October 15, 2012

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Adding a Moving Line to a Chord

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. […]

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September 24, 2012

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When Opportunity Knocks

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 […]

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March 1, 2012

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

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 […]

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February 27, 2012

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New Guitar

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 […]

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February 13, 2012

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Responsibility vs. Opportunity

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 […]

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August 10, 2011

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Truth About Standardized Testing

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

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June 24, 2011

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Inspiring Quote

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 […]

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June 16, 2011

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Staying Hungry

“A worker’s appetite works for him, for his hunger urges him on.” Proverbs 16:26 Staying focused on your goals is extremely difficult in the age of always “on”. Being derailed from your to-dos and even loosing clarity as it relates to your goals happens far too easily. Currently I am involved in a lengthy research […]

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September 8, 2010

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Becoming an Overnight Sensation

I admit that I am a huge Robin Sharma fan.  Years ago I stumbled upon his blog, downloaded a few articles, and purchased his bestselling book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.  Sharma is a business coach/leadership guru and best-selling author (The Leader Who Had No Title is his latest book – highly recommend).  In […]

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September 3, 2010

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Learning to Play By Ear

Popular musicians spend a great deal of time listening to and copying records.  Most of them do this without the aid of a master teacher.  Through listening to music, usually a singular genre, extensively, popular musicians develop their ears to the point where chord changes and melodic/solo ideas can be played on their instrument. As […]

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