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Numbers As Intervals In Music

A lot of times, when referring to an interval, people will refer to it as a Number instead of the actual note.

The example is that A B C# D E F# can be written as 1 2 3 4 5 6. This is effective because it easily allows you to change keys and transpose. 1 2 3 4 5 6 in the key of D would be D E F# G A B. So I transcribe the notes and show you how its’ done with this post. Check it out!

The program I’m using is called Sibelius – check out Sibelius 6

Thinkgeek The Musical Act 1 Scene 2

So I was on Thinkgeek the other day to buy a key/screwdriver/bottle opener thing and was having a blast looking through the site when all of a sudden – the PAYPAL button didn’t work :( Oh Noes!

They joked with me that the only way to make it work was to write a song. But I actually did it!

Listen to the Song –> ThinkGeek The Musical Act 1 Scene 2

My singing voice is bad to begin with, but this was first thing this morning, AND I was tired, AND did it in one take. You’ve been warned.

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Read the Lyrics below as you enjoy it!

C G Em Am Em Am
Who needs a Redesign, we do! I do! Who knew
C G Em Am Em Am
Think Geek The Musical. Bananas Act 1 Scene 2
G B Em Am
Let’s take a walk. I’m hungry and can go for some food
C7 C/G
At this point anything will do
G B Em Am
Whats in this banana? Its a note its a sign
C7 C/G
It reads your fortune is a redesign.
D9 Em
OMG But its been a decade, and our audience will squirm
C7 C/G
Maybe I should think more long term
G Em
I’m gonna follow my fortune, I hope the site doesn’t crash
C7 C/G
O Noes – PayPal is Borked! Who’s that?!

Am G
I am the Think Geek
Am G
I am the Think Geek
Am
I am the Think Geek

And I want you to:

C D E
Fix it Fix it Fix it!
C D Bm
Fix it Fix it Fix it!
C D E
Fix it Fix it Fix it!

G B Em Am
What should I do with this Star Wars fighter kit?
C7 G
This Paypal button is a piece of…
G B Em Am
Calm Down. This is the Big 10. Monkey has to play it cool
C7 C/G
So many bugs and things to do. Who’s that?!

Am G
I am the Think Geek
Am G
I am the Think Geek
Am
I am the Think Geek

And I want you to:

C D E
Fix it Fix it Fix it!
C D Bm
Fix it Fix it Fix it!
C D E F#7
I’m so glad you fixed it! Cause now it’s:

B E F# E
Easier to navigate. A monkey’s dream, a Monkey’s Fate
B E F# E
Umbrellas with LEDS, and Cell Phone Goodies
B E F# E
Shorts so bright, Laser Lights, Sun and Moon Jars keep me up at night
B E F# E
Watches with USB, humping dogs and accessories
B E F# E
Code Monkey, Tech Junkie, Super Spunky FTW
G
Who needs Bacon when you can have Gummy Bacon?
D
Who needs maggots when you can have Gummy Maggots? Cause we got

B E F# E
Super Awesomeversary Sweepstakes for all monkey’s
B E F# E
For the girls, for the fellas, even James Bond is jealous
B E F# E
Celebrate with the Smart Masses, thanks so much for your support
B E F# E
OMG WT Fun. More Action Shots for every one!

Awwww… who is THAT?!

Am G
I am the Think Geek
Am G
I am the Think Geek
Am
I am the Think Geek

C7 G
Now with more Awesome… Bananas!

Cupcake Symphony #1

This video was the idea of Rana. She’s amazing ;)

So basically, we took cupcakes and drew different music durations notes throughout. Then we used duck tape to make a treble clef on my table, and we placed the cupcakes in order to make a melody.

This video was a blast. Its’ our first one, so give us some slack ;)

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BTW The song used is by me and is titled ‘Alone’. More music like this at http://fororchestra.com

Thanks guys for being amazing! More to come!

First iPhone 3gs Video

Looks like I’m going to start teaching music while I’m walking the streets. Which is Awesome!

I’m so excited that I finally own the newest iPhone 3gs release from Apple. I have been amazed by this phone for the past 2 weeks. I now ave a camera, camcorder, guitar tuner, piano, and more!

I’m more accessible now for everyone. Glad I can help!

Barre Chord Intro

Barre Chords (sometimes called Bar Chords) are when you use one finger (mainly your pointer finger) to completely ‘bar’ the guitar’s fretboard.

There are 2 types of Barre Chords: Partial and Full. A partial Barre chord is when you don’t cover all 6 strings – whereas a Full bar chord covers all six strings.

Take your time with these! They’re difficult, but take your time and you’ll get it. I promise!

Twitter Brings Back @Replies After Uproar

Today, Twitter did the dumbest thing ever, and took away @Replies from people. Then finally, after the community uproar decided to retract their steps and bring it back.

twitter-restores-replies

As a marketing and social media guy specializing in music, I always keep a close eye to how these companies do things. I always think that these sites do this in order to test the community and create free PR. I even let my community know about it, and some agreed it was a possible occurrence.

So Twitter has fixed it by doing two things:

1.) Replies used from the arrow reply within the website will continue to be seen by everyone.

2.) Allowing a per-user choice of how replies and conversations are displayed to you. I wonder if this will battle Twirl, Tweetie, Tweetdeck, Ping.fm, Twitterific, TwitterFon and many other sites in hope to drive more traffic to Twitter’s website as opposed to third party clients.

twitter-failboat

I rememeber when Facebook redid their Terms of Service a few months ago basically claiming to own all of your content – Forever! As a result, the media picked up on it and the whole world went crazy – rightfully so. But look at what happens when people uproar: The community gets closer!

The reason why Creative Commons is such a viral tactic for companies, bands, and content producers is because it allows their content to be shared and as a result be seen by people that they would never have had access to through other means. The same goes with this Twitter mistake : when a company makes its’ community unhappy – people tell their Facebook friends, email people, retweet, youtube, etc. their thoughts. The fact that people on Twitter get upset gives us all something to talk about and connect with each other.

This is just my theory, but its a good one – because if Techcrunch no longer allowed comments on their blog, then their subscribers would let them know – but ultimately, it would create a stronger community, because after Techcrunch allowed comments again, then the community would feel a sense of satisfaction and closeness.

Anyway, I’m glad Twitter learned from their mistakes, and I’m glad social media brought us all together – because ultimately, that’s what it was for in the first place.

Revision 3 NYC May 2009 Meetup At Lunasa’s

To learn more about NYC Revision 3 events go here

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In this picture David Chaitt (@Chaitters), Jon Accarrino (@Accarrino), Jim Louderback (@JLouderb), me, Anthony Perry (ajperry74), and Daniel Delaney.

Last night I hosted my first Revision3 meetup. It was at Lunasa’s Bar and had a great turn out with alot of interesting people. We had Rob Sandie of Viddler, Philip Nelson, Mike Lewis, Tony Bacigalupo, Miko Mercer, Lefty, Tim Spatz, and many more awesome people!

There was a short and sweet Q & A with Revision 3 CEO Jim Louderback, and just a great time getting to know each other. My thanks to everyone who showed up, get ready for some future events!