24 August 2013

Guitar tone obsession

    I've been watching many youtube videos of guitar pedals the last couple weeks in search of amazing tone and versatility.  I read the comments from users of these metal boxes in sites like Amazon and Musician's Friend.  One of the best guys who demos the pedals on youtube is Andy from ProGuitarShop.  After conducting much research, I've compiled a list of pedals I would like to own for my sound.  One thing that is often overlooked, however, are the knobs on the guitar and amp.  If you were to start with a low gain and high volume on the amp, maybe a 6 or 7, and roll back the volume knobs on the guitar, you can give yourself much versatility.  Then when you want more volume and boost, just turn up the guitar sans stompboxes.  Don't get me wrong, I still have a list of pedals that would be useful, including a compression, an overdrive/distortion, a mid/treble booster (for solos), a delay, and maybe a wah-wah.
    If you are like me and like making loops on the fly, a loop pedal is a must.  When you can get the timing right, they are a lot of fun.  I've been using the original Digitech Jamman with a footswitch that scrolls up and down between saved loops. It's perfect for setting up verse, chorus, and bridge parts!  The Jamman is pretty cool, but I have my eyes set on an Infinity Looper from Pigtronix.  It can do a lot more I see from the videos and reviews.
    So my sought after list of guitar pedals has been placed in order of importance, and order of future purchase.  If I had unlimited money I could purchase all of this at once and set up my pedal-board!  That however will have to wait.  I wrote down my ideas in the meantime:-)
    I know I've been talking about guitar pedals, but I also intend on buying a 4-string bass guitar.  A guitarist and singer who can also play bass could work out great.  Look at Sting and Geddy Lee.  I mostly want to compose music, though.  After improving my abilities at programming drum beats in a computer, playing live guitar and bass and recording through maybe Pro-Tools, I could make some good music and maybe market it and myself online.
    Playing music to me is such a stress reliever too.  If I never make money at it and just play for enjoyment, it is still worthwhile to me.  After having a bit of a playing hiatus, I was asked to play bass guitar in church.  I accepted and have been borrowing a bass to play.  Playing with a band that includes my wife on guitar, a drummer, and a couple singers is very rewarding.  To be serving the Lord and others by going to practice and playing is priceless.

20 April 2013

Zune

I am really glad I bought a 30 gigabyte Zune.  Unfortunately my MacBook Pro wasn't compatible.  Of course iTunes doesn't work with it either.  After I bought my windows compatible laptop, I was able to load the Zune software and use all of my music that I had saved in WMA format off my external hard drive.  All of my original CDs I have at my parents house, but I ripped most of them in WMA on my old HP Pavilion more than a few years back and saved them to the hard drive before the HP Pavilion died.  I used to make WMA CDs to play in my car too.
Now I have all the music I want, which is a wide variety, on my Zune.  On our roadtrip to Missouri for my sister-in-law's wedding, we listened to it until it ran out of power before I realized I forgot the USB to charge it.  And I left all of my CDs at home.  Lesson learned.  Always have a backup.  

27 March 2013

One Year Anniversary

I now believe in love, even though I had lost all hope.
God's providence manifest by sending me you.
One year has come and gone since we said "I do"
We've grown closer even though we've been apart.
My love, my life, my heart, my mind are completely yours! You are completely mine.
We complement each other so well like puzzle pieces forming a picturesque scene.
One complete person are we- husband and wife.


I couldn't wait til April 14th to post this.  I love you so much Olivia!

26 March 2013

Investing

I started to buy stocks about a year ago after I had paid off my debts.  I'm not rich, but I try to make wise choices with my money.  I'm not looking for a quick return just good long term investment.  Here are a few stocks I bought:
Coinstar Inc.  The company owns the Redbox machines where movies cost $1 or 2.  I like that you can drop your movie off at any location.  Plus soon they will be competing with Netflix and Amazon online.  http://www.redbox.com/ 
Amazon though the stock is so expensive to get into.  I know myself and others buy almost everything on the site, especially when I was stationed overseas.
Dunkin Donuts because I absolutely love their coffee over any other place!  I will buy their coffee at the grocery store because it is perfect!  I haven't had any donuts from there in a while though.  Their website http://www.dunkindonuts.com/ shows breakfast sandwiches and other pastries offered.  I will have to check it out!
Ocean Power Technologies http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/ who invest in renewable energy from buoys in the ocean. I feel good investing in renewable energy and hope it pays off.

12 January 2013

WLC

The new year is upon us, and I feel blessed.  I have a great wife and helpmate.  She makes life worthwhile.  My student loans are paid off, while I continue to take online classes.  I've completed 4 classes so far toward my International Relations degree.
I had enough points for promotion to Sergeant; Soon I will be pinned.  All last week I've been at a military course called WLC, where they teach Army leadership skills.   For the next few weeks I will be in that course and in some ways it is similar to Basic Combat Training.  My platoon has nearly exhausted the cadences we know from marching everywhere for a week, so I will attempt to learn and create some new ones.  We are up around 0400 and get done about 1800 every day.  We have to keep our rooms to an exacting SOP and participate in leadership positions, such as squad leader, platoon sergeant, and first sergeant.  Proper drill and ceremonies is emphasized, as well as classroom learning.  I just want to get it done, but I will try to get as much out of it as possible.  I have some prior leadership experience, but the army has special forms for everything and they do things a little differently.  
It's going to get busy this year, but I'm looking forward to gaining some new experience and serving my country.