Music and Nature

Guild Starfire II Bass guitar

Building Better Bass Skills

Who doesn’t love a song with a good beat that you can dance to? Regardless of the genre people get up and dance when a tight rhythm section drives the groove. Recently I decided I wanted to write a few original tunes from the ground up and wanted some help creating funky, memorable bass lines. […]

electric guitar

Is Eric Clapton’s Used Guitar Worth A Million Dollars?

I’m always impressed with musicians whose gear is so old and worn it’s a miracle they get any tone out of it at all, Willie Nelson’s guitar, Trigger, comes to mind. How many hours of practicing repetitive scales does it take to wear out a guitar’s maple or rosewood fretboard — or dig a new […]


I do my best to make a habit of waking up every morning before 6:00 a.m. to listen to the multi-layered cacophony of songbirds from my deck. It’s a magical time of day that I find inspiring and rejuvenating. It’s never the same “concert” twice!

“Speak to the earth and it shall teach thee”

Job 12:8

What can I learn from these special moments that applies to my own music? Firstly, I’m reminded of how important it is to listen. Every voice may contain a hidden melody, some unique phrasing you may not have heard before. In my case, Robins and Blue Jays battle it out for sonic turf like the Jets and the Sharks in West Side Story – – each group trying to outdo the other in decorative plumage and song.

I appreciate and pay closest attention to the varying rhythms, the staccato bursts, exhaustingly long trills; like passages in a complicated classical solo. When I’m fortunate, this can inform my drum beat, my bass groove.

Every morning is another opportunity to declare your independence from the limiting beliefs that keep you from being creative. Set yourself free!


Born on this day (July, 4)