Why Music Matters In Your Kid's Life

Published: Apr 20, 2017  |   Category: General Music Ramblings

“If you want to maintain that something is real, then you have to say what it is and where it came from,”  Francis Schaeffer Pearcey, Nancy R. (2005-09-02). Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity (Study Guide Edition) (Kindle Location 6468). Crossway Books. Kindle Edition. "Ideas and cultural developments affect real people, shaping the way they think .....Read More

The Mother Of All Modern Guitarists!

Published: Mar 31, 2017  |   Category: Guitar/Fretted Strings

  Growing up in southern Appalachia, I always knew who she was. In first grade when the music teacher brought an autoharp to class to accompany singing, I knew exactly what it was - because of her. My dad and his brothers would always play those songs on their guitars, just the w.....Read More

Jazz and Italian Pop Music

Published: Mar 14, 2017  |   Category: General Music Ramblings

Was taking in a good meal at the local Italian restaurant and listening to jazz played over their sound system, when they switched over to Italian pop music. Hearing a pop singer croon away in Italian made me think of the Tom Hanks movie “That Thing You Do” and the scene in the recording studio where Hanks’ character is telling The Wonders’ lead singer that “h.....Read More

Reading Notation vs. Tablature -

Published: Mar 6, 2017  |   Category: Guitar/Fretted Strings

Over the past 20+ years of teaching guitar and mandolin, I’ve had to deal extensively with the reading notation vs. reading tablature issue. Whether you read music notation or tablature should not be a point of judgment on the skill level or personal enjoyment of any player. However, it is an issue worth looking at to ensure a correct understanding in the value of both. For centuries, music for fretted string instruments was written in tablature due to different tunings for .....Read More