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Born and raised in Boston, Patrick DeCoste is a rising instrumental guitarist in the local music scene.  With influences and inspiration coming from artists such as Eric Johnson, Randy Rhoads and U2, DeCoste continues to push his talents and further his skills.  His educational background includes Music Theory, Composition, and Performance lessons from Berklee's Summer Guitar Sessions as well as Classical guitar lessons from Joe Zuccala.  Patrick has played along side well known guitarists Joe Stump, considered by many to be the most extreme shred guitarist in the world, and reknown Berklee faculty teacher Tomo Fujita.

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Since becoming a solo artist in 2003, DeCoste has been a frequent performer on the local Boston area circuit while continuing to make a name for himself on the global music scene.   Despite the tough road of touring, DeCoste finds the time to impart his knowledge of guitar to others in an exclusive series we call Boston Beats Lessons.  This monthly series will show examples, provide history and help guitar hopefuls elevate themselves to the next level of play.

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Lesson One

 

Lesson Two

Theoretically Speaking:

The Study of Music Theory

One topic that always seems to make its way into any musical discussion is the overall concept of Music Theory. Some believe that such knowledge is unnecessary and hinders the musician's creative process...

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Six Degrees of Separation:

Pushing The Boundaries of Harmonics

Usually in the very early stages of the guitarist's learning process, one of the first "tricks" he/she is taught is the use of harmonics, in particular "natural harmonics." Unfortunately, many players think that this technique is one dimensional...

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Lesson Three

 

Lesson Four

Chord-ially Yours:

A Study in Chord Development

As discussed in a previous column, music theory can play an important role in one's songwriting development.  In this lesson, we'll take that concept and bring it to life.  This month's column pertains to how I approach chord forms... 

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The Sounds of Silence:

The Art of Two Handed Muting

When the amps are turned to 10 and the distortion pedal is as loud as possible, every little nuance shines through and you'll need as much help as possible to alleviate any unwanted noise. 

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Lesson Five

 

Lesson Six

The Effect Affect:
Using Processors to Alter Your Music

When thinking of guitarists who take using effects to a different level, several players may come to mind such as The Edge (U2), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), David Rhodes (Peter Gabriel) and Eric Clapton. Although most of the players listed are obvious choices for "effects junkies," I'm sure you're wondering...

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Take Your Pick:
A Quick Look At Various Picking Techniques

Guitar picking, similar to guitar playing, can be as simple or complex as you want to make it. Most people are content with the basic up/ down picking patterns whereas the more you delve into tone, feel and approach, you may find you'll get more mileage out of using various picking techniques to add variety and diversity to your playing. For this lesson, I'll be...

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