New gig

Been playing for 4 weeks at my new 6 nights/week gig. I thought I would have a lot to write about but instead, here’s a tiny post after almost 2 months since my last one. Playing wise, there isn’t much to write about because it’s almost the same...

Get them 16th notes

What’s the most basic advanced (?) guitar technique? I asked myself while bathing because that’s when everyone has their deepest thoughts. What does basic advanced mean anyway? You won’t believe what comes next. 16th notes alternate picking/strumming...

New technique

Before getting into topic, I lost a supposedly daily gig. I felt a little sad but looking at the bright side, my time is freed up and I get to play with even more people! So, technique. For example, alternate picking. Getting the picking hand to do steady up and down...

Concluding 2016

Been missing again and this time it’s all due to the REAL kind of busy. I haven’t even finished my last episodes of Japanese drama ‘Nigehaji’ and ‘Koetsu Girl’ that ended 1-2 weeks ago. Been gigging quite a lot these few weeks as...

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...

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