Shoulder Physical Therapy to the Rescue I doubled down on doing shoulder exercises and it paid off. I can play guitar again, however, I must play with minimum tension. The instant I squeeze a chord a little too hard, my shoulder flares up. What a journey, for the past month, I have been visiting family… Continue reading How I am Healing my Shoulder
Shoulder Injury I re-injured my left shoulder. After what felt like a year or two without shoulder pain — it’s back. The worse part, I knew it was wrong but I did it anyways. What was wrong? I was playing with some bad form. I was sitting on my couch and my Ergo play was… Continue reading Injuries Happen
I am beginning to work on “La Catedral” and describe my step-by-step approach.
Self-treatment for back pain caused by guitar playing. McGill big 3 and physical therapy exercises.
It’s been a few months since I started learning this Andrew York’s Home. I want to share a recording of the piece. I hope you enjoy my interpretation. It took some work to learn the 3:2 polyrhythm but eventually, that rhythm just fits with the music exceptionally well. Unfortunately, I pushed the strings harder to… Continue reading Andrew York’s Home
I began working on a new piece of music! I watched Andrew York play his piece York and was just blown away. It was moving, it really touched my heart, and it didn’t seem too technically difficult. I’m going to share practicing it and my approach to learning it. Here are some rough sessions. After… Continue reading New Piece: Working on Andrew York’s Home
Time to work! Ok, we’ve learned some theory of how the notation works — what the notes are on the staff. Now, you need to spend time and work through where the notes are. Some of this is repetitive — and it’s meant to be! … but feel good when you realize that because you… Continue reading Practice Reading Notes on the Staff
I just wanted to apologize for not posting anything. I’ve moved to San Francisco and trying to get into a routine for write and music. Thanks for understanding!
Before continuing on with the series on reading music, I wanted to share a new discovery that I’ve been using for the past few weeks – a free Amazon video that targets back pain. As some people know, I suffer from chronic back pain (L5-S1 degenerative disc) that was exacerbated by sitting for many hours… Continue reading Preventing Pain Through Yoga and Exercise
Working with the staff This lesson covers the notes on the staff. We will cover the notes that the guitar can normally play (its range) in another lesson. The musical staff is the framework that music notation lives on. The structure are five lines and four spaces. Think of it like the fingers in your… Continue reading How to Read Music: Working with the Staff