Well, I haven’t had a lot to post about recently, in part because I’ve spent a large chunk of my time just sitting around watching old ass anime that I never got around to. Have I totally ADD’d from practice? No, not at all, but it’s been light. I’ve been fighting a mild sinus infection […]Read More Composing, Practicing, and fighting off the office plague.
Well guys, are you ready for another totally random episode of DIY with Shelby? I had this grand plan to write up a post about my picking progress and the things I’ve learned and all the stuff that got me frustrated… I even wrote most of it on the sly at work. But, fuck it. […]Read More DIY Guitar Picks & thoughts on picking in general
You know, I haven’t been in the Wonder Bar for a show in years. I don’t know exactly how many. I have to use life landmarks to try to figure it out. The last show I saw there was Bowling for Soup with Patent Pending and the Dollyrots. Now, when could that have been? Well, […]Read More Shaman’s Harvest @ Wonder Bar, Asbury Park
Well, tonight was that montly open mic I do. Even if the general atmosphere is one that’s very welcoming and inviting, playing in front of people (even when you know most of them) and interacting with other performers always leaves my head full of thoughts. I usually bring my uke, and a folder containing both […]Read More Fishing for Compliments, Unsolicited Advice, when we should stop tweaking our songs, and my weird relationship with Poetry
Funny how things work. One day I like one pick. The next day, I favor a totally different one. Yesterday, I thought I’d never play the acoustic with anything but the wood pick because of the sound. But today I couldn’t seem to keep a grip on it when I was working with it, so […]Read More Pick practice isn’t always JUST about pick practice.
Once I get something in my head, it sort of becomes an obsession. Have you noticed? Well, if you haven’t, it does. I spent a good part of last night with the guitar, the chord progression of Hurricanes, and my massive pile of various guitar picks. After an hour or so of experimenting, I was […]Read More Adventures in Picking…continued
I’ve been doing more experimenting than practicing the past few days. Then again, experimentation is also a form of practice, no? In my last post I talked a bit about my issues manipulating a pick. I mentioned having tried a vast variety of types and sizes (variety packs are awesome for a beginner), but still […]Read More Experiments in Picking
Well, here ya go guys – my first ever guitar song, in all it’s imperfectly played glory. Thank my weirdo muse for this one. Hurricanes We’ve been talking in torrents for hours I can’t hear you over all this rain. Summer storms just water all the flowers, but all I ever see are hurricanes. […]Read More Hurricanes (First run through)
…I just can’t shake the feeling that it sounds too much like…something. The rhythm or melody. I can’t put my finger on it, so maybe I’m imagining it. It kind of instills you with this fear of accidental plagiarism, though. You’re writing something, and you play it over and over again, so when it sounds […]Read More WIP Song…and maybe I’m just imagining things, but…
So, guys, I am apparently in the process of composing a song for the guitar – an instrument I can’t even practice without making my cat leave the room (everyone’s a critic). There’s no way this can possibly go wrong. 😀 Until Next Time, …lol @ the Muse.Read More The Voices Made Me Do It