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25 Jan 2008
Hey folks

Been away for about 4 weeks, with work and a couple of projects. How's things been around here smile.gif Sorry the blog has been sparce, I'll have an update after the weekend, once I get all settled back.

Everyone getting into 2008 okay? smile.gif


P.S. OOoohh, new board. !!!
5 Jan 2008
This really only applies if you have any keyboard knowledge, but I suggested it to someone I know, who's getting some results, so someone else might benefit.

For those who've played keyboard or piano, you'll know that each octave is laid out exactly the same. All of the altered tones (sharps and flats) are black keys, while all the named notes are white keys. And there is a pattern, from middle C, the next set of sharps (C sharp, and D sharp) are close to one another. Then there is a gap, as E and F are next to each other (two white keys), then F,G, and A sharp are grouped in 3. Then B and C are white keys next to each other, then the whole thing repeats.

Well, the proposition is to get a magic marker, (permanent), and ruin a set of strings on an old guitar, by marking out all the sharp notes with a black dot on each string. Now when you look at the guitar, it is laid out like a set of keyboards. Where the patterns are similar on each string, the notes are the same. All the black marks are sharps, and all the frets without are named notes. And if you are looking for the name of a note, look at where it sits on the pattern, and think of the key on a keyboard.

Like I said, I thought this up for someone else, but they've had some success, so I thought I'd share.

Feedback (from anyone who gives it a go) would be lovely smile.gif
17 Dec 2007
Sorry about this, I just couldn't resist.

I was looking on the BBC website, and the picture for this article caught my eye.
BBC article

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12 Dec 2007
Heya Muris, smile.gif

I was working on string skips and finger independence last night, when I came up with a little bit of a finger twister. I then spent a while developing it, and turned it into an etude. I tried to write it logically so that every bar adds a slight variation to the fingering pattern, (to develop a good workout). However, the more I play it, the more I wonder is it possible to play at speed. Could you have a look and see what you think. At the minute I'm practicing it at around 70bpm but it starts to sound right at around 120. (Which I can't play at present!!)

I also tried it as swept arpeggios, but I couldn't get the right accents on the beats (as marked on the top line) so it didn't sound the way that I wanted it. (It was easier to play, but who wants easy? huh.gif laugh.gif ).

I've scored the first part of it (the second part is unfinished yet) onto this powertab file here: (The original finger twister lick is the first 2 bars).

Cheers biggrin.gif
11 Dec 2007
This should appeal to the nerds (like me) amoung us biggrin.gif

For those of you who don't know, CERN is the mother of all labratories. The internet was developed there. smile.gif They're also building quite a large particle accelerator, the LHC (it's got a 27km circumference) which they will be switching on next year. They'll use it to smash protons into each other, at close to the speed of light, to try and figure out what the universe is made from, and how it formed.

Anyway, one of the academics working on the project, Dr Brian Cox, invites guests to the LHC, and speaks to other members of the project, and the resulting interviews are posted here: They're freely downloadable podcasts, and they're rather excellent smile.gif

There's also an associated flickr slideshow with photos of some of the coolest hardware known to humanity here:
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