2 ch 192 kpbs 48.0 KHz
Booklet: Yes (PDF) + MP3
Size: 1.47 Gb