Monthly Archives: February 2009

Strumming Archive is Coming

I spent the day (and a good chunk of the night) drafting the Strum Pattern Archive page. A lot of the time was spent learning about CSS and how to make tables—both new territories. I finally feel like I’m understanding … Continue reading

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Note from Thailand

I just got an email from a former student, Emily, who’s in Thailand. It was in the form of a top-ten list of great experiences she’s had there. Here’s her number one: Bonfire on the beach, Tonsai: There were two … Continue reading

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Adding Videos of Strum Patterns

Over and over, visitors to this site say that their favorite thing about my chord charts is that many of them have strum pattern recommendations. This is a feature that’s practically non-existent in chord charts on the web. Lately, I’ve … Continue reading

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I got some props at the popular Kid’s Music That Rocks blog for my contribution to Recess Monkey’s latest album, “Tabby Road.” Recess Monkey is Seattle’s awesome children’s music band, comprised of three elementary-school teachers and former indie-rockers. Music both … Continue reading

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DIY: How to Build a Pedalboard

For most of my guitar playing career, I’ve schlepped my stompboxes and cables in a paper bag like some digital-age hobo. But last spring, a local singer-songwriter Jill Cohn asked me to join her band, and I decided to upgrade … Continue reading

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The Heartwood Beat, Issue 12: Site Update

Hi Heartwood Beat Subscribers, I hope you’re all enjoying February. I want to let you know about several updates I’ve made to the website. Print or Save Function One of the fun things about having a popular guitar instruction website … Continue reading

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Rockabye Baby

Dilemma: Baby likes peaceful music. Mom and Dad like Nine Inch Nails. Solution: Rockabye Baby You haven’t fully appreciated AC/DC until you’ve heard “You Shook Me All Night Long” played by a music box.

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Easy Guitar Songs for Kids

I teach kids as young as three years old to play guitar. One of the keys to teaching really little kids, besides knowing how to spontaneously burp, wiggle your ears, and listen to that orange/banana knock-knock joke 3,000 times without … Continue reading

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