2014 – Adam Rafferty – Russia Tour Dates Just Added

Hi Gang,

For all my Russian fans, friends and fellow guitarists, here is the information I have for the upcoming Russia tour dates.

Adam Rafferty Russia 2014

  • 15 of MAY Kurgan, Shastokovich college of music starts 18:00
  • 16 of MAY Shadrinsk, Theater of Drama , starts 19 00
  • 18 of MAY St. Petersburg, Erarta modern arts museum , TBA
  • 19 of MAY Samara, Palace of culture « Zheleznodorozhnikov « TBA
  • 20 of MAY Moscow Centralniy dom hudozhnika 20:00

For a current list of ALL tour dates, please visit the TOUR page!

How to Stay Focused and Finish Big Projects – A Brick a Day

I have been working on some long term secret projects that I hope to unveil in the months
ahead, and the following has been on my mind.

Maybe this applies to you too…

How Can We Stay Motivated to Finish Big Projects?

When we work on something “new” and exciting…it’s easy to start, but hard to follow through and finish.

After the excitement and newness loses it’s glitter dust, the hard work really starts.

The Lyrics to “On Broadway” say this well…

They say the neon lights are bright on broadway
They say there’s always magic in the air
But when you’re walkin’ down that street
And you ain’t had enough to eat
The glitter rubs right off and you’re nowhere

Some projects offer “quick and easy” gratification.

For Example – I get Instant Warm Fuzzies from

  • uploading blog posts (instant responses from you- my reader)
  • uploading Youtube videos (instant responses fans!)
  • buying something (instant “in your hands”)
  • cleaning something (instant visual feedback)

You see, when we see an immediate (or almost immediate) result, it’s fun…especially
when we get positive feedback.

The catch? Sometimes these instant results are fun, but not so meaningful :-)

On the other hand, many meaningful projects require serious follow through, like

  • working on a new piece of music
  • writing a book
  • preparing a DVD or CD
  • building a new guitar teaching website (oops – did I just say that? shh…)

These kinds of projects leave you with just a “little piece” accomplished at the end of a day.

It can be hard to stay on track, because the feeling of “drudgery” can leave us uninspired
and tired. At the end of the day, we get

  • no instant gratification
  • no instant results
  • the vision of a a long road ahead…

The Solution? Build Your House – One Brick a Day
A Brick a Day

The following metaphor came to mind yesterday while I was running.

I ran past a construction site and had a moment of clarity.

Let’s say I have ONE brick every day that I can place somewhere….anywhere I want.

I have a choice – I can place that new brick in a brand new spot here on planet earth every day, OR I can put it on a foundation that I have been building.

It’s a choice. Where will I / you / we put a brick today?

In a year’s time when we look at those bricks…

A house will surely get built if we put a brick each day on the foundation.

But – it may feel more fun to start new each day…but where will we be in a year?

The feeling of drudgery, and work suddenly becomes more do-able when you realize
that chipping away at that guitar arrangement, book or project – will certainly pay off,
in hindsight.

Someone wise once said….”Slow & Steady wins the race”.

I’ll see you in the slow lane!

Spring Tour 2014 & New Video “Just the Two Of Us”

Hey Gang!

2014 Spring Tour Dates

I just wanted to drop a quick post to let you know that starting March 14, 2014 I will be on tour for about 8 weeks throughout Germany, Austria, Poland and Russia…

Lots of fun & fingerpicking will be had!

Hope to see you at a concert – please check the TOUR PAGE for details.

New Video!

And by the way, here is the latest video in case you haven’t seen it – “Just the Two of Us…”



Should You Use Classical or Fingerstyle Guitar Technique?

I get a lot of emails asking questions like :

  • “I play classical guitar and I find it hard to play with a thumbipck.”
  • “I studied classical guitar for years and I just can’t get the groove right.”
Fransisco Tarrega

Fransisco Tarrega

A great classical guitar technique is a thing of beauty – and I worked on it
a long time.

However, for “African” based music, you need an entirely different “touch”. The “groove” is built into the “touch”. You can’t separate the two.

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Discipline, Daydreaming and Your Musical Mind

Christopher LloydRecently I read a post by Seth Godin about the “laboratory” vs the “factory” mentality and it really resonated with me.

Seth went on to encourage creativity in a laboratory / discovery / scientific spirit.

In the laboratory:

  • we are dreamers
  • we don’t know how things will turn out
  • we don’t know or care if we can “sell” what we are making
  • we may not even know what we will find
  • we allow time to search

The lab is all about discovery and exploration.


In the factory:

  • we are “task masters”
  • we do what works, over and over so that
  • we can sell more
  • we tighten up the speed, efficiency and costs involved with producing our stuff
  • we don’t waste time “searching” for a different way

The factory is about predictability and production.

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As I Began to Love Myself: Charlie Chaplin on his 70th birthday

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it MATURITY.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment, so I could be calm. Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE.

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How to Do Outrageous Musical Marketing

I’d like to give you something to think about based on my real life results in terms of getting gigs, magazine coverage, and excellent word-of-mouth promo.

There is zero BS here. Enjoy and please comment!

Concept 1: Do musicians have to market themselves?

You and I are running businesses, we are not only artists.

A hard pill for many of us musicians to swallow is that we all need to market ourselves.

If this makes you shiver, feel un-artistic, or think I am a fraud – WAKE UP! Any business, no matter what their product or service is, has to market themselves.

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A Personal Transparent Update & 2014 plans

Hey Gang!

I have been a little off the internet radar lately, and I must apologize for a lag in posts, emails, youtube videos and all that good stuff.

It has been a VERY busy time for me actually. I will quickly get you up to speed, and I promise to post & blog from the road over the next few months.

Here is the God’s honest transparent news update that I’d give you if you were drinking a coffee with me right now.

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An Amazing and Creepy Coincidence

Guitarists Peppino Dagostino, Adam Rafferty, Pepe Romero and Carlos Barbosa-Lima

Guitarists Peppino Dagostino, Adam Rafferty, Pepe Romero and Carlos Barbosa-Lima

This is too weird. Enjoy…

When I attended the High School for the Humanities in NYC I was in the graduating class of 1986.

At the time I was a 17 year old aspiring classical guitarist, practicing hard for my first year of college in the conservatory.

A few of my high school teachers were “guitar aficionados” and one in particular, “Mr. S”, encouraged me very much. I’ll never forget when he said “You’ll be the Pepe Romero of the year 2000!” This was incomprehensible to me.

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