A Dying Cat And A Nylon String Guitar

Written by John Stockwell

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Dave wouldn’t show me any songs to play so I was forced to make up my own songs. This forced me to really explore every one of these chords as I thought atrepparttar time that I had to include them all in every song I wrote.

The songs I wrote were pretty strange to sayrepparttar 148583 least. We were into punk music at that time so just imagine what a dying cat like vocals set to a nylon string out of tune guitar played as fast as a speeding train sounds like and you getrepparttar 148584 picture.

It sounded good to me atrepparttar 148585 time and I was very proud of my new found ability. It took about three months to getrepparttar 148586 hang of changing betweenrepparttar 148587 chords, and being able to write a song. (if you could call it that).

I didn’t know it atrepparttar 148588 time but I hadrepparttar 148589 one thing that was needed that would ensure I would become a good guitar player. That one thing was sheer bloody determination. Andrepparttar 148590 more people told me how bad I soundedrepparttar 148591 more determined I became to improve.

So it doesn’t matter how good or bad you are atrepparttar 148592 moment just playrepparttar 148593 music of your soul – even if it sounds like a cat being tortured. You will improve as long as you keep trying. Here's a mental exercise for you. Fast forward your mind to 4 years from now. How good a guitar player will you be? The time will pass regardless of what you do. Are you going to keep at it? or are you going to give up? It's up to you. You will be four years older, but will you be four years wiser?

John Stockwell is a guitar player and the author of the acclaimed "Mind Over Music for Guitar" http://www.learn-to-play-guitar.net/mindovermusic/, a unique approach to learning to play the guitar by ear for beginners to advanced students.

Tony Yayo

Written by Solof

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“Doing that bid wasn’t easy, ‘cause I knew how crazy it was getting onrepparttar outside,” says Yayo. He did his time and by early 2004 Yayo was back in society and ready to record.

“I haverepparttar 148582 most love for Banks and Buck, because they held their albums so that they could make sure that I got a verse on them,” he says, “I only gotrepparttar 148583 one bonus cut off onrepparttar 148584 G-Unit album and they knew it was important for me to get out there to getrepparttar 148585 buzz going again.” In addition, Yayo made stellar guest appearances on The Game’s triple platinum debut as well as 50’s already 5 times platinum The Massacre. Allrepparttar 148586 while, trapped under ankle restraint parole, he crafted his album withrepparttar 148587 help of G-Unit co-founder and executive producer Sha $XL, who fed him strictlyrepparttar 148588 hottest beats.

The result is a prototypical G-Unit album, with magnificent, universal beats, and a balanced mix of records for b-boys, d-boys andrepparttar 148589 ladies. “I’ve spent so long working with 50 at this point that I’ve more or less learned how to make great records, ‘cause he’s a master,” he says. And records like “So Seductive,” which Yayo actually conceived and wrote on his own before 50 added on his contribution, exemplify his dexterous understanding of songwriting. “I did that record before 50 did “Candy Shop” and that’srepparttar 148590 reason that he said ‘so seductive’ atrepparttar 148591 beginning, ‘cause he thought my record was so crazy.” In addition torepparttar 148592 crossover smash,repparttar 148593 album has street bangers like “Homicide”,repparttar 148594 Domingo produced murder rap which Yayo uses to kick offrepparttar 148595 LP, andrepparttar 148596 clever “Tattle Teller,” an ode to history’s most infamous snitches, as well slick ballads for that special lady, like “I’m Curious” and “Project Princess”, which showcase Yayo’s ability to step out ofrepparttar 148597 street and intorepparttar 148598 bedroom with comfort and ease, featuring R&B quartet Jagged Edge and crooner Joe.

Thought of A Predicate Felon is a balanced and well-rounded LP, if ever there was one. It clearly stands as a testament to Tony Yayo’s versatility, and his ability to stand on his own artistically. Though he receives helping hands from friends like 50 and Eminem, as well as Banks, Buck and Obie Trice (who, incidentally, delivers an incredible verse on “Drama Setter”, along side Yayo and Em) it is Yayo who shines throughoutrepparttar 148599 album with his playful punchlines (“Steven Segal, I used to love his karate / But even he snitched on Peter Gotti”) and unmatched charisma. Tony Yayo can’t be stopped. He’s been patiently waiting, polishing his skills and preparing for fame and fortune for so long that it is doubtful anything can slow his roll. Real recognizes real, and Tony Yayo isrepparttar 148600 real talk of New York. Braaa-ttttt!

Tony Yayo

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