Three decades making music and I still can’t read the dots and lines.
Well, kind of. I can read standard notation but I find it a real effort and it’s never really necessary for playing guitar - tab is better because it documents performance and that’s handy when the same note shows up in the same octave in three different places on the guitar neck.
You don’t need notation when programming a sequencer either. Piano rolls are a better UI… and nothing speaks to boundless creativity like a Gantt chart.
But.... I seem to have recently picked up a mild interest in learning some things from the jazz/classical/flamenco end of the spectrum and most of that stuff isn’t tabbed, and is also dense enough that it’s hard to get by ear. To get myself in shape I’ve bought the most gnarly old classical guitar instruction book I can find and I’m going to start using that as my warmup. Try learning my instrument from a different angle. (Quite literally... it wants me to sit funny.)
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Posted Wednesday, July 10, 2019.
I’ve been hoarding gear for twenty years and have completely run out of space. For the next few months I’m going to be chucking some odds and sods on eBay. The occasional guitar, some synths, a shed load of FX pedals and a couple of slices of Looptron history...
End of days for Daredevil
Marvel and Netflix have rammed the billy club of cancellation through Daredevil’s skull. This is no bad thing.
Made a little timelapse film using my iPhone and the top deck of a surprisingly empty 207 bus from Shepherd's Bush to Acton. I'm teaching myself Final Cut Pro using my typical "learn by doing” method. As such, I have discovered my default approach to editing video is the same as playing the guitar. USE ALL THE PLUGINS.
Sell your eyeballs direct!
Radioactive Love (Rig Mk2 Demo)
New(ish) song, first successful(ish) run through on a rainy Tuesday lunchtime. Ableton is doing patch switching in Guitar Rig AND the loop triggers as part of the scene changes so only one pedal is required to drive this. It's the future people.
FFS. Google have now started putting banners in Inbox (my mail app of choice) to remind everyone that they're killing Inbox next March, something I'd be studiously ignoring since they announced it back in September. I actually wish they hadn’t told me at all because my OCD will be spending the next 6 months evaluating Inbox replacements and rebuilding my "workflow" in them (which mainly consists of repeatedly snoozing mails until I HAVE to deal with them) before I inevitably give up and just revert to using Gmail like they want me to.
Twenty years ago today.
It had been fifteen years seen the hero beat up his father so badly the old man died from his wounds. Fifteen years since we watched a group of terrorists enlist the help of the Care Bears to slaughter thousands of unwitting civil servants and proceed to overthrow the closest thing to a strong and stable government the galaxy had seen in millenia.