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.
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!
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
This will be a multi-part series about reading music. This is meant for someone new to reading notation. I’ll use the system of reading used in the United States. Like the English alphabet, the music alphabet uses some of the same letters. If you know the alphabet, you know the music alphabet 🙂 A B… Continue reading How to Read Music: Music Alphabet
When I first started playing guitar, I read tab and played chords. I could read music from all the years of playing the saxophone in school — some of my students do not have an arts program at their school! But I wanted to push my playing. I bought some spiral bound books of music… Continue reading Music Literacy
I’ve taught many adult students and even super busy young students and the question of practicing in relation with time will come up. I find myself in this situation of no time but I want to be a better guitarist. I am focusing on programming and business but I have a burning love for guitar… Continue reading How to Practice when you have no Time