Tag: Guitar

Simplicity: the Essence of Elegance

Simplicity: the Essence of Elegance

By Pauline France To my father, who by example taught us the art of living simply, and who coined the saying “simplicity is the essence of elegance.” There was a point in my life where, for four months, the only possessions I had were my […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

MAKERS.com Pays Homage to Mia Hamm, Picks Up My Tweet

MAKERS.com Pays Homage to Mia Hamm, Picks Up My Tweet

I‘ve got a confession to make: at one point in my life, I wanted to be a professional soccer player. When I was 13 I saw a group of kick-ass female soccer players on TV – the United States women’s national soccer team. I was […]

Teenager Plays Guitar While Shooting Some Bball

Teenager Plays Guitar While Shooting Some Bball

You think singing and playing guitar simultaneously requires serious skills? How about shooting some hoops AND playing guitar at the same time? Ben Lapps from Masion, Ohio, proved it is possible. The 19-year-old fingerstyle acoustic guitarist played a cool riff and started bouncing his basketball, […]