We have an exciting behind the screens update for this blog. There are quite a few things in the works, some of which you might have already noticed.
What’s Going on Behind the Screens?
Well, a lot. I gave blogging a try a couple of years ago and realized that I like to write. Especially about music and theology. Also, I am working on SEO and web design to make the site better and more accessible. I am learning to write better blogs and articles, studying, and composing music, and well, reading a lot. There is a lot to all this stuff. However, I still have not gotten a handle on the passive voice thing.
Why the Name Change?
Probably the first and most obvious change: the name changed from Stringscapes.us to Pauly’s Guitar Journal dot com. In a way, it has always been Pauly’s Guitar Journal, at least in my thinking. If you have read my other articles, then you know the story behind that name. A lot of the blog articles come out of that journal. Yes, there is an actual journal.
As I was studying SEO and how to get you to click on my website, I discovered something. I probably knew it but was not thinking about it. If you are going to have a blog/store, you need a unique name. Stringscapes was not as unique as I first thought. However, Pauly’s Guitar Journal was more representative of this site. As it is a “Guitar Journal” and “Book Store.”
So, due to this change, I am slowly updating the site. That includes what you see upfront and what is going on behind the screens. The site will not change dramatically, since the design will stay mostly the same.
What Else is Happening?
Let’s see. I have completed two compositions recently. Both are ready for release, but only after I finish the two projects in front of them. What two projects you ask? I’m glad you asked. I’d hate writing a blog article to myself.
There is a book in the works (Update: It’s now published). I’ve been working on it for the last few months. No, I’m not going to tell you what it is just yet. Only that it’s on the way, you’ll love it if you are into classical guitar, and will be available in both digital and physical print formats. How is that for a tease?
There is an EP too. It has been in the works since 2012. Yeah, I know. However, it has been recorded and now needs some TLC. It consists of my early original works with guitar and quartet and maybe a couple of more modern-style pieces. I don’t know, you’ll have to wait and see. If the Lord is willing, I hope to have it out by November.
Behind the Screens Update: New Videos
When I started the journal, it was mainly focused on YouTube. Also, I had about 60 videos online before I realized that some, if not most, infringed on copyrights. After realizing this, I deleted a lot of them. Because of this, I only left original works and anything that was public domain. The plan now is to replace most, if not all of those videos with public-domain versions. These and the blog will link to the sheet music either here, or on MuseScore.com. So, be on the lookout for those.
Daniel Nistico records “Mourning for the Garden”
As I have mentioned before I have composed two pieces for guitar recently. I’m excited to announce that Daniel Nistico, a professional guitarist and proprietor of the Creative Classical Guitarist (CCG), has recorded one of my pieces “Mourning for the Garden.” Daniel teaches composition and technique for classical guitar on CCG. He usually offers a 14-day trial for the site. If you are into writing compositions for the guitar. This is a great site to learn from. See the video below to hear Daniel play my piece (sheet music here):
Conclusion to this Behind the Screens Update
Well, that’s all I can think of at the moment. If the Lord is willing, there is a lot more content to come. I guess that’s it. I don’t have a great conclusion for this blog. On the other hand, you could sign up for the newsletter. It runs once a month and you get blog articles, the newest free downloads, and links to new products in the store. How was that for a conclusion? Okay, I’ll work on it.
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