Thursday, February 28, 2008

Playing Drums


As I have been posting about drum rudiments I remembered a picture of my son playing drums as he was accompanied by his godfather Ted at church. Here he is at 2 years and 6 months old. I like this picture because it makes it appear that my son has fast strokes but really it was just the camera, the shutter speed was not fast enough to capture the movement of the drumsticks as Jed hit the snare.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Drum Rudiments: Double Stroke Roll

It has been weeks now since my last post in this series of entries on drum rudiments. I apologize for the delay but I hope that, if anyone has been following this series, they would already have developed 1) the proper way of holding the drum sticks, 2) the proper way of hitting with the drum sticks, 3) the strength of their stroke and 4) playing comfortably at slow and fast tempos with the first three lessons (Lesson 1: Single Stroke Roll, Lesson 2: Single Stroke Four, Lesson 3: Single Stroke Seven).

This next drum rudiment also shares the same objectives as mentioned above with the addition that it will 5) develop control in the hands and wrists as the drummer accomplishes the double stroke roll at higher tempos.

In this drum rudiment, each hand does two strokes alternately. As this is done, the drummer must be conscious about 1) applying the same strength (or sound) on both strokes made by one hand and 2) the spacing of each stroke, making sure that they are all evenly spaced. Using a metronome can help develop the right spacing. It is recommended to start practicing at slow tempos then going faster as one becomes comfortable (remember the fourth objective of the rudiments) at the tempos you are practicing at. Level 1 (44-56 bpm), Level 2 (58-70 bpm), Level 3 (72-84 bpm), Level 4 (86-98 bpm), Level 5 (100-112 bpm).

This lesson is played one time, starting at the slowest tempo. The tempo is then moved up 4 beats per minute - eventually ending at the fastest tempo.

An additional exercise (variation) for this is starting at the slowest then gradually speeding up to the fastest tempo the drummer is comfortable with. This will facilitate in teaching the drummer how to close the roll.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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One of the things my job requires is traveling. I travel across the city and a lot of times before summer, I travel to the province to make preparations for summer youth camps I help organize. Like this season, I travel a lot to Tarlac as I was appointed camp director for our two-week summer youth camp entitled “Heroes: OrdinaryPeople with an Extraordinary Calling.” With a goal of getting 800 campers for each week of our camp really would require a lot of traveling to and fro because of the many preparations regarding accommodations, food (because we’ll be handling our own food instead of letting the resort or camp site charge us for it), so we can save a lot of funds and allot it for something else, sports facilities preparations and the like.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Just Taking a Moment to Lift Up a Prayer

I'm glad to have been able to get to Makati early. Today is a Sunday and the reason I went to Makati is because that's where the church my wife and I started almost five years ago is located. I just dropped off my wife at the LRT Katipunan station and went straight here at Bonifacio stopover. Our church service doesn't start until 10:30am so I thought I'd take a moment to check my email and my blogs (yes, because this is just one of 'em) and pray and collect my thoughts as I prepare to preach this morning.

This will be another long day for pastors like me, and I pray that God's Spirit would be upon every preacher preaching His word today. I pray for empowerment for all full time and lay ministers who will be doing their roles in their churches all around the globe. And I pray all these in Jesus' name! :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I'm in GQ!


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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Have Your Prepared for the Inevitable?

In our everyday lives we make preparations for many things. Those who work prepare for important meetings, students prepare for examinations, a lot of people are right now preparing for their date on Valentine's Day. But sometimes even though we make so much preparations, things don't go as we expect them to. The business meeting we prepared for gets canceled, the exam topics gets changed and the Valentine date backs out.

This past week, I was reminded of something inevitable that comes but a lot of people don't get to prepare for - death and what comes after that. This struck hard on me when one of the attenders in our youth ministry died last January 31 because of a condition called cardiomyopathy. What's shocking is that he died at the age of 16. He was a nice boy, loved his family and was a responsible older brother to his five siblings.

Then came the reminder that death is inevitable and it comes unexpectedly. The question is are we ready to die?

The Bible says that death came to all men through the first man's disobedience. Sin came when Adam disobeyed God and death through sin (Romans 5:12) . Romans 6:23 adds that our being born as sinners (not because we do wrong things but because of our sin nature) separates us from God and has a natural consequence - physical and spiritual death which is eternal separation from God.

The good news is that even though we're all destined for that eternal separation, God made a way for us to escape that. That way is not a religion but a relationship - in the Person of Jesus Christ.

Since we're all sinners, nothing we could do could ever pass as an acceptable sacrifice for sin. Romans 3:23 describes how we all fall short of God's holiness. So, God, knowing this, sent Jesus and He lived as a God-man, experienced what we all experienced (emotions & temptations) but didn't sin. He then became THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE FOR OUR SINS. His death, the shedding of His blood on the Cross became the payment for our sin and His resurrection demonstrated His power over sin and death - so that when God promises eternal life, he is promising it with the guarantee that He's 'been there, done that'.

So how does this all relate to preparing for death? Only when we individually...

A - Admit we are sinners and that we can't work our way to God and...

B - Believe that Jesus is God's only provision for our sin problem and...

C - Commit our life to Jesus, by making a personal decision that from now on He will be the Boss and Manager (Lord) our lives...

...only then can we be really prepared for death. As John 3:16-18 declares, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. 18 Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."

Further more , John 1:12 says that , "to all who received Him (Jesus), to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. We begin our new relationship with God; He becomes our Father and us His children.

Anyone can make this decision by verbalizing to God the simple steps (A-B-C) above, even right now.

If you made that decision right now I'd be glad to know and even help you grow in the new relationship you have with God.

Caring for Our Own Folks

Last night I conducted a necrological service for the second time at the same home since we started our church almost five years ago. I remember conducting a similar service a few years ago when the great grandfather of the family passed away. He left an almost 90-year old widow behind. When I visited the same family a few days back before conducting the necrological service at their great grandson’s wake, the old widow expressed how sad she was especially because her great grandson was close to her and sometimes took care of her.

I felt sad for her situation because here in our country, the Philippines, finding someone to care for our old loved ones is not given much funding unlike in first world countries. I even came across a website called which is a comprehensive care home search engine, providing answers to crucial questions about care for loved ones and arranging the right kind of care or searching for care homes that fit special requirement.

But even though caring for old loved ones is different here I’m glad that there are Filipinos who do their best to care for their old folks without necessarily hiring professional help or sending them to care homes. At least relatives still take the responsibility of caring for their old ones.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

This Blog is a Blessing!


I never thought I’d realize the dream of monetizing this blog. I praise God for the opportunities being made available online. I believe it wasn’t an accident it happened. Deuteronomy 8:18 says, “But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth…” When I first started this my other blog I never thought it would make it but was surprised that it even got a Pagr rank of 1. For this blog, I’m still waiting for updates but it’s really been a blessing that there are opportunities even for this blog.

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Drum Rudiments: Single Stroke Seven

Here is the third among the drum rudiments posted in this blog. This would enhance the single stroke roll at a more advanced level. In the single stroke four, one hand plays triplets (three evenly spaced strokes) before or after a single stroke is made with the other hand. In this rudiment the triplet is doubled but both hands are used alternately, similar to a single stroke roll, but is done faster before or after a single stroke is made.

Below is the application exercise for the single stroke seven. It is recommended that you start at slower tempos then work on speeding up when you are comfortable at the lower tempos.

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Researching for Plans to Put Up an Online Store


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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Europe’s Premier International Rugby Tournament


I have always loved sports. I think if I was taught every sport in the world I would have readily taken the challenge of learning them. There are sport events that are not popular in the Philippines but are very famous in other countries. Some of those are soccer, American football, polo and rugby. I have never tried watching live rugby games.

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Friday, February 1, 2008

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Drum Rudiments: The Single Stroke Four

Here is another drum rudiment which would enhance the single stroke roll. In that first lesson, the strokes were struck evenly spaced. In this rudiment one hand plays triplets (three evenly spaced strokes) before or after a single stroke is made with the other hand.

Below is the application exercise for the single stroke four. it is again recommended that you start at slower tempos then work on speeding up when you are comfortable at the lower tempos.

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I only spent a year in ADMU because during my first semester their I wasn’t responsible enough to attend the ROTC. During the next semester that followed I had difficulty with my English subject’s professor. The problems I had with her left me uninspired and unmotivated to do a Marketing term paper. This caused me to fail the subject ( I didn’t submit the required term paper) and lose the two scholarships I enjoyed.

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