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Learning Some Jazz Chords

I’ve started trying to learn some jazz.  So here are a few jazz guitar chords that I have been working on this week.  Of course, the first major chord is not just a “jazz” chord, but is widely used, but for a basic major chord with a 6th string root, it seems to be about the only option.  I will post some more next week, assuming I survive this sinus infection that decided to make my head its home for the time being.  For now I am concentrating on chords with a root note on the 6th string (low […] Continue Reading…

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President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation (1863)

I believe Lincoln’s words speak for themselves.  Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
A PROCLAMATION.
The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil […] Continue Reading…

Farewell to Erin

Here is a track I recorded a little while back on guitar (okay, on electric guitar with drums too and a few other sounds for good measure) of an Irish fiddle tune that I found in a pile of my fiddle tune sheet music. In my fiddlers fakebook it is listed as an alternative title for Farewell to Ireland. But all of the recordings of Farewell to Ireland that I have heard are a different melody than this version of Farewell to Erin. At any rate they are both about bidding the green isle goodbye, as my ancestors, Bridget […] Continue Reading…

Samsung Making Parts for Apple

So now there’s going to be Samsung AP chips in iOS devices?  The Korea Times is reporting that Apple selected Samsung over TSMC.  How ironic after the global patent infringement wars that have gone on between Apple and Samsung.
Samsung Electronics agreed with Apple to produce application processors (APs) from next year for iPhones and iPads, sources said Monday.
Samsung has indicated that it will produce some sample 14 nm chips for an unidentified customer and they plan to produce the production quantities of the AP chips beginning next year. The Korean Times report says Samsung will start manufacturing the chips […] Continue Reading…

Kimo’s Hawaiian Rules

One of my favorite t-shirts (and I love t-shirts BTW) is one that I picked up in Hawaii.

KIMO’S HAWAIIAN RULES

Never judge a day by the weather.

The best things in life aren’t things.

Tell the truth – there’s less to remember.

Speak softly and wear a loud shirt.

Goals are deceptive – the unaimed arrow never misses.

He who dies with the most toys – still dies.

Age is relative – When you’re over the hill you pick up speed.

There are 2 ways to be rich:  Make more or desire less.

Beauty is internal – Looks mean nothing.

No Rain – No Rainbows!

 

Eastman Upright Bass

I purchased a Samuel Eastman double bass several months ago. Since I having been an electric bass player until now, I have been working on learning how to play on an upright these past few months.  It is a VB90 model, which is a step up from the entry level VB80 bass and it has a fully carved spruce top.  I got a great deal on the price as the store had accidentally mislabeled it and they were good enough to honor the lower price.  Below is a summary of the bass from the product page and below is a short […] Continue Reading…

Live Music Update

I just got back from a vacation in Hawaii. Wow, I really needed that. What a beautiful state. I ate so much “Moco Loco” and fish tacos and wanted to sit in the 85-degree water at Waikiki forever.  That is until Hurricane Ana decided to briefly target Hawaii.  For the third time this year, the islands managed to avoid getting hit.  We pray God will continue to provide this kind of protection in the future for the people living there in this special place.

I’m excited about playing live music, songwriting and recording again. I don’t know why I ended […] Continue Reading…

Scenes From Hawaii

Here is a photo gallery of my recent visit to O’ahu.  We ended up flying out two days earlier than planned due to Hurricane Ana that appeared suddenly and for a few days appeared to be on a direct path to hit Honolulu.  So rather than risk being stuck on the 17th floor of a high rise with possibly no electricity or running water, we decided it’s better to be safe than sorry.  All in all, the aloha spirit was flowing and we had a nice visit.  I particularly enjoyed observing the many Waikiki musicians.  I noticed that a […] Continue Reading…

1965 Ford Galaxy

Saw this beauty at my mechanic’s shop. My first car was a 1966 Ford Galaxy, but it never looked this good!!

Fender Marauder and Roland GR-55 Demo

Here is a demo of some sounds from my new Fender Marauder guitar using the neck pickup, the triple bucker bridge pickup and a Roland GK-3 and Roland GR-55 guitar synthesizer.  The Marauder may be made in China, but no matter how much I gripe about it I am unfortunately restricted to a made in China budget.  But Fender has done really well with this item.

Its construction was flawless and it sounds great.  So for $399 I think it rocks.  In this video you get a little taste of the Roland GR-55 guitar synthesizer tone machine.  There will be […] Continue Reading…