1. Always wipe your strings with a clean dry cloth after playing.
2. Keep your strings away from moisture. Humidity can pretty much hurt your strings so always keep it inside your gig bag or guitar case.
3. Wash your hands with soap and water before playing. Of course, let it dry first! Water + Iron = Rust!!!
Labels: Guitar Care and Maintenance
Joe Satriani is probably my greatest influence amongst all Rock Instrumentalists. When we are talking about shredding (playing very very fast), speed and accuracy is always the primary requirement. Satriani has that and a lot more! Other than his "thousand-notes-per-second" ability, he is very skillful in creating very catchy melodies with the use of conventional and exotic scales. No wonder why some of his songs has the titles, Belly Dancer, Oriental Melody and Mountain Song. Boy! back then, I never knew you can turn Arabic Music into Rock Music!!!
He is heavily influenced by famous music icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. Since 1988, Satriani has used his own signature guitar, the Ibanez JS Series, which is widely sold in stores. He also has a signature series amplifier, the Peavey JSX, and a signature Vox distortion pedal, the Satchurator.
My favorite Satriani song is, "Always With You Always With Me" and "Mountain Song".
A letter to my girlfriend:
Im really sorry for what I have done. It was never really my intention to fall for someone who I thought would be as wonderful as you. It was just an accident. I was alone with her in my room doing some work. I've been alone with someone else before, but this one is different. She dragged me into this. I'm just a man with weaknesses. It's just that, her body and the sound of her voice, captivates me almost the same way as you do. I never really wanted this. It's pretty hard to explain why this happened. But someday, I hope you'll understand. After what happened, I've realized that no one can replace you. I love you honey and I hope you can forgive me.
Here's my attempt on a Swedish pop song. It was performed during our concert last May 10,2009 in the Philam Life Auditorium located at Manila, Philippines. The name of our choir is Coro de San Sebastian and I've been in this group since 2006.
Our conductor gave me the male solo parts. I really liked the song during the first few rehearsals. But after they raised the pitch about two semitones higher, I was not really comfortable with it anymore. But what the heck?! The show must go on so I just have to deal with it!!! I think I did a pretty good job.
Labels: music theory
Musicians always consider their hearing as the most important among all of their senses. But a deaf person writing some music? This may sound crazy but there is one person in history (you may already know) who lost his hearing but still writes music. And he's not just an ordinary musician.He's one of the most prolific classical composers of all time and his name is Ludwig van Beethoven. Still can't remember him? "Moonlight Sonata"? "Fur Elise"? Can you remember now? No? Hahaha! If you have a Casio keyboard or any portable keyboard, I'm very sure some of the built-in songs are his compositions. It's really hard to believe for him to write music without actually hearing his work. He's probably just imagining all the notes, the sound of the violin, chords and other stuff all in his head? Pretty amazing right?
Beethoven suffered from an illness called Tinnitus and probably, you are among the 90% who suffers from it. Tinnitus is the perception of a ringing sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound. So dude, protect your ears. Keep those volume down. Playing great doesn't always mean playing loud. Don't make it a habit to listen to very loud music.If you do this, Tinnitus can get very severe to the point that all you hear is RINGING!!! No more music!! No more Rockin'!! Well... It wouldn't be that much of a problem if you're as gifted as Beethoven. :-)