Metaphor Shortage

Uncategorized Oct 05, 2019
By early October, I run out of metaphors to describe the Austin weather, and I'm down to just making personal, pejorative remarks. Although it was a refreshing 77 degrees Fahrenheit when I finally made it out the door for a run this morning, so...
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What To Work On

Uncategorized Oct 03, 2019
I had a junior high school teacher whose favorite word was "succinct." He liked to use the word, and he liked what it stood for. And since this was the cool white-haired social studies teacher who wore Levis to class and took us outside one...
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MIlky Ways For Everyone

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2019
Our next door neighbors have just put up their Halloween decorations, even though it's still a hundred degrees here in Austin. Last year, a news crew came around and parked their van across the street while my kids were getting ready to...
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Find Your Voic(ings)!

Uncategorized Sep 27, 2019
So here are three questions I hear all the time in my lofty capacity as a pedagogical micro-star in the teeming Youtube firmament:
 
1. How do I make this song more interesting?

2. What do I do with it after I play through the melody once?

3....
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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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