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Do You Need an End Game?

I quit my job in March of 2015 and started working for myself as a freelance marketing consultant. That’s relevant to my overall point, but so are the events leading up to that decision. I’ve been a “top performer” at every place I’ve worked, but not out of ambition. Just because I find most jobs […]

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GE & Jay Complain About Innovation and Bad Gear Reviews

Everyone is away from the office so distraction levels are running high. Time for another email exchange that is waaaay too long. Jay: I was thinking of what amazing things we can expect from all our favorite guitar companies in 2016. Here’s the list I’ve got so far. Gibson: Selling the same guitars as 2015 but […]

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Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

Learning vs Memorizing

It’s a debate that’s been going strong for probably 30-40 years. Do you really need to learn any music theory in order to play guitar? Of course the answer is “no” and there’s boundless evidence. The greater question is, “should you?”. That is far more interesting and valid. Most musicians who firmly plant themselves in offshoots […]

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Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

Warmoth – Finally Taking the Plunge

Update 2.8.2015: Got all my parts and assembled – photo & details added below. There are so many ways to get a “custom” guitar these days that it’s hard to keep track.  There are so many small builders, big companies offering mass-personalization, and even better building tutorials.  But for some reason, I’ve always gone back […]

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Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

Gear Selfies Gotta Go

I belong to several busy guitar forums, guitar facebook groups and guitar subreddits.  They’re generally great, but increasingly I’m seeing the annoying trend of people over-sharing gear photos. If you do a Google Image Search for “my pedalboard” the results will scroll for about six weeks.  And it’s impossible to really distinguish any of them. […]

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Technology Still Killing My High

The other night my friend was showing me his new sampler.  It’s new to him, not the world.  He’s also got a pretty old drum machine.  Super hipster stuff, I know.  But it got me excited to go home and make some tunes. So I did, I pulled out my midi keyboard, fired up Logic […]

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No Time for Creativity

I hate talking about work, but I feel obligated to do so if I wish to set up this post properly.  My day job is in marketing.  A common problem among my people is finding the time to be creative.  Client at ABC Company wants to sell more of whatever bullshit they sell.  They come […]

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Why Are Modern Superhero Soundtracks Rubbish?

A little under two weeks ago I went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  I enjoyed the movie quite a bit.  It was less a super hero movie than a spy thriller where one of the spies ran around with an American Flag themed garbage can lid for most of the movie. That being […]

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From Around The Web 03.24.2014

I love Jay like a play cousin, but sometimes I think he’s wrong.  Today we reject melody and/or give the bassist some.

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Songwriting in Bands – How it Really Works

Not too long ago, my musical compadre made the acquaintance of a drummer and bassist that were seeking a complete band.  This was a perfect scenario as we were after their services as well and they seemed to be realistic and open-minded fellows.  (not once did they talk about being pros, or touring, or making […]