Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Something revisted

It's kinda nice when you revisit a song you haven't played for a while and then get right into it. It tells me that I still enjoy my "back catalogue", even if I haven't played a piece for many months if not years, that I can still get passionate about a song I was once passionate about. Such happened with the well-covered yet quite beautiful "Something" by George Harrison/The Beatles as transcribed/rearranged from Naudo. I found myself adding a bit more McCartney bass to it and dusting off the expression. So much so that I just recorded the first verse of it on my Zoom H1N. Here, have a listen:

Something Revisited:

Give me some interest and I will update the tab for it and post on Patreon!

See how it has changed from 2010:

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Another broken nail

Cracked my right thumbnail a few weeks back. Argh. I use my left hand a lot for a right hander, to avoid breaking nails, but from time to time you break one.  This time was right on the part I pluck from, top of the nail to below the skin line. Around a 5-6 week grow out I reckoned.  Too long!  I'm not ready to go fingernail free just now!

So out came the trusty super glue. Yeah, standard, cheap, super glue. If you haven't mangled the nail, if it is just torn, put some super glue in the tear, apply a little bit of pressure and it will join straight back on, tough as! Put a little extra on the join like nail polish, let it dry out. The surface-to-surface contact joints will dry in seconds, but air drying superglue on a surface will take fifteen to thirty minutes.  Kick back, don't fiddle with it, be patient.

If you don't put too much stress on it, it will stay joined until it has grown out.  Lasted a week easy, then tore again. Applied more superglue.  Lasted another week, tore again.  More superglue. Lasted a further week, decided to give up at that point and cut it back to the start of the tear - which was 3 weeks growth, so not terrible.

When you don't want to cut off a nail at the base because you tore it - super glue is your friend!

Friday, 21 May 2021

facebook advertising

I learnt something about facebook last month. We all know that it makes money with advertisements, and the targeting of those ads is uncanny in its accuracy.

I have been involved with a children's string orchestra for 5 years now, and recruiting has increasingly been an issue.  When I started there were 55 students, at the start of this year we were down to 26. Yikes! Covid-19 didn't help, and one of our conductors retired, and there are more competing orchestras these days. I felt I wasn't not doing enough, but the numbers had been waning before I was involved - in its heyday it had 80 students and they would turn people away because they were full.

We had a website. We posted on social media. We handed out flyers. We spoke to music teachers. We advertised in school newsletters. We told everyone to spread the word - I found most new students arrived by word of mouth.

We were below the number of students required to remain viable, we were getting close to shutting down.  One of the new committee members said "let's boost a post on facebook."  We posted on facebook fairly regularly, with photos, and videos, and contact details. It didn't seem to have any effect. "It will be around $50 to boost a post for a month, we can target people in the area who are interested in music tuition/school/community". Worth a try, what have we got to lose. Even if we only had one or two enquiries and maybe it led to one new recruit, it would pay for itself.  I made a little promo video, we posted it and then boosted the post.

Well. In the first week we had around 5-6 enquiries, and that continued for the next few weeks. We've had 8 applications come in so far, and have already had 5 successful auditionees, with a few more auditions to come.

Who knew that throwing a fifty to facebook was that powerful.  If I had have known I would have done it years ago. Take note - if you are looking to attract more attention to something you have to offer.

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

I want to play free

Naudo posted another play through of the Queen song "I Want to Break Free". It's a great arrangement, after looking at it I decided it's a good one to transcribe.  After many years of studying Naudo's arrangements, I found it straight forward working out what was going on.  All the study has paid off!  So other than a tricky solo in it, there is not much to do to add it to set list.  I'll post the tab on Patreon once it is done!  Here it is - have a look!


JAW

Saturday, 27 February 2021

What's happening February 2021

I've been stuck learning 4 songs.  That is too many to be practising for a hobbyist, when they are all challenging fingerstyle arrangements. But it just happens every now and then. I hear one of my YouTube fingerstyle arrangers do something that I have to try for myself, and I get 80% of it done in a few hours.  There's the rub, the 80-20 rule, which is so true for so many aspects of life. The first 80% takes you 20% of the time, the other 20% takes you 80% of the time. With 4 songs at 80%, how can I not be playing/finishing them all at the same time?!  But that takes a lot of time!

It's actually 5 songs, but I've lost interest in one.  That's okay, you need to rest songs. A little break, you'll come back to them in due course.

Just attempted to record 3 of them, starting the video editing now.  I've been letting my patreons down - all twenty of them!  I would love to release a song once a month, but it's running about once every three months. My life is so busy. Hopefully out of the maybe 5-10 takes of each song I can put something together and get it out there.

Watch this space! :-)