So you’re stuck. You’re stuck playing the same old tired Eric Clapton/Chuck Berry blues/pentatonic licks that you have played for the past 20 years. You’re stuck listing to the same bands and songs since high school. Your playing and musicianship is stagnant, spinning its wheels in quagmire of the same old same old. Get the picture. We have all been there. We work hard to reach a new plateau and once we get there we lose sight of where the next challenge will be and we end up in a valley. This is a very common occurrence for young musicians and older more experienced musicians like myself. But fear not! In this blog, I will offer some different perspectives and solutions on how to break out of that rut to further our musical and personal growth. Continue reading
Performance is the answer to resolving the internal battle that some classical guitarists experience. The more one performs, the less unrealistic expectations creep in. Moreover, the less one performs, the more the mind becomes filled with unrealistic views and fantasy. It’s very easy to get caught up in fantasy when one is not performing. The fantasy starts with the program: the individual decides to put together a giant program on paper. However, this program is all in their mind and never happens. It’s the fantasy program in their bubble world and the individual gets discouraged because they can’t fulfill their endeavor. Why does this happen? Continue reading
One of my many fine guitar students loves Slash. No, I mean he really really really loves Slash. During our lesson the other day, I mentioned other guitarists I felt he should be listening to in order for him have a more well-rounded listening experience as a young guitarist. As part of his homework assignment, I wrote down the names of a few amazing players and told him to look them up on YouTube; and not to listen to Slash for a week. He looked at me and said, “This is the worst homework ever.” Continue reading
We all know the old joke. A man is walking down the streets of Manhattan and someone approaches him for directions asking, “how do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The man replies back, “practice, practice, practice”. No truer words have ever been spoken. But this begs the question: do we really know how to practice?
Practice is defined as “to perform an activity or exercise repeatedly or regularly in order to improve ones’s proficiency.” The keys to successful practice time are in the definition itself; repeatedly and regularly. In this blog, I hope to offer some insights into how to make the most of our practice time and keep it fun and challenging at the same time all while keeping realistic goals in mind. Continue reading
Hello everyone and welcome to my website, dedicated to all things guitar. I wanted to create website that would be unique from the ones you may be used to. So I set out to create a site for guitarists and other musicians to explore. I want to soul search, all of us together. I want your playing and overall musicianship to find the next level while finding your own unique voice on your instrument. With that said, I created a space where I will be offering blogs on various subjects, product reviews, instructional videos, inspirational stories and even quotes from myself and other fellow musicians all with same goal in mind: to give guitarists a place where the ground is fertile for the creation of what our souls yearn for, to further our own musical journey.
I hope you like it and I humbly thank you for this opportunity. Continue reading