Friday, September 28, 2007

Nice songs need not be difficult to play

Collide, by Howie Day.

Capo 3.
Chords: G D/F# Em7 C ; G/B C D

Yeap. Nice songs can be pretty easy to learn. Found this one on Youtube. Reminded me when I tried playing this 1 year+ back then (when I wasn't really that confident with the instrument).

I learnt that with more experience, you gain more confidence - and you tend to have greater boldness to experiment new techniques and tricks....rather than sticking to the rigid DOWN-DOWN-UP-UP-DOWN-UP-UP-DOWN...haha...

As much as this musical ability is used to serve God, I'm beginning to see its potential value as an asset...some sort of planning for my 40+ years down the road.

I'm investing in this hobby because I can forsee myself teaching younger ones how to play it, in the late it's definitely a worthwhile investment, which I believe will eventually pay off.


Here's a blunt question: Out of the so many hours pursuing [a hobby, interest or activity - sporting, clubbing, chilling, going out, etc], how much beneficial, constructive value have you gained out of it?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Very, very honestly speaking...if you think you play your instrument well enough, or you think you know enough or you feel you're good enough...just go over to Youtube, and you'll be blown away.

My guitar playing was somehow or rather reaching its pleatau stage (if you plot out the progression graph with respect to time). So, I decided to check out Youtube...especially for instructional worship songs.

And boy, was I amazed at the amount of techniques and tricks that those people there have to offer.

I also want to learn....

And I'm way excited...

Monday, September 24, 2007

When you don't really know what to do...just pray...

Praying in tongues.

Is a wonderful gift. Is a gift in which you exercise when you don't know exactly what to utter verbally in prayer. Like some sort of an intercessory panic button.

Some people forsake God. Turn back to their own ways. Indulge in worldly pleasures. Satisfying their lusts and cravings.

Hate the sin, love the sinner. Spear the sin, spare the sinner.

Sometimes, all we can do for the prodigals is to pray for them. When they are being taken hostage by the world.

I will pray for them.

I pray that God will shake them up with whatever means. That if grace, mercy, kindness, encouragement or negotiations fail, He will just rebuke and correct them with storms, pressure or circumstances.

I'm intentionally shelling the prodigals with "wake them up" prayers. They work like intercontinental ballistic missiles. Nothing can stop them.

Let's stop thinking that God can't help them. Stop being preoccupied with doing our own thing. Stop being selfish. Start looking around. Start looking beyond ourselves.

Start praying for them.

Wholeheartedly. Sincerely. Passionately. Earnestly. In our comforts or on the edge. In the business of life, in the quiet place. In tongues, in words.

James 5:16 : Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Re-purification, re-dedication, re-commitment, re-pentance, re-storation, re-pair

Here's how I would describe what I'm striving hard towards in this season of my life:

To remove the high places, smash the sacred stones, cut down the Asherah poles and burn the temples of Baal, in my life.

...enough of "going easy" with sin. Time to purge them forcefully with a militant attitude.

2 Chronicles 7:14 : If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Thursday, September 06, 2007


It's been some time since I grabbed my guitar and had a solid time of playing and mingling with the strings.

Because of time constraints, the most I can do is to stare at it and 'wish that I had more time to play it'.

But if I love something, I would go the extra mile to make time for it, right?

Same applies here.

Just had substantial practice time with it (not too long ago). It's nice to feel my fingers pressing hard against the bronze/nickel strings and my left palm getting cramps due challenging chord changes and stretching.

Finally, the guitar passion is getting back....hehe...

And there's more to look forward to:
  • dexterity training
  • scales and soloing
  • Jazz
  • Blues

All I have to do, is to make time for it and just get down playin' it. Woohoo!