The Dominant Dozen

Uncategorized Sep 26, 2019
From time to time I find myself trying to explain great lines from certain movies to my kids, usually just after I've used one out of context and they've given me that look, the one that says, "that was weird; don't ever do that when my friends...
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Gray Ladies, Cheese Weasels and The Horizontal 3-Step

Uncategorized Sep 25, 2019
About four years ago, there was a story in the New York Times Magazine about "the new digital creatives." The gist was that despite the erosion of intellectual property values wrought by digital distribution of creative work, various and assorted...
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Egregious Bloviation

Uncategorized Sep 12, 2019
I got an email this week from Cliff, who I've known since I was teaching at the National Guitar Workshop back in the twentieth century. He took part in one of the Zoom workshops a couple of weeks ago, and since then we've been writing back and...
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Hellooo, Zeeba Neighba

Uncategorized Sep 05, 2019
It's a dubious honor, but I've managed to live in several of the more hipster-approved neighborhoods during my nineteen years in Austin. At one of those addresses, I had Steve James for a neighbor. If you don't know Steve's work, he made a string...
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Workshop Last Call, With Incidental Canine Details

Uncategorized Sep 03, 2019
I have told a lot of shaggy dog stories in my life, so it's undoubtedly karma that I am now 25% responsible for one of the shaggier dogs I've ever met. The Fretboard pup is now 10 months old and tipping the scales at a cool 55 avoirdupois, but a...
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Elucidation At 3 O'Clock

Uncategorized Sep 03, 2019
Registration for my Blues Chord Substitutions workshop closes at midnight EST tonight. I've got just a few spaces left, which I'm filling on a first come, first served basis. If you've been on the fence about whether this workshop is right for...
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It's Just Three Chords

Uncategorized Sep 01, 2019
On the surface, the blues seems simple – hey, it's just three chords! – as do other blues-based songs that may not be literally 12 bars long but still have that feel, like "St. James Infirmary" or "Trouble In Mind." And this is both...
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Blues Chord Substitutions Workshop – Preview Webinar Today

Uncategorized Aug 29, 2019
Just a reminder that I am doing an hour-long webinar at 1PM CST today on ZOOM to preview some material from my upcoming six-week Blues Chord Substitutions online workshop. You can tune in for free; just sign up using the link below:
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Confidentialistas!

Uncategorized Aug 28, 2019
I'm pleased to report that last week's test of the Zoom platform was a raging success, at least according to the dozen brave Confidentialistas who volunteered to test it out and, theoretically at least, learn a little along the way. Enthusiasm ran...
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I Can Explain

Uncategorized Aug 22, 2019
Back in July, I mentioned that I was putting the finishing touches on a new membership program, and would be rolling it out in just a few more weeks. Well – that clearly did not happen, but to paraphrase every middle school kid since the...
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