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Learning on guitar “Pantera” the song “Walk”. No solos, just the riff & rhythm parts, always.
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Let me explain this before you hate me please? Watching the blatant murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer with other officers standing by, doing nothing, was horrendous. No humanity there at all. A 40 year old man called out for his mother! I’m 40. The fact that I’m a 40 year old male is where the similarities between George Floyd & I stop.
With all of this happening in the USA, a black man in Atlanta was shot by a police officer. The man was pulled over for drunk driving. He was searched for weapons & none were found. He failed the sobriety test, he then resisted arrest. I don’t know how everything works with the police there, but why pull a gun on an unarmed drunk driver. I understand using force in this situation. Why a gun though? If they’ve determined that he’s unarmed, shouldn’t they just eliminate the idea of using a gun completely?
I didn’t grow up in America, heck I’ve only visited once, to Boston. I was born, grew up, & live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada aka the middle of nowhere. Saskatchewan barely gets recognized as a Canadian province despite being in the middle of Western Canada. Nothing monumental happens here.
Yes, there is racism everywhere & right now all eyes are on America, since the disgusting act of police brutality driven by race no doubt, George Floyd’s murder on video. There is racism in Canada too. The RCMP are investigating many arrests & looking at what rules should be enforced & those that need to be changed or removed.
After watching the documentary “13th”, which I highly recommend watching, I’ve recently come to a conclusion of sorts. Based on what I see from American TV/news & Canadian TV/news, America’s history of racism seems to be far worse than Canada’s history of racism.
Here’s the link to the full length documentary 1:40 hours
This documentary depicts a long history of racism in the USA. Based on the Canadian history I was taught & what I see on even just Canadian news. Canada has either kept our history of racism very quiet or it’s nothing like the horror story of America’s history of racism.
With what’s going on in the USA between the protests, politics, & the global pandemic. Now more than ever, as a physically handicapped white male, I feel very safe in Canada. I don’t think our current Federal leader is the best choice, nor did I vote for him. I know for certain that if given the option to vote in the American Federal election either this year or 3 ½ years ago the current administration in the USA would never get my vote. As a Canadian watching everything unfold in the USA regarding racism & politics, I just shake my head & can’t avoid any of it, especially the political side of things that I’d like to just avoid completely. Donald Trump is all over Canadian news, even my local Regina news.
So why do Canadians get a large dose of American news? I can think of 2 reasons. America & Canada share a border & imports. America is also known as the Greatest Country in the World. Is it Switzerland that’s neutral? To me, that’s the Greatest Country in the World. I’ve obviously never been there, but I never hear about them in the news. Seems to be a nation that keeps they’re head down, tries not to ruffle any feathers, & deals with whatever problems they have?
Now that all of that’s been said I’m still likely racist & more ignorant than I first suspected. Educate me please? If I’m missing a large part of Canadian history, point me in the direction to learn more. I’m sure there’s more for me to learn about American history too, so point me in that direction too. I want to evolve to a better person! For the record, #blacklivesmatter
As far as guitar goes, my shoulder got sore from playing so much on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday. Sunday was an “I want to play but I shouldn’t” day, but I did for a little more 2:30 hours. I think I played for almost 20 hours over those 3 days. I want everything to be perfect.
I kept looking at reviews of the amplifier I’d like to upgrade to, of course I’d trade mine in or sell it. I can’t find a bad review about it. Even out of the box it’s got far more stuff built into it than what I have at a very reasonable price. I can even adjust the wattage to a level more appropriate to bedroom/apartment volume at 0.5 Watts to 25 Watts or 50 Watts. I’d have to get the additional 2 button footswitch though.
Good grief I hope this amp pops up on a used shelf in the future! The ordered guitar & my saving for the other guitar are far more important to me as far as gear goes.
I play at home for myself. After the guitar & eventually the amplifier, I don’t need more clutter. I’ve even eliminated my effect pedals to a delay pedal, a phaser pedal, & a tuner. That amplifier has 60 effects built in & I can think of 2 I’d try & explore what else is there, it also has 10 different amplifiers built into it!
I figure I should post a few videos on Facebook of me playing abbreviated songs on guitar. Time to walk the walk, since I’ve talked the talk. So be ready on Friday & I’ll start with something rather simple but recognizable. No singing, I haven’t worked on that yet, talking is hard enough!
“Lamb of God’s” new self-titled album will be released on Friday!
New video from metal band “The Agonist” out of Montreal. From their most recent release “Orphans”
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