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Solving Trust Issues

At some point in our lives we have all been deceived into trusting someone who betrayed us.  The depth of our setback depended on how deeply involved we were at the time we discovered the betrayal.  How much of our lives did we waste involved with someone who betrayed us before we found out?  There must be a way to find out early enough to avoid wasting time and energy with these people. 

Fun With Music And Nature

A great way to get in tune with your environment and have fun doing it is to listen to the different pitches in your environment and match them with your instrument.

Are you a "starving artist "?

I hear this term used most often among singer-songwriters. Although the reasons may vary, the bottom line starving artist is that they are unable to make a living making music.

A communication with nature

I grew up in Hazleton, Pa., a small city that was once surrounded by wilderness.  This was convenient for us as children to go hiking in the woods.  Being away from the city and in the woods with the fresh and fragrant air, and the only noise being the sound of trees rustling in the wind, animals rustling in the brush, babbling brooks, and frogs and birds chirping, and the occasional roar of a black bear, brought a sense of peace within my soul.  Ok, maybe not the black bear, but everything else. At the time, I wasn't sure exactly what it was that brought this sense of peace.  I only knew I belonged there.  One of my favorite places to hang out was the reservoir in Stockton, just outside of Hazleton.  I would sometimes go there with friends, build a campfire, sit on the rocks and play my guitar.

 

One day I had a date with a beautiful red haired girl who also liked to sing and play guitar.  I took her to the reservoir.

Learning by teaching

I have discovered in my 10 years of teaching that one of the best ways to learn is to teach.

Time magement for effective practice

Often times we want to practice our instrument or craft to develop our skills to a point where we can turn that craft into art, but there doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day to get everything done that we would like to do.  That's where time management comes in.

Mastering difficult tasks

All tasks, including reading or playing music, have varying degrees of difficulty.  You may find some things easy and some portions of the same task difficult. When learning a new musical piece, it is most effective to play through the entire piece to the best of your ability without stopping.  This way you get to see where the difficult parts and easy parts are.  Once you have determined the difficult parts, play them as slowly as you need to play them and still be able to read through them without stopping, from beginning to end of the difficult passage.

Everything is music

 Music is a combination of pitches and rhythm. Pitch and rhythm are all around you. You'll find it in people's voices, birds, insects, traffic, the wind.  If you listen closely, your entire environment is a symphony.

Working together

One of my favorite TV series is "Ancient Aliens".  In one of the episodes it is mentioned that theorists believe that there is a code programmed into our DNA that causes us to work against each other.

Success In The Music Business

  Many of us view success as being well known, well loved, and making tons of money, which is why so many performers try for that golden ring.  Although there are rare instances when that success is handed to you, 99.9999% of the times you have to work for it. 

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