Dotted Eighth Delay Studies

Setting up the U2/Hillsong delay in a variety of situations.

The Sessionists

Esther Subra (vocals), Serena Chew (keys), Justin (guitars), Alphonsus (drums and percussion)

Thoughts on G.A.S.

Why you should save up for an expensive guitar.

Setting Up Disaster Area DPC-8EZ and DMC-8D MIDI Controllers

An easy-to-follow video tutorial to get those patches programmed!

An Overview of My YouTube Channel

Feel free to browse some of the playlists on my channel. Hopefully this leads to you liking and subscribing!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

MJT VTS "Andy": My First Heavy Relic Strat

Meet Andy, an MJT VTS strat I recently acquired from a fellow worship guitarist.

For the non-musicians reading this, I can nearly hear you scream, "So ugly!" This was precisely my dear wife's reaction when I revealed that I had bought this. She couldn't believe that there is a market for "relic" guitars, instruments made to look far older than they actually are. She thought someone had thrown this guitar down a flight of stairs. She also said that if I used this on Sunday morning, the congregation will think that I don't take care of my belongings!

When compared to my other strats, yes, it does strike me that Andy looks really beat up. In fact, Kaede (the maple neck '57 reissue to her left) is a 1993 build, making her 24 years old this year. Andy is supposedly only 2 years old!

On closer inspection, yes, Kaede must have found the fountain of youth. So, why did I buy such an "ugly" guitar? (Well, besides the fact that I am a huge Andy Timmons fan!) I'm reminded of a meme that goes like this:

A relic-ed guitar reminds me of the fact that the guitar is meant to be played. It makes me want to practice even harder so that my skill matches the amount of abuse on the guitar. Of course, the argument can be made that you should be practicing (and taking care of your instrument), but a clean, well-maintained guitar can give the impression that you've never touched the guitar. Which of course is closer to the situation in reality; I can barely squeeze in 5 minutes of practice a day!

I feel inspired to practice more, perhaps not as much as I used to (I won't be able to top 8 hour practice regimes anymore), but to be intentional and disciplined in my practice. I could play clean 16th notes at 200bpm before, so I know I have much more latent potential in me. Onward to practice!

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Friday, March 3, 2017

My Experience with a SingTel Customer Service Officer

If my tone comes across as "the upright, uptight customer", it's probably because there's immense frustration stemming from the recent update of the SingTel app on my phone that keeps crashing.

I don't usually update apps for fear of buggy performance. Well, the SingTel app started crashing on the old version, so I felt like I had no choice but to update to the current 6.4.1. It STILL kept crashing after updating. When it wasn't crashing, there'd be the perpetual spinning circle of doom--so I thought that if I left the app to load, it would eventually load properly.

Nope, it still refused to work. So I have left the phone and the app on to load trying to get it to work on numerous occasions. Lo and behold, I get the warning message AND the notice of data usage within a short period of time. I'm a moderate data user, clocking in 2.5GB per month (with a 3.5GB plan as buffer), so it came as a surprise when my data usage exceeded the cap this month.

I'll let the screenshots speak for themselves.

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