Private Lesson Log: 2017-03

Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of every song, technique or concept I’ve worked on with students in March of 2017, updated daily. Use the links to access resources for each post. Items are color coded by category:


2017-3-31:

2017-3-30:

Guitar Class @ CTA

2017-3-29:

  • Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard ~ Paul Simon
  • Wave ~ Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • John Hardy ~ Tony Trischka (Bluegrass Banjo)

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2017-3-26:

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“Mastering music is more than learning technical skills. Practicing is about quality, not quantity. Some days I practice for hours; other days it will be just a few minutes.” ~ Yo Yo Ma

2017-3-25:

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“There is something comforting about going into a practice room, putting your sheet music on a stand and playing Bach over and over again.” ~ Andrew Bird

2017-3-24:

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“Music rhythms are mathematical patterns. When you hear a song and your body starts moving with it, your body is doing math. The kids in their parents’ garage practicing to be a band may not realize it, but they’re also practicing math.” ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

2017-3-23:

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“Wine is similar to music in that it’s a purely experiential realm, and it’s a purely subjective practice. That’s sort of the funny thing about wine criticism or, for that matter, music criticism. At times, those are useful guides, but ultimately it’s all about how you react to that music or wine.” ~ Mike D

2017-3-22:

April Enrollment – Now Open For New Students! Enrollment for the coming month always opens on the 15th for current students, and on the 22nd for new students. Once you’re enrolled, your monthly subscription will bill you on the same day each month. You’ll receive an email receipt with a link to book your sessions from my available calendar. Tap here to enroll.

2017-3-21:

2017-3-20:

Happy 1st Day of Spring!

2017-3-19:

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“I practice and work hard at my music, but I’m not saving lives here.” ~ Harry Connick, Jr.

2017-3-18:

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“I love people, and I love to be with people and to make music with people, but my natural state is to revert back to being by myself in my house, which is cool because that’s where I practice and write and listen and study.” ~ Esperanza Spalding

2017-3-17:

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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“All musicians practice ear training constantly, whether or not they are cognizant of it. If, when listening to a piece of music, a musician is envisioning how to play it or is trying to play along, that musician is using his or her ‘ear’ – the understanding and recognition of musical elements – for guidance.” ~ Steve Vai

2017-3-16:

Guitar Class @ CTA

2017-3-15:

April Enrollment – Now Open For Current Students! Enrollment for the coming month always opens on the 15th for current students, and on the 22nd for new students. Once you’re enrolled, your monthly subscription will bill you on the same day each month. You’ll receive an email receipt with a link to book your sessions from my available calendar. Tap here to enroll.

2017-3-14:

2017-3-13:

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“Even now, at 82 years old, if I don’t learn something every day, you know what I think? It’s a day lost. Now, I don’t practice every day. I just take the guitar, swear at it. But I should be swearing at myself. But I fool with music. I’m doing something musically all the time. And my ears are wide open for anything I can hear.” ~ B. B. King

2017-3-12:

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“There is two kinds of music, the good, and the bad. I play the good kind.” ~ Louis Armstrong

2017-3-11:

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2017-3-9:

Guitar Class @ CTA

2017-3-8:

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“If people take anything from my music, it should be motivation to know that anything is possible as long as you keep working at it and don’t back down.” ~ Eminem

2017-3-7:

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2017-3-5:

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“If you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn.” ~ Charlie Parker

2017-3-4:

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“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” ~ Larry Bird

2017-3-3:

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“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

2017-3-2:

Guitar Class @ CTA

2017-3-1:


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