The Guitar Gods Smiled Upon Me….

While I always feel ‘crazy’ lucky to be a guitarist for a living….I had a nice little gift from the Guitar Gods this morning during my workout.

Every morning, I trudge out to get my blood flowing, trusty IPod always in tow, shuffling though 8000 or so songs! I like to shuffle, both for the randomness and the fact that with so much music I get  to hear stuff I would probably never pick or even remember that I own.

Anywho, first up on this sunny morning was Joe Satriani’s “Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing,” a classic to be sure. Followed by, Dokken’s, “Tooth and Nail,” with George Lynch’s extended guitar solo, Jimi Hendrix’ classic, “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Espiritu,” by the De Lucia, McLaughlin, Di Meola trio and capped off with, “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” Van Halen’s live version.

Good thing it was a short workout or the next song that may have popped up could have been my daughter’s Little Einsteins and ruined my Guitar Gods Smiling on Me theory.

Peace…have a great one everybody!

Classic Video!

This is a great way to start off your week! Whether you are working today or off for the holiday make sure you watch this video.

I think I shared this before on my Facebook page, but, it is worth the re-post.

Be Careful Buying Your Romantic Valentine’s Music

Alright, we are one day away and you might be scrambling to plan the perfect Valentines Day for your significant other.

Consider this a public service announcement if you are planning on setting a mood with some ‘Romantic’ music!

The Romantic period in music includes the years 1830-1910. It was at times a bombastic, virtuosic, grandiose style of music to express nature and the human spirit.

It is NOT Kenny G playing a sweet melody on his saxophone!

Here is an example of Romantic period music.

This music may or may not be the mood you are trying to create for your partner!

This has been a public service announcement!

…I am here for you!

Top 10, My Favorite Posts on ’12 Notes & the Truth!’

It’s almost 2013! This compels me to create a few lists from the year in review, my first as a blogger.

My last post was my top 10 posts of the year according to WordPress stats. The 10 listed on this post are MY favorites…according to ME.

There were many, but, these are the ones that stood out in my memory as either being fun, rewarding or challenging to write. Some were very popular, some were not and some were early before I had much following. Hopefully this list will supply my followers with some new insights into this blog 12 Notes & the Truth!

These first two are important to me as both guitarists were HUGE in my inspiration to be not only a guitarist but a musician.

1.  Van Halen Week in San Diego – Concert Review

2. Michael Schenker Said No to the Rolling Stones, Ozzy, Aerosmith…

This post was cool because I found a new guitarist, influence and a historical perspective I never knew. I knew of Jose Feliciano, but,  not much about him. An amazing musician that really took an unfair career hit with his version of the Star Spangled Banner. A great version in my opinion and better than many of the renditions today. Expect more posts on Jose Feliciano in 2013!

3. National Anthem, Jose Feliciano-Play Ball!

These next three are my favorite attempts at ‘writing.’ Some of my posts are just that…posts. These three were more of a personal perspective on guitar, myself and my musical past.

4. Beware of the Pick Gremlins! Important as ALL guitarists know there has to be Pick Gremlins stealing our picks! How else can they disappear so quickly?

5. Function of My Dysfunction An insight into my mind…

6. Band Logos and Dreams What did I study in school? Drawing band logos on my book covers and folders.

Sports has been another major interest throughout my life. So it is nice for me to be able to combine the two. I thought these were pretty clever, tongue in cheek ways of combining music and sports. They are also an exercise in creativity much like composing music.

7. A Musical Tribute to the 2012 Olympic Games in London

8.  2012 NFL Predictions ‘Rock n Roll’ Edition

Playing a fair amount of weddings every year and working with so many great couples I really enjoyed blogging about different musical aspects involved in making the ‘Big Day’ special.

9. Weddings

Yeah, I had to delve into the ugly Presidential campaign of 2012. I feel I gave both a fair ration of disrespect as I feel ALL politicians deserve.  Much like the sports posts above it was a fun creative process putting this post together.

10. Presidential Campaign 2012, Romney v Obama (Scherzino Falsetto)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you all for following my blog! I appreciate all of you who follow and chat about my favorite subject…..MUSIC!

Thank you to all my wedding and performance clients, fellow musicians and students….it is a pleasure to share music with all of you!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

Well it’s definitely that time already in the music teaching biz!

If you are like me, you know it is way too early for Christmas music, at least for listening. However, with student performances and CD recording projects coming up SOON it has been my experience that the day after Halloween needs to be the official start of practicing holiday music.

Gotta love the Frank Sinatra Christmas Songbook…has NOTHING to do with him other than the picture on the cover.

 

For those looking for music I strongly recommend the FJH series of Methods and Xmas books. I’ve been using them for 7 plus years now. Their books are a bit more contemporary than the ol’ standards. My students laugh cause I know what page every song is on….they test me but they never trick me.

Tips on practicing for the holidays…

-Don’t bite off more than you can chew! Pick one or two songs with arrangements at your skill level. Learn those and then dive into another. If you start too many at one time you might burn out and lose your steam.

-Practice at least one song you play the notes or tab and a couple with just chords. People love to sing their favorites this time of the year and you can strum away and accompany them.

-Have fun!! Making music with others is a blast. Be confident, but, don’t take it too seriously!

BONUS TIP: Unless you are really comfortable sight-reading make copies of the songs you intend to play and leave the book at home! If you have the book people WILL start to browse and make requests which can be an uncomfortable situation for beginners.

Good luck with the guitar this holiday season!

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