Making Mixtapes

I remember making mix tapes when I was a kid. At first I had to record the songs from the radio. I hated it when the DJ would talk through a part of the song and ruin my recording. After a while, I learned to time the recordings without capturing any of the commercials. I…

How to Listen

“The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen.” – Duke Ellington Since I’ve been playing guitar, I’ve developed a new appreciation for music. Over the past couple of months, I’ve discovered new bands and musical styles. My iPod is my constant companion. I can now hear…

Zen Guitar

by Mocha Dad I go to the library nearly everyday to check out music and books. On one of my visits, I came across this book, Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo Although I don’t subscribe to Zen philosophy, I was intrigued by the book’s premise: “Each of us carries a song inside – the song…

My Six String Journey Begins

When I turned 40, I examined my life to see if I had any regrets. The first thing that popped into my mind was the guitar. I knew that I had to learn to play or else I’d spend the rest of my life with a dream deferred. An ancient Asian proverb says, “When the…