I want to (eventually) learn bass guitar, but have really had little ear for it…

I've got two on the wall. I got to playing around (after my first few guitars--I know, I know) and all of a sudden saw an Ibanez that was very affordable on the wall. Got to playing with it, asking a bunch of questions about it, and snatched it up. It's very dark, not particularly … Continue reading I want to (eventually) learn bass guitar, but have really had little ear for it…

From IndiePulse Music: “The Kids are Still in Cages” by Nancy Sanchez. A song of urgent beauty…

photo from IndiePulseMusic.com, original article I was amazed to find this article and click on the link within it to listen to the song. Wow. Thanks to COVID-19 and the protests and wildfires, hurricanes, etc., I think a lot of us have forgotten that there's still kids in cages on the border. It's been pushed … Continue reading From IndiePulse Music: “The Kids are Still in Cages” by Nancy Sanchez. A song of urgent beauty…

Borrowing Rick Beato’s list of top 20 keyboard intros of all time… & will add one more.

First of all, I love watching Rick Beato when I'm trying to get motivated to play music again. I never get tired of the top 20 acoustic intros list--it makes me itch to pick up the guitar. So, when I'm feeling listless and need inspiration, the vids help. It's been a roller-coaster of an emotional … Continue reading Borrowing Rick Beato’s list of top 20 keyboard intros of all time… & will add one more.

Q#127: How can you effectively create calluses for guitar practice when you constantly have to wash your hands?

Thanks to Coronavirus and my workplace, I'm washing my hands far more often than ever before. I can't even use the fingerprint scanner on my phone anymore because it can't read it (unless I re-calibrate, but I'm debating on that). The one thing I heard when I first started guitar practice was the need to … Continue reading Q#127: How can you effectively create calluses for guitar practice when you constantly have to wash your hands?

Ten artists who’ve made me want to play music (& blow a few paychecks over it).

Music makes me feel. Whether I'm playing on a crappy day or a great day, or putting in a CD and just letting a fantastic album wash over me, well... music's always been there. It's not surprising to me that I would just go nuts wanting to learn some of my favorite tunes and figure … Continue reading Ten artists who’ve made me want to play music (& blow a few paychecks over it).

#105–Why are there no E-Sharp/F-Flat or B-Sharp/C-Flat keys on the piano?

I have to admit, the repetitive pattern of two black three black two black, etc makes it easier to find one's place on the piano (especially when starting somewhere NOT middle C for us beginners). But I always wondered about those gaps. When you look at the keyboard, where you might expect to find a … Continue reading #105–Why are there no E-Sharp/F-Flat or B-Sharp/C-Flat keys on the piano?