Spring Jam this Saturday

Come join us this Saturday at the Q Cafe to enjoy some incredible music performed by my students, Mark DiFlorio’s drum students, and Brady Millard-Kish’s bass students. Hired gun (and great guy) Joe Walker returns on lead guitar, and my student Connor “My Vocal Cords Are Made Of Kevlar” Wartelle will be helping me with a couple AC/DC tunes that …

Another song lesson video: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen / Jeff Buckley

Here's my latest free song lesson video: A beginner lesson on Leonard Cohen's amazing "Hallelujah." My arrangement is inspired by the gorgeous Jeff Buckley cover. If you enjoy it, please subscribe to my new YouTube channel. Here's the chord chart. It's been so fun releasing these free song lesson videos over the past couple weeks. I remember the excitement my ...

Song Lesson Video: “Let Her Go” by Passenger

Here's my first-ever free song lesson video: "Let Her Go" by Passenger, for beginning and intermediate guitarists who want to learn how to both sing and play the song. This gorgeous tune is already hugely popular, and now that it's the soundtrack to Budweiser's cute Super Bowl puppy-and-horse-are-buddies commercial, the hugeness will only expand. Here's the chord chart. Some background... ...

Free Christmas Caroling Songbook

This past Saturday I attended SMooCH, a fantastic fundraiser concert for Seattle Children's Hospital. Macklemore headlined. Free drinks and food. It was a religious experience. Well, religious except that I was freeloading. The ticket was a gift from a student, I took advantage of the open bar, and I didn't give a dime. We're on a tight budget this year, ...

Fall Jam: November 9 at Q Cafe

Live in Seattle? Want to see some truly inspirational, touching, hair-raising, tear-jerking, mind-blowing live music? C’mon out to the Q Cafe on November 9th and check out my students, Mark DiFlorio’s drum students, and Brady Millard-Kish’s bass students. Now featuring fabulous Seattle guitar teacher Joe Walker on lead guitar. Hope to see you there. Note: Several performance times have changed …

Ritchie Blackmore’s Gear

Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” recorded in 1971, features one of the most-played guitar riffs of all time, recorded by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore on a Fender Stratocaster. Blackmore used several different Strats during the ’70s, and they were often modified with a scalloped fretboard (the wood is filed and carved out into a shallow “U” shape between the frets). …

Looking for an Awesome Practice System

Musicians and teachers, I need your help. Have you used a system for tracking guitar practice that really motivated you or your students to stick with it? I’m hoping to integrate a proven tracking system into the online guitar course I’m creating. Plus, it’d be awesome to use something like this with my private students. I know how to teach …

We Have A Winner

Congratulations to Wesley for winning the 2013 Summer Cover Competition. Wesley won a $100 gift certificate to Musician’s Friend. Here’s his incendiary performance of Link Wray’s “Fire and Brimstone” that earned him first place. You can see the full results and the other competitors (who were also excellent) on the Summer Cover Competition page.

Polls Are Open for Summer Cover Competition

C’mon over to the Summer Cover Competition page and check out the eight great videos submitted. Vote for your favorite to help them win a $100 gift certificate to Musician’s Friend, or a free lesson with yours truly.