January 30, 2006

Musical Roulette & Guitar Shred Show!

It's my birthday week! This is Day one of a week of no-reason just for fun Blogs. You're welcome.
Part 1
Musical Roulette aka What’s on YOUR player

1. Open up the music player on your computer.
2. Set it to play your entire music collection.
3. Hit the shuffle command.
4. Tell us the title of the next ten songs that show up (with their musicians), no matter how embarrassing. That's right, no skipping that Carpenters tune that will totally destroy your hip credibility. It's time for total musical honesty. Write it up in your blog or journal and link back to at least a couple of the other sites where you saw this.
5. If you get the same artist twice, you may skip the second (or third, or etc.) occurrences. You don't have to, but since randomness could mean you end up with a list of ten song with five artists, you can if you'd like.

1. Brandon Rhyder - Let The Good Times Roll
2. Matt The Electrician - $100 Bill
3. Guy Forsyth - Patients Blues
4. Los Lobos – Will The Wolf Survive
5. Nooner – Friday Night
6. Ray Charles – Cry
7. Brand New Sin – Another Reason
8. Travis Tritt – I'm Gonna Be Somebody
9. Red Leaves – 33
10. The Offspring – Pretty Fly For A White Guy

Bonus: This popped up, but this band is defunct…(and AWESOME) and there is no mention I can find of them on the Internet… the funniest punk-rockabilly-wear-a-tweety-head-and-dance-around band ever.
11. Loblolly – Crawlin’ Pappy

Part 2
Get your learn on...

Sean Claes photo

“Guitar Shred Show” (http://www.guitarshredshow.com/)is an entertaining and educational Internet site for guitar players, musicians and casual music lovers. The basic idea for the programme was to combine educational guitar lessons with fictional, animated cartoon characters and environments. In traditional instructional videos well known musicians sit down to share playing tips and teach techniques on the instrument. With interactive media, this kind of educating can be taken to new levels.

“Guitar Shred Show” contains one guitar lesson, which is a combination of two modes: the actual in-class lesson and the musical jam. The teacher, Mr. Fastfinger acts like a puppet or a game character, which plays the guitar as you push the keyboard keys, real-time. If you play the guitar, you can take your own instrument and try the licks yourself, by reading the notated guitar tablatures. In addition to learning, you get to see amazing choreographies.

After a hard lesson, you can move on to jam mode. This mode is a short, interactive story, where you bump into a musical battle. During the jam the user can hear and test out how the lesson’s licks and techniques work with actual musical background. As if you were playing live in front of an audience!

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