Mixing It Up

It is common to see great progress when you are learning a new skill in the beginning and later see your returns on effort diminish at some point. It happens in all walks of life such as athletics, academics and people just being “stuck in a rut” in their careers. Mixing things up a bit and trying a different approach can be a remedy for this problem. A few examples of this are when a bodybuilder gets stuck at building a muscle group and isn’t seeing much growth they will introduce new exercises to shock their muscles back into growth….

Live Show Footage With Helmet Cam View

Here’s a really cool video of me playing Bass guitar with Teagan And The Tweeds at Sticky Lips BBQ in Rochester, NY on 3/30/2012. Since I don’t play live shows all that often, I wanted to take this opportunity to do something really cool and a little ridiculous…. To catch some really cool footage I wore a bike helmet with a helmet cam attached to it during one of the songs so that you can see what it looks like from my perspective on stage! Yes I looked pretty stupid, but it was a ton of fun and we caught…

The Importance Of Daily Practice

The following article was written by Bob Prong. He brings up an awesome point in this so check it out and implement! I recently re-learned a valuable lesson about practice that I have been telling my students about for years but not putting in to use myself.  That is the importance of DAILY organized rehearsal of something you are working on. I had lost track of the importance of daily practice in my own growth as a musician.  There’s not much that I haven’t seen technically or musically so I’m used to learning new music with ease.  This had led…

Hi From Costa Rica!

I was recently on a vacation that I take every year where I go on a cruise with a big group of Internet Marketers. While spending the day in Costa Rica, I managed to shoot this quick video to say hi! This cruise is always the highlight of my year because I get to hang out with some of the most fun, exciting, intelligent and successful Internet Marketers and Entrepreneurs in the world! We spent 8 days vacationing in exotic places, networking and sharing ideas. I always come back from this trip refreshed and ready to start some new and…

Asturias Classical Guitar Performance

In this video I perform the classical guitar piece “Asturias” by Issac Albeniz. I also talk about some guitar practicing ideas that you can use when learning difficult guitar songs. Enjoy! What songs have you been wanting to learn on guitar? If they sound too hard or difficult Do Not Let That Stop You! You CAN learn and play anything you want to. Set goals and work every day towards achieving those goals, whether it’s for playing guitar or anything else. I had a goal of learning this piece of music the very day I first heard it which was…

Hard Rock Guitar Lesson – Rock It By Sub Focus

In this lesson we are going to check out a killer hard rock song by the group Sub Focus. They actually write electronic music and I came across this song while listening to Pandora. It’s got the coolest hard rock groove and it’s great for learning by ear, jammin too and soloing over. Check out this video where I teach you the main riffs and talk about how to have some fun rocking out to this track! Here’s a link where you can pick up this track from itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sub-focus/id479992329 Here’s a link to Sub Focus’s Website: http://www.subfocus.com/

Playing Guitar With Your Eyes Closed – A Lesson On Playing Emotionally

One of the aspects of guitar playing that you should always strive for is playing with emotion. Whether it’s your own music or someone else’s. To illustrate this idea and give you some great tips on how to get started, I made a lesson where I play some really intense guitar for you….With My Eyes Closed! Check out the following video where I play the intro to “Asturias” by Isaac Albeniz Now please understand this is not to show off or wax my ego…I find that when you are able to play guitar without looking at it, you can reach…

How To Build On Simple Guitar Melodies

In this lesson I talk about how to take a simple melody and make it more interesting by adding harmony notes. I use the opening section to the song “Circles” by Joe Satriani as an example. I would like to give a HUGE Thanks to Neon Charlie (Charlie Wiley) for created the Neon sign that you see in this video! Charlie has been an RGP member and is a professional neon sign maker. If you would like to get in touch with him about making a sign for your business or whatever…Here’s his info: Charlie Wiley 3697 Greenwood Dr Jonesborough,Tn….

How To Write A 16 Bar Guitar Solo

I have a really cool lesson to show you today where we are going to go over how you can write a 16 bar guitar solo! We are going to use some familiar backing tracks and dig into how you can sculpt out your lead playing to be more interested and fun to play! New Jam Track With Bass Line! This is the main jam track you hear in the video. The track is in the key of B minor and the tempo is set at 110 Bpm. If your just starting out, try using the Minor Pentatonic Scale starting…