your music to the world!
source of inspiration have been hanging in my heart since 2001.
But because of my ignorance of recording techniques ( its is still
mediocre) and music skills and technique, i have to wait till i
am more accomplished before i can procced to express my feelings
more adequately. My grandfather was one of my best friends in the
world. He loved me dearly and always blessed me with things. But
in 2000, i learnt that he had lung cancer and it was in the terminal
stages. "sniffle". i feel like crying just thinking about it.
During chinese new year, he had trouble breathing. so far, it was
the worst new year i had because of the overwhelming burden of his
suffering. i prayed with him and the next day, my parents decided
that he had to go to the Hospital. stepping into the backseat of
his favourite car, he looked back and sat right in between the back
seat. i saw his silvery hair which was black just months ago. He
ware a cap and sat upright like he was ok. but i know he was suffering.
When he left home that evening, he never came back. i waved goodbye
and my eyes followed that blue mercedes away into the evening.
grand father is so brave. He went through radiation and chemotherapy
but it was all in vain. He knew he was not going to make it. he
instructed the doctor to not give him any more medication, but just
give him morphine. I saw him one last time. he blessed everyone
in my family and a few days later left peacefully after going into
a coma from the lack of oxygen.
still miss my grandfather today and wrote this song. I ended the
song with the same melody only played in a major, a happier sound
because i know he is with Jesus in heaven. Life goes on...
wrote out the harmony first. then this morning sat infront of the
computer and started throwing out ideas until i formed this peace.
it is a little raw and pls forgive my mistakes. I there is anybad
musician ship or technique, i will appreciate the feedback.
the text on Xinhong's page decribing this song's origins, you'll
no doubt listen to 'The Last Goodbye' noting the heartfelt intentions
behind it. Having lost a family member to that same horrid disease,
Xinhong's sorrow is understandable, to say the least. This song
starts off with a melancholic Spanish-minor feel to it. The composed
themes (the harmonized parts particularly) are very strong. There
is a lot of improvisatory edge to this (somewhat Santana-like, actually),
and at times I wish Xinhong played a little less to truly allow
his melodic intentions come through more clearly. However, when
Xinhong let's a note sit and resonate, his vibrato really conveys
his feelings. (Very nice vibrato, man!) And the energy in his solo
is great! I like how Xinhong uses scalar motifs, not just to put
forth some fast picking, but as more of a rhythmic effectplaying
his own changes (lots of seventh chords) with them too! It's really
great to hear Xinhong play, after being a loyal participant in Intimate
Audio madness for what must be about two years by now. He will be
going off to the army in a matter of weeks. I hope he gets to bring
his axe with him, and that he can somehow keep us updated on his
progress. Either way, his regular presence around here will be missed.
Thanks very much, Xinhong, for all that you've shared with usand
hopefully will continue to! All the best to you :)
name is Lee Xinhong. I am from Singapore. I grew up listening to
MJ, orchestra music and the oldies. I am 19 this year. I use to
play piano but i was not motivated and hated it. I picked up guitar
when i was 15, just strumming chords till htey sounded beautiful
on a classical guitar my sister bought and left lying sround. I
learnt from a chord book i borrowed from a church friend.
when i was 16, i bought an electric guitar. I just played scales
like i would on a piano. Wrong approach. Then later i heard a guy
playing Satriani's "Train of Angels" and i was so moved
by the song. its like my spirit leapt. there and then i understood
the joy of music. I learnt about modes. Pilotofstyle, dale and guv
would remember the anal retentive who would ask about the smallest
details like picking, modes, intervals... i just revised all the
theory i got from my music education. i realized when i was 17 what
serious practise was and with it, no problem would be unconquerable.
I practise at least 2 hrs a day and just tried to practise more
i was 17 i got my first guitar teachers. At 18, i studied under
a berklee graduate and he opened my eyes to more effective practise
and musical understanding. without him, i could not write a song
like that. He taught me to play and enjoy music more than just head
knowlege and how i gave me insight to how i could be myself. I look
forward to studing music in berklee. But more so to remember:
I want to love and be myself
- To be the best guitarist and musician i can be so that i can express
myself spontaneously and well and to put my focus on the practical
aspects of playing guitar.
influence: Dale Turner (hear him pick man!), Justin Ho (teacher),
Joe satriani, John petrucci, Vito Bratta, steve vai, pat metheny,
wonderful God-fearing Bach and the power of ochestras that rely
on just dynamics, phrasing and chorus effect to open the great doors
i want to thank Dale Turner for his love for music and for encouraging
me when i was down and out from discouragement.
want to write music to glorify Jesus, Capture emotions and to share
with people the joy, peace and love i have recieved from my walk
with my saviour, such as my salvation process.
TO INSTRUMENTAL GUITAR
your music to the world!