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Monday, September 24, 2012

Play Guitar: Tips To Help You Play Faster


I am not a professional guitar player but I know how to play guitar. My teacher always told me to practice each day to hone my skills. There are only a few songs I can comfortably play using my own guitar. One of these songs is Green Day's Walking Contradiction. The chords are easy. But I need to practice more so I can play guitar fast.

According to my teacher (may he rest in peace), the most important thing about learning how to play this musical instrument is to start slow. You need to know the proper fingering and technique. If you have a metronome, you should set it at slow speed first then work your way up to faster speed. It could be boring at first but it could help you master how to position your fingers to get the right chords.

When you start to play guitar, you must learn how to relax yourself, your hands, wrists and arms. When you have tensed muscles in those areas, you will not be able to play perfectly. Slow it down if you get tensed when playing faster. Eliminate first the tension before you speed up.

Be patient all the time. When you are a novice guitar player, it is easy to get discouraged if you do not strike the right chords the first time. But you must understand that you cannot be like Slash overnight. You have to practice, practice, practice in order to progress.

And of course, you must have the right guitar that you can practice with. It should have the right size and is set up for your skill level. For novice players, they must use a guitar with strings that are not difficult to press down. In this way, they will not hurt their fingers when they are trying to play some music.

If the guitar lessons seem to be complicated, you should not give up. Try and try until you get them perfectly. As long as you practice each morning (I did it for a few months and it really helped me with my speed), you can improve your fingering style. Do not worry about the callouses you have developed. They can help you play better.

Okay, I will leave now and will practice how to play "The Scientist" of Coldplay again. It is a beautiful song with  difficult chords.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

What Is Copyright? -- Important Things To Remember About Copyright


What is copyright? It is a law that protects your work -- be it painting, photograph or a poem. It safeguards the things that you have created against the people who might copy them without your permission. Essentially, it gives you the title as the owner of your creations allowing you to enjoy these rights:
  • Distribute copies or reproduce them
  • Display them publicly
If you do find something interesting on the web and you want to "copy" it, you must consider these things: 
  • Use (not copy) materials that are in public domain only. You can freely use any kind of work found in the public domain. This will include federal government documents. 
  • Quote a statement that you may find interesting. It is acceptable to include a short quotation of a particular material. However, the law only accepts a small portion of a certain material to be included in your work. 
  • Utilize creations that are not copyrighted. There are materials that are not subject to copyright that you can freely use in your own material. These will include short phrases, quotes, titles, slogans, etc. 
There are other things that you must bear in mind if you want to avoid being charged of plagiarism or the act of copying the work of others without their permission. Even crediting the author does not give you the right to copy his/her material. You must explicitly ask his/her permission before you can include his/her works to your own material. 

What is copyright if it does not show any copyright protection notice? According to the current law, every published work is covered by copyright law, whether the protection is expressed or not. 

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Monday, September 03, 2012

How to Increase Height -- Ways to Help You Improve Your Height


How to increase height?

Although I am already considered as "tall," somehow, I still wish to be as tall as Gisele Bundchen or Maria Sharapova. For that reason, I am studying these tips about how to get taller. 
  • Eat healthy foods. By healthy means following a diet full of proteins, vitamins and minerals. Plate must be filled with lean meat, fish, and eggs. Cutting out coffee and tea may also help in increasing the height. 
  • Sleep for at least 8 hours each night. A lack of sleep is one of the reasons people do not grow properly. The body will not grow if the person stays up all night all the time. Inadequate amount of sleep can only slow the growth. 
  • Exercise. This is another tip on how to increase height. There are plenty of exercises a person can perform to gain height. These will include stretching and cardio exercises. 
  • Stop taking synthetic medicines. Synthetic drugs are said to inhibit the growth of a person. In order to avoid being sick, it is advisable to eat healthy food and perform regular exercises. In this way, a person can avoid taking synthetic medicine. 
How about natural supplements? Some natural supplements promise to help in gaining height. But most of them are ineffective, unfortunately. 

Because each person is different, these tips on how to increase height may or may not help you gain more inches in height. 

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