Hi! I played this show with a good friend, here are a few videos from it:
Nov 11, 2013
Sep 20, 2013
I asked my cousin to film gypsy buskers in Iran, and she did! These people and their music is ignored, but it is very important. I really want to go there and make a documentary about them. Here is the video, I put it up right away:
Jan 9, 2013
So like I mentioned before, I will be recording original songs for a new album.
Here is a preview of one of the songs I tried out on the crowd at Ye Olde Orchard Jam yesterday! And if any musicians are reading this, this pub is a great place to play. The host, Mike Hand, was very cheerful! Young crowd, nice location, and friendly people. And unlike most open mics in Montreal, there were no comedians! So I will be going there more often. : )
Dec 12, 2012
Only recently, I have been really empowered in the world of music. I am a million miles closer to bringing the melodies in my head to the world. Wow. Now I am closer to writing out the album of my dreams.
2012 has been about learning.
Jan – June
I improved my ability to “play by ear”. I learned 100 traditional tunes from just listening. I used a software to slow down recorded songs, and that made a world of difference! The great thing about traditional Celtic songs is that they are all in the same key, so that also helped.
July – Dec
I learned how to write scores on a software. Paper was tedious, especially for me, since my handwriting is like intricate scribbling. And sometimes I wanted to change the arrangement, and it took a long time to re-write some parts. So I got this transcribing software, Sibelius, that radically really changed my life. Actually, I would say that learning Sibelius is probably one of the most significant events in my life. With just a few clicks I can arrange songs in different time signatures, in different keys and different harmony parts. In fact they have a plugin that will write the harmonies for you in anyway you want. There are many crazy out of this world plugins. I experimented with so many music ideas. I can export them all as midi or pdf. It’s crazy man.
I learned new music production software. Reason. Logic Pro. Native Instruments. And some Ableton. I used Reason before, but I think Logic Pro will be the one I’ll stick with. ProTools can’t do nearly all the cool things Logic Pro can. I wish I knew about Logic Pro earlier!
I also did the weekly private lessons, workshops, video tutorials, books, concerts, & of course listening to endless amounts of CD’s.
Thanks to the musicians who give their knowledge freely on the internet. Thanks to years of studying theory. Thanks to this software called Sibelius. Thanks to this Mac book pro. Thanks to my bf who convinced me to buy the Mac book pro. The possibilities are infinite.
I recorded a few songs this year, but in 2013, I will focus more on creating audio with what I learned. I already transcribed 10 new original songs for my debut album. Watch out 2013.
Oct 9, 2012
I wasn’t able to spend time with my significant other since I work full time and I am also preparing a few new recordings. Balancing work and relationships (and dreams) is so tough! But my dear Seb was so understanding of that and found a work around! He simply said he would set up an area of his house to be exactly like my work area at my home! And that he did!
“I need a place to set up my laptop. I also need to connect my laptop to good quality speakers”
“I also need a mirror so I can make sure I am bowing straight with my violin.”
“I have that. Done”
“Oh and I need a midi keyboard within arms reach,”
Then he even set up a microphone, provided a tuner, etc! Not to mention that he has already installed the top of the line music programs in my computer, especially one for all my scoring needs.
So now we can hang out on weekends, work on our personal projects (he is a programmer) and watch the odd YouTube videos in between and eat good food (shrimp yo! I contribute with the cooking and some ingredients). We both have our space.
I mention this story because I want to show one way of being supportive of your partner. Relationships don’t need to bog you down. You don’t need to be a consumerist. There’s more to life than mall-movies-restaurants-bla-bla-bla kinda relationships!