Cast a spell on your audience with a sense of personal intimacy by using dynamics. Use silence between notes, simplicity, low volume. Just like when you speak quietly to a friend they pay more attention to hear what you’re saying. It’s like a secret for their ears only.Read more
Authentic Music Performance Training
Insights, methods and practices to bring musicians in direct contact with their music and audiences.
Feel the Space Between the Notes
Play a note, or chord, and just listen. Meet that note. Look it in the eye. Hear its personality. Don’t move to another one until you’ve actually listened to the […]Read more
Guitarists, Rather Than Going for What’s ‘Right’…
Music is so much more fluid than we often treat it. When we get caught up in whether we are playing it “right”, we run the risk of not hearing […]Read more
Don’t Like Repetitive Guitar Practice?
Repetition is one of the most effective tools in learning music. Yes, it can be boring, but it helps you memorize the technical stuff so your mind can be free […]Read more
Hypnotize Yourself With Your Guitar
You know when you’ve been playing for about 45 minutes and you start to notice every little detail, everything you get right and get wrong, but you don’t really react […]Read more
Should I Practice Guitar on Vacation?
In my book, vacations are ways to get out of our daily grind so that we can relax and bring more enjoyment into our lives. So I say “play if […]Read more
Don’t MAKE Your Kids Practice Guitar 30 Minutes a Day
But do have them play something every day. It’s the “every day” part that does the trick. Kids get discouraged when they have to do stuff that’s hard. If they […]Read more
Practice Guitar Every Day? Yes. And no.
A player asked me yesterday if he could postpone his lesson a week because he didn’t get to play much that week. Of course, that’s fine with me, but I […]Read more
Why Practice Guitar Slow?
Well, you may have heard several reasons, but this is my favorite: To witness what you actually do instead of what you think you should be doing. We are […]Read more
Mistakes in Guitar Practice Are Good News
They show you where you can improve. If you try to avoid them you won’t know where where to focus your practice. The trick is to be open to mistakes. […]Read more