Thursday, December 30, 2010
My finger tips and muscles are going in the right direction. So have to do my practice every day. Today I might also test my Yamaha keyboard. It should be fun. That's all for todays blog.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
What about the Yamaha keyboard? I want to test it properly this weekend. Makes me feel excited. I have not played on it for years. Can I still play on a keyboard? I hope so because it could be very useful in my music project with A! So I will do my best and try to play on it. That's all for todays blog.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
This weekend I may try to play some on my Yamaha keyboard too. Keyboard is quite different to play compared with the guitar. It's another way to use my fingers. Also many years since I tried it last time. That's all for todays blog.
Monday, December 27, 2010
That's a lot easier to practice guitar, when you feel it's going forwards. New riffs and licks makes it so much more fun. It's a very nice feeling. That's all for todays blog.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
My train was overcrowded because it was a short train. And when we and other trains filled up the next train it was even more overcrowded. But we got home at last, and there was a bus waiting as well! That's all for todays blog.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
That's how it is! I still have my things to do at home. Like eating, practice guitar and work on my computer. Also have to talk to my family and relax before I go to sleep. So that's why I get one hour less sleep. That's all for todays blog.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Long weekend with lot's of christmas preparations. Shop food and presents. Working four days this week.... Last chance for the stores to fill up with all christmas food. That'll be a hard week. Then comes the holidays to rest before it's new years holiday. That's all for todays blog.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Got to practice some more guitar this weekend. It's those riffs and licks, plus many chords and blues. I also need to test different sounds on my Behringer amplifier. I have one hundred different sounds, that can be altered to sound specific at the time. Nice and gives a variety of options when I'm playing on my Les Paul. That's all for today's blog.
So teach your children how to show respect for others. Or they might get a big knockout in their face. That's all for this blog.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
As I said earlier, we are waiting for today's snow fall. More snow on the ground for us. I think this year we will have a white Xmas. Back to my guitar practise. Riffs and licks are now my main area in my playing. Learning more each day. That's all for today's blog.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Writing this blog on my way to work on the commuter train. Now guitar practice is a tough business. Muscles and finger tips has to be in the best shape. The solo sounded good, nice riff. I would give myself a golden star for being so hard in my training. Not easy, but very rewarding. That's all for todays blog.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Solo playing has been the lead star of this weekends practice. Blues and solo playing. My amplifier is a Behringer with nice sounds. I can store 100 different sounds in it. Lovely to test all these sounds. That's all for todays blog.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Another expectation is that Telia will release that chinese TV channel finally! We want to watch chinese TV at home on our 42 inch set! I will continue my blues scales, intros, turnaround and ends practice on my guitar. It's a very interesting way to practice. Fast and slow playing, and some rock licks will also be on the agenda. Rock licks and riffs are a very important cornerstone in my practice. That's all for todays blog.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
My finger tips are now hardened and playing becomes much easier. Also the muscels are improving much. This gives me strength and possibility to play longer time. Next on the agenda is to practise fastness. To play the same things fast and slow, and to switch between them. So I have things to practise. That's it for todays blog.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Will practice on my guitar when I get home today. Doesn't matter how tired I will be tomorrow. Guitar scales is on my list. Will start with the blues scale. The pentatonic one. Run it up and down. And fool around with it. That's all for todays blog.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
This is kind of monotonous, but the only way to make the fingers work. You know the finger tips and the muscles. Go slow and go fast. Up and down! Then the next step is to fool around with the scale. Play different combinations and build riffs. This is the really fun part. Find out where's your limit. That's all for todays blog.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Hope Liping is doing well at her work today. She should talk to her boss I think. That's the best thing to do. That's all for todays blog.
Friday, November 26, 2010
No rehearsals with A this weekend. We do that the next one instead. I will practice on the guitar and some music theory as well. Also have to put up candle lights this weekend. I wonder when we will get that new chinese channel on the television? It would have been nice if it comes today! That's all for todays blog.
Though I hope to get home earlier today. Going with my ordinary train would also have the same trouble. So it makes no difference in that sense. That's all for this blog.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
After all this hardening of my finger tips comes all the fun. Playing guitar, training chords and scales, learning new riffs. Next week I'm entering this mode. But this weekend I will meet with A and the rest of the band. Nervous? Oh yeah, but I'll do my best. That's all for todays blog.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
There's no short cut! Play all the time at home. Relax on my way to work and on work. Saturday will be my test with the new band. Nervous? Oh yeah! But I'll give all and try my best on the guitar. Wish me luck! That's all for todays blog.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Looking forward to this moment. And also Xie is coming to Stockholm for her first visit. Looks like the weekend is pretty full booked, as on sunday there is all normal things to do, like shower, water flowers and prepare clothes for the working week. That's all for todays blog.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Friday comes Xie on her first visit to Sweden and our small town Stockholm! Wonder how that will feel? From a big city to a small one. Where are the houses? Back to the guitar stuff. Playing is hard work, but very rewarding in the end. My secret music project with A is just around the corner. It fills my head all the time. Some ideas are popping up. Maybe we can use them too? That's it for todays blog.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
For Xie it will be a tough start of her first visit to Sweden. Arriving on friday evening, and going to Alexandras birthday party the next day. I should have been practising with my new music project on sunday as well, but that's too much for one weekend.I got a raincheck from A! I will attend the next practice session. Once again happy birthday Alexandra. That's all for todays blog.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Feeling very nice and ready to play in a band again! Practise guitar every day now. It's a must! Practising is the base of it all. Guitar awareness and finger tips, as well as muscels has to be trained every day. We will try to do some demos. Fun! And go on from there. Playing feels fun again! That's it for todays blog.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Well, on this weekend I will play a lot of guitar. Practise, practise, practise..... Scales and chords. Plus a lot of finger practising. Gotta be in good shape on monday. Spirit is high and mood also! I can do it! I know I can! I'm a winner! So it's gonna be great. That's it for todays blog.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
During the weekend I will do a lot of guitar practice. Guess why? The secret project! Many things on my mind right now, you know. Can I fix this? I know I can do it. I'm strong, strong, strong..... Really I should have been answering like three emails from distant relatives out there in the world. A lot on my mind right now! That's all for todays blog.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Right now it's blowing cold icy winds and raining. But I'm warm sitting on the commuter train going north towards my work. That feels alright. No snow inside the train. I think it will be a short blog today, so that's it for today.
Friday, November 5, 2010
My journey home took much longer than a flight to London. It took twice that time, so this morning I'm really tired. You know late night and early morning is no good combination. But now I'm on my way north going on the commuter train to my work in Sundbyberg. That's all for todays blog.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Now this is a very nice neighborhood, with small local restaurants and shops. At it's western border you have the Naga appartments and the Nan Guan Park. People are very friendly here and the mix of people is good. There are both young and old, and foreigners. That's good for me! At nights there is singing and dancing in the park. People get together to relax and have some entertainment. Very nice! Now that's all for todays blog.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Remember the traffic is very heavy on this part of the street. Though I see a woman with a child in front of me doing the same kind of moves and changes between the files all the time. It's a little bit like going downhills on skis in the winter! All the time the situation changes. Free street in front of you turns into several cars trying to park sideways and taxis stoping to let out their passengers. All that happens within seconds and right in front of you. So no easy way to solve the new traffic situations created with speed. But I think I can handle it very good. No problem. It's just to stay alert all the time. Thats it for todays blog.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The Yonghegong Lamasery was originally a prince palace, but later changed into a lama tempel. It's the largest lama tempel i northern China. Many tourists go there for a visit, but particularily many young chinese worshipers go there to pay tribute to their believes. And it's nearly in our backyard! They bring their smoke sticks, and kneal to pray. I also pray there every year I go to Beijing. Now that's it for todays blog.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Many new friends have joined my Facebook site. I'm very happy that they soon are more than 150. Now I can share my thoughts and life with them. They have already appreciated my comments with a like. I feel a lot more warm in my heart over this. It will be an exciting weekend networking on Facebook.
This weekend I will also start with working on my new chinese learning apps in the android world. And maybe play some guitar as well. I will also help my wife change the tires of her bicycle. That's it for todays blog.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Many tourist doesn't know how to get around the best way. Forget taxi, bus or subway. The traffic is very slow and heavy in central Beijing. What takes fifty minutes with a car can take twenty with a bicycle. Plus you can stop where ever you like, and go in on the lovely alley streets. Here you can see the real beijingers dayly life. It's a must when you visit this city. Hope you will find my tips usefull. I have been here for four years now. Still learning from the beijingers how to get around in their wonderful city.
Other good places for you to see is the forbidden city(Gugong), Huhai lakes area, Tiananmen square, the lamasery Yonghegong, and of course outside the city is the great wall. That's it for todays blog.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
White Knights is a place where many westerners go, but also many chinese go to eat and have a drink. So here you can meet a lot of different people from all over the world. I know the owners well, as I've been going there for the last four years. I also live near that place in Minan Residential Complex. It's a good place to live in. Near all things in Beijing. Close to the subway station, the buses, the food street and the central parts of Beijing. I can go easily to any place in the city. Many times I also use my bicycle to go around. It's a fast way to get around. Very good! Now that's it for todays blog.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
During the time of my journey I listen to my mp3 music collection. I have a very good number of songs to play. I also have programs in my mobile phone to study and learn chinese. That's a challenge, and I'm doing good progress in my chinese studying. Now I can also read and write emails, and write blog posts to my two blog websites. This one will be todays blog post.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The giant panda, or panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca, literally meaning "black and white cat-foot") is a bear native to central-western and south western China. It is easily recognized by its large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. Though it belongs to the order Carnivora, the panda's diet is 99% bamboo. Other parts of its diet include honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges, and bananas when available. The giant panda lives in a few mountain ranges in central China, mainly in Sichuan province, but also in the Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. Due to farming, deforestation and other development, the panda has been driven out of the lowland areas where it once lived. This picture I love, because the panda is in it´s real chinese invironment trying to eat it´s main meal bamboo. You know I love to eat bamboo shots in my food, but in China you eat also woked bambu shots with a different kind of taste. I have tried it on a wedding in Beijing last year. This was the fourth of october 2009 at the Jinglun Hotel in Beijing´s CBD, 3 Jianguo Menwai Da Jie. This is a for star hotel. The latest fashion in Beijing is to invite westerners to your wedding or party, but this one was different. We were two westerners there, but somehow closely related to the couple who got married. Imagine the feeling of getting married at a four star hotel with two westerners at your wedding as your specially invited friends attending. That could break the heart of any Beijing millionaire, that would have to pay for that! Friends and love go well together! So I´m very honored to have been invited by the bride´s family. Now back to the panda and it´s life and surival future.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Now we look at trhe stores in Raffles City. Here we find many different kinds of worldwide brands like the swedish "H & M". Really I was not that surprised when my wife Liping showed my a leather jacket(very nice look and feel about it) in another store(I believe it was european). It looked very nice on me(in fact I loved it), but the price was to much! Would you pay five thousand yuan(RMB) for a leather jacket that you can wear in the spring and autumn? I would not! But you have to remember and learn that here in our shopping centers goes almost only the rich chinese people and all of us westerner idiots! They think we can shop here! Of yeah!, we can, but only the food to eat at home or right here in the fast food chains. The toilets are very good as they have guards and you don´t need to flush them afterwards! They flush on their own! Surprise! It´s like on the Beijing international airport. Here I have bought my silver ring, and some food stuff(like fast food, chips, nuts and garlc baguette). But just being there is lifting your own feeling of belonging to the rich and beautiful people! This is all for todays blog.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
about. If you look at Sweden we are just hopeless in this situation. It´s like we wake up when our short summer comes, and many people move their living room outside. The neighbors that are still inside think what are they doing and making so much noice. Strange way to behave! Come on! I think it´s nice to be a beijinger! So swedes come out of your hiding places and behave like normal people. After all we are a minority. Two times Swedens population is what you got in Beijing. What I mean is that we can also relax and have fun with our neighbors here in Stockholm in a natural way.
Now as I told you the beijingers come out at night to dance and sing. Not like during the weekend or so! It´s every night! This means that when I go to White Knights for my beer and relaxation, after a day filled with a lot of activity, and I am walking back home I pass by the park hearing the music and singing. Luckily my wife is with me, because I am the only westerner there in the park. There are music and dancing in two parts of this park. One is with traditional music and the other one is with modern music! This makes me wonder a little bit? What about disco? This ends at nine o´clock at night, so you can go to the disco after that if you wanna dance some more! The music in the modern part of the park comes from Cds, but in the traditional part you have local musicians that come and play and sing with the local people! I love it! If
Friday, October 15, 2010
Now in the narrow hutongs the traffic is slower, but sometimes also very busy. Here you somehow comes closer to the people living there. You see their daily life in a closeup view. Really fantastic experience! I recommend it. If you ever come to Beijing, please try it. You can rent a bicycle near any subway station. It.s not that expensive, and you need to put up a small deposit. It is worth it, just for the pleasure of this way to get around in the city. You can return the bicycle at any other subway station as well.To use the bicycle on the restaurant street, Guo Jie, is a tough experience, but I have learnt that too. And you can stop and eat in over 100 restaurants on this street. I live 4 minutes walk from here. Hope you have some use of my tips. That's it for today.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Yes, today is the day of the miners. All 33 of them and their 6 rescue workers. They are all on the surface now after two months under the ground. What a fantastic rescue operation followed by the whole world on television. All my thoughts today go to them and their families. This picture is some kind of a symbolic one. It´s showing the view from Liping´s balcony at early night. Showing the dark in the mine, but also the still bright sky when the miners come up to the surface. By the way this is all in todays blog for you. I am writing this blog from my mobile device, Xperia X10 mini pro on the commuter train. I am on the way to my work in Solna. A two hours ride that feels so much easier now, when we know the miners in Chile are safe. Tomorrow I will send another blog. God bless you.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This new one is meant to be more of a personal web blog about my self and what is going on around me and my friends. My name is Peter, and I work as a salesman in the food business in Stockholm in Sweden. Stockholm is also the city where I was born and live in. I am also a musician that plays instruments like drums, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and harmonica. In the sixties I played in various pop groups, like Smash and Obnoxious, on the swedish west coast and in Denmark. At that time I played mostly drums, but in some occations also bass guitar. One concert is always coming back to me in my mind. We played at a concert with the swedish popular pop group The Mascots as their warming up band. Anyway the seventies came and I went to the USA, where I celebrated my 18th birthday, and also learnt how to play electric guitar.
This story is also very unique, because I lived with a family in Woodbridge just outside New Haven in Connecticut. Their son, Duke, turned out to to be a drummer too. So his family rented for me an electric Hagstrom guitar with an amplifier. Now we could practise together. That´s how I learnt to play electric guitar. Duke took me to many concerts, and among them I remeber bands like Chicago and Delaney and Bonnie with friends. Friends included a very special guitarist named Eric Clapton. Big for me, though I had already been to concerts in Sweden when he played with Cream. Another musician at that time that gave many influences to me was Jimi Hendrix. I saw his concerts two times and I also spoke to him about his albums in more than one hour. And don´t forget Janis Joplin or earlier influences like The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and The Who.
Maybe I will tell you more about my music life later. Now I play in my music room in my appartment. I have 4 guitars, harmonicas, drum machine and two keyboards there. The pictures comes from my music room. Two differnt cool guitars. Feel free to check out my new blog now and then.