Author Archives | admin

About admin

How to Play in Any Style: Listening

December 11, 2012

1 Comment

Making a living playing guitar is difficult. To be successful as a guitarist you must be able to play in multiple styles, all at a high level. Playing in multiple styles goes beyond playing the correct groove or notes but also includes sound. A guitarist must be able to replicate the vast timbres present in […]

Continue reading...

Guitar Strumming from Start to Finish

November 5, 2012

0 Comments

One of the greatest mysteries in playing the guitar is strumming patterns. I have had student after student ask me how to strum the guitar like ___ (insert your favorite acoustic guitar player here). The problem I have in answering that question has to do with rhythmic complexity. It would be more confusing for me […]

Continue reading...

Spice Up Simple Chord Progressions

October 23, 2012

0 Comments

Let’s face it. Some pop tunes have very simple chord progressions. You can really get bored rolling through three chords for an entire tune. It is also not as interesting to listen to three root position chord, played in first position, over and over. Chord inversions are a simple way to spice up a simple […]

Continue reading...

Adding a Moving Line to a Chord

October 15, 2012

0 Comments

One of the things that can be boring about playing acoustic guitar is having to “hang” on one chord for a long period of time. You can create interest in a static chord by playing with a creative strumming pattern. Not a bad idea. Another way of creating interest is to add a moving line. […]

Continue reading...

When Opportunity Knocks

September 24, 2012

0 Comments

NFL replacement officials have been getting a lot of heat for their calls – or lack there of. These officials are from the college ranks, and not even the elite ranks at that. One thing that strikes me is their lack of knowledge about NFL rules. I understand that these referees are not used to […]

Continue reading...

So, How Do You Make A Living with This Ax?

March 1, 2012

0 Comments

Most musicians start with dreams of grandeur when it comes to making a living playing the guitar. We all believe we will be accepting a Grammy Award for our album or song of the year. The truth is most of us will never reach that goal. You should not stop striving for it, though. I […]

Continue reading...

New Guitar

February 27, 2012

0 Comments

I just acquired a 2012 Hill Signature Spruce guitar. This guitar is one of the newer evolutions in guitar construction. It is a double-top, Spruce over Cedar, latticed braced, elevated fingerboard canon. Double-top guitar construction was developed in the 1980s by Dammann. Utilizing Nomex between two guitar tops gives the luthier the opportunity to fashion […]

Continue reading...

Responsibility vs. Opportunity

February 13, 2012

0 Comments

I have been thinking about the words responsibility & opportunity for a few weeks. Too often we operate under the banner of responsibility. Responsibility is not an inviting word, it does not lead me to go above and beyond what I am responsible for. For example, since I bought a house I am suppose to […]

Continue reading...

Truth About Standardized Testing

August 10, 2011

0 Comments

Here is a great cartoon depicting the state of standardized testing in the US and the rapidly declining arts/culture education.    

Continue reading...

Inspiring Quote

June 24, 2011

0 Comments

I love quotes. I write them down everywhere. Here is a great quote from Theodore Roosevelt I picked up from nomeatathlete.com. “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man […]

Continue reading...