Transcription: “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

A while back I did this transcription of Jason Mraz’s beautiful waltz, “I Won’t Give Up” for one of my guitar students. I based it on the video seen below where Jason is playing unaccompanied on an Australian radio show. The arrangement does a great job of supporting the melody and has some lovely harmonic shifts in the bridge. Give it a try. It’s pretty easy if you’ve had some fingerpicking experience.

I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz PDF

Music Around The Web 03-28-2014

Jimi Hendrix Stamp

USPS Issues a postage stamp featuring Jimi Hendrix
Now if I just had a reason to send snail-mail….

Fretboard Journal Live: David Grier
Damn! David is one of the best flatpickers ever. I’ve gotta find some transcriptions to study

Premiere Guitar Rig Rundown with Robben Ford
Just have the most incredible amp ever and a couple of fantastic vintage guitars and…voilĂ !

Ace Frehley to Release New Solo Project “Space Invader” in June
I have to admit, the 8-year-old in me is pretty excited for this!

Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting
I have been wondering about this myself lately…

Explaining Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” Using Music Theory
…and this is the first response to the above article.

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself
Not musical, but a good reminder for all of us before we get back to creating, learning, and teaching.

Youtube’s HTML5 Player

html5-logoI recently noticed that the progress bar on many YouTube videos no longer responded to my clicks or keyboard shortcuts. Because I use YouTube as a resource to transcribe material for students and gigs it was really frustrating not to be able to pause/fast-forward/rewind videos. So I started Googling for a solution. It took me a few days to identify the issue: YouTube’s new HTML5 Video Player. It looks exactly the same as the default Flash Player but wasn’t functioning properly for me in Chrome. Apparently you should be able to opt out of the HTML5 Player using this link: but even after selecting the Flash Player and clearing my cookies and restarting my browser the issue persisted. A little more searching eventually led me to the YouTube Center Extension. (Versions are available for most major browsers.) This extension allowed me to override the HTML5 player and return to the Flash Player and a fully functional YouTube experience. In addition to being able to select the Flash Player, YouTube Center also has dozens of other options allowing users to select the player size, auto-resolution preferences, auto-repeat, keyboard shortcut enhancements, and even the ability to download video and audio files.

I don’t know if everyone will experience the same issues I had with the HTML5 Player. I’m pretty sure it is supposed to work as well as the Flash Player and I’d be happy to use it if it did. Until then, the extension is a great problem-solver for me.