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Special Announcement: Pursuing a Master's Degree

I'm happy to announce I'll be continuing my music education at University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. I was awarded a scholarship to attend, and will begin my classical guitar studies there in September.

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Some ways to manage all of this extra time

In today’s online guitar lessons, we’ll look at the best ways to stay motivated, practice, and improve your technique during these strange times we live in. 

I had a talk with some friends the other day in which I asked…

Five simple ways to improve your pentatonic scales 

In today’s guitar lesson I’m going to cover five simple ways to improve your pentatonic scales and make your soloing more interesting. This is a lesson that I’ve been doing with many of my students getting into rock and blues…

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On the use of downstrokes vs. other picking techniques

I made something of a breakthrough in my playing recently thanks to Dave Mustaine. Megadeth has always been my favorite metal band and a few years ago I saw them play at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. When they played…

2020 updates

I’ve neglected to update this page in a while, but I just wanted to give you some news about everything that I’m up to lately. 

My bands Thy Shade and The Union are both actively gigging in the Southwest having…

Faith

Interestingly enough, all things do converge in your favor so long as you keep the faith in the positive nature of your actions and the universe’s willingness to reciprocate. 

Go beyond the constraints of what you understand of yourself or…

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The 3-octave pentatonic scale.

This whole thing sounds intimidating, and I should say it’s not a simple thing to execute, but the concept, once divulged, will come across as exceedingly simple.  Today we’re going to talk about a 3-octave pentatonic scale using a couple…