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


Practice puts brains in your muscles. ~ Sam Snead


Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. ~ Anton Chekhov


Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. ~ Mary Tyler Moore






I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others. ~ James Taylor



As musicians, and as people who sell material for people to hear and absorb, it’s important that we use that voice wisely. ~ Roberta Flack






  • Happy Easter!

“Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.” ~ Pope Francis


“I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener.” ~ Arvo Part


  • PRACTICE DAY – Tap here for tips!
  • “Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” ~ Jimi Hendrix


    Tip of the week: Record Yourself. Read all about it!

  • Another Duet In G ~ William Leavitt: A Modern Method For Guitar
  • Dixie ~ Daniel Decatur Emmet & The Snowden Family Band
  • Hide Away ~ Freddie King
  • Imitation Duet ~ William Leavitt: A Modern Method For Guitar

Guitar Class @ CTA

  • I’m Set Free ~ The Velvet Underground


  • Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard ~ Paul Simon
  • Hurt ~ Johnny Cash
  • Sweet Baby James ~ James Taylor
  • Ballad of Jed Clampett ~ Earl Scruggs
  • Cripple Creek ~ Oldtime
  • Wildwood Flower ~ The Carter Family
  • Old Joe Clark ~ Traditional
  • John Hardy ~ Traditional




“Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.” ~ Marcel Marceau


“What I like about pop music, and why I’m still attracted to it, is that in the end it becomes our folk music.” ~ Bono


“The key to longevity is to learn every aspect of music that you can.” ~ Prince


Guitar Class @ CTA

  • C Major Scale – Open Position (Guitar)
  • I’m Set Free ~ The Velvet Underground (Guitar) > Watch: The Moving Pictures
  • Hurt ~ Johnny Cash (Guitar)
  • House Of The Rising Sun ~ The Animals (Guitar)
  • Last Dance With Mary Jane ~ Tom Petty (Guitar)
  • Happy Birthday – Single String (Guitar)
  • When The Saints Go Marching In ~ Gospel Hymn (Guitar) > Watch: Louis Armstrong
  • Amazing Grace ~ John Newton (Guitar) > Watch: Tommy Emanuel
  • Knocking’ On Heaven’s Door ~ Bob Dylan (Guitar)
  • Guitar Warm Up: Spider Variations (Guitar)


“I can’t read music. Instead, I’d do stuff inside the piano, do harmonics and all kinds of crazy things. They used to put me in these annual piano contests down at Long Beach City College, and two years in a row, I won first prize – out of like 5,000 kids!” ~ Eddie Van Halen


  • The Ballad of Jed Clampett ~ Earl Scruggs


“The music played most around St. Louis was country-western and swing. Curiosity provoked me to lay a lot of the country stuff on our predominantly black audience. After they laughed at me a few times, they began requesting the hillbilly stuff.” ~ Chuck Berry


“There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.” ~ Pythagoras


“In regard to music, I just think that it’s always best to have an attitude of being a perpetual student and always look to learn something new about music, because there’s always something new to learn. Don’t dismiss something out of hand because you think it’s either beneath you or outside of the realm of where your interests lie.” ~ David Sanborn

March 2017 | May 2017 ⟶