Working For Music – ‘Til We Can’t Get It Wrong!!

Passion works for music

I was reading some musician’s opinions about DW drums last night on DrummerWorld.com (an excellent resource for real-world drum gear insights!) when a forum contributor said this:   “Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong.”   Wow. What a GREAT quote. After years of gig prep and …

All You Need Is Ears – The Autobiography of Beatles Producer George Martin!!

All You Need Is Ears book

Everyone remembers their first time.   For me, it was a summer’s day in L.A. Reseda, specifically, in the San Fernando Valley.   It was at my apartment, after work. My two roommates were gone, and wouldn’t be home for a few hours. It was the perfect time to lay back and… get a little …

The Best Hearing Protection For Musicians – Guard It Or Scar It!

Even Animal protects his hearing!

Last week I had a visit from my good friend Chester. He’s a very gifted writer of country songs, and we’ve been recording some of them and slowly working towards his first solo release.   During our conversation he surprised me by saying that, guess what – he’s been deaf in his left ear since childhood! …

The Gibson Bankruptcy – For Whom, The Bell Tolls?!

More money, less bankruptcy!

Did ya hear? Huh, huh? Didja?! Last Tuesday, the beloved guitar company, Gibson, filled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. They put all their cards on the table in a grand acquiescent fold, and now the chips are falling where they may. And they’re not in Gibson’s favor. Even Guitar Center is in the cross-hairs of potential …

How To Be A Successful Musician – Racers On Your Marks!

Going the distance to be a successful musician

This week… I’m in Florida. Orlando, to be specific. Why? If you guessed “to see the mouse”, well… you’re kinda right. I’ve been a long-distance runner since high school. I love the trial of pushing your limits and finally reaching the goal after giving it your all. It’s how I try to live life. So, …

What to Take on Vacation – A Musician Weighs In!

What to take on vacation

Today’s post comes to you from ‘musician country’ – Nashville, TN! Almost every year I hit this city, taking in its great musical heritage, learning from its storied past and present, and investigating new ideas, contacts and relationships to help my music forward. It helps to have relatives here too (thanks, brother Steven)! This year my …

“Gear Hounds”, Episode One: “The Tele”

Gear Hounds Intro

Ladies & gentlemen! I happily present to you… … our very first “Gear Hounds” video! Whoof!! Don’t ask how this wacky idea came to mind, ‘cuz I have no idea. But it did, and my dog… now gets more fan mail than I do!   LOL Really, it’s just a matter of taking things in my sphere of …