On a random note, I was reading Zack Arias's blog today and thought I'd throw this out there for him.Â He's doing a little social networking experiment playing with the 6 degrees of separation theory. He's got two goals that he's working on: 1 - He wants to shoot a portrait ofÂ Coldplay. 2 - He wants to hang out for a day and shootÂ Diddy. I doubt that anyone that stumbles across this blog will be of any help, but Zack's teaching on off-camera lighting for photography have helped me enough that he's worth the shout out. Check out his post.
Earlier this month, I decided to get a new pedal, the Boss RC2 Loop Station.Â This is a fun little pedal.Â It can be used for live performance, however, practice is the main reason that I decided to get it (so far, it's been a great way to make practice fun.) For those of you who don't know what a looper is, the concept is fairly simple (and the name should give you a pretty good idea.) A looper allows you to record a portion of sound, and play over and over again, creating a loop. There are many different loopers out there. When I was looking at which one was right for me, I had to stop and ask myself what my needs were. Continue reading My Gear: Boss RC-2 Loop Station
I need some motivation.Â I've been trying to practice my guitar every day, but it's really easy for me do the same things over and over, not challenging myself to try and learn new things. The last week or so, for my practice time, I've been grabbing my guitar, turning on a television show and working on the same picking techniques, hammer-ons and fret board positions over and over again. In some ways this can be a good thing to do, I want to get a good grasp on the concepts and fret board positions that I have learned before trying to cram more concepts into my mind.Â Besides, building muscle memory is one of the biggest things that helps learning to play the guitar... Normally, I may let these excuses be justification to keep doing what I'm doing. However, the purpose of focusing on guitar this month is to stretch myself.Â I say no more!Â Â ;) Continue reading Stretching Times
If I were to have chosen my effects, I probably would have gotten individual pedals and built the effects that I wanted, however, I signed up for Musician's Friend's Weekly Gear Giveaway and won the DigiTech RP500. (Unfortunately, Musician's Friend no longer does the Weekly Gear Giveaway, which is sad, because it's always fun to get an email saying "You won!" no matter what the prize is.) I am very impressed with this pedal.Â It is made out of a cast metal chassis and has very sturdy "vacuum-style switches." Continue reading My Gear: Multi-Effects Processor – DigiTech RP500
Welcome to the month of June!Â I couldn't wait for this month to get here...Â As you may know, every month I pick a topic to focus on.Â Meaning I spend my free time and money trying to learn or improve myself in one specific thing.Â This past Sunday night, May 31, I was so excited to move on to this month's topic that I jumped onto the computer and started ordering things to help me out in June.Â After all, the money wouldn't come out of my checking account until this month. So, what am I focusing on for the month of June? If the photo here hasnâ€™t given it away, for June I am working on electric guitar. Iâ€™ll be doing individual posts going into more detail of my gear soon, but for now Iâ€™ll just say that I like my set-up but need to learn how to use it much better.Â Iâ€™ve taken the money to invest in the equipment, now I need to take the time to invest in learning to play it well. The things that I plan on focusing on this month are fret positions, triads, power chords, scales, arpeggios, and picking techniques... I know itâ€™s a lot, but I donâ€™t want to cheat myself. Continue reading June Strings