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NEW VIDEO ALERT! Mateo y Paulina Perform Metal Classics on Nylon

NEW VIDEO ALERT! Mateo y Paulina Perform Metal Classics on Nylon

Yeah, that’s right! I’m in a band, our name is Mateo y Paulina, and we had our debut performance in Scottsdale in October and totally crushed it! Hahah. If you’ve heard of Rodrigo y Gabriela, you’ll get the reason behind the inspiration for our name. […]

Yoga of Guitar in Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Yoga of Guitar in Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Earlier this year I attended a somewhat unconventional type of yoga class, the Yoga of Guitar, and it’s an understatement to say it changed my life. Josh Brill, the instructor, taught me how to use my guitar as a means to meditate and achieve mindfulness, […]

Boy Saving Money for Guitar Donates Cash to Stranger, Gets Surprise of a Lifetime

Boy Saving Money for Guitar Donates Cash to Stranger, Gets Surprise of a Lifetime

Grab your tissue box because this one’s a tearjerker. A 10-year-old boy from West Memphis, Ark., named Max learned of a tragic car accident in which a local young man he’d never met perished. He felt the urge to pitch in for the funeral, and […]

If You Play Steel-String But Want to Explore Classical, Read This

If You Play Steel-String But Want to Explore Classical, Read This

I recently penned a piece for Acoustic Guitar magazine titled “10 Things Steel-String Players Should Know About Classical Guitar.” It’s geared (get it? geared 😉 ) towards players who primarily play steel-string, but are curious about trying out classical guitar. Although they’re both acoustic guitars, […]

My Piece Is on the Front Cover of Acoustic Guitar Magazine

My Piece Is on the Front Cover of Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Landing the cover of a magazine is any writer’s dream. But in my case, it’s not just any magazine – it’s Acoustic Guitar, a magazine I read religiously when I first started to play guitar at 15. Given my background in classical guitar, I was […]

New Video Alert! Água e Vinho Featuring Matt Solis and Yours Truly

New Video Alert! Água e Vinho Featuring Matt Solis and Yours Truly

My good friend Matt Solis and I got together recently to make some music, and the result is below! What you’re hearing is “Água e Vinho,” a track by Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti (Água e Vinho is Portuguese for water and wine). May you bask […]

How Guitarists Operate in the Kitchen

How Guitarists Operate in the Kitchen

I just liked Jessica Alba a lot more. Her company, The Honest Co., released a video featuring two rockers going about cleaning the dishes in full, blown-out rock star mode, very much like yours truly (ok, not really, but somewhat). Watch below: What is no exaggeration […]

Father’s Day Gift Guide for Guitarists

Father’s Day Gift Guide for Guitarists

If your dad plays guitar, or maybe ever aspired to be a guitarist, then you should check out this father’s day gift guide for guitarists I wrote for Guitar World magazine’s Acoustic Nation. You’ll be so smitten with these items that you’ll want one of them for yourself, […]

My Childhood in 12 Songs or Fewer

My Childhood in 12 Songs or Fewer

You know that song that you listen to, and it immediately transports you to a certain place and time? That’s precisely what this list is about… It’s a list of songs that, early on, helped shape and define my musical taste, interests, and ultimately my career […]

Just Like When Playing Guitar, Visualize What You Want for Things to Materialize

Just Like When Playing Guitar, Visualize What You Want for Things to Materialize

While playing one of my favorite songs on classical guitar (Etude No. 14 by Italian composer and guitarist Matteo Carcassi), I had a revelation. When playing guitar, you have to anticipate and visualize (key word visualize) the frets that you’re playing next, just like I did […]