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If You Want It, Just Ask

If You Want It, Just Ask

A few years ago, I walked confidently into a Starbucks brimming with a smile. When I placed my order, I said assertively, “I’ll take a Venti Iced Americano on the house.” The barista stared at me half bewildered/half bedazzled, nodded, then smiled, and said “Yes! You got […]

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, […]

April is International Guitar Month

April is International Guitar Month

Don’t forget to follow your passion! How are you going to celebrate guitar month?

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 […]

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

So, I was writing an article and I realized that the letters in “latent” are the same as in “talent” and I got really excited. I know I’m not the first person to make such lexical discovery, but what I am is a person who […]

Sprinkling Guitar Love in New Terrain

Sprinkling Guitar Love in New Terrain

I have had the absolute privilege to work for an iconic and globally recognized brand like Fender Musical Instruments Corporation for three-and-a-half years. On Nov. 21, 2014, I am turning the page from that riveting chapter to move on to a new, exciting opportunity. In […]

This is What Happens When You’re a Guitarist and You Go Get a Mani/Pedi

This is What Happens When You’re a Guitarist and You Go Get a Mani/Pedi

People freak out when they see something out of the norm, so when I walked into a nail salon the other day with long nails on one hand, short on the other, the employees gathered around me and went like: Sighs. Meanwhile, I desperately tried […]

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 […]

Bad news: I got a flat tire. Good news: I found three guitar picks.

Bad news: I got a flat tire. Good news: I found three guitar picks.

The other day I was driving down the highway and BAM, I realized I had a flat tire (certainly not what you want to experience late at night after a long work day). But suddenly, things shifted in a positive way. I opened my trunk […]