So far, Spotify hasn’t been very useful for discovering new music (I’ll write a post about this, sometime). However, after a few months of trying the service out, it recommended a song that I couldn’t get out of my head–“The Ridge” by Raisinhill. I had to take it home and figure out what the guitar was doing in the intro:
The C♮ in there is really pretty and I like how it seems to melt into the next chord change (C♯ minor). Note to self, I wonder if it makes more sense to be calling it a B♯ here, since the notes in the key would be E F♯ G♯ A B C♯ D♯ and I see it as the raised fifth (B + a half-step). I need a music theory friend.
Stumbled upon a band from Japan called Special Others. Their music can probably be best described as instrumental post-rock, but with the feel of a jazz band. Their song “Ngoro Ngoro” caught my attention–it’s formatted much like a jazz tune where the band plays the head and then trades solos. I thought it would be a good exercise for me to transcribe the guitarist’s solo; here’s what I got so far:
- Ears tell me changes are vi-IV-V-I
- Mainly C# minor pentatonic with lots of passing tones. Looking at it tabbed it, it doesn’t look so complicated. But it sounds great.
- If I were to improvise over this, there’s an opportunity for an E harmonic minor during the V chord. Special Other’s guitarist never tries it.
- It’s cool to see an example where ^ isn’t needed to make an interesting sounding solo.
I knit slowly. I relearned how to knit after a decade so that I could try a faster method. It’s still slow.
At this rate, I’m knitting about 10 cm / hour. Google tells me a “short scarf” is around 140 cm long.
140 cm÷ (10 cm / 1 hr) = 14 hours.
Let’s estimate the value of my time at California’s minimum wage: $10 / hr.
14 hours × ($10 / hr) = $140 at a minimum
I wanted four colors of 100% wool yarn. Each was ~$10.
$140 + (4 * $10) = $180 at least