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....

Charting and reading

My sight reading is bad but I still write charts in standard notation. I do this because it’s the ‘standard’ way of doing it and perhaps, perhaps my sight reading will improve by doing so. Few days ago I was subbing and as I was reading my own charts...

Utilizing modes – my thoughts

Let’s talk about utilizing modes this time as I was asked to write on this sometime ago. I actually wrote a little about modes before which you can check out at the Lessons section. It’s nice to revisit this topic again in a not so lesson-y way so here it...

My experience with sight reading

Hadn’t been blogging as frequent as I’d like to because I lack ideas! Asked for suggestions on my personal Facebook and a friend messaged and asked to write on improving sight reading. Not that I’m a good sight reader but I thought it’d be cool...

A little pedal saved the gig

I don’t have a pedal board because the thought of having to bring more stuff doesn’t appeal to me. I use 3 pedals: an MI Effects Tube Zone as my main drive, an MI Effects Crossover Drive as my boost and a Zoom MS-50G for my delays and reverb. Everything is...

Grasp of a musical language

2 weeks ago, after playing for Mathilda D’Silva’s gig at Esplanade, we went for a drink. Once again I’m honored to be playing with Mathilda D’Silva, Vannessa Barker, Jase Sng, Nicole Duffell, Bobby Singh, Terry Ang and Ian Soh. Many thanks to Ian for...

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