Melodica ~ Picasso Styling By Jepps

Melodica ~ Picasso Styling By JeppsLadies & Gentlemen, indeed gracious Boys & Girls also, please welcome into the world the divine and most beautiful face… of the Melodica Picasso.

If you have been following my custom Melodica posts you will notice I have specifically chosen to title this post with the official term ‘Melodica’, rather than my own term ‘Keytoy’. This is because I feel that this, my latest design, namely the Melodica Picasso, is the truest portrayal of the instrument in a professional light.

It is this portrayal which I feel gives divine utterance unto the authentic term ‘Melodica’ and with it a long awaited endorsement of its orchestral designation.

The problem with the Melodica is, unlike all other orchestral instruments, it has always appeared ‘unhappy’ or ‘uncomfortable’ with its own face. This is because having originally evolved from a child’s toy, it never had a professional face to begin with.

For as long as it has existed, the Melodica has retained the same appearance as that with which it was born with. Thus it has always harboured the toy-like face of its original conception.

Yet the Melodica is without shadow of a doubt one of the most professional instruments you may ever have the sacred pleasure of hearing. Make no mistake.

And I myself, a lounge pianist for over twenty years, I have heard this instrument crying to me in the night, pleading for me to please, please, please create and reveal unto the world… its true face.

It says, “I was born a child but I am now a sage. Please adorn me a garment worthy of my name.”

I believe therefore, if there were a standard, as there is with a clarinet, a saxophone or a trumpet, then the Melodica Picasso is where the Melodica finally stands up, puts on its dinner jacket and exclaims, “Listen! I am the embodiment of Jazz itself!”

I built the Melodica Picasso much in the same way as my other custom Melodica stylings, by mixing and matching components from various Hohner branded Melodicas. It’s all Hohner.

The Melodica Picasso features genuine Hohner white & black naturals, white & black sharps, both a genuine black casing and brilliant white mouth piece. Again, it’s all Hohner.

Now you ask, “Why did you call it the Picasso?”.

Well first of all let me explain why the design. A Piano has white naturals and black sharps. A Harpsichord has black naturals and white sharps. The Melodica however is a relatively modern instrument in comparison and until what I feel is this day, today, it had not yet evolved a true relative identity within the keyboard family.

Jazz. To answer the question. The Melodica is the very embodiment of jazz and so, it occurred to me that therefore the instrument should portray that element of its character in relation to the other keyboard instruments in the family.

Thus the Melodica Picasso is a blending of both Piano and Harpsichord styling, whereby alternating octaves display an alternating pattern of white on black and black on white. This 37 key instrument features two half octaves at each end, similarly alternating with the pattern, each embracing the two full center octaves in splendid glory.

I believe absolutely that the Melodica Picasso portrays the instrument’s character completely.

And so… unto Picasso.

It is not merely an artistic ‘label’. Nor do I consider myself a ‘picasso’ in like-mindedness. No, it is because firstly, I genuinely have an adoration for the artist and secondly, I happen to have met and dined with some of his closest friends. Some of whom painted with him at college.

Melodica ~ Picasso Styling By JeppsAt the turn of the millennium I was living and working in Italy as an English teacher, where on my joyous travels, I met many artists with whom I became closest friends. It was here during this time, that I happened to discover how these artists were also close friends of Pablo Picasso himself.

Here, the International Academy Of Art in Turin, of which my friends were administrators, awarded me a 1st Place Certificate In Sacred Art for an abstract illusionary pencil drawing of an “infinite garden painter”. Whilst I wouldn’t claim my “sketch” to be a masterpiece, I am certainly most honoured for the prize.

So there you have it. Good times.

Oh… there is also of course the fact that Pablo Picasso happened to be famous for wearing striped shirts. Yes, that’s it. Striped shirts. Well what do ya know.

God bless and goodnight.

Sorchess ~ Becometh Thine Own Sage

Sorchess by Simon JeppsSorchess is where Classical Chess becomes its own sage.

Sorchess is exquisitely simple to understand, if you are already familiar with Classical Chess.

Sorchess is itself an evolution of Classical Chess whereby the only difference is the implementation of a new piece, known as the Wizard.

Yet what strikes this game apart from other variants that include “extra” pieces, is that Sorchess only includes ONE extra piece, or Wizard, per player.

I have spent decades studying different methods and mechanisms for evolving Chess and, to shorten an eternal story, I unwaveringly agreed with myself in the end that a larger board does not fulfill the game’s evolution and likewise any further “pairs” of pieces only contribute to its unfulfillment.

However it was absolutely obvious to me that Classical Chess was missing a new piece and was also in need of a new methodology.

Please visit www.chec-toe.org/sorchess to learn more.

Thank you.

Final embers…

Hi folks! Just a quick message to let you know that although I have officially ended blogging here at YllwChlk, I will be making a couple of very short posts as a final farewell.

YllwChlk will not be deleted. There is too much here to just let go to waist. Therefore although the domain “yllwchlk.blog” will expire next year, the address will automatically return to “yllwchlk.wordpress.com”.

Thank you for your readership and, God bless.

Chec Toe ~ 16 Square Warfare

introChec Toe is a 4×4 Chess variant played with a six sided die, incorporating uniquely designed features, such as Checkering, Cross Positioning and Wizardry. 

Chec Toe is a tardis of design, which despite its apparent miniscule footprint, fulfills its divine promise in delivering a whirlwind vortex of infinite challenge and excitement.

For Chec Toe is more than a sport. Chec Toe is the undying of friends.

www.chec-toe.org

Ladies & Gentlemen as promised, my latest and final Chess Variant. Yet before you indulge yourselves in what I hail to be the most exciting board game ever to touch the cosmos…

Please may I take this opportunity to thank all of you, whether followers, subscribers or passersby, and from the deepest depths of my heart, for supporting this blog over the last few years.

It was fun and likewise I very much enjoyed exchanging conversation, likes, reblogs and comments across our communal platforms.

But the time has chosen this post, to be the last.

I wish you all good tidings and God bless.

Your friend, Simon Jepps.

END of: YllwChlk

With deepest regret I must inform my followers, that since WordPress has removed the Classic Editor from this blogging service and mandated the use of their Block Editor, I cannot continue to write this blog.

The mandatory Block Editor makes writing in HTML extremely difficult, so much so that it is in no way worth my time and trouble STRESSING over the errors it continuously displays.

Hell, even trying to write regularly is a stupendous round the merry go round wack a melon routine. WordPress now wants you to make every single paragraph an ISOLATED block adhering to strictest editing functionality. So much so, that there is ZERO room for personal touch.

Until now it has been a simple case of COPY & PASTE from a pre-prepared text file directly into the blog page.

Unfortunately this world renown “blogging service” has decided to make the very practise of BLOGGING a twelve course meal with alien utensils.

Creating backups of all my posts is also now impossible, since even copying and pasting the same auto generated HTML back into the same post now only returns an error, because the WordPress manual Block Editor has somehow felt bypassed and deprived of loving attention.

WordPress have obviously done this in line with the Dotdonc agenda, to keep you online and increase your interactivity with your device. There is no other explanation for it, since they have ENFORCED a counterintuitive culture of superfluous engagement with the virtual interface.

You see, now blogging on WordPress requires you to poke around for hours on end even if you CAN understand their new zippity zappety jargon.

No copy, paste, publish here. No, no. It’s a Dictatorship Of The Deprivation Of Natural Consciousness. #dotdonc

Putting chalk to rock…

It has been wonderful writing for all my readers, but even myself, who has worked previously for TEN YEARS as a website administrator for various international websites, seriously CANNOT BE BOTHERED to waist all my hours away trying to make something now retarded, work.

I will however return to post an update for a new webpage dedicated to my latest and final Chess variant.

Best regards to all my readers, Simon Jepps.

Blue Cross Tuning ~ Diatonic Harmonica

Blue Cross Tuning by Jepps
Blue Cross Tuning of a Suzuki Manji
For generations Blues Harmonica players have been experimenting with different reed tuning setups for their instrument, to increase the musical possibilities in their repertoire.

To name just a few there is, Paddy Richter, Country or Super Country, Harmonic Minor, Natural Minor and even patented tunings by famous musicians such as the Wilde Rock Tuning by Will Wilde.

Why do these different tunings exist and why is there not simply a standard tuning which suits all styles of music?

Well it is quite a detailed discussion, but essentially it all comes down to the fact that the standard tuning of your common 10 hole blues harp was originally designed for playing chords and Major melodies as an accompaniment to band parades.

As such its chromatic capabilities or range of native keys is extremely limited.

Of course, since the discovery of various employable techniques such as bending and overblowing, these ‘limitations’ have almost, at least for the most part, become extinguished by a new ‘class of embouchure expertise’.

The once merely diatonic harmonica, became with the evolution of study and collaborative research, practically 100% chromatic ~ purely from embouchure technique alone.

Yet a hard truth remains.

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Suzuki Manji ~ Low Eb

Suzuki Manji
The Suzuki Manji features a Bamboo composite comb which produces a most exotic bluesy voice.
My heart is shaped by the sound of bamboo. Friends of this blog will know I am deeply fond of the Chinese Xiao flute and the infinite voices which resonate throughout its eternal chambers.

Hitherto, as a Blues Harpist on the side, I have likewise always been on the search for a wooden instrument, able to produce the natural resonances and tonal colours so commonly associated with a flute.

A decade later, after flirting with various wooden combs and cover plates, all of which would eventually warp and crack, little did I expect a Blues Harp to be created from actual Bamboo.

Furthermore, little did I expect it to keep its shape. In fact, the shape of the Suzuki Manji is a very special wonder indeed.

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Stellar Quantum Pairing ~ The Entanglement & Superposition Of Our Sun & Moon

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Stellar Quantum PairingThis article is the scientific sister thesis of the philoscientific thesis Galearthéa ~ The Cosmic Trinity & The Eternity Of The Earth, published previously.

It is important to read the previous article to gain a more wholesome understanding of how these two thesis relate.

The Cosmic Trinity states that both the Sun & Moon are in fact the same object, visible in two different locations of both time and space.

The philoscientific thesis explains that, one must accept the concept of Szion and thus the possibility of a fifth dimension, in order to understand how this came to be.

The fifth dimension is the eternal presence of God.

  • The Sun represents Life.
  • The Moon represents Death & Reincarnation.
  • The Earth represents Eternity.

Thus the Sun & Moon are bound unto Eternity.

The philoscientific thesis states how the Moon embodies the extinguished and regenerative future state of our future Sun, while the living presently active state of our Sun embodies the eternally kindling and regenerating state of our Moon.

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