A Musical Trip to Brunei

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It’s been awhile since I was here but I took an opportunity to record something musical with an old friend of mine when I was on a trip to visit her in Brunei. It’s great to be able to play friends who can keep up with you.

A wonderful four-hand jazz piano piece, Over the Rainbow that was arranged by yours truly. I had arranged this piece a few years back to perform with a student for a Piano Duet Festival in Penang.

Since it’s been quite sometime that we did something fun, we had to do a fun and simple piece to remember by.

 

With more time, I hope to update on something interesting later on.

That’s all for now.

My Love Affair with Sound Recording

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I’m not sure since when but I’m pretty sure I started very, very young on this. I remember having my very first mini compo radio which you can record just about any sound and also radio songs onto a cassette. I used to shut the doors, windows, lights down low to create the ambience for recording my piano playing. My upright piano is positioned at the corner of the living room where it reverb very well off the walls.

Technology improved over time and there was my very first camera phone. I had a 66-key Casio keyboard around secondary school days. I was starting to transcribe song and finding chords. I still have not discovered music notation software yet at that time. Everything was hand written.

Eventually I took up a minor course on Music Technology at university. I was introduced to sound recording on the iPad. It’s hard to deny the convenience of it. I really had great ambitions to record many things to the point where I got an audio interface just for the iPad 2. Unfortunately, I feel dubbed into buying  it and probably a very impulsive buy because 7 years on, I didn’t got much use out of it. I had one too many  demands and many things I wanted to do didn’t work out. At that point of time, I just graduated and was chasing my first career. So little time but many, many ambitions.

With the iPad, I really exhausted a lot of use out of it apart from recording. I used it to do homework, work, entertain and even played gigs with it. Recently, I had to depart with it due to the fact I had a great opportunity to upgrade. With that done, I also upgrade the gear I would need. I got myself an original camera connection kit. It’s crazy I know! It costs a bomb but I think in a long run, it’s a good investment.

For the past 6 months, I up my ante by learning quite a few new instruments: ukulele, cello, recently the bass guitar. The accumulation of basic skills to play quite a range of instruments has upped my desire to get a better and more compatible audio interface. It was risky but I really took my time to do my research this round. In the end, I got myself a Steinberg UR12. I got to use it for my recent Fiverr gig and I’m happy to say the quality is quite good. It surprises me and I surprise myself. I started to record samples of different other things like the ukulele and the cello. Prior to buying the interface, I got myself a Cherub pickup on Aliexpress. It’s really dirt cheap but really worth a try on what I can get from it. It’s not fantastic but it’s not too disappointing.

Ukulele and vocal_Steinberg sample – I never proclaim myself to be a good singer but recording my own voice brings a chill to me somewhat.

Steinberg_cello sample – This recording is giving me more reasons to push myself on playing the cello better.

Due to these recent recording experiences, I’m feeling more enthusiastic on improving my instrument playing.

Sound is really a mysterious thing.

Making resolutions as I breathe and live 

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It’s now post CNY holidays. My goblin fever is slowly simmering but hasn’t died down completely. I’m still bead over heels for gong yoo, wondering whether I will ever meet such a handsome and mature men. In my dreams maybe. Maybe my one, true God will grant that wish one day when I’m ready or will I be ever ready? 
Anyway, this goblin fever also struck a sudden return to my enthusiast days of being a k popper. I’m currently very hooked on Rain’s dedication song to his newlywedded wife, Kim tae hee. It’s called The Best Present. Very aptly named for the occasion and very very catchy for listeners. Though I still understand very little Korean, but music emotes feeling through sound. You can just feel the love and romance oozing out from the sound of the music. I love the song so much so I learned to play the bass guitar today. It took me this long to try this instrument. The song is in C, so it was pretty easy to catch on the noted on the fret. I love the fact that my first bass guitar cover has a wide range of notes to play with and I think I will get more creative as I play it more often. 

My bass playing  https://youtu.be/XTmow1KNDHY

The bass strings are way thicker than my cellos such that I sometimes use two fingers to press on one note. The tip of my middle finger feels rather raw now but I guess it will only help thicken my fingers faster for my cello playing. Another concern I had was confusing the open strings of cello and bass guitar. I realize it wasn’t too bad. It has only increased my understanding and appreciation of string instruments. Seems like the human brain is quite capable of many things. I will only know get to know myself more as I delve more into these new things.

 I have to admit that the reason we see so few female bassist is because the bass is really, really heavy! I couldn’t last more than 10 minutes in it by standing. Now I understand why quite many bassist do sit while playing. It does make your shoulder ache and since it was my first time, squeezing my right arm over the bass to play the notes was quite tiring after a while. Perhaps it’s a posture issue that I will have to resolve. Soon, I will know. I guess this could also be the reason why I don’t see many bassist with good posture? Perhaps I’m wrong but these are my observation and thoughts. 

While I was showering earlier, I realize I really have a lot of things I want to do. Hmmm…. Time will tell how much I am capable of accomplishing my ambitions. It’s still early in the year and I can’t stress how incapable I am of making resolutions but one thing is for sure, I’m making them as every second, minute, hour, days and months goes by as much as I do and still can breathe. 

Who said late bloomers won’t shine?

Learning new things everyday

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I still haven’t got around to write up this interesting post that I promised earlier. Note to self, don’t make promises you can’t keep!

It has been a tiring week but exciting one as I was completing a fiverr gig that I received on Saturday.

It was an interesting one due to the nature of the gig. Nonetheless, I was excited to get my very first gig. It required me to listen to Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto which was more than half an hour. My poor bum is suffering from sitting so long!

It has been such a long time since I listened to classical music. So the gig was worth it!

If you’re interested to know what kind of services or gigs I provide at fiverr, check out my profile  https://www.fiverr.com/cherylynmusic

My Patreon Campaign is Up!

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My road to social media-dom is not easy. Work and play finds it hard to balance at times and lately I’ve been  really preoccupied with things that doesn’t allow me to do what I want but we find time for the things we love, don’t we?

I finally uploaded my Patreon campaign video and boy is it tough!

I’m quite camera shy and speaking and looking at a video recording is really, really hard for me! And here I am, a teacher who speaks to a class of 25. It’s totally different when you’re speaking to the world, ya know?!

Well, there’s always a first time to every thing and hope this campaign goes well!

Please do check out my Patreon Page and be my patron if you’d like: Cherylynmusic @ Patreon

Leadsheet: 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

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My very first transcription of a Praise & Worship song.

This song has impressed me the most in my journey with God.

The leadsheet is available as a picture file and pdf which are available below.

Matt Redman version

I would love feedback to improve on this.

God bless!

10000-reasons-bless-the-lordClick here for pdf : 10000-reasons-bless-the-lord

Relaunch of cherylynmusic.wordpress

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It’s been quite awhile that I’ve abandoned this WordPress.

I hope to revive it with new material.

Since my last few entries, I have moved on to new horizons – change of school. My responsibilities are much different from before. Nonetheless, I’m still doing my job as an educator.

Now, I aspire to create content as part of my own personal development.

You might see more educational content like leadsheets and self-made music videos. Since starting my new job, I have an iMac at my disposal. It is indeed a very powerful machinery that I have used so far. It has also proven very useful in creating multi-frame videos that I’ve been wanting to do for quite sometime. I’m slowly getting a hang of using Quicktime Player, iMovie and Garage Band. It has proven somewhat challenging as I was very used to using Garage Band on the iPad. I guess it’s time to upgrade my skills.

Since returning to my hometown, I have joined my church’s worship team and now on probationary mode. So far, I have attended two practices and I have so much to learn, especially repertoire. I decided to take the initiative to create leadsheets that will be very useful for musicians like me. I’m very much a visual learner and my ear is slow in picking melodies and harmony. I’m also very sure this initiative will also benefit others who might come across this WordPress.

If this is the first time you come across this WordPress, please be patient and I hope you will like the future content. I would also appreciate feedback on those future postings too.

Here’s to continuous learning!