Practice to play, by playing

So I was asked, ‘What did you practice when you first started playing the guitar?’ This is one hell of a question. First and foremost, I can’t remember clearly because to remember little things more than 10 years back isn’t easy. It’s...

Music, language, identity

A quote from somewhere, ‘Music is like a language’. I had been thinking of this for some time before writing, I personally do not think music is like a language but instead, music is like MANY languages! When it comes to music genres, there certainly are...

Too many notes in my head

‘Play what you feel.’ ‘Don’t just wreck out scales. Listen to the notes in your head.’ ‘Follow your heart.’ These are perhaps some of the most common advices related to improvisation. However for this post I’m not...

Work vs hobby?

‘Make you hobby your work so you don’t have to work ever.’ Read this quote by someone, somewhere, sometime I can’t remember. I had been thinking of this lately and I do agree and disagree a bit here and there. Here are my thoughts. I’m...

Gig alert: 7th February 2015 at Blu Jaz Cafe

I will be playing at Blu Jaz Cafe on 7th February (Saturday) with my good friends who are also some of the finest musicians around: Hiroaki Maekawa on bass, Eivind Lødemel on keyboard and Pablo Calzado on drums. But wait! There’s more! Timothy De Cotta will be...

Unpracticing

I was with my friends quite many months ago and as usual I was giving my nonsense music lecture to them. I’m thankful they didn’t slap me with wantan mee after all the torture. Among all that nonsense, I talked about ‘unlearning’, which I think...

Late to 2015

So it’s already 2015. Am a little late to the party writing new year post but here it is anyway. 2014 had been rocky to say the least. Quit my full-time job and went freelance. Got to know so many more people throughout this time and I even wrote an...

Critics

‘If you’ve got nothing good to say, don’t say anything.’ Don’t remember where I saw this and I’m sure this isn’t the exact quote as well but the idea is there. It happens in every field as far as I know, where people always...

Note to note

It’s been 3 weeks since my last post! I wanted to write something last week but things crawled up and I had to work on it so oh well… Many of my posts touch on improvisation but let’s be a little different this time. Let’s talk about playing...

A cool conversation about practicing

I was at Raffles Halia last night jamming a little at Regi Leo’s gig with Aya Sekine and Alemay Fernandez. Had a nice talk with Aya-san later about practicing. Aya-san was saying I sounded good unlike sometimes when I would blast out 666 million notes per...

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