Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Christmas Wish 2010

Did you know...

...there are all kinds of scientists, scholars and researchers who believe that the Bible is really true?

...you can make a real scientific case for creation and against evolution?

...circumstantial and historical evidence supports the life, death and resurrection of Jesus?

...the message of the Bible is the most important thing in life?

Don't believe me? I wouldn't expect you to. But if what I'm saying is really true, then you ought to be able to look it up and *see it for yourself* without taking someone's word or believing by blind faith.

My Christmas wish this year is that you would do something to learn more about this topic and develop a better understanding of why the Bible is the most influential book ever written and why the legacy and impact of Jesus is greater than that of any person or event in all of history.

3 different ways to get started...

READ:


I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist
Don't let the title of this one fool you. It's not just for atheists. I recommend this book to anyone, including Christians, who want to understand all the different types of evidence from different fields of knowledge that support the biblical worldview. I found this book to be captivating and one of the most important reads of my life. It totally changed how I viewed the Bible.


LISTEN:


Did Jesus really exist? Is there any historical evidence of Jesus Christ?
GotQuestions.org explains that there is overwhelming evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ, both in secular and biblical history. And this article is spoken and recorded so that you don't have to read. Look for the *MP3 Audio* button toward the top right of the article to listen. Once you're finished you can peruse through the 1,000s of other questions and answers. I recommend you start with their list of "Crucial Questions". Also, see their free audio podcast at iTunes. With resources like this you no longer have to be confused or wonder about what the Bible really says or means.

WATCH:



Origin of the Species: Was Darwin Right?
We now know that while Darwin was right about some things, he was wrong about others. Survival of the fittest, natural selection, mutations, and decent with common ancestry are all observable and well documented. But these processes cannot account for the origin of life or change one type of organism into a completely new type of organism. The fact is, bacteria remain bacteria, fruit flies remain fruit flies, and so on.



Lucy—She’s No Lady!
Textbooks and museums often portray Australopithecus afarensis (a.k.a. "Lucy") as having human hips, hands and feet. But did you know that the actual findings did not include these human features? Lucy had ape hips, hands and feet. Why the deception? Because there are no real ape-men to support the theory of evolution so evolutionists have to fabricate examples in order to build their case! And the worst part is that we all accept these bogus depictions without questioning them.


I'm a Christian. I don't identify myself with any specific denomination or practice - I just believe that the Bible is true and divinely inspired. Why? Because I *looked it up* and verified it. In fact, I was STUNNED at what I discovered! It changed my life (for the better).

Have you ever thought that "one of these days" you'll get around to learning more about this stuff? Well, now is the perfect time. Don't put it off any longer. Make this Christmas one to remember forever!

That's my Christmas wish this year.


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Merry Axe-Mas and Happy New Gear!
Mr. Desi Serna

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ear Training and Guitar Finger Exercises

"What do you think about ear training? Been doing some exercises on a site called good-ear and seem to be improving. Is this a skill that can be developed? How important is it to advance as a musician?"


Any time you listen to music or play guitar your ear benefits. As for exercises that specifically try to train the ear, I'm not sure what I think about them. I've never used them and I think the same is true for all the famous guitar players we know and love.

I think in order to develop as a player you need to spend time... PLAYING! I’ve seen finger exercise devices that are marketed to guitarists and intended to help develop finger strength and dexterity. They certainly do stimulate your finger muscles, but they won't help develop guitar playing because that's something that can only be accomplished with a guitar in hand.




If other types of finger activities could make you a better guitarist, then people who sit down and type for 8 hours a day ought to be able to pick up a guitar and play circles around us. Or the same with people who play Guitar Hero all the time. But we all know that these activities don't replaced actual guitar playing. I think the same is probably true for ear training.

With this said, ear training can be fun and there's no reason to deny yourself the enjoyment. It may help improve you in some ways. And as long as you're getting enough guitar practice time in, spending some time on ear training can't hurt.

Someone recommended the website http://trainer.thetamusic.com to me. Try it out and let me know what you think. I'd like feedback.


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Play Until Yer Fingers Bleed!
Mr. Desi Serna

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Fretboard Theory EPUB for Nook, iPad

My best-selling guitar theory book, Fretboard Theory, is now available in the popular EPUB format for the Nook, iPad and other portable reading devices.



Search Fretboard Theory at Apple iBooks or buy at Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/i7C6yd

And don't forget Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Fretboard-Theory-ebook/dp/B004ASNACS

PLEASE NOTE:
These new formats are only available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Apple iBooks. I cannot offer any discounts or special pricing at these online retailers.


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Mr. Desi Serna

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