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September 19, 2017

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June 14, 2017

The following 2-part question was sent to me by a musician friend - here's the first part:

"I've got a jazz guitar soloing question. Most of the books I've seen and articles I've read advocate a scales-over-chords technique for jazz soloing. So if you know jazz chords w...

May 25, 2017

I just read Tom Hess' article, 7 Ways the CAGED system hurts your guitar playing.

Caveat: I don't know anything about Tom Hess personally. I haven't explored his website, I haven't watched any of his Youtube videos, I don't know what kind of music he plays (I get the im...

April 25, 2017

This is a rant about a pet peeve of mine. Namely, the "sus4" chord - as in, "Dsus4". This is a completely wrong nomenclature and even major publishers are perpetuating the ignorance and confusion - I see it everywhere. Here's a grab of a "Dsus4" taken from a random "te...

February 2, 2017

Back in November of 2014 I sent out the first newsletter to Master Guitar School site members. I was testing the waters, trying to get a handle on the whole make-money-by-selling-guitar-lessons-from-a-website concept. I've used Jeff Walker's book, "Launch" as a model f...

January 19, 2017

In the mid '70's I became obsessed with Jazz. For roughly 10 years I studied and worked at getting comfortable with the style. I consciously rejected the steel-stringed acoustic guitar after having learned on it and after 10 years playing it. The one I had (a cheap Gib...

August 29, 2016

I just saw this version of "Tennessee Waltz" by Bonnie Raitt and Norah Jones on my FaceBook feed. I thought it was beautiful. It brought up some issues that I run into from time to time with students. Namely, "Why don't you teach bottleneck slide?"

I consider bottleneck...

August 3, 2016

You've probably heard the saying, "Them that can't do, teach. Them that can't teach, teach teachers." Well, I happen to be the antithesis of this saying! I do; 2-4 gigs a week - back in the day I was gigging every day. I estimate close to 9,000 gigs since the mid seven...

June 1, 2016

 

This blog post is to let you know that in 2014 I decided to make a move into an online-based teaching business model. I do not intend to quit teaching personal students, but I feel like the business model of teaching 80 students a week out of a local music store is go...

December 23, 2015

In Part 1 of this little story I shared some of my own history as far as learning how to play the guitar is concerned. The point of Part 1 is that without a systematic, guided approach to learning music and the guitar, you will remain in limbo, learning by a laborious,...

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