Little tricks, big effect

I like trying out things. Not so much in life but in music because doing things wrong in life is scary. I am always trying to add things to the music I play to spice it up and get some reaction. It’s not about making the music totally different but having some...

Be a Saiyan, be motivated

You know Dragon Ball? One of my favorite mangas and there’s one thing we can learn from the Saiyans like Goku, Vegeta etc. and that’s the desire to always improve. Ever seen a great player and just feel like giving up? Instead of giving up and selling all...

Not knowing what to write

Never knew this day would come when I would write about not knowing what to write. This was actually suggested by Daniel Purnomo the guitarist when I asked about what to write quite some time ago. I also saw some quote going ‘Writing about not having anything to...

Metric time and blues time

Last week, my buddy Az Samad was in town to play at Esplanade so I met up with him and talked lots of music. Do check him out at http://www.azsamad.com/ if you haven’t done so! I had been struggling with my sense of time. I was simply thinking too much if...

Noodling or practice? Why not both?

Who does not like noodling? Staying in our bedrooms or music shops playing the best we can to (hopefully) impress ourselves and other people. However, noodling is being seen as an anti-practice by some. ‘Don’t noodle, go practice,’ they say but, why...

Practicing can be hard

In this blog I’m always stressing the importance of practicing but I had almost forgotten how hard it was to actually practice something we aren’t good at. I’m not going for that ‘focus on your strengths ignore your weaknesses’ nonsense...

I’m streaming on Youtube on Sunday

Getting on the stream train. I just streamed last Sunday to test my setup and everything seemed to be working good. This coming Sunday I will talk about legato playing, the same thing I did during my test stream. I won’t make it like a lesson but instead will...

Having rivals to boost our playing

Sometimes people are surprised when I tell them that I’m self-taught (as in not having a teacher). I did watch some videos, read some books and practiced a whole lot so it wasn’t that I figured out the essence of guitar playing by meditating in the woods....

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