Category Archives: Philosophy

The Crucible

There’s a book that says mastery in any field comes after 10,000 hours of practice. The question arises: practice of what? When it comes to technique, some of that time has to be spent in the “crucible” — which is … Continue reading

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Jennifer Lopez Connects

J-Lo? What’s she got to do with guitar playing? Here’s a great remark from Jennifer Lopez to American Idol contestant James Durbin, as observed by New York Times Arts Beat blogger Jon Caramanica: “You go away when you sing,” Ms. … Continue reading

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Seasick Steve

There’s a great guitar lesson here for any guitar player. In this beautiful example of “less is more,” Seasick Steve delivers the Hank Williams classic I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry. “Hobos are people who move around looking for work, … Continue reading

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Enjoying the Journey

I’ve said it many times over the years: The most important thing I want to accomplish with students is for them to develop a happy life-long relationship with the guitar. Well, I got a nice email yesterday… John, Stroll through … Continue reading

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Cedar or Spruce?

It’s an old guitar question: Cedar or spruce? These are the two main choices for classical guitar tops. Many guitarists prefer one or the other. “I’m a cedar guy” or “I’m a spruce gal.” Cedar is more forgiving than spruce. … Continue reading

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