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15 December 2003 @ 10:09 am
 
I have to quite smoking. It's messing up too many parts of my life right now. Henceforth, the following items are of note, to those that care:

  • If I ask you for a cigarette, for any reason, you are obliged to not offer me one. Period. I may try to finagle one out of you anyway - ignore my pathetic addiction's cries for help.

  • I will probably not be at Cahoot's for a while. I get my worst cravings when I am around all my smoking friends, so I need to wait a while before I decide to head back

  • I'm Febreezing my car - it will be no-smoking from here on out.
 
 
Current Mood: Bluesy
 
 
 
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Du Jourdiscoflamingo on December 15th, 2003 08:20 am (UTC)
Running on Faith - Eric Clapton
Lately I've been running on faith-
What else can a poor boy do?
But my world would be right
If love comes over you

Lately I've been talking in my sleep
Can't imagine what I'd have to say
Except my world would be right
If love comes back my way

I've always been
One to take each and every day
Seems like by now
I'd find a love who'd care for me

And we'd go running on faith
All of our dream would come true
And our world would be right
If love comes over me to you

Lord, I've always been
One to take each and every day
Seems like by now
I'd find a love who'd care (care just) for me

And we'd go running on faith
All of our dream would come true
And our world would be right
If love comes over me to you (Yes it would)

If love comes over you,
Love comes over you . . .
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Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on December 15th, 2003 09:45 am (UTC)
Re: Running on Faith - Eric Clapton
That's a part I was never able to play - so many slides, so many hammers - it was "ouch". Also, I can only read tablature for guitar music - and that one's nastier than sin. If you get it going, I'm gonna have to hear it.

I've been listening to Unplugged all day at work.
Josiah Carlsonchouyu_31 on December 16th, 2003 12:51 am (UTC)
Re: Running on Faith - Eric Clapton
You ever learned how to read music anywhere else? Because if you know the way the treble clef (as well as the half-full steps between do-re-me-etc) works, realize that the guitar resides one octave lower than the staff says, and know that the lowest string on a standard tuned guitar is E, you're all set (as well as the tuning equivalencies). Knowing the other strings is also convenient, but not required.

If you'd like, I could email you a quick 10 line introductory on it, and I think you'd be able to extrapolate the rest. It is mathematically nice. Hell, even only remembering those few rules, I can play a two octave scale in any key, anywhere on the fretboard, and extrapolate about a dozen other chords.

My man Kevin Wortman put together a piece of software for doing chords and scales called Fretstar, which is obviously available at sourceforge.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on December 16th, 2003 06:07 am (UTC)
Re: Running on Faith - Eric Clapton
I know the chords and the relationships between strings - I learned how to read "real" music for the clarinet and bass. I think I'd like to see the 10-line intro on it.
Josiah Carlsonchouyu_31 on December 16th, 2003 04:05 pm (UTC)
More than 10 lines.
I suppose it is not so much 10 lines as it is 6 paragraphs. I could use a compression algorithm to get it down to 20 lines of 80 characters, but then you'd need the decompressor, and that would be a pain in the ass.

1. As you know, on the staff, there exists 12 notes C, C#/Db, D, D#/Eb E, F, F#/Gb, F, G#/Ab, A, A#/Bb, B. After B comes C, and the cycle continues, producing different octaves. C#/Db and all the other sharps and flats adjacent to each other with a '/' between them are equivalent.

2. And movement from adjacent notes from the above list is considered a half-step. Any movement from two notes with a single note between them are considered a full step.

3. Given a particular key (which define a 'do' in the do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do solfeg progression), there is a full step between the pairs (do,re), (re,mi), (fa,sol), (sol,la), (la,ti), and there is a half-step between (mi,fa), (ti,do). Thusly, given a specific note for 'do' (or re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti) in the solfeg progression, one can extrapolate the others using the following chart: do-2-re-2-mi-1-fa-2-sol-2-la-2-ti-1-do (which represents half-steps as 1's and full-steps as 2's between adjacent notes).

4. The lowest string on a standard 6-string guitar with standard tuning is an E. This E is actually far below the standard treble clef, as the 'C' on the line below the staff is actually fret 8 on the guitar. Additionally, the standard tuning is EADGBE, which is E-5-A-5-D-5-G-4-B-5-E (where notei-num-notej, has num being the number of half-steps between notei and notej, or really stringi and stringj). One will notice that the frets on a guitar are actually half-steps. This is a very good thing.

5. In general, people like to hear chords with do, mi and sol in them. Depending on which adjacent octaves they lie in, or how many of each you put in the chord, you get a different feel for each chord. If it is really hard to make your hands do something, keep trying. If you can't, remember that there are many equivalencies on the neck of a guitar, and picking one over another is usually defined by taste and ease of chord transitions.

Notes:
At this point, one should be able to pick a note, let us say G#/Ab. Extrapolating from the above information, we know that it first exists at fret three on the low E string of the guitar. We can then run through the notes in the G#/Ab key, using the do-2-re... steps to produce these notes in the G#/Ab key: G#, A#, C, C#, D#, F, G. We can then pull out those notes that are in 'pleasing' chords as do-mi-sol, or G#, C, D#. Find those notes on the neck of the guitar, play them simultaneously, and odds are it will sound decent.

Disclaimer:
Now, my formal music education is basically choir for 6 years with one guy who taught us how to sight-read, and one semester of undergraduate guitar lessons. With this said, I am unsure as to whether or not the key of G#/Ab (or any other #/b keys) are actually equivalent, as various things that I only half-remember from 6+ years ago may or may not say that they aren't equivalent. I don't know. I would hope that they are equivalent, because it would be terribly convenient.
astcetc snafuwonderlandkat on December 15th, 2003 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Running on Faith - Eric Clapton
love the icon, love that movie
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Du Jourdiscoflamingo on December 17th, 2003 09:24 am (UTC)
Eric Clapton - Old Love
I can feel your body
When I'm lying in my bed
There's too much confusion
Going round through my head

And it's making me so angry
To know that the flame still burns
Lord, why can't I get over?
And when will I ever learn?

Old love
Leave me alone
Old love
Just go on home

I can see your face
But I know it ain't real
Just an illusion
Caused by how I used to feel

And it's making me so angry
I know now that the flame will always burn (flame will always burn)
I ain't never gonna get over
And I don't think I'll ever learn

Old love
Leave me alone
Old love
Just go on home (go on home)
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Doomutilitygeek on December 15th, 2003 08:43 am (UTC)
Good luck. You'll do fine.
la femme stygian: tex bentgunn on December 15th, 2003 08:53 am (UTC)
If we wanna set up a non-smoking coallition for Saturdays, it'd be good- I'd miss seeing you otherwise.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on December 15th, 2003 09:14 am (UTC)
I could go for that :-)
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Du Jourdiscoflamingo on December 15th, 2003 09:08 am (UTC)
Lonely Stranger - Eric Clapton
I must be invisible -
no one knows me
I have crawled down dead-end streets -
On my hands and knees

I was born with a raging thirst
A hunger to be free
But I've learned through the years
Don't encourage me

Cause I'm a lonely stranger here
Will be all my days
And I don't know what's going on
So I'll be on my way

When I walk, stay behind -
Don't get close to me
Cause it's sure to end in tears
So just let me be

Some will say that I'm no good
Maybe I agree
Take a look, then walk away -
That's all right with me

Cause I'm a lonely stranger here
Will be all my days
And I don't know what's going on
So I'll be on my way
chesh on December 15th, 2003 09:38 am (UTC)
Yay Doc!
I'm happy for you.
And even if you only quit for a while, it'll still be great for your health.

This apartment is always a no-smoking sanctuary, and there's even lots of cool people in the building.
Also, I know what you're getting for a late Christmas present -- a smoke alarm. Just remember, if you do start smoking again, I may be forced to superglue it to your chest.
:: chibi grin :: Kay?
:: bounces off in an innocent fashion ::
a certain brand of escape: Pandamanceratelierlune on December 15th, 2003 10:51 am (UTC)
It's always smoke-free here, too! (Well, someone might burn incense sometimes too, but one is not suppose to take that into one's lungs. One has done so by accident. It was nasty.)

Thus do I submit my application to this "Coalition of the Willing".

Disablers instead of Enablers. Heh heh heh.
like a hundred billion hot dogs: labyrinthhalf_double on December 15th, 2003 12:25 pm (UTC)
'Our' apartment - also nonsmoking. Of course, also like the 6th circle of Hell, but nonsmoking. And we could always go colonize Cahoots' nonsmoking section, as well.
Moxie Crimefighter: kittydrowdancer on December 15th, 2003 02:24 pm (UTC)
for we are the seventh
so THAT'S where the rift in our ceiling goes to!
like a hundred billion hot dogshalf_double on December 15th, 2003 07:18 pm (UTC)
Re: for we are the seventh
You bet it does! ::waves to you fiends in the seventh circle::
Do You Wanna Be Free or You Wanna Be Right?malcubed on December 15th, 2003 02:17 pm (UTC)
Are you Febreezing it like you Windexed it? Just want to know if I can get within ten feet of it without bursting into flames.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on December 15th, 2003 03:30 pm (UTC)
I won't be dumping Febreeze all over the floor this time, if that's what you mean . . .
Do You Wanna Be Free or You Wanna Be Right?malcubed on December 15th, 2003 06:59 pm (UTC)
Just checking. And remember to keep an eye out for subliminal messages.
ninja in the shadows: maxseiryu_16 on December 15th, 2003 06:45 pm (UTC)
::hug:: Best of luck. Call me sometime, and I'll give you support, advice, and talk. I suppose I could just yell "DOC NO SMOKE!" at you, but eh, that's no fun.

And I LURVE the Unplugged album. Useta listen to that at a summer job a few years back.
masui on December 15th, 2003 07:04 pm (UTC)
You are never to use the "word" ...Uesta...again. Even just typing it fills my being with an indescribable foulness.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on December 15th, 2003 07:55 pm (UTC)
Even on the Internet, you sound like Gandalf when you're pissed ;-)
masui on December 15th, 2003 08:43 pm (UTC)
you fool of a Took
ninja in the shadows: samus_aranseiryu_16 on December 15th, 2003 11:38 pm (UTC)
Feh. ::waves hand:: Fear nothing that I say, indefatigable Colleen. I an English major be, I'm not going to degenerate into Newspeak or anything. This language is to be appreciated and preserved, but hey, it's also linguistic silly putty. I won't type u... that thing often, but when I'm feeling like typing only quickish, I'll toss it out there. But I can't stand people regularly spelling "alot" and suchness. Hm.

Just rest assured I won't do it carelessly. ::wink::
Lady of the Greengreen_truth on December 17th, 2003 10:53 pm (UTC)
Non-smoker offers lunch/dinner/coffee@smokefreelocation if desired