Artem Repin Flutes
Dec20

Artem Repin Flutes

Check out this video that I did reviewing my Native American Inspired Flutes from www.ArtemRepin.com

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I’m Growing My Fingernails
Sep06

I’m Growing My Fingernails

So I’ve decided to grow my fingernails out. Why? To really dial in my flamenco and classical guitar styles. I really enjoy playing my little beater classical and I have aspirations to actually record an acoustic album sometime next year. If that happens or not still remains to be seen. However, I am growing out my fingernails. I’ve never grown my fingernails and in asking my wife if it would be weird she replied with, “I think it will be a little creepy”. Yeah, guys with long fingernails tend to look a little suspicious, but I’m already a little suspicious so I am okay with it. To take it to the next level I won’t be growing out my nails on both hands. No, just my right hand, my picking hand. The nails on my other hand need to stay short so that I can fret the strings. So yeah, creepy factor, raised! At any rate, I just started this process and it is bugging the shit out of me and my nails are microns longer than the tips of my fingers. This is going to be a long road. Not sure if I can do it, not even sure at this point that it is worth it. Time will tell. Why do it? Well when picking with your fingertips (skin) you get a muted sound. When picking with your nails it is brighter, an asset when playing a nylon string guitar. Why not just get finger picks? Because finger picks are annoying and I want to look a little more creepier than I already am. Ha ha ha. No, seriously, it is strange to be attempting this whole growing my nails out thing. In a way it is stretching me in a few ways. For one I will only use the nails when playing guitar but the length of my nails will always be with me, getting in the way of things, breaking, needing to be groomed, etc. Is it worth it? At this point I don’t know. It could be way more hassle than it is worth, but I am willing to try. Why not just use some Lee Press-On’s? Because that is lame, that is why, and kind of well um….lame. I want my own nails, it is a harder road to take but totally metal, er um…classical…that is if I can stick to it. I am sure typing will be a problem and scratching myself and others…hell, it already is. So what is the point to all of this? Try something new, improve your craft even a little and even if it might fail. Take...

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432hz Why It’s Important
Sep04

432hz Why It’s Important

Earlier this year I started to listen to a lot of Native American Flute (NAF) players, the likes of Mary Youngblood. I’ve listened to NAF for years now and I’ve always loved it. My wife and I listen to a host of New Age type music, atmospheric and songs while we sleep. The NAF constantly spoke to me and it did something inside of me that no other music has really ever done. What it is I cannot explain but it is healing, reviving and emotional. “Music based on C=128hz (C note in concert A=432hz) will support humanity on its way towards spiritual freedom. The inner ear of the human being is built on C=128 hz” -Rudolph Steiner A guitar student of mine happened to have a NAF and I was planning on using the NAF on an upcoming GrimWolf album for an intro to a song. I asked if I could borrow it for a while to learn how to play. He happily let me borrow it. In the coming months I learned how to play and even recorded a few songs. Durring that time I was researching NAF and in a few different areas I was introduced what this article is about, 432hz tuning. You see the standard tuning, or concert pitch, is 440hz where the note A is at 440hz rather. When we tune our guitars, violins, tubas, etc. we are tuning to this pitch. I never really thought about it much it was just the standard and I tuned to it. In reading some of these articles, albeit some of them nutty and laden with nazi conspiracy theories (really), I decided to give it a try with my guitar. Immediately I could feel the difference was. Yes there was a sound change that I could hear but I actually felt it, inside of my body. This lead me from one article to the next and then to youtube videos. Then there was mention of the Chakras and healing with music and sound. Now if you know anything about Chakras you probably know of some new age nut job telling you about some celestial mojo. What you probably don’t know is that the Chakras are actually related to certain glands and organs in your body. You see, when certain frequencies are played it can vibrate those organs and glands and cause healing. What? Yeah, healing with sound in the...

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