Friday, May 31, 2013

Fantastic quote on the creative process

By Ira Glass:

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My new favourite Pick

A trip through my local music store unearthed a hidden gem to me; The Dunlop Jazz Tone series. Specifically the 208. LOVE this thing. Nice solid contact, rolls over the string edges nice. Really good clear tone. Took me zero work to get used to and increased my picking speed and accuracy by a noticeable (to me!) amount.

The cheapest way to improve your sound and possibly help your technique is your pick. Plectrum for you UK types! I firmly believe that no matter how much you think you like the one you are using, switch it up every once in a while... or at least try to. I used to stubbornly use a specific pick for years.. decades... Then one day I tried a new thing and have never looked back. You may be surprised at the gains.

It's fun and inexpensive too. All good.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Learn to play as a chile learns to speak

This player - and his views, have had a profound effect on me as a musician. What an eloquent and talented human being. Victor - you are a gift to us brother. Thank you for all that you do.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Great iPad or iPhone app

I have been working with this great little app for my iPhone and iPad called Chordbot. It really is a great and simple little application that allows you to get simple backing tracks up and going in seconds. I highly recommend checking it out. You can really take your practice portable as this app. Using just the device's speakers and an unplugged guitar, you have a perfect neighbour-friendly practice tool.

BTW - I have ZERO affiliation with these people, just passing it around as I have found it something worth sharing. Check out their site ( for a full rundown. It has loads of features.