Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Theme Of This Post Is Green

1. As if you couldn't tell from Twitter, I plunked down the green to join XNA, and be able to play test songs.

"Bang Camaro" and "Nightlife Commando" by Bang Camaro- They were still version 1, but on my run through, it seemed good. A couple inappropriate chucks were charted, but other than that it seemed OK. Hard, but OK.
Bang Camaro brings up odd feelings inside me. I always worry about lyrics like "Will this make sense?" and "Does it convey what I want it to?" or "How does it fit in?"

"Bang Camaro" only had two words: Bang and Camaro. "Nightlife Commando"? More complex at a whopping 5 words: "He was a nightlife commando!" But as always, the guitar parts are not something us mortal men should attempt; they simply resonate forth from these holy guitars in machinations that can only be conceived with awe.

"493 Ruth" by Bomb The Music Industry- All I remember was screaming... and uh... that's about it. It was a fun song, but the sudden changes from two to three chords get a little disorienting. I think the vocals could have been mixed a lot louder.

2. Me and Akira The Don will be makin' green now that "Steven Wells" is in the system. I have a few thoughts on pricing and charging your client for charting, but I'll get into that another time.

3. Green Day Rock Band's demo is out for the PSN. Impressions? Why, yes!
Harmonies: Me and my brother played through both available songs "Welcome to Paradise" and "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams". It felt really good, like we were more into the song because of it. I played through Beatles Rock Band with some friends, and it looked good, but I wasn't as familiar with the songs we did harmonies on. Mostly it was used as an alternate key in the event that we couldn't hit the "main" track.

Welcome To Paradise: Hard as fuck on guitar. Nothing insurmountable, but when Green Day's involved, don't go in expecting a chordfest. Halfway through the song I got the rhythm down, but then the bridge came in.

Boulevard Of Broken Dreams: Bass = boring. One thing I noticed is that they chart the delay in the opening as separate chords. This also happened in Dead Kennedy's "Police Truck".

4. What else is green? Oh, uh... All the weed I sell to childr- I mean, um... Hmm... You know, it would seem like in a blog, I could edit out all those "buying time" words. And that selling drugs to ch-, um, yeah... But Punk Rock, Don't Care.

A solar powered amp! That's what I was thinking of.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

It's Goin' On!

Oh man, I got so far in "Flirtin' With Disaster" this week it's not even funny. Or maybe it is, if you've got a weird sense of humor.

Right now, I got a couple songs on the table waiting to be recorded, as unfortunately, my setup at school sucks.

But, I move back home tomorrow, so hopefully I'll have some more updates for ya.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


So anyway, there I was, putting up a quick post about the death of Ronnie James Dio, just figured I'd throw up what was on his official site. Looked at the numbers five minutes ago, guess what I see?

130 visits. Shit.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Message from Wendy Dio

From his official website:

Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.

- Wendy Dio

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Thursday, May 13, 2010


My college days are over! I had my last final this evening, and now I have some time to myself again. On my "list" is work on more of my stuff, try to tackle the "Flirtin' With Disaster" solo, and put "Steven Wells" up for Playtest.

In other news, one of the tips I sent to RockBandAide made it on the front page.

In other other news, I guess I'll be using Twitter a bit more now.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Now For Your Reading Pleasure

1. Licks I Love

From Flirtin' With Disaster (workin' on the solo after finals):


What I love is how if you do it right, it will feel very natural (save for that last note). Start with the index on the fourth fret, and hammer on with the ring finger. Then play the next part using only your first two fingers. Return to the base position with the index on the fourth fret.

2. It's summer, kids! You know what that means, right? MUSIC FESTIVALS!!

3. Shit, I guess I didn't have that much to write about after- OH SHIT GREEN DAY: ROCK BAND STUFF!!!

4. Right, so other than that I don't have a whole lot. Just winding down for finals. I'm going to try to record some stuff over the weekend, but it's so hard to practice when the pressure kind of just, drains you. One thing I try to do is a couple exercises from GuitarCardio a day.



Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Yeah, it's finals time, I just figured I'd fire off a quick one at 1 AM Wednesday, and try to whip something up bigger while I work on my project. What is it about?

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