<![CDATA[my journey. the projects. lessons learned. - Music]]>Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:40:54 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Drums]]>Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:37:29 GMThttp://renelopeque.com/2/post/2015/02/drums.htmlI'd like to share about how I fell in love with the drums. If you read 'Me' on this blog page you'll know that it all started at a youth camp. I picked up the drum sticks while someone was playing the guitar on stage. We jammed that afternoon. We had so much fun. That's when I fell in love with drums.

I got busy with university and didn't play drums for a number of years.

When I moved to a suburban neighbourhood, I attended a local Pentecostal Church. Soon, I started playing drums and became part of the music team. After about a year or so playing drums for the Church, I met a bunch of guys looking for a drummer for their recently formed band. They were booked for a gig and they needed urgently. I accepted their invitation and we started practising. At our first gig, we played really well together and the reaction we received from the audience was phenomenal. Not long after that gig, we were booked for a few more gigs for a couple of months.

The band name was called Radiate and was later changed to Radiate Youth Band.
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<![CDATA[Saxophone]]>Thu, 01 Jan 2015 10:17:46 GMThttp://renelopeque.com/2/post/2015/01/saxophone.htmlOne weekend when I was watching some videos on YouTube I came across a saxophone player from Japan named Kaori. She played the classic 'Nothing's Gonna Change my Love for You' and it was amazing. I was so inspired by her that I decided to learn saxophone. In the following two months I started researching different kinds of saxophone, different parts of a saxophone, how to assemble it, what to watch out for, the best saxophone players of all time, etc. From one video to another, from one website link to another, anything saxophone related. The momentum was building up. Then I decided to buy a saxophone to start with from the US. When it arrived I couldn't wait to open it. Once I was home I ripped the box man! The saxophone looked really nice. I really liked it. I assembled it and started some blowing. This was the funny part: despite how hard I blow no sound came out of that thing. I spent all weekend trying to figure out how to make a sound of a saxophone. I watched the videos on YouTube about how to start but man for the life of me I couldn't make a sound. It took me almost a week to figure out how to make a decent sound. And I did it.
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<![CDATA[Guitar]]>Sun, 07 Dec 2014 09:09:55 GMThttp://renelopeque.com/2/post/2014/12/guitar.htmlThe first instrument that I played was the guitar. I was in high school hanging out with a bunch of guys who loved rock and punk music. They played guitar everyday. It didn't take long for me to join them. I remember that week when I got my first guitar I couldn't wait to get home to play it. I played the song that I really liked. I mastered the chords. And that's all I played for days. That helped me build my confidence and pretty soon it created momentum. Then I started learning new songs.
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