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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading
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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, … Continue reading
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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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.
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Competitors, start your iPhones.

I’m organizing a fun competition this week that will give you a chance to share your music with the thousands of people who visit my site every day, and give you a shot at winning either a $100 gift certificate … Continue reading

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Kid Joins Green Day Onstage

So many guitarists just learn their favorite parts to songs. I’ll bet this kid was glad he learned “Jesus of Suburbia” all the way through. Fortune favors the prepared mind. Louis Pasteur

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Website Under Maintenance

Hi Guitarists, It’s been a long time coming. Heartwood Guitar is finally moving to a new server today, which will bring you lightning-fast browsing. Over the next few days, you may see some funkiness while we make the transition. For … Continue reading

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