For Free or for Fee? 5 Reasons why you’re not making money from music.

For Free or for Fee? 5 Reasons why you’re not making money from music.

  Every kid who has picked up an instrument has always had this dream: to be a real rock star. From jamming in the garage to playing in small clubs in the underground scene to getting discovered by a major label and eventually trashing big shows and cashing in on sold out concerts. The life of a rockstar is always pictured as owning fancy cars and big mansions ala MTV Cribs. But in reality, for the majority of gigging musicians,…

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Scenic Alberta (Photowalk).

Scenic Alberta (Photowalk).

Sometimes words are never enough to describe what the eyes can see. … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … …   … Alberta, Canada. All photos taken using Fijifilm XT-10.

Gear Review: Lindy Franlin Unbuckers on PRS Standard 24

Gear Review: Lindy Franlin Unbuckers on PRS Standard 24

So I’ve recently acquired this PRS 20th Anniversary Standard 24. Looks great and plays great, but I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with its stock pickups. The 20th Anniversary Standard 24 comes armed with PRS’s Vintage Bass (VB) for neck and Hot Fat Screams (HFS) for bridge of which are the typical pickup combination on older PRS models. While the VB/HFS combo does sound good, my recent quest for tone has seemed to have developed a different palate for my now very…

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Lakbayani History Tours: More Than A History Lesson.

Lakbayani History Tours: More Than A History Lesson.

They say you don’t have to re-invent the wheel, but no one ever said you can’t make it cool. Greg Mercado’s Lakbayani History Tours beg to differ from the usual walking tour experience that we’ve all been accustomed to. It has all the ingredients of a typical walking tour, but what Lakbayani brings new to the formula is the much added “Pzaz!” Greg, who’s also a rapper since his youth back in California, occasionally unleashes his hiphop beats and rapping…

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Gear Review: Strymon Mobius and Timeline

Gear Review: Strymon Mobius and Timeline

They say GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) never ends, and when it strikes, it strikes hard – deep in your pockets! The pedal board will never cease to evolve in search of the “perfect tone” as what satisfies the ears today might not be as satisfying tomorrow… Then again, it could just be GAS from watching too many gear videos on YouTube. As a guitarist, I’m more of the Mike Einziger and John Fruciante type who leans more towards tone coloring…

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Guam: A Picture of the Philippines on American Soil.

Guam: A Picture of the Philippines on American Soil.

This will be my second post about Guam since my trip to the island last June. In my last post (click here for the article), I focused on my experiences with Guam as a tourist destination. Having stayed in Guam for eight days, I’ve noticed how much similar it is to the Philippines. For one, Filipinos comprise 26% of Guam’s total population, second only to the native Chamorros who make up 37%. In fact, Tagalog is officially Guam’s second most spoken…

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Gear Review: ZT Club

Gear Review: ZT Club

Bringing an amplifier to gigs is a great way to be able to get a consistent sound wherever you play. But the hassles of lugging them around from room, to car, to bar, isn’t half as enjoyable as hearing them sound. I’ve been using a  50 watt tube amp which is already relatively light, but still considerably hefty.  While I really dig the way it sounds, I find the back breaking lifts quite a nuance. So I thought that I…

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Food Tripping in Kyoto’s Nishiki Market.

Food Tripping in Kyoto’s Nishiki Market.

If you’re looking for other must see places in Kyoto that isn’t a temple, a shrine, or a castle, then head downtown and check out the Nishiki Market. A good walking distance from the Karasuma train station, the market is a long straight stretch of food stalls selling traditional street foods and ingredients. Items here can be bought either raw or ready to eat. There are seated eateries here but I think that the best way to maximize the market…

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