“Everyone has this idea from ‘Schoolhouse Rock’,” says Mangual, “that
a law gets made in a particular way (but) that’s not how it works in
practice. At the federal level, 98% of criminal laws are not passed by
elected representatives. They are created by unelected bureaucrats who
don’t have to answer to anyone.”
Established businesses manipulate those bureaucrats into passing rules that squash new competition.”
Marty Schwartz is my favorite guitar guy so I picked him to show how the Chord Buddy works
He didn’t invent it but Marty shows how it works better than anyone I’ve sen.
The Chord Buddy turns a guitar into an autoharp. It is an ingenious device that clamps on the neck and suddenly all you have to do is strum and press a button to make a chord.
The buttons are logical so the sequence plays a pattern that makes many songs.
Like C F G chords. You can play all day with these chords. Almost any folk song, most country songs, a lot of rock and pop.
That means you’re playing TODAY.
As you get the hang of strumming and feeling as one with your instrument ( don’t laugh- it needs to happen) you can gradually replace the Chord Buddy with your own fingering.
This is a fantastic way to start playing guitar.
It allows you to feel the joy of music and that is 95% of learning to lay. When you can feel it deep down you fall in love with it and that keeps you playing.
I have seen a hundred people walk away from guitar because it is not easy to stick with it, to trudge through the hours and hours of grueling work to get to your happy place of playing and feeling accomplished.
That is super important. As a guitar teacher I think it is at the top.
A few decades ago this tasty treat was full of seeds. Big dark slippery seeds. When you cut open a watermelon you expected a lot of seeds. Today most of the seeds are gone. What happened?
This seedless thing started in about 1990.
If you think about it, the purpose of a plant is produce seeds so it can reproduce. So what gives with these seedless melons?
Turns out they are kinda like mules. Sexless plants.
Watermelon plants are Diploid. They, like us, have 2 sets of chromosomes. Packages of DNA – instructions for life.
Seedless watermelons are Triploid. They have 3 sets of chromosomes. The odd number (3) makes them sexless, so they are sterile and cannot produce other melons. This happens by mating a diploid male with a Tetraploid female ( 4 sets of chromosomes.)
This process requires adding a chemical that creates the desired effect. It takes a lot of effort to get the desired seedless watermelons. They are actually fooling Mother Nature in a way. Seedless are smaller and said to be sweeter.
Worth it? You decide.
I love a regular old watermelon. I’ll deal with the seeds.