Monthly Archives: July 2009

Wesley’s Success

Yesterday, my student Wesley’s little “Folsom Prison Blues” video got almost 100,000 views on YouTube, and his parents and I were flooded with attention from the media. It’s been exciting, disorienting, and a little worrisome. The internet, especially, is such … Continue reading

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5-year-old Plays "Folsom Prison Blues"

More footage from this Spring’s Coffee Shop Jam: Wesley, who just turned five, performed “Folsom Prison Blues” with a soulfulness that would have made Johnny Cash weep. Many people, including my mom, are unsettled by a kid this young performing … Continue reading

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United Breaks Guitars

I hate flying with my guitar. Approaching the ticket-taker at the gate with my Martin in hand always feels like I’m leading it to its death, dreading this: “Oh, I’m sorry sir, it’s a very full flight, but we can … Continue reading

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The Heartwood Beat, Issue 13: Fingerpicking Hand Position

I hope you’re all having a great summer. The Heartwood Beat reached 4,000 subscribers since I last wrote. Welcome new readers! Fingerpicking Hand Position This past week I introduced yet another beginner to fingerstyle guitar–that is, picking the guitar with … Continue reading

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Incredible performance by a 9-year-old

The coffee shop jam is the most awesome thing I do as a guitar teacher, and this past Jam, on May 30th, was even more awesome than usual. This was partly due to the venue. The Columbia City Theater, a … Continue reading

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Take Me Home: From the Coffee Shop Jam Archives

Up all night editing videos of this past spring’s Coffee Shop Jam. As I’ve waited for the videos to upload, I’ve been looking at some old videos and reminiscing. Here’s one of my favorites, from 2007. It’s gorgeous singing, and … Continue reading

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A Defense of Tablature

The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming how-to book on running a successful guitar teaching business. I thought it would inspire an interesting discussion. What do you think? I can hear the legions of Standard Notation Defenders sharpening their … Continue reading

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