Archive for March, 2010

AwAreness: How do you tune?

Posted in Gypsy Carns on March 30, 2010 by Gypsy Carns

So I was in prayer about what to write next and The Holy Spirit challenged me with this thought: “why are you always so serious?  Some folks might want to know about your music and your tunings and how you feel about other issues.” 

So here it is – I use various open tunings – have since 1987.  Mostly generic tunings like open E, D, B, and G. 

Open E is a really fun blues tuning and it is great for playing slide which is what I do 97% of the time.  Just recently got back into regular 440 tuning for the new record AZA – lots of electric 12 string on that. 

The open E tuning is this: the normal tuning of 440 from strings 6-5-4-3-2-1 is E-A-D-G-B-E.    What you do is simulate an E chord with the new tuning 6-5-4-3-2-1 would be: E-B-E-G#-B-E.   So when you strum, it sounds like an E chord, but you are not pressing down on any notes.  It’s very cool and very easy to get started.  Just remember when you start playing that the 5 and 4 strings are now tuned a step higher and the notes you are used to will have changed position.  The 3rd string is a half step higher so those notes will change too.

Now decide on a slide bar.  I have found that if using an acoustic; a metal bar is better, you need a little more weight.  If you are using an electric I think the metal bar goes well with humbucker pickups and a glass slide is better with single coil pickups.

The object is to play in tune.  The slide simulates the fret so to speak.  So keep the slide even with the fret, parallel up and down.  To eliminate string buzz, mute the strings behind the slide with your next finger.  Say you have the slide on your third finger; then gently rest your second finger on the strings BEHIND the slide. 

Now you are ready to get started.  Strum the open chord, all 6 strings, then move the slide up to the 5th fret (A), then down to the 3rd fret (G), back down to open E, then up to the 12th fret (E octave).  You have the ultimate da- da-da-da – Dooiinngg – The blues riff on countless hit records. 🙂 

Experiment once you have this tuning down. If you have any questions give me a yell.

AwAreness: End Times – 2012?

Posted in Gypsy Carns on March 13, 2010 by Gypsy Carns

Science, prophecy, religion…what do you believe?  Who do you get your information from?  There is certainly a tremendous amount of literature, videos and songs on the topic of End Times and 2012.  

As I understand it from a scientific point of view on December 21, 2012 (the Winter Solstice) the earth will be in a particular alignment within our solar system that happens only once every 26,000 years.  What does that mean potentially?  That the earth could tilt on it’s axis, thereby causing catastrophic worldly events. 

The Mayan Prophecy is perhaps the most well-known of the 2012 prophecies.  Many have read into this that it is the end of the world.  It is the end of a worldly cycle.  It is the end of era and the beginning of another.  John Major Jenkins has perhaps done the most research on this topic over a period of years.  He asserts that through his studies the Mayan prophecy does not predict the end of the world but an end to this current age of ego, killing, greed, and the like and the beginning of a new era where mankind is “enlightened”.   

Religion does have a view on this topic.  But in this age religion is a watered down word used by mortal man to justify his beliefs.   I believe that the Bible was inspired of the Great I AM – God Almighty.  His son Jesus Christ makes it quite clear in this written word about the end of time.  Jesus and his disciples are talking on the Mount Of Olives and they ask Him what will be the sign of the end of the age and His second coming.  Jesus states plainly in Matthew 24: 14 – “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to  all the nations, and then the end will come.”  As far as anyone knowing WHEN the end will come Jesus sets the record straight as well in Matthew 24:36 – “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

AwAreness – is it fair?

Posted in Gypsy Carns on March 9, 2010 by Gypsy Carns

We live in a world where good people suffer and bad people prosper.  Is it fair?  No, but it’s life and it’s scriptural.  Jesus even talked about it and acknowledged it.  In Matthew 5: 43 – 45: “You have heard that is was said, ‘You shall  love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” 

Instead of trying to figure out who is right or wrong concentrate on this:  life is uncertain.  Nothing is promised to us.  Even when we accept Jesus Christ as our saviour – we will still have problems and get sick, have to pay bills, have fights with friends…that is all a part of what we are doing  – life. 

But having that relationship helps us to deal with the bad and the good that comes both to us and to the people around us.  If we strive to be the best person we can in Christ that brings blessings…blessings of understanding when times get tough or stressed out.  We have The Holy Spirit to fight for us to show us God’s Will for each of our lives.  That is something the world does not have and cannot get without repentance of sins and being saved by Christ.

So, is it fair – no it ain’t!  Get smart – get Jesus – He alone can help us navigate the waters of life.