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Guitar Tablature: Fast Fingerpicking
November 25th, 2004 | View Post

#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
Song (c)2003/2004 Kevin Ludlow
This song is exclusively copyrighted by its owner.

From: ludlow@math.utexas.edu

Don't know how to explain the beat of this song. It's somewhat classical.
Some fingerpicking and string frailing.

Tempo: Moderately Fast


Measure #1
e-|--------------------0---------------7p0------2-x-2---2---------
B-|-0h2---3---4---5----5-----5--------5---------2-x-2---2---------
G-|-0h2---4---5---6------6-----------6----------2-x-2---2---------
D-|---------------------------------0-----------------------------
A-|---------------0----0---0--------------------------------------
E-|-0-----0---0------------------4-----------2------2---2---------



e---------2---4-5-4-2--2h4p2-----0---0---x-------2---0---|-Repeat-
B--------2-------------------2---0---0---x-------0---0---|-Measure
G-------2------------------------1---1---x-------1---1---|-#1-----
D--------------------------------------------------------|--------
A--------------------------------------------------------|--------
E---2----------------------------0-----------0---0---0---|--------



e---0---0---x---0---2--/--7---7p0---------------------------------
B---0---0---x---0---0---------------------------------------------
G---1---1---x---1---1---------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E---0-----------0---0----(0)--------------------------------------



e-----------x-------5-5--5-----------------x-------5-5--5---------
B---2---2---x-------2-2--2-----2---2---2---x-------2-2--2------2--
G---2---2---x-------2-2--2-----2---2---2---x-------2-2--2------2--
D---2---2----------------------2---2---2--------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E---2-----------2---2-2--2--2------1-----------1---1-1--1---1-----



e-----------x----------------------------4--5--7------------------
B---2---2---x-------2---------------------------------------------
G---2---2---x-------2-----------2h4p2-----------------------------
D---2---2-----------2-------2h4-----------------------------------
A-----------------------2h4-----------2--2--4--5------------------
E---0---0-------0-------------------------------------------------



e---9---9---x-------9-9------10--9--7---7---x------7--5p7--7------
B---0---0---x-------0-0-------0--0--0---0---x------0--0----0------
G-----------------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E---0-------x---0---------0---------0-------x---0-----------------



e---9---9---x-------9-9------10--12~~~~~~~~-----------------------
B---0---0---x-------0-0-------0-----------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E---0-------x---0---------0---------------------------------------



e---9-10---7-9---5-7---4-5---2-4---4/5\4p2p0---4p2p0---4p2p0------
B-----------------------------------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------



e---4p2p0---------------------------------------------------------
B--------4p2p0----------------------------------------------------
G-------------4p2p0-----------------------------------------------
D-------------------4p2p0-----------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------

Repeat From Start

Guitar Tablature: Slow Chord Progression
November 25th, 2004 | View Post

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#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
Song (c)2003/2004 Kevin Ludlow
This song is exclusively copyrighted by its owner.

From: ludlow@math.utexas.edu

Short Chord Progression. Still a work in progress.
Tempo: Slow


Intro
G F#/D
e-|------------------------------------------------------------|--
B-|------------------------------------------------------------|--
G-|-0---0---x-------0-0---0---x-------0---2---2---x-------2-2--|x2
D-|-0---0---x-------0-0---0---x-------0---0---0---x-------0-0--|--
A-|------------------------------------------------------------|--
E-|-3-------x---3-------------x---3-------2-------x---2--------|--


Em F#/D
e-----------------------------------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------------------------------------
G---0---0---x-------0-0---0---x-------0---2---2---x--------2-2----
D---2---2---x-------2-2---2---x-------2---0---0---x--------0-0----
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E---0-------x---0-------------x---0-------2-------x----2----------

End of Intro


Verse
G F#/D
e-|------------------------------------------------------------|--
B-|-0--0-------0h1h3---3-1---0-------------------------0h1p0---|--
G-|-0--0---x---0-------0-0---0---x--2--2--x-------2-2--2------2|x4
D-|-0--0---x---0-------0-0---0---x--0--0--x-------0-0---------0|--
A-|------------------------------------------------------------|--
E-|-3------x---3-------3---3-----x--2-----x---2----------------|--



Em F#/D
e--------------------------------------------------------------|--
B------------------------------------------------------0h1p0---|--
G---0---0---x-------0-0-------------2--2--x-------2-2--2------2|x2
D---2---2---x-------2-2-------0h2---0--0--x-------0-0---------0|--
A-------------------------0h2----------------------------------|--
E---0-------x---0-------------------2-----x---2----------------|--

End of Verse


e-----------------------------------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------

Guitar Tablature: Progression
November 25th, 2004 | View Post

#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
Song (c)2003/2004 Kevin Ludlow
This song is exclusively copyrighted by its owner.

From: ludlow@math.utexas.edu

Little progression I have been working on. Still a work in progress.
Tempo: Moderate

e---5--------5--7-----------5--5--------5--5-----------5----------
B---7-----7--7--5--------7--7--5-----5--5--5--------5--5----------
G---------6--------------6-----------5--------------5-------------
D---0--0--------0--0--0--------0--0--------0--0--0----------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------

e---5--------5--5-----------5--3--------3--2--|-Let-ring-and------
B---3-----3--3--3--------3--3--2-----2--2--2--|-then-repeat-------
G---------4--------------4-----------3-----2--|-------------------
D---0--0--------0--0--0--------0--0--------0--|-------------------
A---------------------------------------------|-------------------
E---------------------------------------------|-------------------

e------------------------6--2--------2--2--------2--|-repeat------
B---3--------3-----------3--3-----3--3--3-----3--3--|-------------
G---3-----3--3--------3-----------2-----------2-----|-------------
D---5-----5-----------5-----0--0-----------0--------|-------------
A---------------------------------------------------|-------------
E---3--3--------3--3-----3--------------------------|-------------

e-----------------------------------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------

e-----------------------------------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------

Guitar Tablature - Jazz Progression
November 24th, 2004 | View Post
This is a little guitar progression that I had been working on. A friend of mine actually liked it so much that she used it for a small performance in the University of Texas theater department.

 
#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#
Song (c)2003/2004 Kevin Ludlow
This song is exclusively copyrighted by its owner.

From: ludlow@math.utexas.edu

Little Jazz type of song I have been working on. Pretty much complete.
Tempo: Moderate

Verse
Measure #1
e-|---------------------------------------------------------------
B-|-----------------0---------------------------2-----------------
G-|-1---x-------1---1---x---2-------x-------2---2---x-------------
D-|-1---x-------1-------x---2-------x-------2-------x-------------
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-0---x---0-----------x---2---2---x---2-----------x---2---------

e----------------------------------------------2------2--|Repeat--
B-------------------0-------------------------2------2---|Measure-
G---1---x-------1---1---x---2-------x--------2------2----|#1------
D---1---x-------1-------x---2-------x-------2------2-----|--------
A--------------------------------------------------------|--------
E---0---x---0-----------x---2---2---x---2----------------|--------

Chorus
Measure #2
e-|---------------------------------------------------------------
B-|-----------------4-----------------------5-------4-------------
G-|-4---x-------4---4---x-------4---x-------6-------4-------------
D-|-4---x-------4-------x-------4---x-----------------------------
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-4---x---4-----------x---4-------x---4-------4-------4---------

Measure #3
e------------------4-------------------------------------|Repeat--
B---5-----------5--5-----------------------7-------------|Measure-
G---6---x----6--6-------x---8---x-------8--8---x---------|#2------
D-------x----7----------x---9---x-------9------x---------|--------
A--------------------------------------------------------|--------
E---5---x----5----------x---7---x---7----------x---7-----|--------

Measure #4
e-|---------------------------------------------------------------
B-|-----------------4-----------5p4-------5---4h5p4---------------
G-|-4---x-------4---4---x-------6p4-------6---4h5p4---------------
D-|-4---x-------4-------x-----------------------------4-----------
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-4---x---4-----------x---4---------4---------------4-----------

e-----------------------------------------------------------------
B-------------------2-----/---------------------------------------
G---2---x-------2---2----x/4-------x-------4---x-----------x------
D---2---x-------2--------x/4-------x-------4---x-----------x------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E---2---x---2--(2)-(2)---x/4---4---x---4-------x---4---4---x------

e-----------------------------------------------------------------
B-----------4-----------5p4-------5---5--/--7--\--5--4------------
G-------5---5---x-------6p4-------6---6--/--8--\--6--4------------
D-------4-------x-------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E---4-----------x---4---------4-----------------------------------

e----------2----------------4---------------------0--------------|
B---------2----------------4-------------0-----0-----0-----------|
G--------2----------------4-----------1-----1-----------1-------1|
D-------2----------------4---------1-----------------------0h1---|
A----------------------------------------------------------------|
E---2----------2--/--4----------0--------------------------------|
End of Chorus

Solo
Measure #5
e-----------------------------------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------------------------------------
G-------4-/-6p4------------------x---------2-------x---2----------
D-----------------h6p4-------2---x---2h4-------2-------2----------
A--------------------------------------------------x--------------
E---0--------------------2-------x-----------------x-------2------

e---------------------------------------------------|-Repeat------
B---------------------------------------------------|-Measure-----
G-------4-/-6p4-------------2---x-------2h4p2-------|-#5----------
D-----------------h6p4----------x---2h4-------h4p2--|-------------
A---------------------------------------------------|-------------
E---0-------------------2-------x-------------------|-------------

e----------------------------------7-----7--9---------------------
B--------------------------7--/-9-----9---------------------------
G-----------------4h6-/-8-(8)-------------------------------------
D-------------4h6-------------------------------------------------
A---------4h6-----------------------------------------------------
E---4--4----------------------------------------------------------

Go to Measure #3 from solo and continue. This time end on finish
of Measure #4.

Mario Van Peebles Mouseman III
May 5th, 2004 | View Post
Introduction

Around November or so of 2002 I went to the PetsMart and decided that I would bring home a mouse to keep as a pet. He lived inside of an aquarium in my bathroom and all of his toys and playhuts were custom built by me in the woodshop. It wasn't but a few days that I decided I would go back to PetsMart and purchase a few more of these fury little bastards - 4 more to be precise.

Mouse Dominance

This was perfectly fine until I started noticing, and subsequently read on the web, that mice apparently will attack one another when they are attempting to mate with females. Not only will they attack one another, but they begin spraying their love all over the place. Granted, this love scent was confined to the aquarium, but after a few days time it really began to stink. For this reason alone, people seem to recommend only getting all males or all females so that dominance will not be such an issue.

Well, sadly enough, it was not long before my mice starting dying. One was dead one day, another the next, and the cycle went on for about 2 more weeks. There were finally only two mice left in the cage and though they both seemed to be doing ok, I was sure they would die within the next few days. I was half right, one of them did. Obviously I wasn't too hopeful that the other one would survive at this point, but I continued to build him things to crawl on, ladders to climb, etc.


Mario Van Peebles Mouseman III

Profiling for the camera
Naming the Survivor

Days and then weeks went by before it occurred to me that this mouse was not going to die (which incidentally was good news to me). I rewarded him with a name for having outlasted all of his brethren. And so was born: Mario Van Peebles Mouseman III (a.k.a. Mousie). Many people have asked me over the years where the name actually came from. While on a Rioudosa, NM skiing trip in 2001 with a few friends of mine, I built a snowman one night. The next morning my dear friend, Preston Graham, saw it and for whatever reason named him Mario Van Peebles Snowman. The III suffix was later added to the snowman's name, and so when I purchased the mice months later I brought the name back into play.


Mousie's new cage

Maybe the emails really did come from Mario?
Departing the Company of Mario

I kept Mousie as entertained as one could for several months. I played with him often, built him complex mazes to run through, would let him swim around in a lukewarm bath, and really all of the other things one does with a pet mouse. But as my travels to New Zealand were nearing, I needed to find him a temporary sitter. My sister agreed to care for him during the year I would be abroad. She sent me webcam pics of him with some regularity (see below) and otherwise did an excellent job of keeping me informed of his life in Arkansas (where she was attending college).

The Fate of Mousie

I gave Mousie to my sister around mid June of 2003 and left for New Zealand. I had Mousie for about 8 months prior to this. As I said before, my sister kept me informed of his status with emails and pictures while I was away in New Zealand with Tisa, though I was looking forward to getting to see him when I returned to the states. I got back from New Zealand in late March of 2004 and for whatever reason, Mousie was not around because my sister had not yet returned from college for the summer. Regardless, since I didn't have my apartment setup back in Austin just yet, I asked my sister to hang on to him for just a little while longer.

My sister and her boyfriend were coming up to Austin to see a concert in June of 2004 and I was finally going to be reunited with Mousie after having not seen him for over a year. The day they came up, Kim organized all of his things, packed up his toys, and cleaned his cage one final time before bringing him back to me. Midday I received a call from my mother telling me to call Kim as she was horribly upset. I rang her and she was crying rather hysterically. After calming down a bit, she explained to me that Mario had just died.

We're really not sure what killed him though the best we could come up with was the stress of moving him around to clean the cage. There weren't any chemicals used to clean the cage and in any case, it was entirely open thus he would not have inhaled them. It is a sad fact to face, I'll never see Mario Van Peebles Mouseman III again.


The Memorial

Apparently my sister posted this link about Mario on some site named I Loved My Pet. It says the link will only be active until August 28th, 2005, but this has persisted for years. Here is what she wrote:

Mario Van Peebles Mouseman III (Mousie) was born in a PetsMart in Austin, Texas and was loving adopted along with 4 of his siblings by Kevin Ludlow. Mario truly embodied Darwin's survival of the fittest, outliving all of his relatives, and ultimately becoming Kevin's adored pet. Kevin and Mousie enjoyed each other's company and the many memories of their brief life together live in Kevin's memory daily. Kevin's moved to New Zealand forced him to relinquish his beloved pet to his sister Kim Ludlow of Houston. Kim sent Kevin countless pictures and updates which allowed him to keep track of Mousie's progress. Kim and Mario ultimately moved and Mousie enjoyed a stint in Arkansas before eventually returning to Houston in route to Austin where he would once again live with Kevin. Unfortunately, Mario was never able to experience a reunion with his original owner, and tragically he passed away moments before his journey home to Austin began.
Allan Dick Response
February 27th, 2004 | View Post
Here is the letter that I sent Mr. Allan Dick regarding the portions of the article that were omitted from the published magazine article.

Email Response Below

Dear Mr. Dick,

I was pleasantly surprised to open a copy of "New Zealand Today" in a local bookstore this afternoon to find bits of my response published. On a similar note, however, I was not so pleasantly surprised to find how you had treated the article.

As one who enjoys throwing my comments to the mercy of such writers as yourself, I was not at all surprised to see many points cut out. However, I would like to use this letter to question both the integrity of your journalism, and your moral obligations as an editor.

I acknowledge the following two things: some digressions need to be cut in order to fit the given text space, and cutting the entire passage regarding the Kennedy assassination is completely acceptable as it leaves no room for misquoting. With that, I will say nothing more of cuts where only additional insight was given, and I will say nothing more of the Kennedy section (or lack there of it).

What I would like to note, however, is that you cut a variety of significant passages in the middle of my text that would have given highly credible support to my overall argument.

The first such edit appears on page 10 of the magazine at the end of the second to last paragraph. My final statement, "Not only that but specifically if people want to fix the aforementioned problems, they will need to expect an increase in petrol tax." was cut. This line states that I am NOT advocating what I had just written, but rather was used to imply an obvious fundamental flaw within your original article. Again, raising petrol prices hurts the less fortunate - that is a fact. Driving smaller cars and ultimately consuming less petrol hurts the government's profits - that is a fact.

The next cut specifically leads me to question your journalistic integrity. From the original text I sent you, you cut the next three paragraphs that would have followed the above sentence. To be honest, the third such paragraph is merely my opinion to you on politicians and thus I understand its lack of necessity. The first two, however, are necessary to the argument at hand.

Quite clearly, what you wrote in the original text (with respect to this section) is entirely wrong. I believe I need not point that out to you, but I find it strikingly unfair that a journalist with any degree of integrity could find it fit to omit such a retort. Whether or not you like how capitalism works is irrelevant to how you should choose to include facts. With regards to the Challenge vs. BP, you could not have given a better example than you did to depict how capitalism is / was intended to work for everyone, not just the rich, and certainly not just Americans. Why then would you omit these passages?

It also clearly shows that the writer (in this case me) is not an uneducated, ignorant, and greed-driven American, but rather one who is economically aware of the reality in which we live and would like to see EVERYONE better themselves - not just the already wealthy.

Again, I take no personal grief in seeing my passages omitted, but I feel you have done your readers a grave injustice. There are people in your country (and mine alike) who are unaware of how the simplicities of a competitive market can benefit them. Still, such benefits are not without a cost. People need to be aware that if they are to inherit such benefits, they must do their part to make things happen. The example of people switching petrol brands to save mere cents is a cost people must choose to pay, a very small cost at that.

Now, you may immediately want to respond to the above claiming there was a lack of space. To save you the time, I do not believe so. The response printed after mine, 'Taranaki Land Confiscations', is two and a quarter columns long. My comments, including the paragraph you responded with, are still only one and one half columns long. This would normally bring us to the obvious notion that you felt more text from the latter response was important, but again, I beg to differ. It logically seems to me, given that I 'won' the contest for submitting the best piece, that the best piece would have priority over the others. Perhaps I am confusing my logic with another god-given rights of Americans to always be heard.

Clearly sir, you did not like having obvious facts and figures pointed out to you. Seeing as how you are the editor, fair enough, but again I am not so much complaining as merely pointing out the lack of honesty and integrity you have distilled upon your readers. I noticed you cut a single word out, 'three', when I made reference to your cars. Three being how many you own. Good move, as it no doubt takes away from your ability to connect with the more common New Zealander trying to afford just one. Your agendas are hidden about as well as a giraffe in downtown Japan. I hope you take no insult to that, but rather realize that if I can figure it out, who else might?

The irony of the situation is that while you made postscript comments antagonizing Americans, you yourself are guilty of two things people around the world despise about America - myself included.

The first is the lack of honesty and integrity coming from our media on a daily basis. No doubt this happens, but is it your goal to fight fire with fire, especially when at least one American has written you a very factual and non-biased rebuttal?

The second is always feeling homage should be paid to the corporation. In this case, you have even dishonestly represented me in paying such homage. The opening line of my text: "While taking a rather enjoyable and short Origin Pacific flight from Christchurch to Dunedin...". As you know, I did NOT make any note of Origin Pacific in my letter to you. Given that you did not inquire towards my travel arrangements, had it occurred to you that charter flights between Christchurch and Dunedin also exist? In many cases they are even at a less expensive rate. Had it occurred to you that as an educated traveler I might have looked into such arrangements?

Perhaps it did and perhaps it did not; the simple fact remains that you plugged a giant corporation in an editorial of all places, and for what reason?

Finally, as I said I would like to question your moral obligations as an editor, I see two flaws.

The first is again in regards to your postscript comments. If your intention was to bring your own agenda into spectrum, I suppose there is not much I can do from my laptop to stop that. All the same, if you are going to criticize my words in print, at least have the courage to include what I actually said. Do not omit the facts surrounding the included paragraphs, and then choose to represent yourself.

The second is with regards to my contact information being published. It is true that I included such information to you, but intended for YOU to contact me. I have to question your intentions upon including it at the end of the editorial. Published is a full name, address, city, state, zip code, and email address?

As an EDITOR of a popular magazine, you know fully well that publishing ones personal contact information is a breech of confidentiality. I did not ask to remain anonymous, but misrepresenting my words and then allowing readers to personally attack those words is highly immoral, and I will quickly be looking into the legalities of it as well.

I hope that in the future you will take better note of many of the issues I have just written to you.

On a more personal note, America has its problems, but so does New Zealand or any other country around the world. Your false editing, while I cannot prove it, seems to be nothing more than an attack against Americans in general. This is more apparent given your postscript comments. Perhaps if you (and other like you) would stop merely hearing what many of our countrymen and women actually represent, and rather start listening, you might find you are pleasantly surprised.

Thank you very much for your time and good luck with your future editorials.

I have sent a copy of this letter to each person in your department specifically to remind them that personal contact information is NOT to be printed within a national magazine editorial.

Kevin Ludlow