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...

Some realizations at my current regular gig

It’s been a busy November, got a new regular gig so I’ve got tons of songs to transcribe. My pop repertoire is horrible so that’s more work for me. The band’s lineup is rather simple: guitar, percussion, saxophone and 2 vocals. As we do quite a...

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