Slow Down to Speed Up acoustic guitar beginning guitar best practice best practices electric guitar free metronome how to how to practice musicians percussive strumming techniques practice with a metronome practicing rhythm guitar Apr 07, 2022

I was experiencing one of those scared-straight moments… It was one of those situations where I came out saying, “never again…never ever again…”  

I mean how was I supposed to know? My music teacher never talked about this. At all. Never. ZERO...

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Taylor Hawkins : His Legacy Lives On acousitc guitar coach connect with other musicians death electric guitar foo fighters growth mindset indie artist taylor hawkins Mar 31, 2022

The news of Taylor Hawkins death struck the music community like a tidal wave. It was shocking to say the least, and my deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, bandmates and the entire music community.

It was hard not to notice the complete outpouring of love on social media and...

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Mindset - The Secret Ingredient acousitc guitar acoustic guitar baking and music beginner guitar lesson electric guitar giuseppe vs. jergen great british bake off guitar tutorial how to music and baking producer production songwriting for guitar Mar 24, 2022

One of my favorite shows to watch is none other than the Great British Bake Off. In the latest season, I saw an interesting journey playout for two phenomenal bakers, Jurgen and Giuseppe.  

(FYI this is a season spoiler so you are warned but I think I've waited long enough if your'e fan...

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Enjoying the Process acoustic guitar curiosity enjoy the process five tips guitar production making music mental health mindest modern music music process musician production singersongwriter songwriting for guitar sync licensing Mar 10, 2022

What I’m about to say is either going to encourage you to wipe away some cobwebs and get going, or you’re going to realize something you haven’t wanted to admit. 

I don’t know how many people I see drudging through the tasks of creating a music business. Oddly enough...

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Happy National Guitar Day acoustic guitar beginner guitar best practice clean guitar strings safely and easily clean strings without taking them off electric guitar ghs ghsartist ghsstrings guitar boomers guitar practice routine phospher bronze rhythm guitar string health string maintenance Feb 11, 2022

In honor of National Guitar Day

Read until the end for a String Give Away

So you’ve been playing guitar for a while and you have some go-to strings you like (mine are the GHS Guitar Boomers). Even though you have a few backup strings in your guitar case, you realize you haven’t really...

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Meeting of the Minds acousitc guitar confidence connect with other musicians free advice guitar coach home recording how to make a hit song mastermind music confidence music dreams music indsutry networking events music industry advice success in 2022 sync Jan 19, 2022

Imagine you’re bursting with a great idea. You want to jump right in because there are a few things you know how to do really well, but then you realize there are some crucial steps you’re totally lost on. Now imagine you take this idea and you share it with a friend because...

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Do You Have the Time to Listen to Them Whine? acousitc guitar better hooks better songs creative thinking dookie east bay punk rock electric guitar focus free advice free tips gillman street green day guitarcoach how hard is it to write a hit song identify impactful guitars lookout records mindset nashville songwriter punk rock record label successful musician writing hit singles Jan 17, 2022

There’s a habit among musicians to compare and care what other people think about our decisions: fans, friends, family, anyone! We forget to put our blinders on and forget to just keep getting excited about what we’re doing. It can be a real bummer, time sucker and career killer! What...

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Six Tips to Get You Organized acousitc guitar electric guitar free tips guitar coach holiday managing a schedule music city music goals music mindset nashville songwriter organization songwriting guitarist successful musician ways to stay organized Jan 10, 2022

It’s the holiday season which means either you’re the busiest you’ve been all year, or you’re forgetting to do some things you need to do.

For me, it’s the busiest I’ve been all year because amongst writing to last minute briefs, scheduled co-writes, and my...

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The Realness of Your "Why" acousitc guitar acoustic guitar groove active listening beginner guitar lesson benefits of music better songs creative thinking daw effective practice electric guitar frustrated mental health music city nashville songwriter songwriter truth on writing hits writing hit singles Jan 06, 2022

Today, my “why” became more meaningful and specific. Every year it gets clearer because of creative thinking, action and reflection and I want your why to be as loud as a battlecry. 

I’ll explain.

As I record music for a potential TV show placement in my home studio, I find...

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Songwriting For Guitar: Creating Impactful guitars acousitc guitar easy guitar layering electric guitar home studio recording huge guitars impactful guitars record guitar recording guitar recording guitar fo beginners recording secrets song arrangement song production song structure Oct 04, 2021

When setting out to produce and record a track, either for an indie artist, music library cue, or sync brief,  I always have a go-to move that gives my guitars an ability to be exactly how I want to hear them. 

So you know from the beginning, I don’t go into crazy technical stuff,...

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Home Recording: Singer Songwriter acousitc guitar best practice chords in a song daw demo easy guitar layering easy guitar tip free advice great home recordings guitarcoach home recording home studio guitars home studio tips how to make a demo how to make your first guitar arrangement learn recording recording guitar recording tips singer songwriter song development songwriter record writing songs on guitar Sep 27, 2021

You’re sitting at home, with just your voice and your guitar writing a song. You have the lyrics and the chords down, and it feels like you have something good! You jump to record it in your phone or in your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), but it just doesn’t sound AT ALL what...

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Wake Up, You’re Dreaming! Time to Reach Some Goals acousitc guitar best practice burnout covid dreams vs. goals easy guitar tip electric guitar focus free advice goal setting guitar dreams guitar goals for beginners guitar goals for intermediate players how to get signed mental health music dreams setting goals for learning guitar smart guitar goals songwriting for guitar songwriting goals songwriting success toxic thinking truth on writing hits writers block Sep 15, 2021

I went on a Facebook Live the other day, and I was talking about dreams versus goals. It hit me how many people never move past the dream phase. Honestly, it made me a little sad, because I know it’s possible for you to move past it, and I’m tired of seeing people give up after...

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Networking: It's Not Out of Your Reach! connect with other musicians how to network music indsutry advice music indsutry networking events networking for musicians networking tips scared to network as a musician what is networking in music Sep 13, 2021

Networking - it’s not out of your reach

Imagine you’re hungry- starving- so you look in the fridge, you look in the cupboard and there’s no food. I mean that’s inconvenient, but you wouldn’t say, “oh well, I'm just gonna starve to death”. No! {shakes...

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Why do some artists get signed - Hear it from legendary publisher, Judy Stakee famous publishers get a record deal how do i find a publisher for my music? how to become a music publisher how to find a music publisher how to get signed is it easy to get signed? judy stakee mike meiers podcast music publisher vs. record label music publishing 101 publisher warner chappell music who gets a record deal? Sep 06, 2021

Judy Stakee is a legendary music publisher, songwriting mentor, author, and speaker. Former Sr. VP of Creative at Warner Chappell Music, she’s responsible for signing and developing many of today’s most acclaimed artists and songwriters (Sheryl Crow, Katy Perry, Joy Williams, Jewel)....

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