Summertime! Oh Yeah!!

Hey there drummers and non-drummers,

I’m very excited to be done with my semester at Las Positas College! It was easily one of my hardest semesters yet, although I managed to get high grades. I’ve decided to take this summer off and not take any summer classes. Instead what I’ve decided to do focus on teaching drums, my musical projects, and volunteering at CAST (an daycare for kids with autism). And of course, see all my lovely friends! haha

On a musical note (lol), I will be trying to expand my teaching career. If anyone happens to read this that wants to learn to play the drums or get better, I’m available to help teach you (be sure to look around my website for more info!). I think I will be making business cards with my name and occupation on them, as well as making this site look more professional. I think I might add some of my own music to this site to show what I can do.

Speaking of music, I have just finished another two pieces (made on tuxguitar). One of them, called “Peterbutter n jam,” was made for my friend Peter, and it happens to be a jam song. The other, titled “Circular Green,” is more like my first song (“Here…Eat This Mango”), in which I wrote a pretty strange song with many odd meters and melodic melodies. All of these songs are on my soundcloud, which is named Foxshine, if you want to listen to it. But I think I’ll eventually move them to this website for easy access.

Also on my list of things to do this summer is learn how to play guitar! I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now but I just haven’t had the time. So I will now be taking lessons from my dad, who has been playing for around 40 years, so he knows what he’s talking about. If you by any chance want to learn guitar, my dad is also available to teach lessons. If you scan the top links of my website, the last one should say something about learning guitar; that link will provide you with my dad’s website and all the information about him that you need to know. So my goal with learning another instrument (guitar being much more based on melody, rather drums which are rhythm-based), is to further my understanding of music theory. This will in turn develop and enhance my teaching abilities because knowledge is power! And eventually I hope to be good enough to play my own songs that I write so I may record them with logic pro, which will be much more interesting to hear than tuxguitar sounds.

So that is the basic update with me right now. How are you guys and girls doing? Don’t be afraid to leave me a comment or two 😉

Happy Summer Drumming!

– Ryan Clark

Check out my first song! (Tuxguitar)

Hey there people!

Well if you’ve been reading my posts, you’d know I was working on some music stuff right now. And about a couple weeks ago, I completed my first song! It’s a standard electric guitar, bass, and drums set-up, all of which I wrote, but I can (hopefully) assure you that you probably haven’t heard many songs that sound like this. Now, I swear I’m not trying to brag or anything. I’m not even sure if many people would like it because it’s quite strange (at least in some ways). It falls under the category of progressive metal, which can mean a lot of things, but it’s the closest thing I can think of for a genre.

This wasn’t the first time I’ve written any guitar parts or anything, but this was the first time I actually organized a legit song. It took quite a bit of effort to make, as you might be able to tell from the many quick changes, odd time signatures, and yes, the melodies! It was all programmed on Tuxguitar, which a cool program that you can download for free on their website (just google it). They’ve actually got an impressive amount of different sounds you can use for making songs with (piano, strings, brass, weird effects, etc.). The only downside is that, to my knowledge, you can’t effectively write music (at least drums) using standard sheet notation. Instead you have to tab out the drum hits with numbers that represent the sound. I would prefer to use regular notation for keeping up my practice of reading music, but oh well.

Anyways, my song, titled “Here…Eat This Mango”, is on my Soundcloud profile if you want to hear it. The song name is just a silly little thing that I made up. I don’t believe in always making serious music/lyrics, and hopefully you can hear the non-serious elements in my music. So, my Soundcloud name is “Foxshine”, at least right now. That’s sort of an inside joke between super smash bros players…well not really a joke but just something they would understand.

So go forth and listen! Tell me what you think! All constructive criticism is welcome, unless you disagree with me, just kidding 😀

Peace to you all!

-Ryan Clark

P.S. Please ignore the substandard rap music on my Soundcloud.