October 22

It Takes a Lot of Love

What takes a lot of love. “It” does, whatever “It” is for you. For me, “It” is music, “It” is friendship. “It” is anything you care about. One of my favorite songs is “Lotta Love” by Nicolette Larson. The reason why: She’s right!

To change the way things are for you, from worse to better, it’s gonna take a lot of love. Listen to the lyrics yourself, their beautiful.

My mother listened to this song when I was little and it wasn’t until recently that it became my favorite son. It makes me cry and smile at the same time, and that’s what good music is supposed to do in my opinion. I hope to be as talented as her one day.

If you don’t see “eye to eye” with your dream, you need to show it some love. Do “It” with the music you love. Love with the people around you. Love with working “through the night”.

You can do “It”!

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October 10

Listening to the Music You Love

If you went to public high school then you might know what it’s like to listen to music that other’s don’t like and being made fun of because of it. Every generation has fads that are mocked by other fads. Today, I want to say “screw the bullies” and listen to the music you love no matter what others say. I play the guitar with my partner, but I honestly also love listening to reggae sometimes, especially in the summer.

My family caught me listening to reggae once and I became the target of their mockery over Christmas holidays because they thought reggae was beneath them. They couldn’t be more wrong. Just to get back at them I put on a reggae Christmas album and they quickly changed their minds about the genre. Soon they were listening to reggae too. If I hadn’t stood up for myself and the music I like, it would’ve been embarrassing on my part. Don’t listen to what others have to say. Just listen to the music you love whatever it is.

You might like death metal even though all your best friends love wearing pink. But just like you wouldn’t make fun of them for wearing pink, they shouldn’t pick on you for liking death metal. And if they do, you might want to tell them straight up that it’s not nice. If they don’t listen, you might want to find some friends that wear black like you do.

I hope this message gives people the motivation they need to be themselves when it comes to the music they love. I wish someone had told me this when I was in high school. I might have started playing the guitar professionally a lot sooner if I didn’t care what others thought about my musical tastes.

So enjoy your music!

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September 3

Setting a Tone for Quality Services

tone and good service

I believe there’s a music behind good services, and here’s how to set the tone to play that music well. Get ready for an flood of metaphors.

In music, a tone is something the musician uses to set the tone so to speak. You know when people say “I don’t like your tone”? That’s what they mean, how your voice sounds. And the science behind setting a good tone for a quality service is by providing the service for the right reasons in the first place.

When I make music and people tell me it sounded good, I chose the right tone. But if I had too many drinks or I’m playing music at a gig just to make a quick buck, my tone can be all wrong and listeners notice. I wish they would point it out more often, because if you can master setting a good tone people will appreciate your services more.

There are billions of different services around the world that people provide for each other–whether it’s masonry or landscaping, appliance repair or magical tricks at a birthday party–but the science behind setting a good tone is the same for each one.

Imagine a magician who didn’t care about entertaining people and only wanted to go around and make money from people. He might as well be a beggar with a hat out! It’s the same with musicians, and that’s why only the passionate ones who really want to make good art are the ones who become successful at it.

So if you want to provide a good service and have people appreciate it, the first step is coming at it with the right attitude so that you complete it with a good tone.

Wasn’t that simple?

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July 20

Why Playing Guitar is Hard

guitar case on the street

The reason why guitar playing is hard? Let’s explore the answer together. Now we know that there are many guitar players out there who would say it’s easy, but they most likely have a natural talent and/or started playing guitar when they were very young, like a prodigy. So this question is more so for all the other people–the majority–who either don’t have a natural talent or only started playing after they were full-grown adults.

The truth of why guitar playing is difficult for the rest of us is for the same reason learning to play the piano is hard or why doing anything articulate with your fingers is–things your fingers aren’t used to doing because you don’t have the neural pathways in your brain developed yet to make it a subconscious effort–is hard.

After you practice something enough, you no longer have to consciously be aware of every little nuance; your subconscious takes over and that’s around when guitar players can sing and play at the same time, or play the harmonica and guitar at the same time. This is because they’re no longer consciously considering every little string and move of their fingers. It’s all free-flowing.

So the answer is, if you want guitar playing to become easy and you only just started learning how to play, you must practice as much as possible till the point where you no longer need to focus all your thought-power on the music. After enough practice, it will become easy, but there will always be that learning phase where it’s very difficult. The less used you are to making complex movements with your fingers, the harder it will be. With that said, it will also be more fulfilling once you get good at it, so keep in there, and thanks for reading our new blog.

Good luck!

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