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Thumb pick or no thumb pick? That is the question.

I go back and forth and back and forth on this issue. My early years of playing guitar, from the age of 12 to about 16, I only ever used a flat pick to play the guitar. I rarely finger…

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Edward Van Halen R.I.P.

Like many others, I was shocked to hear of Eddie Van Halen's untimely passing this last year. What an amazing guitarist. Due to the acoustic and mellow nature of my music, some people might be surprised to learn that I…

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Notate your songs

O.K. This is a big topic with guitarists. Guitarists generally seem to compose original music fairly easily. I've worked with a lot of music students and it seems like guitarists always write original music of some kind while that is…

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Merry Christmas!

Today is Christmas Eve at the tail end of the strangest year any of us have ever seen.

As many of you know, I released a solo guitar Christmas album a few years ago that has been surprisingly popular. It…

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My song "Echo" on the "Symmetry" album is not "Explicit!"

I released an album this year titled "Symmetry." Somehow in the coding of the album, the first song on the album, "Echo," got labeled as "explicit" on Spotify, Pandora, and probably everywhere else. This album is an all solo guitar…

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On tracking down and acquiring a vintage "Mel Bay" chord book

In the last few years, I've developed a habit of tracking down and purchasing collectible memorabilia from my youth. The internet has made this pretty easy and it's amazing what you can find. My worst habit here is tracking down…

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My long journey to alternate tunings

I'm sort of known for playing a lot in alternate tunings these days so it might come as a surprise that I resisted alternate tunings for years and even considered alternate tunings to be "cheating" on the guitar. Wow. How…

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New album "Symmetry"

I just put out a new album titled "Symmetry." It's a little different. It has sort of mix of styles, 12 string, classical, folk, world, spacey stuff, etc. It's got a pretty good variety of songs, all solo guitar. Please…

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Musicians perform music for people to listen to.

Musicians perform music for people to listen to.

There, I said it. I know a lot of musicians bristle at an idea like this. Many musicians feel that they perform music only for themselves. I understand that, and there always…

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Why I rarely talk about my music with people I meet

When I meet new people who aren't familiar with my music, I very rarely mention my music because the conversation is just too awkward. It usually goes something like this. 

Person: "So you're a musician, do you play in a…

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What a year huh?/How an album gets recorded

What a year? We are living through certainly the strangest time I've ever lived through.

I put out a few new albums this year/end of last year.

The Hymns Album

Jazz on a Classical Guitar

Symmetry  

Christmas Guitar, Volume 2

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New Album - The Hymns Album

New Album out "The Hymns Album"

Some of the best memories I have are of the time I spent as a kid in the Church. I can't say I remember any of the sermons, but I sure do…