Help Me Make More Music

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The Problem:

If you’ve been following what I’ve been up to recently, you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been releasing that much music lately. My last video was Mhysa and that was way back in April!

The fact is that I’ve had a hard time finding the time to work on my music. As some of you already know, my family and I just went through a big move, and that took a lot of my time.

But beyond that, now that we have two kids I have a lot more responsibilities. Between making sure I can pay the rent each month and spending time with my family, I haven’t been able to work that much on my music, much less release new videos.

Solution?

So I thought I’d try a little experiment using Patreon, to see if I can get things going again with a little bit of your help.

Patreon is like Kickstarter thrown on its head…instead of asking for a large amount of money for a big project beforehand, I ask your for a small amount each time I create a video. It can be as little as 1 dollar, or as much you’d like. And depending on how much you pay, you get different rewards. You can check out my Patreon page to see all of the rewards.

The idea is that with your support, I’ll be able to dedicate more time to making more videos. The more support I get, the less I have to worry about getting paying gigs and the more I can spend on doing this.

It will also give me more time to do stuff for you…more tutorials, more tabs. And to do them right away, not months or years after I record a song!

No matter what, I’ll always play guitar and make music…it’s what I do. But with a little bit of your help, I can allow it to take a bigger part of my life again, which will let me put out more videos more often. Which hopefully is what you want as well! :-)

What’s Coming Up:

Just to give you an idea of what I have planned, the next two videos will be of Orestes by A Perfect Circle and the music from The Legend of Korra. The arrangements are all worked out and I can already play them… It’s just a matter of sitting down and recording them.

And here are the covers that are on my to do list:
H and Schism (Tool)
No Quarter (Led Zep/Tool)
Rooster (Alice in Chains)
A Fair Judgement (Opeth)
Man Of Steel soundtrack
We Are (Karnivool)

And these are on the maybe list:
Pushit (Tool)
Weak & Powerless (A Perfect Circle)
Passenger (Deftones)
Man In The Box (Alice In Chains)
My Wave (Soundgarden)
Legend Of Zelda

So if any of that sounds like something you’d like to hear, please consider supporting me. Even if it’s just a dollar, it’s still a huge help.
Thank you!

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So Long, Berlin

After six years of living in Berlin, my wife and I have decided to move back to Panama.

There are many reasons why, but for me personally, I realized that I can do what I do wherever I am. And now that I have kids, I’d rather do that while being closer to family.

But Berlin will always be an important part of my life. This is where my wife and I started living together. This is where we started a family.

This is also where I found my musical voice. I’m not sure if I’d have gone back to playing solo acoustic guitar if I hadn’t been here. I don’t think I’d have found the time to experiment with all the ideas I had in my head.

For all these reasons I feel like I know myself better now. And with this phase of my life over, it feels like it’s time to move on.

But for those very same reasons, my family and my music will always be tied to Berlin.

So thanks to all the friends I’ve made, all the musicians I’ve played with, all of my students, it’s been a great experience.

Tomorrow, Wednesday May 14th, will be my final show in Berlin at Intersoup. Hope to see some of you there!

 


Last Show In Berlin

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Well, it’s happening: I’m leaving Berlin soon. That means my show at Intersoup next week will also be the last one I do before I leave.

It’ll be on Wednesday May 14th at 21:00, entrance is free. I’ll also have Worldbuilding CD’s with me for those that haven’t gotten one yet. I want to get rid of as many as I can before the big move, so I’ll probably do some sort of sale.

So, if you’re in Berlin, I hope you can make it. I think this one’s gonna be special. See you then.


Stageit Show Cancelled

Hi guys,

Unfortunately I’ve decided to cancel my show on Stageit this Sunday. Things are pretty hectic right now due to major changes in my family’s life, so I haven’t had time to prepare for it, much less promote it properly.

So I’m cancelling it for now and leaving it for when things have settled down again. Those who already bought tickets will get their Notes back, which you’ll be able to use when I reschedule the show (or on other shows on Stageit).

Sorry if this inconveniences any of you, but I’d rather leave it for later and do it right, than give you guys a half-assed performance.


Spotify Tuesday #2

This week’s playlist is pretty…varied. But I think it flows pretty nicely. Then again, some of my tastes in music can be a bit weird, so YMMV.

1. “Flutter” – John Lurie National Orchestra

I love John Lurie’s music, his work with the Lounge Lizards is amazing. It’s a shame he isn’t able to make music anymore, hopefully that’ll change in the future. This “Orchestra” is basically him jamming with drummers Billy Martin and Calvin Weston. The music has an African feel to it, and Lurie’s playing is so beautiful and…strange.

2. “Damaged Wig” – Igorrr

I’ve always loved music that makes me go “WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON???” Unfortunately, with time your ears get jaded and it gets a lot harder be impressed that way. So I was doubly blown away when I first heard Igorrr.

3. “Desert Search For Techno Allah” – Mr. Bungle

I listened to Disco Volante the other day for the first time in years…it felt like I was rediscovering this masterpiece all over again. I love it when that happens.

4. “Raise The Sun” – Anciients

One of the best new metal bands I’ve heard in a while. They remind me of Mastodon a bit, but with a more classic feel and slightly better singing. They also have a certain mystical vibe to their music which I really like.

5. “Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish In Dreams” – The Ocean

I’ve been following these guys for a while, and I really feel they’ve found their groove with their newest album. Also, listen to the drummer.

6. “Poetry Written In Gasoline” – Refused

Speaking of drummers you should be listening to…I always end up air-drumming when I listen to Refused. And this track is so intense! It’s a shame it’s a B-side on some half-forgotten EP.


Game Of Thrones Special On Stageit

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I’ll doing another online show on Sunday May 4th, this time on Stageit.

Since we’re in the middle of Game Of Thrones fever, I thought I’d play all of the songs I’s covered from the show. Of course I’ll also play my own music and a few Tool covers as well. And I’ll be taking requests as too.

The show will be pay-what-you-want, and you can buy tickets here. There’s a limited amount of tickets, so don’t wait too long to get them :)

Stageit has special system where you buy “notes” (think of them as tokens at a fair) and pay with those. 1 Note is equal to 10 cents, and the minimum you can buy is 50 notes ($5.00).

The cool thing about this system is that it lets you gift notes to others, so if somebody can’t pay for their ticket for whatever reason, other  listeners can help them out.

So basically, if you’d like to see the show:

1. Open an account on Stageit.

2. Buy Notes.

3. Go here to buy a ticket.

4.  And I’ll see you on May 4.

See you then! I’ll have some notes to give away, so if you really don’t have a way to buy a ticket, get in touch.