Who is the best Batman’s antagonist, Jared Leto or Heath Ledger?

Casey Chan on Gizmodo has made a good analysis


Have you seen Suicide Squad? Do you like Jared Leto’s Joker or your preferred villain still remains Heath Ledger?

Casey Chan on Gizmodo has written a good article about this two iconic interpretations, and is pretty clear about the winner:

Heath Ledger’s Joker is exceptionally good at attacking Batman’s weakness, rendering Batman’s strength and intimidation useless and using Batman’s moral code (that he can’t kill) against him (because Joker needs to be killed). The Joker also forces Batman to make choices to reveal his true character but also outsmarts him, like when Batman chose to save Rachel over Harvey Dent and ended up with Dent anyway.

But the most important thing that makes Joker the ultimate antagonist is that he and Batman want the same thing: Gotham. Batman wants to save it. The Joker wants it to be in chaos.


And here is a good video made by Lessons from the Screenplay:

The demo of graphic adventure game inspired by “Stranger Things” is available!

Only a few days ago, the creators of the series have suggested that “Stranger Things” could become a video game. No sooner said than done.


Speaking with IGN, Matt and Ross Duffer revealed that the timeline of next season of “Stranger Things” will jump forward a year. And if they could tell the story of that missing year, they’d prefer to do it as a video game:

“…What I really want is a video game”

Ross Duffer

“Like an 8-bit… These fans, a lot of them have done this 8-bit video game art that’s blowing my mind”

Matt Duffer


No sooner said than done!


In the last days, an independent software house, Infamous Quest, composed by Steven Alexander, James Mulvale and Jon Taylor-Stoll, published the first demo of an adventure game (Monkey Island style) inspired by Stranger Things.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbEWclnMDXE

The demo offers only few minutes of game, but that is enough to get an idea of how interesting it can be the final product.

“99 out of a hundred times, the missing kid is with a parent or relative. This is about that one other time.”

The disappearance of Will Byers has the town of Hawkins, Indiana — and Chief Jim Hopper — on edge.

Based on the Netflix series created by the Duffer Brothers.

This is a one-room, point and click adventure game, done in tribute to the series.



More info and downloads

https://infamousquests.itch.io/stranger-things

Tatyana Ryzhkova talks about fingernails length and shaping

In this interesting video, the bielorussian guitar player Tatyana Ryzhkova talks about her fingernails shaping.


Tatyana uses a right hand posture rotated outwards, and this implies an asymmetric length of the fingernails, with the index fingernail visibly longer than the other.



About Tatyana


From her website:

Tatyana Ryzhkova, born in 1986 in Belorussia is one of the most promising young guitar players of the world. Meanwhile, she has the highest click-through rates on YouTube among the classic guitar players. In more than 400 concerts on all continents she won a large fan community due to her fascinating life performance with a combination of virtuosity, emotional dedication and friendly conversation.

Learning with Legends: a session with Pepe Romero

Pepe Romero talks about the Concierto de Aranjuez, The Universe, and Everything!


From the youtube channel of the “Guitar Foundation of America” a useful video in which Pepe Romero talks about the “Concierto de Aranjuez”, by Joaquín Rodrigo.


Pepe Romero


An abstract of his biography taken from DeutscheGrammophon.com:

One of the most celebrated and versatile musicians of his generation on any instrument, the Spanish-born guitarist Pepe Romero has enjoyed a varied and illustrious career. Together with his father, the legendary Celedonio Romero, and his brothers Celin and Ángel, Pepe established the Romeros Quartet — the “Royal Family of the Guitar” — as the leading guitar ensemble in the world. Known for classical performances of dazzling virtuosity, compelling interpretations, and flawless technique, Pepe is also a passionate advocate of the traditional flamenco of his native Andalusia. He has appeared as featured soloist with the world’s greatest orchestras and ensembles, in collaboration with the most celebrated conductors and composers.


The Concierto de Aranjuez


This concerto is in three movements, Allegro con spirito, Adagio and Allegro gentile
The first and last movements are in D major, while the famous middle movement is in B minor.

First movement: Allegro con spirito


The opening movement is based on traditional dances such as the fandango.
The guitar enters with a strummed passage, joined by agile counterpoint from the woodwinds that never overpowers the soloist.


Second movement: Adagio


The guitar strums quietly while the English horn plays a plaintive melody inspired by the saeta, an Andalusian lament sung during Holy Week: the guitar and English horn pass the theme back and forth, and finally the entire orchestra takes it up.

Third movement: Allegro gentile


The last movement is a clever combination of Baroque-sounding counterpoint and dancing, folk-like melodies. 
Various solo instruments and groups pass the final theme back and forth, and after a final grand presentation, the movement and work end delicately.

Andrés Segovia — The Song Of The Guitar

Old but gold!



Several years ago, when I was a young guitar student in the hills around Rome, I met many difficulties to be able to find, in the only music store in the country, this videotape.

Once received, i inserted it into the VCR, where it remained for the months to come: i watched this video many, many times, trying to steal the secrets of the Master.

In a time (i think it was 1996) when the internet was not yet available to everyone, and services like Youtube even remotely conceivable, such materials were very precious.

So you can imagine my surprise when, among the recommended videos from youtube, has appeared this:

The sounds of the Spanish guitar have echoed down these streets since the beginnings of Spanish history. An instrument of the people and rough melancholy echo of the Andalusian soul. In the early years of this century, a young Andalusian boy came here to Granada for the first time. Like all the others, he knew the Spanish guitar

The video

Andrés Segovia tells his life story and performs twelve famous classical guitar scores at Alhambra: directed by Christopher Nupen, Allegro Films, 1976.

The pieces

  1. “Capricho Catalán” by Isaac Albéniz
  2. “La Maja de Goya (Tonadilla)” by Enrique Granados
  3. “Torre Bermeja” by Isaac Albéniz
  4. “Sonata in E Minor” by Domenico Scarlatti
  5. “Minuet” by Jean-Philippe Rameau
  6. “Minuet” by Fernando Sor
  7. “Ballet and Allegretto” by Manuel Ponce
  8. “Gavotte I & II” by Johann Sebastian Bach
  9. “Prelude No.7” by Chopin
  10. “Sonatina” by Federico Moreno Torroba
  11. “Leyenda” by Isaac Albéniz
  12. “El Noi de la Mare” a Catalan folk song

Musician? Here some tips to remain motivated during daily practice!

Stay motivated and avoid burnout!


Useful article by Brent Vaartstra from LearnJazzStandards Blog: 4 things that can help you to stay motivated when you practice your instrument.


Become goal oriented


Setting goals and writing them down can be the difference between success and failure.

I have short term goals that will help me attain my long term goals. Perhaps your long term goals for practicing your instrument will take a year or several months, and your short term goals will be divided into weeks or monthly goals.

In addition to this, when I wake up in the morning I write down everything I need to accomplish that day. These are what I call micro goals.


Have accountability


It never hurts to have someone to push you in the right direction and hold you to the things you said you would do.

Having a mentor of sorts can help you stay focused on your musical goals and give you that extra push.


Don’t burn yourself out


The hard truth is over doing something you love can slowly make it a bit stale. Or it can start to make you frustrated.

I also like to give myself a rule: if I begin to get especially frustrated while I’m practicing I stop. Not to say that when the going gets tough you should give up, but to be conscious of when you are starting to develop an unhealthy relationship with your instrument. At the end of the day, music needs to be fun.


Stay engaged


I find that staying engaged in the music I’m studying will make all of the difference between whether I’m motivated to practice or not.

If you are constantly stimulated with musical creativity, you won’t need to go searching for motivation. Motivation will show up knocking at you door.


The full article

How to Stay Motivated to Practice Your Instrument

Alirio Díaz, the most important venezuelan guitarist and composer, died at age 92

Usually I do not let myself be carried away by the wave of commemorations on social networks when a famous person passes away, but this time I would make an exception.


On the afternoon of Tuesday July 5th, Alirio Díaz Leal has died in Rome at 92 years old.


A short biography

The eighth of eleven children, Díaz was born on November 12, 1923 in Caserio La Candelaria, a small village near Carora in western Venezuela
From childhood he showed a great interest in music. 
His uncle was his first guitar teacher. 
At age 16 he ran away from home to Carora, where he sought better schooling. 
He later went to Trujillo in the Venezuelan Andes and studied saxophone and clarinet under Laudelino Mejías while working as a typesetter in a newspaper.

He also studied English before going to Caracas in 1945 to study the guitar at the Escuela Superior de Musica José Ángel Lamas under Raul Borges.

When the young Venezuelan musician concluded his studies, he traveled to Europe for a post-graduate degree. 
Soon after his arrival he was welcomed by a large group of representative figures of Venezuelan culture, and the Ministry of Education responded by approving a grant for Díaz.

He attended the Conservatory of Music of Madrid, hosted by Regino Sainz de la Maza
Studying here had an excellent effect on Díaz and he gave successful recitals in the most important centers of Spanish culture including Ateneo de Madrid, Teatro Español, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Alhambra in Granada, Teatro Principal in Valencia.

In Siena (Italy), Díaz continued his studies with Andres Segovia at the Chigiana Academy
A couple of years later Díaz became not only the disciple of the Segovia but also his assistant and substitute at the Chigiana Academy.

His last years were spent in Italy, considered his second homeland.


The musical research

Díaz has always held in high esteem the value of popular music and, following in the footsteps of the Master Sojo, during his travels in Venezuela began to devote himself to the collection of songs of popular origin.

Many of them have been carefully harmonized for guitar by Díaz, then published and recorded, and are performed even today in front of audiences around the world.


Worth mentioning are also the research of a musicological point of view of the popular theme, reported largely in his book “Música en la vida y lucha del pueblo venezolano”, in articles written for several newspapers and magazines in Venezuela, and in his autobiography “Al divisar el humo de la aldea nativa”.


Invocación y Danza

In 1961, Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo’s piece Invocación y Danza, dedicated to Alirio Díaz, won the First Prize at the Coupe International de Guitare awarded by the Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (ORTF). 
In turn, Díaz obliged and the next year performed this very difficult solo piece. 
It has also been recorded by Díaz
This was the first of many compositions subsequently dedicated to Alirio Díaz.

Converse made a sneaker with a wah pedal built right in!

With the Chuck Taylor All Stars, Converse is trying to create a new type of shoe that not only fits the rock and roll lifestyle, but actually helps to make it.


The project derives by a prototype of 2013 made by Cute Circuit:

The sole of the All Star uses a micro-sensor that mimics a potentiometer used in wah pedals to pick up foot movement and sending it over Bluetooth to a Mac or iPhone running an effect simulator.

The company hasn’t announced when it will begin selling the Chuck Taylor All Wahs.

The clip above shows guitarist J. Mascis testing the sneaker:


Ok, it’s all really cool … but is usable in ‘real life’, like a real “Cry Baby” pedal?

How to get the best tone and sound projection? Some tips by William Kanengiser

Let’s talk about fingernails shape and attack on the string


A great video of William Kanengiser for Guitar Foundation of America on how to get the best tone and sound projection, in which well explains the principles of his right hand technique, from the fingernails shape to the direction of the attack on the string.


Some infos about William Kanengiser

From his website:

Recognized as one of the USA’s finest classical guitarists, William Kanengiser wasFirst Prize Winner in the 1987 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, as well as in major international guitar competitions in Toronto(1981) and Paris (1983). 
He is known for developing a unique and individual repertoire for his instrument, ranging from arrangements of Mozart, Handel and Bartok, to his innovative excursions into the music of Eastern Europe and the Caribbean.

Game of Thrones Season 6 finale — “The Winds of Winter”

A great episode, a great season finale…


…a great soundtrack!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFK0yG8xG5I


Ramin Djawadi

From Wikipedia:

Ramin Djawadi (Persian: رامین جوادی‎‎; born July 19, 1974) is a German-Iranian composer. Djawadi is best known for his Grammy-nominated, guitar-heavy score for the 2008 Marvel film Iron Man and for the oft-covered theme to HBO’s popular television seriesGame of Thrones.

He is also known for his works on movies such as Pacific Rim and Warcraft or television series as Prison Break and Person of Interest.


The soundtrack of Season 6 is available on Amazon: