Enter the Jazz Guitar Dragon

Enter the Jazz Guitar Dragon

  I've been ruminating today on this quote by Bruce Lee: “Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming. Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for...

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The biggest “mistake” of all

The biggest “mistake” of all

  Do you know one of the biggest stumbling blocks is getting started with jazz guitar? This is a big one: Thinking you need to sound perfect right from the start. Ironically, this is one of the things that will block you from improving with jazz. Here's why:...

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You CAN teach an old dog new tricks

You CAN teach an old dog new tricks

  As the old saying goes... "You can't teach an old dog new tricks". We all know that, right? But... It's 100% untrue. For humans at least. Check this out: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170828-the-amazing-fertility-of-the-older-mind This article dispels many...

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Do you need to be black to play jazz?

  Here's an interesting sentiment I get from jazz teachers and other players from time to time: "In the end, you really have to be American to be able to play jazz well, people from other countries just don't get it." (This was the words of a Canadian by the...

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