Guitar Playing - Technique vs. Feeling - What's important?

Written by Edward D Cupler

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and playingrepparttar guitar. Practicing is; long hours, getting your fingers to work like precision machines that play each note perfectly without fail. Studying chords and scale theory with no more feeling than someone doing calculus. The goal is great playing. Just like a good quarterback needs to spend hours studying plays and practicing accurate passing so things come naturally duringrepparttar 143384 big game, a guitarist must spend hours developing good technique so things can come naturally duringrepparttar 143385 big gig.

When practicing technique,repparttar 143386 most obvious thing that comes to mind is speed. How fast can you blaze through your scales? Although this is a part of good technique, it is notrepparttar 143387 only thing you should work on. Accurate string bending is also very important. You must train yourself to bend notes to pitch. Many amateur guitarists bend strings without accuracy, which makes their bends sound weak. Another thing that you should work on isrepparttar 143388 relationship between chords and scales. Without understanding which chords belong to which scales, your playing can get lost very quickly. You should understand how to form your chords anywhere onrepparttar 143389 fretboard fromrepparttar 143390 scale you're using. Check outrepparttar 143391 Guitar Scales and Chord Triads lesson at Guitar Metal for a visual reference. Don't just memorize chord shapes. Show a man a chord, he plays one song, but teach a man how to make chords from scales and he can write his own songs. When practicing for speed and accuracy, know what your goal is. If you want to haverepparttar 143392 ability to play at hyper speed, you'll need to focus more on scales and alternate picking techniques. Practicing them at slow speeds to findrepparttar 143393 best technique and to eliminate anything that might be slowing you down. I also recommend usingrepparttar 143394 following video lessons "Speed Kills" and Speed Lives", both from Michael Angelo Batio. These videos are great for helping you to understand techniques for playing fast. However if your goal is to play a more bluesy rock style such as Angus Young, you will want to focus more on blues phrasing and bending. You still may need to slow things down to eliminate bad playing habits, butrepparttar 143395 goal here would be crisp clean playing not necessarily speed, although some speed is important.

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The History of Orange County, California

Written by Southern Calilfornia Real Estate Agent John Middlebrook

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In 1833repparttar Mexican government secularized all ofrepparttar 143383 California missions and took them away from control byrepparttar 143384 church (Source). At this timerepparttar 143385 mission system of California had ended. The Mexican government tried to revertrepparttar 143386 land to American Indian control immediately (Source). However, oncerepparttar 143387 land was taken fromrepparttar 143388 churchrepparttar 143389 Spanish and Mexican governments and local factions fought for ownership ofrepparttar 143390 real estate in Southern California and surrounding regions. The American Indians were out numbered by ranchers fromrepparttar 143391 United States and Mexico who forcedrepparttar 143392 American Indians into slavery on their growing private ranches. Some American Indians managed to retreat away fromrepparttar 143393 ranch settlements intorepparttar 143394 mountains.

The Mexican government's control of Orange County remained passive between 1821-1846. Mexican Governor Juan B. Alvarado gaverepparttar 143395 following land owners these lands:

  • In 1837 Rancho Cienega de las Ranas was granted to José Sepúlveda.
  • In 1837 San Juan Cajón de Santa Ana was granted to Juan Pacífico Ontiveros.
  • In 1841 Rancho Bolsa Chica was granted to Joaquín Ruiz.
  • in 1842 La Bolsa de San Joaquín was granted to Sepúlveda.
  • in 1842 Rancho Cañada de Los Alisos was granted to José Serrano.
  • in 1842 Rancho Niguel was granted to José Ávila.
  • In 1843 Mexican Governor Manuel Micheltorena gaverepparttar 143396 Rios tract to Santiago Rios.
  • In 1845 Rancho Potrero Los Piños was granted to Don Juan Forster who also boughtrepparttar 143397 San Juan Capistrano Mission for his own personal residence.
  • In 1846 Rancho Boca de la Playa was granted to Emigdio Vejar and Rancho Lomas de Santiago was granted to Teodocio Yorba, both by Mexican Governor Pío Pico.

While Mexico controlled California, large rancher owners oversaw development ofrepparttar 143398 commercial property, homes and land in Orange County for their own commerce. During that time an influx of United States Americans fromrepparttar 143399 Midwest and Eastern United States began to colonizerepparttar 143400 West. There were disturbances between Mexican provincial administrators andrepparttar 143401 United States citizens. Soon thereafterrepparttar 143402 United States and Mexico were in a war. The US - Mexican War lasted from 1846 to 1848. The Mexican government fled as US troops advanced and on February 2, 1848repparttar 143403 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed in whichrepparttar 143404 Mexican government sold 55% of its territory, including Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, and parts of Colorado, Nevada and Utah for $15 million to compensate for war damages (Source). California becamerepparttar 143405 31st state ofrepparttar 143406 United States. A year later in 1849repparttar 143407 California gold rush began. At this time Orange County was only a part ofrepparttar 143408 real estate in Los Angeles County (Source).

After California became part ofrepparttar 143409 US, any land owner who did not have paperwork for their ownership lost possession of their land. Most land owners lost their land since Spain and Mexico did not normally provide adequate paperwork to show proper boundaries forrepparttar 143410 land in California. The US government tookrepparttar 143411 land and sold it back at very affordable rates to local farmers and pioneers fromrepparttar 143412 Eastern and Midwestern United States who came to California to dwell there.

In 1862, a horrendous set of natural disasters struck Orange County and changed everything. First a flood swept throughrepparttar 143413 region and set uprepparttar 143414 perfect conditions for a massive plague academic which became a small pox outbreak that killed many Americans. Not long afterwards withinrepparttar 143415 same year a massive drought dried up all of Orange County crops and cattle ranches (Source). The once rich ranchers who received land fromrepparttar 143416 Mexican and Spanish government from beforerepparttar 143417 US - Mexico War lost all of their cattle and were forced into bankruptcy by huge interest rates set by merciless North American businessmen at a rate of 3% interest due per month on average (Source). Local farmers also went bankrupt and lost their land.

The rest ofrepparttar 143418 story had to be cut off in order to fit on this website, but it may be published elsewhere.

This history of Orange County, California, was part of an original research project by South California Real Estate Agent John-Robin Middlebrook posted June 11, 2005.

I love Southern California and am familiar with many of its landscapes from the beach to the mountains, from the LA Metro to Orange County, uptown, downtown, Beverly Hills or Huntington Beach. I grew up both surfing, snowboarding, playing football and baseball. I have also traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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