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REVIEW OF MY NEW BOOK "GUITAR TIPS"...

"As a guitar player, I am always looking for new resources to help me get better at my craft. I have gone through book after book that held some good tips for improving my playing. Some better than others. I have been playing the guitar for 40 years now and still consider myself a rhythm hack. I must confess that I do not spend the time like I should but that is another article. A... read more

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Student Success!!!

My Composition student, Ken (who is also a college music teacher) completed an arrangement for Flute Choir on a Christmas Carol. The piece was played through yesterday with success! The music director ask Ken if he could do another and have both premiered in an upcoming Christmas concert - Congrats Ken!   My international student Melody has scored a video montage and did an excellent... read more

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Congrats to...

2 of my international internet students have had some recent accomplishments. Melody has written an exceptional arrangement of a hymn for an "un-plugged" chamber ensemble that was premiered last Sunday (Sept. 29, 2013) and went great!   Ken (also a music teacher at colleges) has been commissioned to arrange a Christmas Carol for Flute Choir.   Congrats to...

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Soloing in C

When the harmony dictates that the chord should be C, then the most important notes of resolution and repose are C, E and G. These are the notes of the C Major chord. C D E F G A B C So we think about ways to come to rest. We can simply stay at rest, by just playing chord tones (arpeggios) C E G C G E E C G E G C G C E G E C We can connect the chord tones: C... read more

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Digging In Deep

As I mentioned in my profile, I prefer to teach from a different perspective than most teachers. If you want to just learn some songs on your instrument - of course I can teach them to you! I can easily turn them into something you can relate to and get under your fingers quickly =) My real specialty, however, is how I teach music theory - both to its students and to students of... read more

The Composer's Brain

The Composer's Brain

This is a performance by the Central Michigan University Symhony of an original piece for orchestra that I composed. It is a figurative depiction of the literal brain of the composer (myself), and it matches parts of the brain with parts of the orchestra...