Practicing vs. Playing: What's the Difference?

A topic that I’m bringing up more frequently with my students is the difference between practicing an instrument and playing an instrument. Often times the terms are used synonymously, but there is a distinct difference which I believe is important…

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My Adventures of Chasing Guitar Sounds

When I began recording shortly after college, the only guitar sound I really cared about was distortion. Turn it on, crank it up, and rip into some chords and melodies. I paid little attention to other tones I could get…

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Why You Should Have a Stress Outlet

A normal daily grind can be tasking. Schedules, deadlines, family needs, and then recent events all cause stress. Which is why we should all have a stress outlet. It benefits the mind, body, and soul. 

Over the years I have…

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A Songwriter’s Journey Into The Latin Mass

We are often times inspired by something or someone, which we can then draw from that inspirational well. For me it was the Catholic Latin Mass that I sought inspiration from in my own songwriting.

I learned early on that…

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Master of Your Own Destiny

I was watching a Youtube video the other night while I was in and out of Netflix. The video was about setting goals for practicing the ukulele. I almost turned it off thinking, here we go again with another motivational

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Music is My Happy Place

Nothing makes a musician happier than to play their instrument. Non-musicians can relate to this in some way when they listen to music.

Music has a way to take you to another place. It's an escape from the hustle and…

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What is a Good Age to Learn an Instrument?

Learning music is fun. I’ve seen people of all ages take up a new instrument. A frequent question that comes up is does age matter. On one hand you’re never too old to learn something new, but what about the…

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American Idol and the DIY Musician

Musicians are always looking for new and better outlets to reach more fans. It can be tough. Once we find what works and what doesn’t can help a great deal. 

By far the most common question I hear from aspiring…

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Don't Grow Up Too Fast

Parents tell us don’t grow up too fast. My niece, Brooklyn, is also growing up fast. She loves to play my instruments, and also knows where I keep the microphones and cables so she can sing. Brook has helped…

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The Honeymoon Phase of a Musician

Viva, Las Vegas. One of the most iconic honeymoon destinations in America. And the only place I know where you can get married, honeymoon, and get a divorce over the span of a weekend. 

Over the years, some musicians aspire…

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Never Give Up On What You Love

I was watching the movie “Forrest Gump” and if you haven’t seen it, I recommend it. It resonates on so many different levels. Sure it has it’s iconic catch phrases such as “life is like a box of chocolates” and…

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