Finding Inspiration In Other Walks Of life

In this article we talk about how to find Inspiration for your music and guitar playing endeavors from other aspects of your life. Enjoy! Often you can find habits and skills from other walks of life that will help you in your pursuit of musicianship.  Some little known trivia about me is that as I was practicing to become a musician I was also an athelete.  I wrestled, played tennis, studied Washin Ru, was a body builder, and even can boast that I have a varsity letter in bowling.  Along the way I had several serious back injuries that contributed…

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…

An Easy Way To Understand Key Signatures

I was working with a student recently and got into the discussion of key signatures. The student was a beginner and had heard of key signature but didn’t really understand anything about them. So to help them out I told them this: You can think of key signatures as scales. In a way they are the same thing. By this I mean when we say that a song is in the key of “C Major” then the song is based on the C Major scale. If you have heard or seen my lesson on Harmonic Structure (it’s in the paid…

Paper Crumbling To Build Strength As A Guitar Player

Train Your Guitar-Playing Muscles To Work For You As you may have already figured out, playing the guitar requires synchronous movement/coordination between you finger, palm, wrist, forearm and shoulder muscles. My beginning students have described finger/wrist muscle movements as being unnatural or awkward when they are trying to make chords or notes. I assure you that motions that may seem awkward at first can become almost natural if rehearsed enough. So lets learn an exercise that demonstrates your ability to build muscle coordination today. It will seem pretty awkward when you first start it but as you go the movements…

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…