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Chosen as Featured Musician in Santa Ana, CA!

I’m excited to be listed as Thumbtack’s featured musician for Santa Ana, CA! You can check out my featured profile here. For those who don’t know, Thumbtack is an organization working to better connect buyers and sellers (of all trades) in the digital era. They’re a great company, and I’ve been able to broaden my … [Read more...]

Tricks Of The Trade – Joe Pass On Building Chords

Tricks Of The Trade - Joe Pass On Building Chords

In this video, jazz guitar giant Joe Pass provides some great wisdom on building, substituting, and classifying chords. His key point is the importance of chord simplicity when playing the guitar so as to avoid unnecessary complexity. He advocates grouping chords together into the smallest possible classifiable units in order to facilitate your playing; if … [Read more...]

Video Of The Week – John Scofield & Mulgrew Miller

I have a handful of favorite guitarists. John Scofield happens to be one of them. He has a very eclectic style. It’s a nice blend of non-traditional melodic phrasing, and just the right amount of dissonance in the right places. While he’s primarily a jazz guitarist, his playing is by no means limited to jazz. … [Read more...]

Seth Godin on Creativity, Routines, and Sales

The following is a passage from a wonderful little book by 99U called “Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, & Sharpen Your Creative Mind”. It is from a Q&A session that 99U did with author, entrepreneur, and educator Seth Godin. In the following passages, Seth highlights just how important building routines are … [Read more...]

Video Of The Week: Ted Greene

Ted Greene has to be one of my all time favorite guitarists. In fact, when people ask me who some of my favorite guitarists are, I always instinctively revert to Ted Greene. My other favorites (all equally viable for the top rank [& which can change depending on the day you ask me]) are SRV, … [Read more...]

SRV Nominated for Hall of Fame – It’s About Time!

SRV Nominated for Hall of Fame - It's About Time!

“There’s lots of guitar players… but they just play fast, they don’t concentrate on no soul… but you got ‘em both.” –Albert King to SRV Friends, fans and fellow Stevie Ray Vaughn (SRV) fanatics… Stevie has FINALLY been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! You can cast your vote here: http://www.srvofficial.com/us/news/stevie-ray-vaughan-nominated-rock-and-roll-hall-fame-vote-srv If … [Read more...]

Reason(ing) & Music

Reason(ing) & Music

The following passage is taken from Book I of Discourses and Selected Writings by the Stoic philosopher Epictetus. I wanted to share this passage as it sheds a parcel of light on the fact that our human faculty of reason/reasoning plays an equally important role in the music/arts as does the creative and emotional side… … [Read more...]