No Right Arm? But still playing great...

Learn to appreciate what you have. Look at this guy... We have something that he doesn't have. And yet, it doesn't deter him from doing what he loves.

yeah.. yeah.. i know.. his playing is not as clean as Yngwie Malmsteen's (the guy on my 2nd post). But taking his disability into consideration , he really did a wonderful job! I hope this inspires those who are just starting to play and those who got frustrated in learning this cool instrument!

Rock + Classical = Neoclassical

This is a perfect example on how Classical and Rock styles combine. The convergence is called Neoclassical Rock and Yngwie Malmsteen (pronounced as eeng-vei) invented it. Yngwie's guitar playing style is like playing a violin Solo accompanied by an orchestra. But instead of a violin and an orchestra, he uses an electric guitar backed by a band. Below is an example from his first solo album, Rising Force and he composed this during the early 80's. I know it's kinda' "old school". But I really like it!

We have a lift off...

I'm here alone with my laptop. This is my first post. I'm quite new about this "blogging" stuff. All i know is that i do love writing and this is a perfect venue to post all the things that has been rumbling my mind once in a while. But of course, posting all of that here means filling up this site with some childish nonsense. And for that, everything that's going to be written here are only stuff that matters.

Do you know that feeling? When an idea suddenly struck your mind? And there is no pen and paper beside you to write on? And after you do find something that can be as useful, the idea already vanished? Quite frustrating right? It's a good thing I always have my notebook beside me. No idea should be left unwritten. Being very passionate about music, i also have my handy audio recorder. Sometimes its easier to record stuff than writing it on a piece of paper especially when I'm composing a tune or a melody in my mind.But that doesn't mean i don't know how to read and write notes.

I'm a very active musician. And very fond of classical and rock music. Some people do find it crazy to be admiring rock and classical music at the same time. This is a common misconception about this two genres. As a matter of fact, rock music has its roots to classical music! Even modern rock guitar instrumentalist like Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, and bands like Metallica and Dream Theater, has some classical training in one form or another. The funny thing about this is that common people refer to them as Music Geniuses. Well, this is partly true. I have even referred to them as Rock Gods one time. What most of us didn't quite understand is that these "Rock Gods" also have their own sets of Rock Gods. They might have almost worshiped BB king and Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles during their teens. And if we dig deeper, researching about the Rock Gods of the Rock Gods of the Rock Gods of the Rock Gods and so on and so forth (whew!!)... Names like Mozart, Beethoven, Bach will surely pop out. And they are the Rockstars of their era. Music is constantly evolving but certainly, the very foundation invented by classical geniuses remains the same from generation to generation.

Thats the reason why i like Rock and Classical music all at the same time. I have not even mentioned modern songs that are directly influenced by classical music. Classical music is the foundation to every piece of music that we play!! Its a good thing that Popular Culture made a simpler version of it so that common people can have a glimpse of what music can really do.

About the author

There's no day in my life not thinking about music. I'm a singer and a self taught musician able to play classical and electric guitar. I've started 12 years ago when I was just in 5th grade. Now I'm focusing on instrumental electric guitar trying to play like my idols. I've also taught my self how to read and write music and i like to arrange pop songs for A-Capella Choir. My musical influences ranges from classical to modern-age rock. The hardest thing about teaching yourself how to play guitar and learning how to write music... is finding the right direction. Knowledge is everywhere - we just need to know what to look for and where to start. Always take the the opportunity to ask questions to people who are expert in these fields. Musicians are just around the corner. Even if they're not on the Radio, that doesn't mean you can't learn from them. But be careful. Not all musicians are real musicians. Some are just wannabe's. And most importantly, educate yourself: buy some music books, read some stuff, learn some music theory and composition techniques and don't forget to listen to all music that you like.



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