18
Sep

Resurrect Your Past Ideas

Here’s something you can try: take the song ideas you’ve discarded in the past — including melodies, chord progressions, and beats — and resurrect them. Give them another chance. See if they contain anything useful. Perhaps they found themselves on the receiving end of your past frustrations.  See if there is anything that can be […]

1
May
Guitarist

What to Do When Performing Turns from Joy to Dread

For me, performing the music I love with the bandmates I consider friends is one of the greatest joys of my life. You can probably imagine, then, how strange it felt after years of performing week-to-week, night-to-night, to suddenly sense that subtle but palpable shift in anticipatory sentiment.  One weekend, seemingly out of nowhere, I […]

9
Apr
pedalboard

“What Pedal Was That?”

If you’ve ever tried to deconstruct the sounds of your favorite guitarists or musicians, you may have found it challenging to separate fact from fiction. Random google searches aren’t guaranteed to produce the truth. Often, I find articles, blog posts, and message boards containing too many assumptions and the faint echo of hearsay in their assertions. […]

12
Mar
GUITARIST

Is the 10,000-Hour Rule a Myth?

Before Malcolm Gladwell presented the 10,000-Hour Rule in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success, unless you were familiar with the research at university, you probably believed that musical genius was the result of being born extraordinary. His research concluded, however, that those who had a shot at elite performance had opportunities where 10,000 hours of practice or apprenticeship were available.

1
Mar
PEDALBOARDS

5 Time-Saving Tools for Guitarists

If you’re ready to start recording demos or releasing material on your own, these time-saving tools may help you achieve your tone faster, record your song with fewer technological hurdles, and focus on guitar-playing.