Trans Scend Survival

Trans: Latin prefix implying "across" or "Beyond", often used in gender nonconforming situations – Scend: Archaic word describing a strong "surge" or "wave", originating with 15th century english sailors – Survival: 15th century english compound word describing an existence only worth transcending.

Category: Music Sketches (page 2 of 2)

Music Sketches 2: Rethinking “Canon in D” “guitar” Discipline & Tone pt. 1

Between 300 and 400 years ago, this archaic string of melody, harmony, and straight forward rhythm came about.  I don’t read this kind of scribble, but I, like many others, have heard Pachelbel’s Canon in D.  Christmas tunes, 80’s orchestras, video games and more have ripped up this beautiful idea and tried to glue it back together.  Below is what I believe to be the most influential niche version, posing a striking composition highlighting the power of discipline and learning (read: Time, Standards, Challenge)  in lieu of the internet (read: all “hard skills”  are free and readily available in a computer-box near you)

This, to both my pair of ears and many pairs before me, is simply stunning.  The deft skill and accuracy, the angelic warbling tone….  This is an example of almost complete mastery AFAICT.  What granted Lim Jeong-hyun, generally referred to mononymously as funtwo, the ability to play at this level?  Like just about everything, it seems his track record on the internet plus his standards and time against the challenge of learning guitar equals…          …the above video. 

Observe the 75% “slow” speed (thanks youtube and guitarteacherdotcom for access to this stuff):

….Coming up next:  Unpacking discipline and learning through funtwo’s “guitar”

Music Sketches 1: Playing with rhythm, division, and jazzy chords

Piano and straight up 4/4 drums:

Here we have an interesting chord progression idea.   In the 4/4 groove, the piano plays the second chord on the “and” of 2… Very cool.   The pickup for the second chord starts on two, as I visualized in the midi roll diagram.

With a root of C (what I played it in), this could be called C minor to D flat, major 7, while at the end of the fourth bar the progression finishes on G7.

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