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I fell asleep to “Ronnie James Dio aka Dio” the album “Angry Machines”
I exercised to “Trivium” the album “In Waves”
Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday. Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please?
We did have our “niece” over on the weekend for a sleepover at “Auntie” Kim’s. Our “nephew” came over with his mom to pick up his sister. He’s not 2 years old until the spring but he likes my wheelchair and his “Uncle” Chris. Follows me into the bathroom, I lock my wheels, he’s behind my chair at the doorway, & all I hear is “Uncle…..uncle…..uncle….uncle?” Then he just wants to push his sister around our place in the wheelchair. How can you say “No” to that! Too cute!!!!!
Haven’t really spent money on music, grrrr. Tried to add more streaming music the other night and it tells me this is “Not available in your region”, & that’s why I’d prefer to use iTunes or even better purchase CD’s. “Hello streaming music I’m not a fan of you but let’s make this as pleasant as we can. You do your job, and I’ll keep quiet”. I’ve been listening to older rock and metal. TONS of older stuff by “Megadeth”, that I’ve owned for quite a while. I’ve been getting into “The Cure”, “Dio”, more “Queen” & I now listen & own all but one album from “The Darkness”. My brother can’t stand them. I use to play or sing their first hit at band rehearsal just to pester him.
This high voice is about all I can do now. My falsetto’s there, my real voice…..not so much. I might start answering the phone like this, apparently it’s easier to understand?!
“Queen” & “Dio” are the 2 main worm holes I’m going down right now. “Iron Maiden” & “Testament” I’ve had for a while now & often go back to. The music I listen to seems to go in waves. Pop, blues, disco, funk, rrrroooocccckkkk, & mmmmeeeettttaaaallll.
The entire guitar deal is that my left hand & arm are/were pretty much useless. Exercising & getting to a point where I had the hand muscle to form any chord was HUGE. Sure I can whip off some impressive licks if you don’t know any better. Thing is I’m still pretty green. I knew a lot, I’ve learned WAY more. My hand works. I’ve got to speed my hand & arm up just a bit to get up to tempo. I need to get certain parts of a song back into muscle memory. It’s all there & most of it is VERY close. My right arm & hand weren’t affected by brain cancer. My strumming, rhythm, & guitar picking came back fine after 3 ½ years of therapy. I’m sort of physically new somewhat & I’ve advanced, but I also know more of what I used to do & even what I could tackle next. I’m a weird middle of the road beginner at this point, that’s what I’d call myself on guitar. I’m just SO happy that I can make things sound like an actual song. Yes I play/practice a LOT!
Why would I like to own 5 electric guitars? I see many stay at home players with dozens of guitars. I don’t need or want that many, I’m not that versatile. The reason for multiple guitars is different tunings and/or sounds. Excuse me while I mansplain my reasons.
Just watch enough of the www.youtube.com video to get a good look at the guitar, you don’t need to watch the entire video. I’ll put up links to the Facebook photos of my guitars on here & the photos on the Facebook page for this blog. Hopefully the links work if you don’t have a Facebook account.
My 3 electrics all sound different & are in different tunings. The Fender Telecaster is very much geared towards country & blues music (tuned to standard E) with single coil pickups. Same body style & pickups. Different colour & model. Mine is a much darker wood grain, & it’s my autographed guitar. I learned some blues sounding chords to play it. Foo Fighters “For All the Cows” sounds great on it!
My Epiphone Explorer is in a different tuning (Eb) & set for rock & metal music (active EMG pickups extra $200). Same colour, style, & brand. Different model & pickups were changed to EMGs ASAP. Dave Grohl used to play a Gibson Explorer that was the initial reason for getting it. It’s now my main guitar. Epiphone is a more affordable version of Gibson, cheaper parts & wood.
My Les Paul knock off is extremely heavy (the weight of 2 Gibson Les Paul’s) & it holds lower tunings very well, so it’s tuned to D instead of the standard E (stock & loud humbucker pickups). Same body shape, darker green, & probably different pickups. Mine is not a Gibson or Epiphone brand, much more inexpensive, as heavy as can be, also mine has a metal plate on the back where the neck/fret board is bolted to the body. I don’t have Grover tuners or a coil tap switch.
The other 2 I’d like are different in other ways. 7 strings instead of 6, different EMG pickups (I paid $200 to switch my Explorer pickups to EMGs), love the shape of the Les Paul & I’m gonna make it happen! The PRS is a definite go with different pickups, semi-hollow, love the shape, locking tuners, Tremolo Bridge & bar, etc. Definitely getting the PRS, and the more I watch demos of the Limited Edition 7 string Epiphone that 2nd place is by a hair. At least I know what I like. They’re both pretty & practical. A non-guitar player likely won’t get this.
I should be able to order the PRS guitar by the end of March, then I’ll start saving ASAP for the Matt Heafy 7 string limited edition Epiphone and Kim’s dream vacation to Hawaii. Half of what I save will go to the guitar, the other half will be saved for Hawaii. You may think a guitar is a waste of money & that’s fine. I spend my money mostly on music or music related stuff.
I survived cancer, my wife has been more than cool with this situation despite the times where I’ve been a mess mentally, our extended & immediate families have been great & I can’t rave enough about how great our friends have been, despite me being a complete wreck at times! We’ve been cash poor since February of 2008. We’re not trying to catch up to the rest of the world like we were, we just want to feel comfortable in our situation.
Yeah, I’m becoming obsessed with these 2 guitars.
The PRS guitar, I’ll order in the spring, then wait 90 days for it to get here. If it wasn’t for us living in Canada + the 11% tax between the federal & provincial tax, I’d have it already. The Epiphone Les Paul 7 string would take 2 days to get here. Half the price of the PRS guitar but VERY different. I’ll be saving for both that guitar & a trip to wherever Kim wants to go. It will likely take me longer to save the cash, so I likely won’t get it anytime soon. No we’re not going into debt for any of this. We’re saving by cutting back on other things, such as iTunes (yeah I’ll be using that streaming garbage), coffee & tea from Tim Hortons, etc.
This year, more so than others, I’m all about quality over quantity. On the guitar side of things, 5 different electric guitars would each serve a different purpose. My acoustic guitar is for perfecting the imperfections masked by the guitar amplifier. My exercise is the same mentality. Each individual exercise serves a different purpose. Less repetitions with more focus on the quality of the repetitions.
I’m going to pick 4 songs that I’ve learned & make them perfect. Rhythm, tempo, & technicality, while continuing the finger exercises that got me to this point. Lead guitar doesn’t really interest me, but learning more about guitar will help me. Always something to learn! If I could sell a guitar I would but there are unwritten rules that I have for myself as to why I can’t sell a guitar. A) I can’t sell my first guitar. B) An autographed guitar. C) My main guitar given to me by my wife (girlfriend at the time). D) I can’t sell my only acoustic guitar.
Now we just need to move so I can turn my guitar amp past 2 on the volume nob. Ah condos!
DC movies are reinventing themselves to be more realistic, a bit darker, while maintaining the aura of a comic book movie. I’m in! Margot Robbie plays “Harley Quinn” so well!
I watched “Joker” with Joaquin Phoenix twice since Saturday. Hands down as movie of the year for me. Definitely not for kids. Rated R for a reason.
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