The New Studio Progresses

When I last posted, I had just really gotten work underway on the new studio. Now, it’s actually starting to come together and look like a real place of work! Soon it will start to look like a place of creativity too. Lots of work, but it’s satisfying to start and complete this with my own two hands (and those of a friend’s of course!).

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A New Studio

Every artist would love to have their own work area, where they can go to escape from the rest of the world and just create. I’m no different and recently moved to a new place that gives me the room I’ve always wanted for a studio. A good friend of mine who is a professional builder is helping me put in a few necessities, like walls insulated specifically for sound and a control room window. It’s a lot of work but really satisfying to see it all coming together!

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Release the T-Rex!

After many hours poured in of effort, energy, and heart, my latest album, T-Rex, is now released!

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I’m really excited about and proud of this album. So excited and proud, in fact, that I made it so you can listen to the complete track list on my new & improved website for free!

After you check it out, please spread the word. Tell your friends in person, go tell it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, wherever! Then, buy the album$4.00 for 5 songs! Independent music is created by independent musicians like me, who need your support and help to get our art noticed.

As always, connect with me directly right here on my blog, on Twitter, Facebook, and join the Mailing List!

Thanks for listening!

“how do you play like that?!”

i get asked that fairly often, especially by other guitarists. my answer is basically always the same, “i’m sweep picking arpeggios and horn based lines that emulate how serious jazz horn and piano players play. check out http://sheetsofsound.net/ and music theorists / authors that jazz saxophone and pianists study like yusef lateef and nicholas slonimsky.”

the question i’m usually asked after that is “why did you tell them?” it’s because i remember what it was like trying to find useful info on how to really improve my playing. many musicians like to keep secrets about their playing or sound because they fear that they’ll be less unique. thus a lot of folks don’t reach their potential because no one will help them grow and achieve it. i’m very fortunate to have had a LOT of help and great teachers over the years and i want to do my part too.

my view is that even if you know every single thing another player knows, you still wont sound the same. sure there will be similarities, but much like our speaking patterns and voices, we still sound like individuals. even siblings raised in the same environment don’t talk exactly alike, and so it is with music. for better or worse, i’ll always sound like me, and the next person will always sound like themselves too. so why not share and grow? maybe that person you help will find something really cool and share it with you!