One of my favorite satirical twitter accounts is chock-full of wonderfully hilarious passive aggressive tweets about being a “humble” working musician. Here are a few of my favorites…
One of the single best exercises I’ve engaged in as a musician has been learning by ear. Whether it’s a chord progression, a rhythm, a song, an improvised solo, or a cool riff, the act of figuring something out by ear causes you learn and understand at a much deeper level. Musicians who have developed great “ears” have transcribed a […]
This is Part 2 on how to break free of “position” playing on guitar. If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here. Here’s a quick recap. Part 1 was all about becoming intentional about breaking through that stuck feeling created by relying solely on positions and patterns. To do that, I suggested ignoring positions and patterns altogether, limiting […]
Have you ever seen those guitar chord dictionaries at guitar center? You know, the ones titled something like “3,001 Guitar Chords.” I always cringe when I see these because there’s such a more valuable way of learning about chords and harmony on guitar.
One night in college during a jazz improv class, I had a mini-breakdown in front of my teacher and some fellow students. I was discouraged and frustrated that despite all my practicing, I was still struggling to get the music I heard in my head down to my fingers and onto the fretboard.
A few weeks ago, I put in a significant amount prep and practice for what turned out to be a pretty relaxed 2 hour gig. Looking back, I probably could have survived doing much less, but I’m glad I didn’t. I don’t always do this, but I was feeling a little extra pressure knowing that I would be […]
One of the most important skills I believe we can develop as musicians is learning how to internalize new songs quickly. One of the best ways I’ve found to do this is to create solo arrangements. This is especially useful for guitarists who don’t often perform solo. Creating a self-contained arrangement can really help engrain […]
Feel free to download and print these. Great for composing and practicing. Printable Single Stave Treble Clef Printable Double Stave Treble Bass Clefs Printable Guitar Grids And feel free to share!
I started getting into Brazilian music in college. Like a million other jazz students across the country I was playing really bad versions of Blue Bossa, Black Orpheus, and Girl From Impanema.
I was recently reminded of a this great quote. “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again — less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” – Steve Jobs