Archive for: December 2012

25 Major Pentatonic Licks for Blues Guitar

The Kindle version of 25 Major Pentatonic Licks for Blues Guitar is free until Dec. 27, 2012. It contains 25 new and original Major Pentatonic blues guitar licks. Each lick has a corresponding audio example which is available for free download (no strings attached!) Also included are 3, high quality backing tracks at different speeds to get you playing as soon as possible.  Also in this book there is a great section on how to practice these lines so they naturally incorporate into your playing.

If you ever wanted to learn how to play lead guitar, this is the scale you start with it. The beauty of this type of scale is that you don't have to worry about playing any of the notes in the scale that would sound bad across any of the chord changes. Once you memorize the scale and learn to play it in a few positions up and down the neck, all you really need to do is to let your ear guide you on how to put the notes together.

If you're not feeling overly creative, just learn the licks detailed in this book.

When you first download the book, you might be a little confused when the author says, "This book contains 25 new and original minor blues guitar licks. There are 5 licks for each of the 5 blues scale shapes shown below."

I'm not sure if that is a mistake or not. Is he teaching you a major or a minor pentatonic scale? It depends on your root note, you see... because both scales use the same fingering pattern, but depending on the root note, you can make it sound bluesy or bright. Watch the video below to get a better understanding of what I'm talking about.

Click here to download your copy of the book now. And keep in mind, that these scale patterns can be both major and minor depending on the root note as explained in the above video. If you get confused feel free to post a question in this section of forums, and I'll try and help you out if I can.

For those of you who aren't satisfied catching a lesson here and there, Steve Krenz offers the Gibson s Learn & Master Guitar course. You get 10 instructional DVDs, 5 Jam-along CDs, 100+ page lesson book and online support. Click here to learn more about it.

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Barrhaven, Ontario seniors run from Christmas dinner

Yes, I'm over 50. But you know, when I was a young lad, I was probably holding a rifle before I ever saw a hockey stick. I suppose growing up in the country had something to do with that. I'm thinking if I had a chance, and a turkey was threatening me.... I'd be making short work of the job. Not so, in Barrhaven, Ontario. Senior citizens are running away from the very thing they will be going to the supermarket for -- Christmas dinner. Watch the video below.

From the CBC website article here

Now, maybe my rural up-bring on a farm has helped shaped my opinion. But I think I would be able to reverse this scenario and turn it into something more meaningful like this.


I’ll Have The Soup And Salad

The Kindle version of  I'll Have The Soup And Salad is free today on Amazon. It's 122 pages of 26 soup recipes with some of the classic soups that you will enjoy. Usually, these promotions only last a day or two at the most.

The author, Katherine Baldwin says, "Some are fairly quick to make, but some take time. I do not apologize for that. If something is worth doing, it's worth doing right. Plan ahead and make the ones that take longer to prepare on the weekends. Most of these soups freeze beautifully, so it is the "cook once, serve three times" philosophy. You'll thank me for that once you get the hang of it."

Here are some of the soups:

  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Southern Style Vegetable Soup
  • Cheddar Cheese and Potato Soup
  • Seafood Gumbo
  • Minestrone

You will also find 12 recipes in the salad section including:

  • Basic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
  • Caesar Salad
  • Green Garden Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Spinach Salad

Ms Baldwin also says:

In addition to the salad recipes, there is a section there called Popular Salad Ingredients that has over 30 items and suggestions of ingredients to add to a basic salad, complete with a nutritional analysis of each ingredient so you can make an informed choice of what to add.

The recipes in this book will have the number of servings, preparation time and total time from start to finish. Your time may vary if you are just starting to learn to cook. There is also a nutritional analysis with each recipe calculated using the USDA database, Version SR-24. A nutritional analysis is very important if you have any diet restrictions or if you are trying to lose weight.

Cooking Tips and Techniques have been included to help new cooks get their bearings in the kitchen. I hope seasoned cooks can pick up a useful tidbit or two also.

I got a copy of the Kindle version of the book. I think I would enjoy making some soups more with her guidance.  I've tried a couple of times to make my own soup, thinking "How hard can it be?!"

I found out it's harder than it looks. The last two times I tried it, it was so awful that I had to pour it out.

And for those of you choosing to have chicken over turky for the holidays, there are three wonderful chicken recipes in there including Chicken and Dumplings. I could feel my mouth watering as I gazed at this one....


Download your free copy here


How to survive Dec. 21, 2012

Canadians urged to prepare for 'doomsday' by Red Cross. It isn't any joke. There is an article with the warning on the CBC website. Click here to read it.

It is a sad, sad day, that I must pen my last message to you who are my friends, readers and family. The end of the world is nigh.

I'm sure many of you are wondering how this is going to come about. Is it going to be one massive explosion? Earthquakes? Tidal waves? Volcanoes erupting? I wasn't sure myself, so I looked into it for you. I found an expert on the subject, Patrick Geryl, who shows what to expect in the video below.

Naturally, I was intrigued by his apparent marvellous interpretation. Maybe he knows more, so I endeavoured to discover more. Can he help mankind?

In his book, The World Cataclysm in 2012, Patrick Geryl says he believes that the knowledge that can save the world from the cataclysm of 2012 can be excavated from The Labyrinth of ancient Egypt, a storehouse of Atlantean knowledge which is linked in prophecy to the Mayan predictions. The mathematics and astronomy of the ancient Egyptians and Mayans are related and have similar predictive power and should be taken very seriously.

Click here to order it now! If you click that link it will take you to the Amazon website. You will see the paperback version can't be delivered until Dec. 27th. So I would suggest getting the Kindle version. You can download that right after you order. It's over 300 pages, so you best be quick about it if you plan on having it read by tomorrow.

It would be wise to follow the Red Cross instructions as well. The aid agency said every household should have several items at the ready to last 72 hours:

  • Six litres of water per person.
  • Enough non-perishable food for each person and a can opener.
  • Crank- or battery-operated flashlight and radio, with extra batteries.
  • Extra keys for car and house.
  • First aid kit.
  • Cash in small bills.
  • Special needs items such as medications, baby supplies and equipment for people with disabilities.

I wish you well folks! Hopefully... someday, we will meet again....


Is it time for your Alzheimer’s test?

There is a website you can find online that will offer you free self-assessments to help you determine if you may be starting to develop Alzheimer's and related dementia. There are 5 tests you can take.

The first one is called "Self-Administered Geocognitive Examination" (SAGE), and shows that four out of five people (80 percent) with memory issues will be detected by this test. Ninety-five percent of people who are normal thinking, will have normal SAGE scores. The test is provided by the The Ohio State University Medical Center.

No doubt, those of us over 50 have noticed that sometimes our memory doesn't seem to be as good as it is at other times. If you don't like the results you get from these tests, make sure you read one of my other posts titled Food for thought. If you follow the 10 strategies strategies outlined in that article, then you might consider re-taking the tests.

Note: the website that offers the tests says " If you decide to administer one or more of these memory tests, and the results of the memory test seems suspicious, you should consult with your personal care physician or a neurologist for a more thorough memory examination and diagnosis."

Some of you may find this test more frightening then you care to admit, so I'm not going to mention the others ones in this post. But if you want to take all five, just click here to go to the website now.

Even if you don't do as well as you think you should in the tests, please keep in mind that symptoms can be caused by numerous factors, such as:

  • Metabolic and endocrine abnormalities too much or too little thyroid hormone or cortisol are examples);
  • Brain Lesions (tumors, collections of blood called subdural hematomas, and abscesses);
  • Infection (meningitis, encephalitis, syphilis, to name a few);
  • Impaired cerebral spinal fluid flow causing normal pressure hydrocephalus;
  • Radiation to the brain, or brain trauma;
  • Stroke;
  • and medication side-effects.

Even severe depression can also cause dementia. This is why medical, neurologic, and psychiatric assessments are essential parts of the initial evaluation of dementia.

I've published other articles on Alzheimer's. If you would like to read them too, you can find them by clicking the Alzheimer’s tag here, or at the bottom of this post (under the Facebook comments)

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