Beauty of the Unseen

“Beauty of the Unseen” – Photo by Charlie Kirby

In creating this image, I started with a photograph of a person, then I copied and pasted a small section of a reflection on the wall behind them.  Inspired by a phrase in a prayer by Baha’u’llah that there is a hidden secret beauty, in plain view, all around us – I got to work.  I brought that small section into Photoshop and blew it up to 1920 x 1080 to find the “hidden Secret” beauty within it.   Once in Photoshop, I played around with color balance, contrast, gamma and other image controls.  There truly is an unseen beauty all around us and we just need to find it!  If you would like to see this image in full 1920 x 1080 resolution, please click this link.

“I testify that through Thee
the sovereignty of God and His dominion,
and the majesty of God and His grandeur, were revealed,
and the Day-Stars of ancient splendor have shed their radiance in the heaven
of Thine irrevocable decree,
and the Beauty of the Unseen hath shone forth above the horizon of creation.

I testify, moreover, that with but a movement of Thy Pen Thine injunction
“Be Thou” hath been enforced,
and God’s hidden Secret hath been divulged,
and all created things have been called into being,
and all the Revelations have been sent down.”

~ Baha’u’llah

Here is the original section, before image editing in Photoshop:

Chord Progressions

Hey Friends!  I created this chart to help me learn chord progressions, musical keys, and the relative major/minor for each key.  I decided that if I shared it, that it might be helpful to others.  If it helps you, or if you have any suggestions on information to add to it, please post a comment below.  🙂 

Chord Progression Chart – https://charliekirby.com/editor/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Chord-Progressions.pdf

Capo Fear Banished

Not referring to  the movie “Cape Fear”, but those thingies that we put around the fret of a guitar so we can play the same chords, but in a higher key.  I think I banished my fear of playing leads to accompany others who are playing with a capo.  Two simple pieces of info make up this easy equation:
A. What fret the capo is on.
B. What chord shape is first chord.
Then take A and count up that many half steps from B.

Example 1. If capo is on fret 2 and first chord is an Am shape, count 2 half steps up. A#m, Bm. Play leads in Bm scale.

Example 2. Capo is on fret 5. First chord is Dm shape. Count 5 half steps up. D#m, Em, Fm, F#m, Gm. Play leads in Gm scale.

I hope this info is helpful to my fellow guitarists out there.

p.s.  However, if guitarist is playing an augmented suspended ninth chord with a capo, then take A (number of frets up) and multiply that figure by ounces of lighter fluid, which you will pour into the guitar’s soundhole. Add a lit match. Solo is guaranteed to be blazing hot.  LOL!