Intonating Your Guitar

I called BS about intonation best practices, but i was WRONG!

Everybody on the Interwebs talk about the importance of intonating your guitar in the playing position, rather in the supine, workbench, setup position, ‘cuz gravity (#LOL). I always called BS on this, because how could a 90-degree rotation of the instrument at the same altitude above sea-level possibly affect the sound of strings? Am-I-Rite?!? I’m wrong!

Scientific tests performed by Yours Truly confirm that there is a very noticeable difference in the position of the instrument that translates to how clean the notes sound, and if you intonate your instrument in the “setup” position, you’re doing yourself a disservice, and your sound will suffer! #TrustMe

Intonating an electric guitar

Intonation; simple, but not as easy as you might think.

OGNDY plays Be My Lover by Alice Cooper, April 13 2022

The first song I ever learned on guitar. Only 3 chords, and proudly performed for the entire neighborhood in a 3-mile radius all the way (at least!) to Hellerud Matsenter. @FrankHopka might remember that particular moment in history. It didn’t sound anything like this, as I may have picked up a thing or three in the last half-century. Apologies for the sloppy lead as I only re-learned it yesterday. Enjoy! #AliceCooper #Killer #BeMyLover #OGNDY

Felines For Ukraine

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The International Feline Federation (FIFe) has slapped Russian-owned cats with with a sanction banning them from competing in its shows in response to #Russia‘s invasion of #Ukraine.

Yup, that’ll tell #Putin. I had three cats from a local shelter in Norwalk, CT, for almost 20 years, of mixed race, at least 50% #RussianBlue. I spoiled them rotten, feeding them human grade raw chicken on a daily basis. I must be a colluder of sorts, possibly on a #CIA watch-list; one of the deplorables, for sure. Seriously, of all the stupid shit people do to signal their virtue, this has got to be the stupidest.

This post may be taken down without notice, since I’m using Russia Today as a source. Disclaimer (as if I need one): NOT SHILLING FOR FUCKING #PUTIN, but when propaganda is the (almost) exclusive source of information offered to the public (#sheeple, #NRK, #Norwegians, #DAX18), somebody has to take a principled stand. Stay tuned for my next update brought to you from Guantanamo Bay. #LetsGoBrandon!

A picture of Dingo (RIP, buddy!), a mixed-breed Russian Blue feline (the only pic I had handy), now discriminated against by FIFe.

Top Five National Anthems of the World

Disclaimer: Yes I am biased, but I’ve tried to set my personal feelings aside as much as I can. I’ve graded based on gravitas, solemnity, ability to invoke patriotic feelings etc. I’ve also tried to exclude political affinity and my own national pride(s). E.g. I have serious issues with the UK’s lyrics, yet I rate the song highly.

#1. The Russian (Soviet) National Anthem. I don’t understand a word they sing, but the song, particularly when paired with the imagery of WWII (which the Soviet Union bore the brunt of, at the very least in terms of casualties, in the fight against Germany), is extremely powerful. For this purpose I don’t give a fuck about Stalin’s nasty side. An indisputable #1.
#2. The Norwegian National Anthem: Yes, I’m heavily biased, but, this version at least (choir only, no pompous orchestral arrangements), elevates the song to a clear 2nd place IMO. It’s not so much about being the best in the world as it is about prevailing in the face of overwhelming adversity, and is indicative of the spirit that gives Norwegians the honor of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the world (as laughable as that has become since giving it to the war-chieftain-in-command Barack Hussein Obama). To me it’s goose-bump inducing as fuck. If you have no connection to Norway, your mileage may vary.
#3. The UK National Anthem. As I indicated, I have serious issues with the worship of a monarch, but the tune succeeds in evoking nationalistic feelings of superiority, which I guess is the intention when you’re a world power in serious decline, but still harbor delusions of grandeur on the global stage (I speak from a position of having observed Brits in their natural habitat for quite some time). The pomposity and arrogance has no match.
#4/#5. I’m splitting this one between Germany and the USA. Germany, if they hadn’t chickened out and changed the “Deutschland, Deutschland über alles” bit cuz national guilt, would have edged ahead of the Yanks, perhaps even the Brits. The ‘muricans (again, I’m biased, this being my song) get less love than the others because it’s a tad show-tuney in a cocky/NKOTB kinda way (lacking in gravitas). I know from personal experience that Americans are quite rabid about their national anthem, playing/singing it at all sorts of events that the rest of the world finds curious, equating standing with your hand on your heart, stonefaced, at a baseball game while some pop star with piss-poor pitch belts out the song, with patriotism. Perhaps a sign of a young nation’s insecurity in manifest destiny and American exceptionalism.
I’m sure there are many great national anthems I haven’t even heard of. Please point them out to me as I’m always eager to learn. (The Swedish and Danish national anthems are jokes, BTW, as is the Sámi soga lávlla & the new-fangled Black national anthem in America. I feel that needed to be said.)
I hope sincerely that the British and Norwegian monarchies (along with any other such idiocy, wherever it may manifest itself) die out when the current monarchs, queen Elizabeth and king Harald, die, as it is my firm belief that monarchism in the 21st century is an anachronistic abomination, and anyone who doesn’t see the absurdity of a hereditary Head of State dynasty is blind, dazed and confused beyond reason.

When I Grow Up I Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star!

Old geezer learns Black Sabbath

The godfathers of Metal - Black Sabbath

When they were young: The godfathers of Metal – Black Sabbath

Hey, I started playing guitar @ 16 and quit at 17 (bad move!). At 62 I still want to be a rock star, arthritic hands and all, so I decided the Old Geezer needs to learn Black Sabbath on guitar. Here’s my first attempt at recording just a few weeks after acquiring my new setup: a cheap Strat-type guitar of the brand Morgan and a Focusrite 2i2 interface to get it into my computer where I can record with the free DAW Cakewalk by BandLab. Enjoy and play nice!

When I Grow Up I Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star! Tenkte jeg skulle gjenopplive ungdomsdrømmen om å bli råkkestjerne. Det er aldri for seint å lære ei gammal bikkje nye triks! Kjøpte meg en gitar og noen opptaksgreier fra 4sound på Forus utenfor Stavanger (greie, kunnskapsrike og hjelpsomme karer!) og her er det første resultatet: Introen til Into The Void av Black Sabbath. Ække helt sikker på hvorfor trollet vises som thumbnail, siden jeg hadde valgt et annet bilde. Oh well…

My SEO plugin says I need to add more text, so here’s a filler paragraph. 1) I need to add my chosen key-phrase which happens to be Old geezer learns Black Sabbath several times to earn some Google love. 2) I need at least 300 words to get a passing grade from Yoast (which I am hereby trying to do). I guess mentioning Black Sabbath a few more times won’t hurt. I’ll have to run this through Google translate for a Norwegian version in order to boost my word count. Let’s hope the Google bots don’t flag this as meaningless filler text. Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit Amet…

Seo-pluginen min sier at jeg trenger å legge til mer tekst, så her er et fyllstoffavsnitt. 1) Jeg må legge til min valgte nøkkelfrase som tilfeldigvis er Gammel geezer lærer Black Sabbath flere ganger for å tjene litt Google-kjærlighet. 2) Jeg trenger minst 300 ord for å få bestått karakter fra Yoast (som jeg herved prøver å gjøre). Å nevne Black Sabbath et par ganger til vil vel ikke skade. Jeg må kjøre dette gjennom Google translate for en norsk versjon for å øke ordtellingen min. La oss håpe Google-robotene ikke flagger dette som meningsløs fylltekst. Lorem Ipsum Dolor sitte amet…

Polet Vurderer Å Fjerne Treliters Papp-Vodka

Vodka, det er fali’ det.

Men hvorfor? Hadde det ikke vært bedre, og i forbrukerens (deg og meg, det norske folks) beste interesse å avskaffe monopolet og la markedskreftene rå? Hva er Statens (legitime) interesse i å regulere hva vi kan kjøpe, hvor og når vi kan kjøpe det, og hva det skal koste? Rasjoneringstida etter krigen er over og vi lever ikke i Sovjet-Unionen, så svaret skulle være enkelt.

Monopoltyranniet vil ikke at du skal had det, Kjøp mens du kan. Eller brenn skjøl…

 

Joe Rogan and Ronnie Coleman are full of shit!

I can’t prove it, but something’s on fire and I’m pretty sure it’s Ronnie’s pants. While I’m not a Ronnie Coleman-type success story (obviously, and mainly, but not entirely, because of genetics; that part is true), I have been around gyms and the bodybuilding milieu longer than Ronnie has, and been part of, and observed, the “steroid scene” since the late 70s.

There’s an insane difference between what people took in the late 70s/early 80s and business-as-usual in the twenty-aughts. I’m pretty sure what Arnold took in an entire twelve-week prep to a Mr O was equal to or less than what Ronnie or any equivalent mass monster of his caliber/era coasted on on a weekly basis during downtime. Hell, late teens and twenty-somethings today with no ambition other than to impress girls and get laid are out-drugging the Champs of the Golden Era (defined as the time before the ascension of Dorian Yates). I also agree with the guy who commented that the best part was Joe feigning ignorance on the subject.

That said, I admire Ronnie Coleman and think he’s a legend of bodybuilding, but don’t be fooled; “Just the basic stuff, some test and d-ball” and quitting cold turkey between shows is BS. And by that I mean BULL. FUCKING. SHIT!

MUST HAVES (to give my life purpose)

  • $80 Glarry Telecaster (to find out if I can even relearn to play at 1977 level and also use as an experimental modding platform). Check!*
  • A 5-gallon bucket full of Telecaster hardware & electronics. Check!*
  • Basic practice amp Check!*
  • Tube amp/combo
  • Nice modeling amp(?)
  • Something nicer T-style Check!*
  • Something nicer S-style
  • EVH Standard Check!*
  • Something nice (Shecter Omen Extreme-6 Check!*).
  • Something ES 335ish Check!*
  • A bass
  • Basic tools for guitar setup and maintenance Check!*
  • Some basic pedals
  • Electronic drum kit
  • Keyboard/MIDI controller
  • Basic recording equipment incl. mics, interface & software Check!*
  • Learn how to make guitars

* All checked items are currently in a warehouse in Newtown, CT, USA (10.23.2021). <extremely_sadface>