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.
And by the way, here is the latest video in case you haven’t seen it – “Just the Two of Us…”
I was just peeking through the mountain of “Fanbridge” questions that I have, and I came across a recurring theme…
Question: “Adam what guitar / strings / gear do you use?”
I get asked about this 10 times a week.
With the “mountain” of gear that one sees in catalogs & stores it is easy to get confused.
Since I carry most of my stuff myself (no car – yep, I’m a a New York guy), it has to be portable, easy and sound great.
All of what I am listing fits in a backpack (except the guitars), and I am ready to play any size concert hall or festival.
Keep in mind, this list WILL change, and “there is more than one way to do it” – but this has been working for me.Continue Reading
Being a guitar player is not that different from being an author, photographer, magician or pizza parlor owner.
In actuality – it’s only ONE field…we’re all self-employed entrepreneurs getting our creations out into the world, providing value for people, and earning something in return.
As an entrepreneur, you have to self motivate. It’s the “long haul” tactics and daily habits that build into something worthwhile, over time.
Short bursts of inspiration can’t build musicianship or a great career, but a little bit of work every day – towards a worthwhile goal, most certainly will.
I just read an article by my one of my favorite information marketers, Fred Gleeck, and he talked about the writing process…this quote rang true to me as a creative musician.
The one thing I suggest you do is that you MAKE yourself sit down and start writing every day for a given block of time. Writing is an act of creativity AND discipline.
This is exactly the process I use in regards to practicing guitar… I use “creativity AND discipline.”
You are the CREATOR, not the CONSUMER
As a CONSUMER, and lover of music – when you listen to your favorite musician or band, it’s as if you are getting the most delicious dessert at a fine restaurant, served to you.
No work is required. You sit back, hit play and enjoy watching and/or listening. Easy as pie.
As the CREATOR of that dessert, you will not likely “feel the feelings” that the consumer feels!
This is precisely the spot where, for example, little kids at music lessons realize they need to practice and “it’s no longer fun.”
The shiny new thing loses it’s luster, you see the errors and really have to polish your work of art.
A Recent Real Life Example
I recently did a stretch of arranging, videotaping and uploading 9 Beatles tunes to YouTube. Here’s one of them for your enjoyment – “In My Life”
As the musical “dessert chef” I spent, on average
- 2-3 days creating the guitar arrangement & practicing it
- 1 day video taping & recording
- Maybe 1 day more recording the video again after “sleeping” on the problems of the first taping
- For each of these 5 day projects I have a delicious 3 minutes to present to the world.
Even though it’s “covers” some serious “creativity” went into choosing this stretch of tunes, before I even picked up the guitar.
- I felt it was time to inject some new life into my repertoire, and I love hitting the “bullseye” musically for my audience.
- Almost everyone loves the Beatles – so it’s as if I am coming “back from the bullseye” like a Zen archer. (See my C + Y = R post)
- With a nice set of Beatles songs, I can maybe do a Beatles DVD
- I can offer to now teach a Beatles class at a guitar workshop
- Of course I’ll have more GREAT tunes to play on concerts
- If people like the videos, they’ll share them socially
- Maybe a Beatles CD is worth doing…
- I strove to get GREAT versions of these songs onto the guitar that really convey the music, better than I’d ever heard…
When I saw what I wanted to achieve, I determined that it would be well worth the discipline and time needed to whip these tunes into shape and make videos, upload etc.
Is there “Luck” involved?
It makes me almost want to barf when someone says “oh you are so lucky – you get to do what you love…”
Are you kidding? I work my tail off and claim it….it ain’t luck!!!
Hopefully this gives you some “inspiration” to be disciplined, put the time in daily, and stick to a plan – and achieve your dreams!
Now….git to work!
I hear this often from students and guitar fans.
And I am into a 2nd Venti at Starbucks.
I am Venti-ing.
I get very disturbed when a young student tries to “shirk” away from the work because one of his or her heroes can’t read music.
Often, accomplished musicians who can’t read music will “put down” musicians who can read – and bolster their own position of illiteracy with the voodoo of…
I know something’ because I don’t know nuthin…and if I learn too much, I might lose the sumthin’ I gots….
I have played with many great musicians who thought their illiteracy made them special.
It’s their musicality that made them special – not their inability to read!!!
Let’s review the options…. Continue Reading