BA in Psychology!! Summa Cum Laude!

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Hey party people!

I wanted to update you people on what’s been going on with me. I don’t post as often as maybe I should, but we’re all busy people! Anyways, as the title indicates, I graduated from San Jose State University this summer with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with Summa Cum Laude (3.9 gpa), also with a minor in Special Education!

I’m not trying to brag with this post but rather celebrate. It’s been a long couple of years but I’ve finally achieved a notable level of education. It’s strange to be out of school for really the first time in my life and to be working full-time. I feel like an adult haha. So with my earned freedom I’ve chosen to work as a camp counselor this summer to help pay down school loans, as well as have a fun job to ease my way into the working world. I’m also still teaching drum lessons, though I’m always looking for more students!! (wink wink nudge nudge ;).

Other current aspects of my life include practicing guitar everyday, making and writing music, reading, pursuing Spanish fluency, meditation, and being with the people I love! On a musical note 🙂 I have secretly completed writing my second solo album a few months ago! As I have mentioned in previous posts, I create music using Tuxguitar (similar to Guitarpro) in which I program every single note from guitars to drums to other instruments (violin, piano, etc.). If you’re reading this then you’re in my inner circle of music because I have kept my personal music endeavors on the down low. In fact I’ve only played a rough version of my music to 2 people EVER. Why am I doing this? Well the answer lies somewhere in the first sentence of this paragraph. Think about it…

In regards to further education, as of now I don’t have any plans to pursue higher or other degrees simply because of the cost of those degrees. I absolutely LOVE learning, and I would go to school full-time as a job if someone paid me. No question! But it always comes down to money. So until I figure out my “calling,” I will not unnecessarily “waste” money that won’t be invested back into myself. Instead, I will continue to learn using book stores, libraries, people, and the internet. Regardless, I’m VERY grateful for my degree and hope it serves me well in the future.

Thanks for reading,

Ryan Clark

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.