I know it’s been part of the Rock-n-Roll heritage for quite some time now with musicians like Pete Townsend and Paul Stanley destroying heaps of guitars throughout their careers.
However, I feel this unnecessary act has to find it’s way into the book of forgotten things alongside the Macarena, the Superman disco song, and High Karate Cologne.
The pieces are all in place and now the fun begins!...Right?
As I go through this process, I come across these wonderful – yet uncomfortable – situations that expose the most vulnerable aspects of my musicianship. Some are frustrating and some are humorous, but all are fixable with the right attitude and the motivation to make it happen.
You can pick your friends. You can pick your nose. You can
pick your friend’s nose (although I don’t recommend it!), but you can’t pick
your friend’s picks. Now that’s personal. It’s hard enough to pick one for
I hated my guitars … until I learned to build my own.
Over the last few months I’ve been completely preoccupied with updating, building, and customizing the electric guitars in my modest arsenal. Throughout this journey I’ve learned a few things that might benefit other guitar players looking to build a better and more responsive guitar.
I always had the perception that a custom guitar was only for the most
sophisticated and wealthiest of professional guitar players. This unfortunate
perception put the reality of owning a guitar customized to my personal
specifications, tastes, and needs out of reach…. at least for a little while.
In my 23 years as a guitar instructor, I’ve noticed a shift
in student understanding of the “up” and “down” of the guitar. I know this may
seem a bit silly, but I must say it causes much confusion in the teaching
With so many great players in so many different styles, it can make the
decision of choosing a “favorite” an extremely arduous task. So, for this
week’s post I’ve decided to narrow it down to 15 players that I feel have had a
noticeable impact on my playing over the last 26 years...
In my experience, most students who take the effort to come
to lessons genuinely want to learn how to play the guitar. What I’ve noticed is that most students
don’t really know how to get the most from the lessons they spend their (or
their parents’) hard-earned money on. This week’s post focuses on this issue specifically: How to
prepare for a guitar lesson and get the most twang for your buck...
In the midst of an admittedly stressful brainstorming
session to figure out my own Valentine’s Day strategy, I am reminded of all of
the wonderfully beautiful, simple, and loyal companion that I have had by my
side for over twenty-six years – my guitar.
So, in the spirit of this corporate sponsored day of
romance, I thought I would offer an addition to the hoards of humorously
cynical lists on this subject...
Last week’s post discussed the issue of what to practice, so this week’s post is essentially part two -- how to practice. It’s all well and good if you know what you’re supposed to be practicing, but it means squat if you don’t have a method to tackle all of those things...