Did you see what I did there? Combining exercising with ax, a term some people use to describe a guitar, clever no? Not certain when that terminology came into use, or when the riffs musicians played came to be known as chops? But as a species we do like to change things up, to keep it interesting. It was very probably someone trying to be clever that brought about such changes to descriptive analogies amidst the mix of humanities linguistic propensities. I personally don’t think things ever get boring, and this post is about the need to be interested in order to make progress.
About the image
Why is there an interest to share the vicissitudes of my life thusly? I don’t know, but there it is, a mangled morass of my mental ambiguity modified for mass consumption. I multitask to make this. First as a digital journal entry of my scatterbrained thoughts and then, by further manipulating that output I can express my experience of life to the light of day. The thoughts rendered thusly can then be considered processed by me and leave something of interest I feel comfortable sharing. There is also video of the process, to add as a visual backdrop for music I generate. That will be available when the next musical composition is finished.
If you like this digital distortion of my thoughts and would like to see it in full, without the ‘Sonique Spiderweb Title’ obscuring the image, email me and I will send a .jpeg.
In the mean time here is another strand from the Sonique Spiderweb.
So I have been demonstrating the Sonique Spiderweb within the framework of the Ionian in the key of A. I have went through all the basic modes thus far now leading to the Aeolian in F# a natural minor scale.
So once again as with all modes Ionian, we have all the notes in A major but F# is the root making the A note the minor 3rd in the sequence.
The natural minor is remarkably fun to play in, and offers so much to use in any number of corresponding chord sequences, in whatever key we are playing in of course.
This is a fundamental skill that can best be appreciated by applying it within our practice.
The point of learning to use the scale to develop improvisational skill is demonstrated here in this short video about the mode.
FINDing THE WILL TO MAKE PROGRESS.
What is of interest when we imagine reaching our musical goals?
Performing a song perfectly, proficiently, painterly? That term ‘painterly’ I mean as a painter paints, the brush strokes they use to express a tree or mountain for example, may not look like that at all, before the picture is complete. The same with playing a song, we may not hit every note exactly but we have sufficient grasp of the piece to convey it satisfyingly!
this could also be interesting.
Being on stage performing, playing in a band Your music being streamed online and you’re banking some bucks. Conveying a deep emotion to a significant other. In a recording studio, comping some riffs for another musician you admire. Writing music to inspire, to incite insight, to invigorate innovation.
options require CHOICES be made
Regardless of our level of interest though, the consistency of pursuit remains the determining factor in a sense of accomplishment. What are we willing to do so that we can be the musician we want to be? There is a lot of advice available to encourage action in accord with our aspirations, but such motivation can be short lived. I know this to be true, as my blog posting schedule seems to suggest. That is, I don’t really have one!?
Thus in anything we want to do, it helps if the thing that interests us is also compelling enough for our best effort to be engaged. Consistent, constant, constructive, instructive, these are all words that are part of a vocabulary of attempting successful accomplishment. But wait there is so much to…
We CAN DO ANYTHING (+/-) we CANT DO EVERYTHING.
It is problematic to want to do everything. The wanting is possible, the doing is not. There is always something else to pursue or is perhaps easier or more fun to do. Distractions likewise abound and confound, challenging us to try to continue to make any real meaningful progress. If we focus on why we want what we want then we can put in the effort needed to attain the level of success desired. To be a musician this effort will take many forms, practice, study, listening, recording, to name a few. So if we cant do one, another is available. Or we can distract ourselves and do such things later.
What matters and why? To me its all about being interested and involved, and that can have many degrees of intensity and attention. Given time we will become the musician, artist, idealistic aspirant we want to be!
So whatever the goal or task at hand then, please, prudently and patiently pursue the process of making proactive progress possible that are pertinent to your proclivities!
How does the word languish factor into a musical scale, other than the alliterative letter ‘L’ beginning both words? Well there is the time I spent putting this together. Hoping for a useful result.
So I imagined a person alone lying on on a guitar fret board somewhere with an arm outstretched to a stormy sky yearning for…
Some traction in gaining some useful working knowledge of the guitar.
I imagine many experience a struggle in that effort. That might feel like one is toiling and not making much if any progress.
Even after many years of playing I have sometimes felt that way.
Results might not even be seen or seem relevant to the end one imagines the effort should be leading to.
Nevertheless lessons continue to present themselves.
Lydian wants to exclaim “learn about me, I am interesting and worth knowing”
But wait there’s more !?
But we might rather right now be, watching TV, trying to get to sleep, looking at alternative art on Pinterest, reading comic books, drawing, rearranging the furniture, anything but advancing guitar playing ability, the audacity!
However to get to another level as a musician we have to approach our efforts dilligently.
A claim of being this or that, of going to do this or that, will make no difference until the this or that is actually done!
Despite compulsions, the weather, various obligations all around. We can usually choose to do what we want, we just might need to focus our intention into attention.
That seems simple enough, so how can we stimulate momentum in the direction of our goals?
Answers but the questions still remain
Some questions might help.
(Why) am I working at this? ( I put why in parenthesis because, I think most times it is not needed to ask a question.
And ‘am I ?’ suggests that we have more control or capability in the equation than we give ourselves credit for)
So my answer to ‘am I working at this?’ is: Here is an opportunity to grow as a musician, to further develop skills that I want to share. I want to take music seriously and to share my enjoyment of the creative process.
Which in my case, is a perpetual work in progress.
Is it enough to be creative without any reward or recognition?
YES. I would still be and am creative sans reward or recognition. I have to be to survive this existence. AND. To create something and attempt to share it, with so many options available to do so these days. NO. Recognition and reward are not my tasks as a creative.
That is someone else’s task to recognize or ignore, reward or refute. Though as I think of recognition and reward now, I realize that in fact:
the mind never stops making connections
re = again; cognition = to learn; is happening within and,
re= again; ward = to watch over (of germanic origin); it is rewarding in and of itself to produce something even if the only one enjoying the result is the one making the effort. But that is rarely the case. I believe we cannot undertake a creative task with out having the effort affect us and subsequently those with whom we interact in some particular way, regardless if the result produced is put on display or not.
However I didn’t get to this point in my existence without input from and acknowledging the efforts of others
SO. Creative output can and should be shared as best one can for any of the above to have an effect.
inciting insight invigorating innovation
What do I hope is going to come from this effort? A blog post that incites insight and invigorates innovation.
An outlook, an approach, a take on life and the making of music that keeps it real and at the forefront of my life
What I offer to benefit myself and any one else that might find this then, is another video demonstrating how to use the sonique spiderweb with an emphasis on the Lydian mode as found within the Ionian in the key of A major. Languishing in the Lydian video link
While the obvious forward and across the fret board approach is all that is needed for a cursory understanding of the scale.
Should one be so inclined to develop it to another level I offer my take on the subject.
There are many ways to play scales on the guitar that are unique and instructive.
Which can advance ones musical vocabulary significantly.
These that I offer can of course be applied to other scales and modes, as knowledge of the fret board becomes increasingly innate or 2nd nature.
The options available to have scale study impart a unique aspect to ones musical vocabulary can thus always be improved upon.
There is truly a wealth of possibilities available in the so called ‘basics’ if one can make some time to for it!
There is a Turning the Lydian inside out.pdfof some of the scale studies I’m advocating, available here as I’ve recently got some new software that helps me to produce that. Hope it proves useful!
The above original image is available to purchase. 18″ by 24″ ink on mixed media paper
So I like to be practical and somehow creative. How to multitask so I can do what needs to be done, as well as, do what wants to be done?
Combinations can work. I have had jobs that afforded me a lot of free mental space to think about things that were not work related, sex notwithstanding. Coming up with new ideas that can be utilized outside of the employment paradigm, wherein I want to be proactively and productively creative!
One such example comes to mind. Once whilst stocking shelves I thought up a game for my 5 year old grand niece (is that a thing?) to play. This involved hiding several of her toys about the house and yard, leaving written clues next to each that lead to finding one after another, and of course blaming it all on the cat! She enjoyed that so much she asked for more of the same. So I consider that and what follows a form of multitasking.
So I also want to express myself to myself sometimes, putting things down on paper sounding out my thoughts as it were. Sometimes stream of consciousness stuff, sometimes pragmatic, sometimes wistful and sometimes pedantic. Not stuff I need to share with the world but need to get out of my head for one reason or another.
I have found away to do that and make something in the process.
Art from journaling.
When writing with this intention, the words I am thinking, get scrawled on the page in a rather haphazard and non linear fashion. As well as in a variety of handwritten fonts and sizes and languages, to say nothing of direction, oops just said something of direction.
Then in the clearly monochromatic style that has been my go to for ever. And within the spaces between the marks made from the letters written, I color (?) those in.
music and media to incite insight and invigorate innovation.
Here is a 2.5 minute video of the effort, and some additional artistique expression.
As I look at/within these combinations of letters, color, of light and dark, I seek some indication of what interests me. Or maybe I’m just projecting desire into the result of the endeavor?
I ask (sarcastically sardonic) ‘if only there was some way to know what I really want ?’
Mundane proclivities aside, and aren’t they all mundane ?
The want is to matter!
As we are made up of matter, and have interests that matter, sometimes wondering, what’s the matter? Seeing the word in these contexts begs the question. Does it matter?
But there is no escaping that this is a significant part of existence.
So figuring out how to do that, how to matter and realizing the many ways in which we already do, can and does make it all the more challenging and interesting to continue to do so. I hope you know you do.
Here it is for any to use. I am doing what I can as I am able, to show its utility as a musical instruction device but it can do more than just teach. Which if you decide to track my trajectory of haphazard blog posts and video demonstrations will eventually become evident. So a little more about making one.
As it is rather a bit much to assemble and offer for sale, I am making it available at no charge, as a .pdf (See top of page for PDF link) for you to print and use. Here is a video of how to make one should you be so inclined. So if you want one and do not want to purchase it, here it is for the low cost of your time, effort and careful attention to detail.
If you would like to show appreciation for the effort involved in producing this and the associated material, blog posts, videos, and music that are a part of this enterprise, Donate below.
So there you go. Hope that is not too much pressure, and it is not required but appreciated if offered. As is simply being interested in my invention!
If you watch the video you will see what a challenge it is to manufacture. While the video shows how to make it, it is not demonstrative of how long it takes to produce despite being some 20 plus minutes long. And that is after I cut some material that while, not irrelevant to the process of producing it, it is perhaps not absolutely necessary to show.
All that being said I do feel it has a lot to offer and believe it will be of use to persons wanting to understand notational relationships in music theory displayed simply and alphabetically.
Hopefully the sonique spiderweb will be of value to those who endeavor to increase their musical proficiency and find new and innovative ways to understand musical concepts as a result. What follows is a rather detailed but far from comprehensive explanation of the sonique spiderwebs capabilities. As well as options to purchase an assembled functional sonique spiderweb.
as mentioned previously
So here it is at long last I am letting it out into the wild! Finally filed for the patent, that was my benchmark to letting go.
I can no longer use that as an excuse not to share it! There is a lot to unpack here and I plan to do just that as time permits. I intend that it is helpful to anyone desirous of learning certain music theory concepts. It has a lot to offer in this regard. In particular, the relationships of notes and how those can be utilized to work together in harmonious expression. I have some videos posted of how to use it on my youtube channel. Some basics to get started.
What is this thing we are looking at? Who has devised such a mechanism for capturing the attention of musically inclined persons to satiate their thirst for notational music theory? How does it impart its wealth of information so practical to the study of music? When can it be used to further musical aspirations? Where can I get one? Welcome to the Sonique Spiderweb.
This machination of musical mystery and perchance mastery has been developed over many years and has taken many forms to reach this present iteration!
I have personally put my own hands to work at the task of making this device as useful and easy to employ as possible. I call myself guitarbeau!
With in its dodecagonique shape lies an amazing ability to clearly display in alphabetic form the names of musical pitches found in a mode scale or chord and transpose that information in a snap with a twist or a turn!
This will become evident as we delve deep into its angular lines and tangental appearance to discover pragmatically proffered, perfectly possible potentialities and prudently practical purposes.
The Sonique Spider Web has been constructed in just such away as to not require alternative energy sources to operate, it can be put to use at a moments notice. No wait time, no boot time, no file search, no extension cord needed.
Obtaining it can be as easy or as complicated as you might prefer. Order one from guitarbeau.com As it is hand made and requires some time to assemble it is priced exorbitantly see the website for that information. Or make one yourself with a printable pdf on display at the top of this article that contains just the musical data available for display but with out all the particularly spectacular tantalizing features that make the Sonique Spider Web such a fascinating choice to explore! Though you could develop your own perspective on those features, I’ll share my technique should you want to go that route. Visit the video on how to make the sonique spiderweb.
With out further ado let’s spin this thing and see how dizzy we get!?
THE SONIQUE SPIDERWEB
So there is an abundance of information available here on this 8.5 by 11 inch cardboard invention.
Starting with the outer perimeter.
We have surrounding the sonique spiderweb 12 intervals or scale degrees designated at 12 equal distant sections making a dodecagon or 12 sided shape.
These interval designations are:
the ROOT, a minor 2nd, a Major 2nd / 9th, a minor 3rd, a Major 3rd, a Perfect 4th / 11th, an augmented 4th or diminished 5th, a perfect 5th, a minor 6th, a Major 6th / 13th, a minor 7th, and a Major 7th.
These are the 12 intervals or scale degrees used to define the spaces between musical notes from a root note.
Moving from an interval to another interval can be described as moving in steps.
Either a half step to an interval right next to it.
Or a whole step, to an interval separated by another interval or scale degree. This is a teaching paradigm that I don’t use very much.
inside of the outer perimeter
The next segment of the sonique spiderweb has 7 common modes or scales indicated with in it at specific intervals.
These modes are based on a Major scale and each begin from a subsequent interval of the major scale.
These are designated as:
Ionian: A major Scale begins from a root note
Dorian: A natural minor scale with the 6th interval or scale degree 1 half step or interval higher. Begins from the major 2nd interval of the ionian major scale.
Phrygian: A natural minor scale with the 2nd interval 1 half step lower. Begins from the major 3rd interval of the ionian major scale.
Lydian: A major scale with the 4th interval 1 half step higher. Begins from the perfect 4th of the ionian major scale.
Myxolydian: A major scale with the 7th interval scale degree 1 half step lower. Begins from the perfect 5th of the ionian major scale.
Aeolian: A natural minor scale. Begins from the major 6th of a the ionian major scale.
Locrian: A natural minor scale with the 2nd and the 5th intervals both 1 half step lower. Begins from the major 7th of the ionian major scale.
at the heart of the sonique spiderweb
The inner section of the sonique spider web has the musical alphabet indicated on it in sequential order.
Also indicated are key signs that correspond to the note or notes named in this version these are in the treble or “G” clef.
The note name section of the sonique spiderweb can be rotated to allow for transposing a scale or chord into another key.
sliders hiders blinders deciders
This feature really gives the sonique spiderweb its splendiferous capacity!
Just underneath and at the edge of the sonique spiderweb are movable sliders that can be used to hide or allow the display of the note names of the musical alphabet.
For example: to display an Ionian major scale use the sliders to hide note name data on the inner section:
at the minor 2nd, minor 3rd, augmented 4th/diminished 5th, minor 6th and minor 7th intervals,
and display note name data at the Root, major 2nd, major 3rd, perfect 4th, perfect 5th, major 6th, and major 7th intervals and voila the notes to any major scale
For example with a C note displayed or dialed in at the root we have C,D,E,F,G,A,B.
A C major scale. if you’re an astute observer you will also see the various other modes are like wise displayed along with the major scale.
This is because these other modes are found with in the Ionian major mode or scale!
With a simple turn of the inner web we can dial in any major scale in any key.
but wait theres more!
But that’s not the only scales we can display!
Using the sliders we can display a variety of other scales. All we need to know is which intervals are used in a given scale.
For example to display the notes of a major pentatonic scale.
Utilize the sliders to allow the display of a root, major 2nd, major 3rd, perfect 5th, and major 6th.
And hide all of the other intervals with their associated sliders sliders and voila! A major pentatonic.
Choose what key to play in by turning note name segment so that the desired pitch appears at the root position.
can you display chords? yes you can!
Chords are possible too!
Want to work on major triads. Display a root, a major 3rd, and a perfect 5th, hide all other intervals and dial in the root note you want to work with.
Want to add a minor 7th reveal the note under that slider and add it to the chord voila!
Want the major 7th instead a simple swap of slider position at the corresponding intervals, et encore voila!
What about something esoteric like a F#diminished 7th chord I discovered whilst playing we are the champions by queen.
This neat chord can be played from any interval and look like itself on the guitar fretboard and use the same notes albeit in different positions.
At least that’s how it occurs to me.
the intervals involved are: a root, minor 3rd, dim 5th, major 6th.
Look how it appears on the sonique spider web, we have root interval open going clockwise 2 intervals hidden, another the minor third open, continuing
clockwise 2 more intervals closed, then the diminished 5th is open, then 2 more intervals closed, the major 6th open, then 2 last intervals likewise closed.
A step and a half betwixt each pitch evenly positioned yet sonically amazing can you believe it.
there will be more to come
So those are the basics basically. Moving forward there will be more opportunities to study and put the sonique spiderweb to use that should provide a lot of fun.
I have made an adjustment in the manufacture of my device to make it more economical.
normal cost $20.00 til 8/14 $16.00
the sonique spiderweb
a music theory teaching aid to display alphabetic note name data and intervallic relationships betwixt that data. shipping is included.
I fancy myself a creator. I am usually working on one project or another. The Sonique Spider Web being my coup de maitre, the master stroke, that I hope to launch here shortly. But being a perfectionist, which is just another word for procrastination or fear, I become distractible. Wanting to do many things, too many me thinks. I’ll start another project before finishing the first, see the Sonique Spider Web above, I’ve been at that since 2004!. So being true to nature here is another distraction to perfect.
Something to …
Design it yourself. The idea, guitar straps that can be embellished however you might like.
The concept seems inventive enough, and has potential to generate ideas galore.
The strap material white poly-propylene is a challenge to put a mark on but..
it cAN BE DONE
DEVELOPING THE IDEA Not sure what marking to test the material with, experimentation was in order. Many markers and pens worked though not as easily as I would have hoped. The strap material is not flat like a piece of paper or willing to absorb ink in away that might be preferred. Here are examples of some designs and various means used to draw on it.
That is supposed to be a VENOM likeness for a friend of mine.
And then they came into existence
SHADOW DRAGONS / DRAGON SHADOWS
Coming from a place of fascination, and idealization were they bred. Imagination brought them into existence. And, like they who construed them, they take many forms and personalities. Playful, personable, proactive, problematic, perplexing, perturbing. A plethora of types to fill the imagination with wonder and enthrall their advocates and detractors alike.
These silhouettes can be made from many materials, these seen here are cut from of leather and a much easier to work with foam material. Attached to the strap by way of a pin, or 2 sided tape and velcro loop material these can land anywhere one might prefer. Size may matter. I currently am training a purple suede shadow dragon to monitor my practice regimen and determine how well it holds up.
As with many creative endeavors, the refinement process can be embellished and improved upon. Novel and I think more attractive solutions to the original design will offer alternative expressions in visual appeal. These will of course be developed further as opportunity affords, not to mention the potential of other creatives to run with the idea and elevate the art form to ever new and interesting levels.
I call the ones with the wide wingspan divebombers and the narrow ones wasps!
music and media
As musical paraphernalia that can be deployed as a statement of what your interests are, you can decorate your strap how you see fit. Putting on display to your audience the things that matter to you and uniquely identify and endear you to your fans.
Or if you’re a fan and want to express yourself to a favored musician whose instrument is supported by a strap and that can be decorated to demonstrate your appreciation to that musician you can do that too!
insight and innovation
Given the never ending cacophony of ideas and ideals there are to pursue it can become distractive at times to focus whole heartedly on one thing in such away as to bring it to fruition in any period of time.
Fruition can mean many things, as far as artistic endeavors are concerned, getting it out there to be seen or heard is probably the foremost thing.
This takes time and patience which often can benefit the result even if the process may seem to stall. That doesn’t mean things are still or nothing is happening at some level.
Despite imposing consternations that want to deter a project. If the interest is great enough to start, it can be enough to finish.
Given some time and recognizing that it like wine, things can and do improve with age if such is worked on, the process will bring such efforts ever closer to realization.
It may seem obvious and redundant to say, but we pursue that which interests us the most regardless of what we might think or say we are interested in. We do what we want for the most part when given the freedom to do so. So it stands to reason, that when given the opportunity of a choice, what is the interest that propels us to action, and what does it say about us that we choose this or that to focus and act on?
I say this as I look forward to a day of labor at various tasks that while doing them I find myself wishing I was doing something else.
But the option to choose is always in one way shape or form, more or less available and those choices are rife with endless possibilities to distract. So then, what can propel the creative choices that are desired when the time is available to act on them?
in a word, begin
As already mentioned a lot of what gets started takes awhile to get where it is going, but won’t get there if it never starts. And if it starts then stalls but still seems like it wants to go, remember where the motivation came from in the first place and fill the tank with that and with a word closely related to begin, continue.
If you would like to purchase a Strap with a Shadow Dragon see below. Or Contact me for more details.
White Guitar Strap with Shadow Dragon Silhouette various colors
White Poly- propelene guitar strap that can be decorated as you see fit. See examples in the blog.
Includes 1 Shadow Dragon Silhouette that can be attached via velcro to the strap, various colors sizes and silhouette shapes.
Making an impression in the digital realm is not as easy as I thought it would be. I have been spending time generating artistic and musical content but not at the level I would like it to be. And then there is the ownership of it, specifically the rights of ownership as in copyrights. Generating new items, songs, art, is fun and invigorating but sharing it presents problems. Thinking it is so good that it has to be protected from theft so that I might get the full benefit of my brilliance, i.e. money! I should be so well regarded that someone would think enough of my skill to steal from me! I bring this up because there are alternatives to copyright.
Gwenn Seemel a visual artist has written about this in her book “You Share Good” and spoke about it in a Ted Talk. Also has made a success of her efforts at producing art as a non copyrighted effort. By placing her work in the public domain she has at the very least eliminated one hindrance I seem rather effective at using to prevent me from ‘sharing good‘. Mistrust and the sense I might lose out if the work is not properly “caged in a copyright”. Or the other seemingly more relevant fear, my creations will be co-opted and used against me, by not allowing me to perform or recreate pieces that I developed!?
At this point however it is just fear preventing any sort of display or sharing. I should be delighted anyone would think enough of a creative endeavor of mine to want to utilize it as they would. Still it is nice to be acknowledged and recognized for ones efforts. I once had some wire sculpture stars I made on display at a swap meet and noticed one had gone missing. Rather than being upset about the loss I was pleased someone found it intriguing enough to take it.
Surprised I was by this perspective coming from my mind.
Well it was taken, (maybe knocked off the table) but I found it a bit later, being kicked about on the ground, completely ignored, and worst of all, discarded by the person I thought had wanted it! I was more bummed by that than the perceived theft. But the emotional response I had to the instance as it initially played out in my imagination was interesting. And it still reverberates today as some sort of perspective or assessment of things that matter to me, that I could make better use of.
Spent part of the week looking at some creative attempts mustered in the past that were to become a series or contribute some refinements to technique. Much was made about them at the time but follow through was wanting. So many songs, new skills to acquire (keyboards), working with pen instead of pencil. Sculpted with wire. Not much of that made it to see the light of day or heard at an open mike at night. Stymied by perfectionism, still it pesters and percolates in the reverb of the mind. Show your work. Below is from a 1990’s sketch book.
So that’s some of the possibilities sought after in the past. I haven’t stopped trying to ARTiculate from time to time, but other concerns seem more important even when blank pages and broken strings could benefit from some attention! Keep Pushin On!
So the web thing is a process and so is life so here I am processing it all to the best of my abilities. Yes that title does say doinf with an ‘F’ to kinda emphasize the point I am trying to make here. It sucks to not know what you are doing and it also sucks to know what you are doing and still be doing it! That’s life and it sucks sometimes. Write now I am trying to forge another path that I have not been accustomed to for a long time. That of sharing and caring about what I have to share and care about. Like most I imagine, it is me I care about the most because well, that’s what it is to be alive, also, ask any cat who or what they are thinking about, I guarantee it will be about themselves! Meouch! That being said I need to find another paradigm to refract on about life so I retooled the Spreadsheet/calendar paradigm to more accurately reflect that which I thought to be more relevant to life experiences or those that which one might wish to , want to or, are having to review before or after choosing. So here it is. More of a proactive questionnaire really.
So the next attempt might be to use the verb ‘BE’ Is, Am, Are, Isn’t, Ain’t Aren’t as a thought provocative. We’ll see if I have that kind of initiative. Oh, I went back to Guitarbeau because its just so much easier to reference and find. Still blogging Idealisticaspirationsunltd.art though!