Myth, Music and Monsters

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure that you seek. ” Joseph Campbell In the basement of my childhood home there was a big, dusty, menacing piece of furniture that nobody ever went near. My first memory of it was being warned to stay away from the “monster” because it would crush my […]

The 8 Ways We Practice

This article is about how you can maximize your productivity during practice sessions. It is also about rediscovering how to enjoy practicing again. We all know that having clear goals is the most important thing you can do to accelerate your rate of learning. But what exactly does it mean to say that we should […]

The Tools of Attention

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo This is an excerpt from the ebook, “Midnight Arpeggios”. Did you ever notice how right everything seems when you are busy doing something you love to do? At those times it doesn’t matter how much money, power or status […]

Harmony Puzzle: The Short Answer

Students often ask me “how do you know what chords to use when writing a song?” My mind races. I take a deep breath and think, “there is a short answer and a really long answer. This is a half-hour lesson, it’s best to stick with the short answer. Seriously, I’ll stick with the short answer…” […]

Why Music Needs A Blast From The Past

A few years ago I went to see the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra perform Beethoven’s Symphony Number 3, “Eroica”. I had heard it many times before on the radio and on CD but when the lights went down and the orchestra hit those first two monster chords, I thought to myself that Beethoven was surely […]