I have a new contact number: 720-693-5333
I still teach Thursdays in Lousiville, CO at 720 Front St, Ukulele, Guitar, harmony and theory knowledge, improvisation and songwriting.
I also teach out of a home studio in South Boulder. Shoot me a line and I will help you improve your guitar playing skills.
Prepping in my mind for a new online series of lesson plans about playing the guitar. Has it been done to many times? Heck no!
I will be calling it: "Liquid Scales for Guitar"
These videos will try to impart guitar technique that I think has not been addressed and improvisation ideas. Being mainly a blues player for many years I always wondered how Al Dimeola, Steve Morse and players like them had these long fluid lines when they created melodies or improvised.
In the last few years the secret for me was revealed.
Sitting here looking out my window at 60 degrees in February
Performing at Ques's Coffee on Nov 7th to support some good friends who are going through a tough time with a daughter fighting Metastatic Ewing Sarcoma.
Lisa and I are playing a one hour show for a vip party at eTown cafe Friday. Liz Barnez, Hazel Miller and Rebecca Folosom perform.
Last weekend was a blast with Chrystal Decoster and I performing some new songs for Rebecca's songwriters workshop show at Cafe Sole.
The Carole King show went great at the Armory in Brighton, CO with Christian Teele on drums and Dan Steelman on bass. Smoking groove section!
Playing catch up for a busy year! Finished building a new studio space, playing new guitars, teaching new students and the music has never been more enjoyable! Kelly and I have been hiking a bunch this year and it surely helps the mind body connection. We took a fun trip to Idaho this summer hanging with the Shanafelt clan.
Fall has arrived with new opportunities to teach, perform and learn.
The Carol King Tribute show flies again October 30th at the Armory. Dennis Wanebo and I are having a blast reigniting Martian Acres tunes for local pubs and private parties with Jon Powers or Tobor Schorr on drums and Dan Steelman on bass. The band has never been better!
Rebecca Folsom is bringing me in for vocal classes to accompany singers of all kinds and abilities as well as writing new music with Chrystal DeCoster. We have a performance this month at Cafe Sole in Boulder on October 29th.
The summer feels over though there is so much more to do. A new room on the back of the house is in the works and a trip to McCall Idaho coming up. I finally fixed the swamp cooler and it now has a 20 degree drop from the outside air! We hope the Bowmans have a blast staying here.
Gigs with Many Mountains, Lisa Bell and Rebecca Folsom next week along with teaching a wonderful group of guitar students. I have started teaching Logic (recording/mixing) to new students recently and enjoy hearing what they are working on.
I would like to acknowledge Cassidy Filben who is going off to college after many years as a student of mine. He will be in Fort Colling's at CSU and I wish him the best. He possesses an extreme amount of knowledge about computers and will major in that field. I suspect he will dabble in a prog rock band that will go on to great success!
Max is rocking the cello this summer with a week at CU Summer Academy where he played concerts with young adults from all over the state. He recently joined a quartet that will present new challenges and I am very proud of him!
I have said this to many of my students through the years but was encouraged to write about my belief that learning to dance will improve your ability to enjoy the art of playing music. Upon moving to Boulder in 1996 I joined a dance class at the suggestion of a friend who was taking it. I liked to dance at whatever club I wound up as a young man but had never looked at dancing as something to work on and practice. The class included some ballet, hip hop and modern movement. I loved it and stayed with it for two years.
It dawned on me at the end of the class I had found a new way to enjoy music I was playing on the guitar.
I have found in my teaching practice that students who have learned to play drums have this ability as well. So dancing like drumming might make you a better musician on what ever instrument you play. Coordinating your arms, legs, hands and head to move in a fluid fashion teaches your body and brain about time by sub dividing time as a drummer does.
Performing and playing music is not just a thought process that requires playing a certain note at the right time. Your body becomes an extension of emotions the music is creating within you and that goes out to move your audience. The thought process is there but the emotions are the sauce that make it tasty! Plus it is way more fun to watch when someone is moving and groovin' to the time and playing off of the other musicians.
To say that dancing will make you a happier person is probably true as well. Being comfortable in your own skin is a requirement when you start shaking your butt like a maniac in a crowd! Let's hit the dance floor!
It is June and the summer is blowing by quickly. The goal has been to play as much as possible this year and it turns out that saying yes to everything will get you there.
I finally have a resolectric that is working and would like to thank Tim Tucker of Front Porch Lutherie in Louisville, CO who helped get it up and running.
I am having a blast writing and learning how to write. Sometimes I read a bit of the how to books and then I am off and running. Grab the guitar play a riff and start moaning! Actually it is a type of singing that starts to lay out melody that fits over the chord progression or riff. I am trying to marry two ideas together then after I am comfortable with the first couple of notes I start imagining words that might be fun to sing. NO idea what the song is about at this point. I might get a few words and try to throw some ideas on paper or look up meanings in dictionary or thesaurus. So far words seem to pop out fairly easy which I find fascinating. At this point I have to make some decisions about how long I keep this riff or morph it into a new section. Harmony to me is fun to imagine with a guitar in my hand while listening for a mood, a lift or melodic phrase that grabs my attention and holds it. The original inspiration could be something I recently read or something spoken to me recently or moaning some words as an afterthought. All of this can be lost by the end of the process and change into something that was not there in the beginning but leads to this great discovery of a new song.
Until I worked with LASS I had preconceived ideas about how a song was written. I have learned so much from what others bring in and how they arrive at there piece and realize you want to learn as much as you can then let it sit and resonate in your body, head and soul. Yes learn some technique but in the end you will use that information in a creative way. Inspiration hits and you have a tiger by the tail!
In late 2012 Joan Langford asked me to join her husband Andy and others for a songwriting group we have come to call Lincoln Avenue Songwriters Society or LASS for short! In February of 2014 we filled KGNU's Kabaret studio for a live on the air songwriters in the round performance! I white knuckled my way through an original song of my own too! I owe my new found confidence to this group setting that is a soundboard for ideas, suggestions and support every step of the way.
Joan Langford who has spent most of her adult life performing and writing has asked me to help teach the craft of songwriting in Louisville CO.. What an honor! Our current plan is for two separate six week courses that are tailored for beginner and advanced songwriters. We will combine our individual expertise, Joan's is in lyric writing and mine in music theory.
Both classes have the same goal in that the songwriter will improve their individual craft abilities through lyric exercises, music theory insights and analysis of the classics. We can't tell you how to write a hit song but we can work on the details and building blocks of what a great song encompasses and show you ways to improve your efforts. Through networking within the group there could be co-writing, live performances and number of other collaborative events. From my experience working with LASS I appreciate the value it has brought to this individual.
To stay up to date with our progress please contact me for more info as it develops. We are working towards a spring start date.
Most happy with a guitar around my neck though it is starting to weigh me down!