Jose at Musika Live at Conspiracy Garden Cafe 10/15/2015

Here’s last night’s clip of Jose and yours truly playing at Conspiracy Garden Cafe in Quezon City for an event by Beehive Productions. Many thanks to Abby Clutario, Eric Tubon, TJ Trinidad, and Andy Saunar of Beehive Productions for inviting us. Many thanks as well to a wonderful audience last night consisting of the bands Clubhouse, Paincake Patrol, Eight Moons of Jupiter, and God Bless the Unicorns plus friends:

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Debut Gig with JOSE at Musika

Just yesterday evening, I have started occupying the keyboardist chair for indie band JOSE at Musika, fronted by singer/songwriter Jose de los Reyes. Hours before that, I was on the radio station, playing live with, again, with JOSE at Musika, and then experienced my first radio interview as well. So, as you would see, I’m now JOSE at Musika’s keyboard player.

I got the gig when my friend, Archie Padolina (drummer for Basilica and my teenhood band Jacob’s Ladder), said that there JOSE at Musika was looking for a keyboard player. I auditioned for it and got the part. Short story, huh?

Anyway, here’s JOSE at Musika’s set (featuring yours truly on the keys) for a charity event called Vanilla Volume 2 by Matchbox Sessions (a nonprofit charity) at Triple Well, Makati:

Life as a “Single” Guy – Stories Through Musical Improvisation: XIV. “A Day at a Music Store”

Being at a music store is a musician’s version of being at a candy store or a playground. You get to see all sorts of instruments, appealing to your GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), and then (if you’re really friendly with the staff) you get to test all sorts of instruments and jam with them. Here’s one of the many jam sessions I get to enjoy at Lazer Music SM Bicutan with store manager and regular jam buddy Allan Lopez.

An Unexpected Surprise: Fanboy Elation

Lunchtime around this period of my life consists of a single cup of homemade Greek yogurt mixed in with honey and some sugar-free strawberry preserves. As I was eating my lunch and reviewing my GuitarZoom transcription work, I get this friend request from Michael Shawn Turner. After accepting it, he suddenly tells via a private message something like, “Hey are you the guy who wrote this? ” And then I realized I was talking to one of my heroes: Battery’s Mike Turner!

I was very much surprised. I never would have thought one of my heroes would start to speak to me, let alone read my blog! Anyway, to cut the somewhat long story short, it was a very pleasant exchange. He even wished me well in my search for a new drummer. Afterwards, he explained the reason why Battery ceased to exist: he flew to Los Angeles. It was as simple as that!

I remember saying in my blog that I regret not purchasing any of Battery’s albums back in the day. Mike Turner revealed to me that all of Battery’s songs are available via his Reverbnation page: http://www.reverbnation.com/michaelshawnturner/songs. Now I know that I can enjoy Battery’s music via the web.

I cannot thank Mike Turner enough for being an inspiration and for giving me a fragment of his time.

Before I end this piece, I’d like to share with you folks Mike’s latest project called booRADLEY. They started an Indiegogo campaign, so please visit the page and offer your support. I’m very sure that it’s a decision worth taking into consideration:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/booradley-join-our-journey

Acoustic Guitar in 7 Days by Chris Argenziano

One of my latest music transcription and engraving projects has already been released by Dan Denley and the rest of the crew at Guitarzoom.com. It’s called “Acoustic Guitar in 7 Days” by guitarist Chris Argenziano. For anyone who would like to get started on playing the guitar, this is one of the best courses I’ve ever had the pleasure of preparing sheet music for.

What’s great about this course is that you do not have to be able to read sheet music yet in order to get started. It follows an intuitive pedagogical method that allows you to immediately grab your guitar, learn how to tune it, and then learn basic strumming patterns and chord patterns. Chris even offers advice on playing tips and practice methods that will allow any entry-level guitar player to build upon knowledge gained in the course.

Take note that “Acoustic Guitar in 7 Days” is a course for beginners. If you already have serious chops, you might want to try something else like Steve Stine’s Solofire Guitar and 96 Rock Licks.

If you want to see a preview of the course, just go visit http://guitarzoom.com/ag7days/. If you happen to like what you see and learn from Chris, you can just click the upper right hand corner of the “Acoustic Guitar in 7 Days” page and go purchase the DVDs and the sheet music transcribed and engraved by yours truly.