Adagio: At the Speed of Nature

  “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson The musical instruction “adagio” comes from the Italian phrase “a dagio” which means “at ease”. It’s a good word, and it got me thinking. The question always comes up: “How long will it take me to learn to play guitar?” as […]

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 […]

A Music Fan in the Age of Overload

We can thank the Internet; it is now possible to listen to nearly every piece of music ever recorded. This is staggering to think about, but it is true. Today, there are millions if not billions of recordings available for download or streaming over the Internet. I haven’t done the math, but it’s a fair […]

Music and Memory: Raising the Bar

“The true art of memory is the art of attention.” — Samuel Johnson A good memory is the single most important skill a musician can have. If you haven’t been blessed with a great memory, don’t worry, it is something that can be improved and enhanced. Memories are like muscles and they can be developed […]

The Musical Plateau: Just a Phase

“The gate is straight, deep and wide break on through to the other side” – Jim Morrison Anyone who has ever attempted to play a musical instrument will eventually reach a phase we like to call a “plateau.” The place where progress seems to stop dead in its tracks. This is a useful metaphor because […]

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 […]

Recording The Mysterious “Romanza de Espana”

“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso There is something about Spanish music that transcends cultural boundaries – especially Spanish guitar music. Spain and the guitar seem to have evolved together since the dawn of mankind; but the guitar as we know it has only been around since the 1500’s. Much like traditional […]