Cover Fever

This is how I feel sometimes. I’ve been churning out a ton of covers lately, though I think I’m using it as a means of escape, honestly.

There’s so much on my plate lately that I sometimes feel like I need to get away from everything.

So here’s what I’ve done since the last post:

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Chords: YOUTHFUL – 99RadioService

chihayafuru

After putting it off for so long, I finally got around to watching Chihayafuru and I have to say I’m definitely hooked. I’m particularly fond of the opening theme song for the first season, “YOUTHFUL” by 99RadioService. I mocked up some quick chords for it, and may do a potential cover in the future.

Once again, I’m not sure if I notated some things right with regards to scales and calling notes their # or b equivalent, but hopefully you can understand what I mean by it.

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Next up: Ichiban no Takaramono

Well, it looks like my previous statement regarding there being a decent “Ichiban no Takaramono” was wrong, unless I’m not searching hard enough. I only found one cover out there that does it accurately, but it has some crazy sliding capo action going on. To play that live seems like it’d be difficult (though I’ll definitely say that the notes do look easier on hands with the capo).

Guess I will be doing a cover after all. Though it wont require a capo, that doesn’t mean it’ll be easier to play… been getting back into practice, but hands still getting worked

So until then. Hopefully I can address the sound issue that occurred on the “God Bless You” cover, whether that was caused by clipping or some other kind of interference.

Into the Waters: My Testimony

On January 27th during evening service, I was baptized at Community Bible Church here in Vallejo, CA. I had the opportunity to give a very brief testimony of the trials that I went through in my life and how God used them to bring me back to Him. I present my testimony in full here for whomever may read it. To God be the glory.


My life is quite a work in progress. Many areas of it lay cordoned off with yellow tape and are either under construction or left abandoned. It’s like watching a shopping center slowly go out of business.

I wasn’t able to get that Bachelor’s Degree from the school(s) I attended.

I never did bother to continue pursuing those various computer certifications I said I was going to try for.

I haven’t been able to stick to the exercise and diet plans I had laid out.

I haven’t been consistent in my Japanese studies. I haven’t even picked up that programming book ever since I bought it.

I can probably go on, but the bottom line is my life is full of shortcomings. Shortcomings that I have no one to blame for but myself. It’s kind of funny and sad because I clearly remember a middle school project I had where I was asked what would be written on my epitaph. In my inability to think of anything good, I wrote something along the lines that I “finished what I started” or “got the job done” or something lame like that. In looking back, I don’t see any event or accomplishment in my life that would attest to that.

I truly am a flawed creature. Yes, everyone has their own flaws as nobody is perfect, but I often felt that I got the shorter end of the stick in this lottery called life.

There was nothing in my life that I could brag or boast about. I wallowed in self-pity and self-doubt and selfishness and escapism. I felt inadequate and I felt that particular quality couldn’t be changed. And why should I even try to? It’s all meaningless, anyway.

As I am, who would embrace one so sad, wretched, and pitiful? Who would accept one so wicked, depraved, and selfish such as this?

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Girls Dead Monster – God Bless You (cover & chords)

Yeah, I know I’m late to the game on this one, but forgive me. Been going through a lot.

Long overdue, and probably should’ve done “Ichiban no Takaramono” instead since I said I would, but oh well. I’m sure there’s several covers of that out. I only saw one of “God Bless You” and I didn’t think it accurately covered the chords.

This was a single released separately back in 2010 and I don’t believe it appeared in any of the episodes or drama CDs (but correct me if I’m wrong). I always liked the songs they had her character do, and this was definitely one of them. I couldn’t possibly do a full cover as the 2nd verse and beyond goes with full band and I didn’t feel it would sound as good. That and I’d be playing for like 10 minutes LOL. I’ll try to provide chords for what I can though.

As I mentioned before, I’m not the best guitarist so forgive the occasional misses.

 

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Ichiban no Takaramono

I just finished transcribing this, other than some minor details for the rhythm guitar during the guitar solos. I figured instead of taking forever to perform a cover (those F and A# bars still get me), I might as well share what I got up to this point. Here’s a link and the content pasted below. Took a few hours, mostly figuring out the names of the chords (thanks to chordbook.com) and doing the tab for the solo, because I don’t have much experience doing that.

Hope you enjoy. It’s fairly enjoyable to play. Quite soothing and calm.

Ichiban no Takaramono – chords
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