I often recommend that people use a “45-degree angle” on the neck microphone as a starting point for recording acoustic guitar.  Just describing it in words can be a little confusing, so I put together this quick video to illustrate what I mean. I also explain why the 45-degree angle is a good place to.. read more →

05 Apr 2018
April 5, 2018

Re-learning The Art of Listening

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When I was a kid, listening to music was a ritual. Whenever I got the chance, I would take a vinyl record out of its sleeve (yeah, I know, I’m showing my age!), place it on the turntable, and listen to it from start to finish, usually with my eyes closed, and often with a.. read more →

20 Mar 2018
March 20, 2018

Slow Down To Speed Up

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We live in a face-paced society where everyone seems to want everything RIGHT NOW, if not yesterday. “Lose 30 pounds in 30 days!” “Get 10,000 fans in 1 week!” “Make a Million dollars in 15 minutes!…while you sleep!…Guaranteed!” (OK, maybe that last one is a little far-fetched. But you get my drift. And I’m pretty.. read more →

23 Feb 2018
February 23, 2018

UPDATED: Cakewalk Lives!!!

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UPDATE, 2018-02-23: Cakewalk SONAR has been rescued from Gibson, and will continue to live on! See the article here. On November 17th, 2017, musical instrument conglomerate Gibson shocked the music-making community by announcing the total shutdown of one of their recently-acquired divisions: Cakewalk Software. Cakewalk, makers of the SONAR recording program and many other extremely.. read more →

14 Nov 2017
November 14, 2017

Who’s On First?

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Nancy and I have just returned from the annual TAXI Road Rally music convention in L.A. (our FOURTEENTH Road Rally in a row – can you tell we like them??? 🙂 ). At each year’s Rally, we do a ton of mentoring and teaching.  For example, at this year’s Rally, I did 1-to-1 mentoring with.. read more →

08 Nov 2017
November 8, 2017

TAXI Road Rally 2017

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One of the things that makes booking gigs overwhelming to some people is that there are a LOT of variables. That means there’s a lot to learn, a lot to “handle,” and a lot of points in the process where something can potentially go wrong. That’s why, for teaching purposes, I like to use real-world.. read more →

Old Wood Grain Silo, Oconto County, WI.  Photo credit: Oconto County Genealogy website archives.

The Summer NAMM trade show and convention just ended here in Nashville this past weekend.  If you’re not familiar with NAMM, on the whole, it’s a big gathering of music gear manufacturers showing off their latest goodies to dealers and potential consumers.  But more important, it’s a chance for people to get together — in person.. read more →

“Um…I’m not touring. So, I don’t have anything to say.” “You want me to send one HOW often?! What on earth would I write about?!” “I’m not an artist. So, I don’t need a newsletter. Right?” Whenever I start talking to my clients or students about sending a newsletter, I typically get one of two reactions:.. read more →