MarkGunter.net - nada y nada & yada yada yada
Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 by MarksCarts
A place for all my stuff, somewhat organized, loosely categorized. I'm beginning a new effort to "flesh out" the fantasy of this egocentric e-haven.
In this place, I plan to share anything that interests me. I'll promote the content on Facebook and twitter once I'm up and rolling.
Thanks for dropping by! Take a few moments to browse around, and feel free to comment below on anything that catches your interest.
In previous lessons, we've learned about the names of musical notes and the intervals between them. In this lesson, we begin to apply what we've learned in order to understand scales. This will be the first of very, very few lessons which will ask you to memorize a definition, the definition of a major scale. What Is A Scale? In music theory, a scale is a series of musical notes that follow some pattern. When we learned all the twelve notes of Western music, we were learning a scale; the twelve notes make a series that is called the chromatic scale. The chromatic scale contains "all …continue reading
Alchemy [al-chem-y] noun. 1 : a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life 2 : a power or process of transforming something common into something special 3 : an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting OK, this article is not about alchemy, in the literal sense. It's about doggie poo and creative thinking. You know, some people just seem to have that "Midas touch", succeeding in business ventures …continue reading
The year is 2012. Meghan Voghel, a 17-year-old high school athlete had just won the race of her life to become the 2012 Ohio state champion in the 1,600 meter event. But what happened next was even more memorable for this talented and beautiful young woman. Meghan still had the 3,200 meter race to run, and she was exhausted. She decided to run anyway, determined to finish all events. When Meghan turned the corner on the final lap, she was in last place. Just ahead of her ran Arden McMath, a runner from a rival school. It seems McMath was having a tougher time than Vogel: As McMath neared …continue reading
This is a gallery of unfinished paintings that I've carried around over the years, which were damaged by flood waters in May of 2016. Some of these were 30 years old, others more recent. Some would probably never have been completed. They were never meant to be seen in public, at least not in an unfinished state. Some are quite juvenile in appearance. The only reason they appear here now is because I may not elect to go through the effort of salvaging them now that they are damaged to varying degrees, and I wanted to have a photographic record of them. At the end of the gallery are three …continue reading
In the previous lesson, we learned that the natural notes have names corresponding to the first seven letters of the alphabet. We saw where to find them on a few musical instruments. We learned that the notes are not all located the same distance apart. For example, on the mandolin fretboard below you can see that the B and C notes, and the E and F notes are closer together than the other notes. The distances between musical notes are called intervals. Intervals between notes are all important in understanding music. You may not know this, but when you played the natural notes in order, …continue reading
The Basics If you've never picked up a mandolin and are a new beginner, you'll want to get a good start by holding the instrument correctly and learning to master the basics. I have compiled a list of free lessons below to get you started, and I encourage you to take plenty of time to work through each set of lessons at your own speed. Some are repetitive, either repeating or overlapping some material, but it is good to fully assimilate every one of these lessons to help you build a solid foundation when you begin playing. 1. Eight "Mandolin Basics" videos by Pete Martin: …continue reading
One of today's top mandolinists, Sam Bush was a teenage Kentuckian in 1969 when his mentor and music teacher, Wayne Stewart, suggested that they form a bluegrass group with banjoist Alan Munde and call the group Poor Richard's Almanac. In the words of Oklahoman Alan Munde: Wayne Stewart had this idea for a group with this kid he knew in Kentucky named Sam Bush, who was probably 15. So I moved to Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and we formed Poor Richard's Almanac. Not long after, I got my draft notice, but before I left, Sam, Wayne and I made this tape, later released by Ridge Runner …continue reading
From that day I had a short lesson with Madame Gaillard every Thursday at three. We began with a slim book bearing the title Les 7 Notes, and learning the names of the various notes was as arcane, and as deeply satisfying, as deciphering a runic system might be for an archaeologist. ~ Thad Carhart, The Piano Shop On The Left Bank What is a musical note, and why are the notes named as they are? First, we have to consider sound - but we won't get bogged down in technical details here. If you want to know more about the technicalities of sound, you can search the internet for more information. …continue reading
Do you want to know more about music? Are you learning to play a musical instrument and having a bit of trouble understanding music terminology? Need a grasp of the concepts? You may find these articles helpful. In this series of articles, I plan to begin with the simplest concepts and build slowly toward a fuller understanding of music theory. At each step, the concepts will be related visually to the piano keyboard, the guitar fretboard, and the mandolin fretboard. As we progress, we'll also relate the concepts to written music: Standard notation, tablature and the …continue reading
An accounting of my lineage, and of my own immediate family, beginning with my great-grandfather P. C. H. Gunter and ending with a listing of my grandchildren. Pleasant Calvin Houston Gunter was born on June 23, 1841 in Jackson County Alabama. He married twice, and had 10 children, the youngest of whom was my grandfather, David Elmer Gunter. P. C. H. Gunter was a farmer and a mill worker, and fought for the Confederate State of Tennesse in the American Civil War. My grandfather, David Elmer Gunter, was born in 1889. He spent his life working for the railroad, and followed the tracks to Louisiana, …continue reading
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