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Work and Guitar

Posted in about the blog, Culture, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 07/10/2011 by arabrhizome

So today was a day of work. I spent most of my day working my arse off. Didn’t get as much as I’d like done, but it was kind of good. I then went and had a guitar lesson in town. We’re working on counterpoint right now, which is a theory of orchestration and of composition for several instruments. It’s really really cool. I am discovering stuff that I never knew and can now look at a score of sheet music and see things that are brilliant. It’s incredible how music theory opens your mind up to so many things. It’s great. Next week we’re going to work on a few of my chord progressions and building some orchestration around them. I can’t wait. Anyway, I must go back to work right now. Stay safe everyone. love you bye.

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Day Nine

Posted in about the blog, Culture, Food, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 05/08/2011 by arabrhizome

So day nine was productive in certain ways and unproductive in other. I had an excellent guitar lesson and then bought the rest of the stuff I need from Lush. I have now moved to using Lush products exclusively. Check them out if you don’t already, they’re a great ethical cosmetic company that supports a bunch of great campaigns including Palestinian ones. I have also been listening to Citizen Radio for a while and I love the show. Check it out, it’s a great proper lefty show, with a lot of swearing. The hosts are vegans and talk about it a lot. In fact, I am seriously considering becoming a vegan. I have been reading up about the process involved in the production of meat and dairy and I just cannot think of a reason, other than I like it, to consume them anymore. I just don’t think that if I keep eating meat and consuming dairy I would be a hypocrite. For the people who know me personally, you’ll know that I am not someone who judges people with beliefs that are different from mine. So I’m not judging anyone who doesn’t think about becoming vegan. I am now doing the research and seeing what I need to buy and what products I need to consume. Anyway, I need to go and continue that research as well as do some work. Stay safe everyone. Love you bye.

Day Six

Posted in about the blog, Culture, Uncategorized, Work with tags , , , , , , on 02/08/2011 by arabrhizome

Day six is going pretty well. I was able to get some work done. In fact I’m on a small break now and intend to keep working. I hope this state of affairs keeps going on. It would mean that my work gets back on track very soon. In other news, I’m starting to see some positive effects of my guitar lessons and practice. My understanding of scales and modes has increased tremendously. Also, I’m starting to see an improvement in my speed and technique. Hopefully, if I keep going the way I’m going now, I’ll be able to start improvising with some confidence. I can’t wait for my next lesson this Friday. Anyway, I need to go back to work now. Hope you’re all doing well. Stay safe. Love you bye.

Guitar Lesson Again

Posted in about the blog, Culture, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 08/07/2011 by arabrhizome

So I had my second guitar lesson today. It’s incredible how much progress I’ve made in just one week. I haven’t even played everyday, but I’ve been able to play things I wouldn’t have been able to play on my own. It’s incredible how much difference a few exercises and a bit of guidance from a good teacher can make. I’m hopefully going to keep improving and soon I’ll be able to play some crazy things. I decided to start learning some solos as well. I’ve always been scared of lead guitar. Maybe scared isn’t the right word, but I’ve been intimidated by it. Thanks to the exercises I’ve been doing I feel a little more confident. I’ll keep you updated on my progress. For now I need to go back to work and try to write a bit more. Anyway, stay safe. Love you bye.

First Lesson

Posted in about the blog, Culture, Me, Palestine, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 01/07/2011 by arabrhizome

So I had my first guitar lesson today. It was amazing. I had so much fun and really really enjoyed myself. In fact I enjoyed myself so much that the hour went by very quickly. I learned a whole bunch of stuff and now I need to set aside at least an hour to practice a day. I don’t want to go one about it because I need to go back to work anyway. I have to be done by the end of the weekend. I just wanted to mention that the Greek authorities are acting like israel’s hired guns. They seem to have been pressured into stopping the flotilla boats departing from Greece for Gaza. Today they took the official papers of the Canadian boat and stopped the American boat from leaving. As far as I understand the American boat is now in a military boat in Athens and the passengers are held in the boat and not allowed to leave. I can’t understand the legal basis for any of this. The passengers’ and organisers’ lawyers are filing suits right now, or at least that’s my understanding. We’re going to have to wait and see how this develops. In the mean time, stay safe. Love you bye.

Very Sleepy

Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 24/06/2011 by arabrhizome

I wanted to write another long post but I’m really tired, so this will be short. I’m going to watch something and go to bed early. Start my day early tomorrow and work all weekend long. So I went to the studio today. It’s a very cool place and I met my new teacher Matt, who’s a very cool dude. He seems like he’s going to be a great teacher. I can’t wait to get started officially next week. I already have some homework. I am really happy to be taking lessons. I really need some guidance and hopefully my skills will start flourishing. Anyway, that’s all from me. Everyone email Steve Jobs, read yesterday’s post for details. Stay safe. Love you bye.

My New Guitar is Here

Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 22/06/2011 by arabrhizome

So I spent the early part of today working. At some point in the afternoon I heard a knock on the door. My new guitar had arrived. You see a few days ago I ordered a new electric guitar. I’ve been wanting to buy one for a while now and seeing that I had a bit of extra cash on me I thought why not. I was so happy to see it. It’s gorgeous. I needed a few things for it, so I went to town and bought myself a strap, a gig bag, and an amp. I haven’t played an amplified guitar in a very long time. There’s nothing like it. I spent most of the day playing with it and getting to know it. It’s the perfect guitar. I am going on Friday to check out a studio in Nottingham and see if maybe I’ll start some lessons there. I need some guidance to progress again. One of the teachers there started following me on twitter and I thought that I should take this chance and see what they had to offer. I’m very excited to be playing guitar again. Anyway, this meant that I didn’t do as much work as I would have liked so I’m going to stop writing now and go get some work done. Also tomorrow will be a long day of work I think. Hope you’re all happy. Stay safe. Love you bye.