The Importance of Thorough Preparation Before Performing

Although I’m still a novice guitar player, I look forward to the day when I’m able to perform in front of an audience. After reading Gerald Klickstein’s book, The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness, I learned much about practice and preparation. However, guitarist Joe Carmouche shared a personal account that impacted me more than…

Sunday Grooves – 03/13/11

I’m constantly listening to music for inspiration and enjoyment. Each Sunday, I will share 10 songs that have influenced me during the week. 1. Blackbird by The Beatles 2.Whenever, Wherever, Whatever by Maxwell 3. My Heart Says Yes by Troy Sneed 4. You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne 5. Just the Way You…

CD Review: “A Life of Song” by Ella Jenkins

by Mocha Dad Artist: Ella Jenkins Title: A Life of Song Release Date: 2/22/11 Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars for Cultural/Historical significance and 3 out of 5 Stars for listenability As the father of three children, I’m always seeking some interesting and appropriate music for my kids to listen to. My kids are at…

The Spirit in the Music

One day, while I was practicing my guitar, my stepfather walked into the music room. “Hey,” he said. “You’re sounding good.” This was a nice compliment coming from him. He majored in music education and was a gigging jazz musician for many years. In fact, he was the one who nurtured my love for jazz…

Sunday Grooves – 03/06/2011

I’m constantly listening to music for inspiration and enjoyment. Each Sunday, I will share 10 songs that have influenced me during the week. 1. Colour My World – Chicago 2. Broadcast – Ricardo Sweatt Rodriguez 3. Maybe Now – Clara Hill 4. I Wish I Love You – Dave Stryker 5. California Dreamin’ – Eddie…

Artist Ed Chapman Creates Unique Jimi Hendrix Mosaic

Artist Ed Chapman created this unique mosaic of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix by using over 5,000 Fender guitar picks. Jimi is a guitar legend and nobody played a Fender guitar quite like him…I decided to use plectrums to create a portrait of him because I like experimenting with different materials and textures and I think…

Facebook Poll: Top 10 Guitarists

Asking people to pick their favorite guitarist is like asking parents to pick their favorite child. But I took the plunge and asked my Facebook friends to list their top six string masters.  I compiled the list and ranked it by order of popularity based on times mentioned in the poll. I’ve also added links…

Play What’s Not on the Sheet Music

Over the years I’ve had many hobbies – photography, painting, drawing, writing, comic book collecting, model car building, and many more. Last summer, I started taking guitar lessons. Although I feel as if I’ve progressed, I still have much to learn. One major problem I have is scheduling consistent lessons with my teacher. Work, travel,…