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Taking the Plunge into Music

Yup. I’m going to do it!

I’m going to buy an acoustic guitar!

I’ve made up my mind (and, surprisingly, have the funds to spare XD) and I’m going to buy an acoustic guitar tomorrow, after I’ve enrolled my Master’s degree. I’ll be passing by a local musician’s mecha in Manila, and I’m thinking of stopping over and trying a few of them before I head home. I’m looking particularly at Sta. Mesa, where a local family of guitar makers (The Lumanogs) are still there plying their craft. Although I have read in some reviews that you really have to test the guitars yourself to see which one “feels” better for you.

There are other music shops that I’m also considering, and some online shops as well, like http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ and Lazada (yes, they sell guitars online), but like I said, you have to feel the guitars by yourself to choose the best one that suits your style and comfort.

But still, I am going to do it! And if I’m able to do it, I can finally cross “learning how to play a guitar” off my bucket list. XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - June 2, 2017 at 3:37 pm

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100 Rock Riffs on the Ukulele!

I kinda want to get this good. XD

Yeah, I know. I’ve been harping on and on about guitars, but with teeny tiny fingers like mine, there is a tendency that I’m going to end up using a ukulele for any musical inclination that I might have.

It doesn’t sound so bad, you know, playing guitar rifts in an ukulele. It makes it sound much fun more even. Not to mention I already have them. I don’t need to buy a guitar for it, I just need lessons for them.

There’s a shop near my place, just a jeepney ride away, that sells ukuleles and gives lessons. Maybe after I finish my masters studies, I can take the lessons. (I’m going to need to look for lower G strings for my ukulele though, maybe https://www.guitarcenter.com/ has them?)

Also I just realized, looking at the foot of my best, that my ukulele case is gathering dust. I think it’s high time to take my baby Maki (short for Makala XD) for a bit.

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - April 9, 2017 at 9:12 am

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Guitar help anyone?

Okay, so here’s the thing…

I still haven’t bought a guitar… even though I’ve been ranting about it all the frickin’ time.

Maybe I’m just daunted. I can’t even play my ukulele decently (I keep forgetting chords to songs, and I’m totally tone deaf when it comes to music, it seems), and now I’m hoping to make the transition to guitar. I mean, I’m sure a lot of people say that it would’ve been better transition FROM guitar to ukulele to get a better feel of the changes in chords, but I have to admit, I bought the uku on a whim to play “Creep”by Radiohead like Amanda Palmer does (I still love her, though).

So question time…

Is it too late for me to learn guitar?

I have really short fingers, I’m practically tone deaf and I can’t remember chords for sh*t… but I really want to learn.

Or maybe I should stick to using a korg padkontrol and make MIDI songs instead? I’ll end up making MIDI remixes of Dragon Age soundtracks. XD

I. Swear. To. God. I feel like I’m the only one in my family without any sense of music or tone AT ALL.

Ugh… this makes me so sad.

And I still have an assignment with my Statistics subject (and I suck at math!).

I guess I’d better stick to studying. I think I’m better at that than music anyway. XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - January 16, 2017 at 9:43 pm

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METAL COVERS!

Have I told you guys how much I love metal covers?

I. FRIGGIN’. LOVE. METAL. COVERS.

Specially when they’re this well made.

DISNEY METAL COVERS!!!! Yeah!

So yeah, if I knew or if I had any musical talents at all, I would be making metal covers of… of… Suteki Da Ne or Eyes on You.

And this guy, Jonathan Young. UGH! If I could sing like you, man…

But honestly, I respect any person who converts the mood/genre of one song into another. I have a friend who was a music major and transposing such music to another tone is freaking complicated as hell, man.

And the guitar! Holy crap, the guitar envy rises yet again. On the plus side, my new school is close to the center of Manila where they sell lots of guitars (yay for Sta. Mesa!), so I can probably get one and learn soon. Of course, I’d have to start with a simple acoustic guitar. I’ll jump to wah pedals, re-20 and other stuff when I’m better.

For the meantime, I’ll be head banging to his music on Youtube.

HEY! He has a cover of “Poor Unfortunate Souls”! *shrieks and binge watches*

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - December 5, 2016 at 10:27 pm

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Wireless Ear Buds

Wait what? Wireless ear buds are a thing? O_O

I didn’t know people are into that.

I just saw a recent image of wireless Ear Buds and for some reason, it irked me. (I’m going to sound like a total mountain-woman-whose-been-away-from-civilization, but yeah, I didn’t know it was a thing).

I’m sorry to say that I have the tendency to be forgetful, and my things are in… practically an endless chasm of mess stuffed inside a purple Vera Wang shoulder bag. So I have the tendency to use my good ol’ phones default earbuds (with the cords wrapped around with plastic spring thingies that makes it look like a rainbow). I mean, sure it gets caught on stuff, but at least I don’t lose it.

By the way, are there any instances where the wireless earbuds gets accidentally stuffed inside the ear canal? Because it’s a total possibility (and a constant fear of mine when I lose that rubber part in an earbud).

And what happens when you lose one plug? O_O

Wait, you can get a special harness for the earbuds for $10?

Aw heck, no! Eff that!

I’m sticking to my trusty shure 215 earphones, man. That $10 is enough to buy me TWO decent earbuds.

Honestly… Capitalism nowadays…

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - September 14, 2016 at 4:56 pm

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The Internal Arguments of a Restless Mind

It’s like a continuous internal debacle, honestly.

So for those who don’t know, I am– undeniably– single as f***.

And with that thought, I’m looking for other things to occupy my mind (and my time), as well as enhance myself. Because you know what they say, “Make the most of yourself….for that is all there is of you.” I think it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said that.

So far, I’ve tried my hand at belly dancing (which is actually fun as heck), photography (until my camera busted out on me T_T), writing (my FanFiction site is still growing! Still haven’t made my own fiction work… sad…), music (only on an ukulele though), and drawing (left that behind in my college days though). So now I am in that inevitable conundrum of asking myself…

What now? O_O

I’ve considered a couple of things, one of which I probably posted way too much here. I’m still interested in learning music (particularly the guitar), but I lack the ‘funding’ for proper lessons. I wanted to try and fix my voice so I won’t embarrass myself during karaoke nights, but that would take lessons. I’ve been searching around musciansfriend for a quality guitar, but without lessons, I’m still doomed. Ugh.

The second thing is that I’m considering of going after my Master’s Degree… which is, in itself, a debacle as well. Master’s in what? Education? Librarianship? Where am I going to study? How much will it cost to study? Will my workplace even allow me to study?

Honestly, I think I prefer trying my hand at playing music. Now if I can only find a decent teacher (or a book) and a decent-but-cheap guitar or piano.

What do you guys think?

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - August 11, 2016 at 12:39 pm

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Guitar Envy… again!

Oh, man… this guy’s rock versions of video game music is a killer.

Yep. The Music Skills Envy Demon is rising up my head again. I know I’ve been talking about it so much, and I get the feeling that the universe is converging and telling me to get a practice guitar or something. My neighbor just got one, and I could hear him from my window and it just kills me. T_T

There are so many video game music that I want to learn. This version of the Dragon Age: Inquisitions theme is one of them. So are the tavern songs. And ‘Breezy’ from Final Fantasy 8… ‘Sight of Spira’ from FF10.

Argh… when is my salary coming? T_T

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - April 7, 2016 at 9:11 pm

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Practice Makes Perfect?

And now back to my gaming news…

Now that I have an Xbox 360 with Kinect, I am now seriously, SERIOUSLY practicing this.

And it’s not going to well.

I don’t have any DLC (Downloadable Content) songs yet, so this is the hardest song in my playlist as of now. And it is a b… really hard. XD

I guess my fluffiness is attributed to my issues with dancing this song. And my dance space is really not that roomy, but being a bit of a completionist, I can’t help but be disappointed with myself that I just can’t get this right. My feet get all tangled up, I get tired much too easily, and I can’t do the jumping and the fast steps. The guy dancing here is awesome to have done it. T_T

That doesn’t mean I’m going to give up though. I’mma finish this!!!

Maybe I just need one of those magnectic jewelry to increase my stamina or something. I heard the benefits of magnetic bracelets includes an increase in physical stamina, which I would probably need to do all the quick steps.

Hopefully, this thing could help with my fluffiness too, I heard that some people lost weight because of Dance Central. XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - September 5, 2014 at 11:17 am

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Metallica Broke A World Record!

So I was surfing around 9gag.com (yeah, I’m a frequent visitor there ^_^) when I saw this:

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Metallica played in concerts in ALL 7 CONTINENTS?!

HOLYYY CRAAAAP! THAT’S AWESOME!

I actually saw a clip on YouTube on how they did it… they held a concert in Antarctica for a bunch of scientist doing research there, in a glass dome with everyone wearing specialized headphones to hear them (apparently, something about the Antarctic makes sounds get all screwed up). And here I thought they just wanted to play there for no reason. I doubt the animal life there were metal rockers… or maybe they are.  XD

Anyway, I hope they hold a concert here in the Philippines soon again. I think the last time they came here was 1993… and I didn’t have the money to go back then, being still an elementary student. I’d die a happy, content mortal death if I could attend their concert (and maybe get a meet and greet… XD)

And I still believe that my brother looks like Kirk Hammett… particularly in this picture. I think the only difference is their noses. They even have the same smile here. That’s freaky. O_O

Please, Metallica! Do a concert in the Philippines! And maybe a meet and greet! Pretty please! I’d show you guys my brother and you decide if he really looks like Kirk. ^_^

 

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - at 10:51 am

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Goodbye, music… Hello, writing!

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Yeah… I decided to leave my musical aspirations behind for a while.

Not that I don’t like music anymore. I will always be a music freak for all my life. I just think that I should stick to what I know I’m good at and improve it more.

Not to mention musical stuff can be a bit expensive, and I’m saving up. As much as I want a guitar, I’m gonna pass for a while. I still have my ukulele though, so I’m going to stick to it for the time being and focus more on writing.

I found these three books and I’m intent in reading them and learning about their writing styles. I know I’ve written FanFictions, but I’m thinking of making something a bit more serious. I’m probably not going to earn from them, but hey, you’ll never know. I think the Self-Editing book would be good for me, since I have a tendency to be lazy and not edit anything on my work.

So… the problem now is… what am I supposed to write about? I need to read more.

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - March 18, 2014 at 7:43 pm

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