This is what I have hanging in my apt. as a reminder to me of the positive effect I try my best to have with everyone I teach music! Thanks to everyone who has ever written me as I appreciate it VERY much! This is one of the things that keeps me going as we all try to make a positive difference in other people's lives and to know that you have made a positive difference in someone else's life makes it all worth while! Just wanted to share my experience in teaching music. Hope you all have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and I look forward to what 2016 will bring! Here are some of the notes my students and parents wrote to me. Thanks to Maria (Beyond Rock), Robyn (Alec's Mom), Bea (Frank's Mom), Jeanne (Chris's wife), my sisters Carrie & Vickie, my brother Guy, Inger, and last but certainly not least by any means, my Mom!
Thanks for all the kind words and support with my music it means the world to me!
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Welcome to my new music website and Happy New Year 2016! I'm really excited to see what this new year is going to bring as I'm planning on recording my next album entitled, "Frame of Mind" this year! If you'd like to receive a FREE mp3 of my newest song, "Frame of Mind" just sign up for my mailing list to the right.
Thanks so much for the support! It's going to be a busy year so stay tuned for what's next!
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Here are my 6 favorite pics and the link to my BEST 24 pics I've taken so far. My next pic I REALLY want to get is a good "star trails" shot and hopefully I can do that when I visit my friend Thorn, who lives in Canada, in a couple of weeks:
and FINALLY all we need is:
Hope you enjoyed checking out my pics. Here's the link if you want to see the rest of the BEST pics I've taken so far.
Feel free to leave some comments on what you think. Have a GREAT day and remember: CARPE DIEM! (Seize the Day).
"Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don't see it yourself."
But the main reason I'm writing this post and the thing that impresses me the most is that I feel very fortunate that I get to spread happiness and love to others through my music. I always say when I perform if anyone wants to get up and sing with me that's totally cool as I have lyrics and another microphone because as long as we all have fun I don't care what happens! For me music is MY THERAPY, especially after the passing of my father! I've had people come up to me after a show and thank me for playing and this one lady said I literally changed her life. As a musician and artist it's stories like that that keep you going and striving to affect people's lives in a positive way through your music. I think I can speak for every musician in saying it's our goal to touch as many people lives in a positive way as humanly possible. I look forward to the many years ahead of me in performing, writing, recording, and most of all touching as many people's lives as possible. Here are some pics from recent shows this month:
From Jamesport Vineyard 7/5/15 as these people were part of a party bus and we were all dancing and having fun!
A couple (Mary & Dan) who came out to Palmer Vineyard 7/26/15, enjoyed the show, and bought 2 t-shirts as well. Thanks for the support!
This couple (Jorge & Janise) came out to Palmer Vineyard 7/19/15 after I finished playing and I ended up playing a couple songs just acoustic guitar/vocals (no PA System) for them after the show. We sat down with them for about 20 min and had a great conversation with them. They ended up buying my album and tipping me $10 as well, but the thing I appreciate the most is the human connection and great conversation!
This was taken while playing at Sunken Meadow Park on 7/1/15 while I was taking a solo...
I took this picture of the sunset at Sunken Meadow Park one night as I've been getting into photography. This is our view of the beach when we play at SMP as it's beautiful!!!
Getting the crowd involved at a SMP gig 7/1/15 and giving people a chance to actually solo on the guitar themselves. It's fun to do!
Picture with some friends (Sebastian, Melissa, Olivier, my gf Laura, guitar student Frank and his gf) at SMP 7/1/15
Music is the most powerful thing in the world and it can change people's lives. I know this because it has changed my life for the better!
Just wanted to share some stories and experiences I've had in the past month. Thanks so much for the support as it really does mean the world to me! I look forward to what the future holds!
Honestly, getting that program years ago totally changed my life and I use so many of the things I learned from that program in my every day life and it helped me over the years in so many aspects of my life too! From chasing and ultimately LIVING my dreams of playing music for a living to dealing with the passing of my father. I don't know how I would have dealt with my father's passing if I hadn't bought that program and listened to it with an OPEN MIND as it really taught me how to train my brain in the most effective way to get the results I wanted out of life. I mean isn't that what we all want out of life? I mean I'm not saying my life is perfect by any means, but I can say I am happy with the path I have chosen and I love what I do. Anyway, the seminar was AWESOME! There was so much positive energy in that room like I've never seen before in my life and it really got me even more fired up to keep pushing forward with my music and just creating what I desire out of life! I believe that everything derives from the "Law of Attraction" as whatever we think about on a daily basis is what we are ultimately going to attract in our lives! We must believe in ourselves and love ourselves first and foremost and Tony Robbins is a great example of what the human mind is capable of. Tony is the world's #1 personal coaching rock star and has worked with such people as Bill Clinton, The Dali Lama,Oprah, Pat Riley, among many others. I would HIGHLY recommend checking him out because he honestly changed my life for the better! I met so many GREAT people from the seminar, the energy was off the hook, and I look forward to what the future will bring! Have an AMAZING & OUTSTANDING day! CARPE DIEM!
P.S.-- Here are some of the best pics I got from the seminar!
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But here's what REALLY made the night special as I found out FIRST HAND why they called him the "Godfather of Soul!" So he says to the crowd in his typical James Brown voice, "I'm gonna bring out a fine young lady who sings a lot like Janice Joplin. You guys like Janice Joplin?" So everyone cheered and he says again, "No, you guys like JANICE JOPLIN!!?" And everyone cheered even louder! So she came out and sang an entire song by herself and she really had an AMAZING voice! So the next song she did a little improvisation and handed the wireless mic to James and he did a little improvisation. I remember saying to myself, "Ok that was pretty cool...I'm feelin' that." So he handed the mic back to her and she did another improvisation and then as she was handing the mic back to James I was thinking, "I wanna see why they call him the "Godfather of Soul" so being literally at the front of the stage only 5-10 feet away from him and knowing I can project my voice really loud I yelled at the top of my lungs, "Show 'em what ya got Jamesey!" Well, he got on that mic and they say the best things in life are undescribable because I can't describe what made it great! About 4 or 5 notes into his improv he hit this one note and everyone in the audience went nuts at the same time! And it wasn't like some people cheered and then more people started cheering, it was like EVERYONE cheered on the same note at exactly the same time! Like I said I can't tell you what made it great, but it just was and you just knew it was something special! It truly was one of the best performances I've ever seen in my life and now I know first-hand why they called him the "Godfather of SOUL!"
Here is a pic from that night at the Brookhaven Amphitheatre as I had this lady I didn't even know take a few pics for me and she actually sent them to me too!:
I think this is a really cool card to receive from anyone and it inspires me to keep pushing forward and to keep living my dreams. This past November I was in LA at the TAXI Music Conference at a thing called a "Mentor lunch" where you sit down and eat lunch and industry people come around to your table and share advice with you. Well, someone said to me and my friend Thorn, yeah "chasing your dream" huh? We immediately stopped and looked at each other and at the same time said, "No, we're LIVING our dream." I always encourage people to do whatever makes you happy in life. I mean we only have one life and we might as well enjoy it.
I think too many people are too caught up in "paying their bills" instead of creating the life they want to live. If all we do in life is work a job that we really don't like and we do that for 40+ years and are miserable with our lives.....that's NOT living to me! If you're reading this and you're one of those people then I encourage you to start making small changes in your life. Start to create the life you imagine because until then you'll be dreaming of the life you want instead of living it! Here's a cool quote I read that I really like and is relevant to what I'm talking about:
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." -Lao-Tzu
Anyway, I thought I'd share this as I really appreciated this letter very much! It's nice to know that by following my heart and living my dreams I can inspire someone else to live theirs!
1. St. Jude Children's Hospital
2. The Make a Wish Foundation
He was such a genuinely loving person who loved to make people laugh and he gave of himself in hopes to make someone else's life better and to me that's one of the best gifts you can give this world. During a time where there is utter chaos with everything that is happening with cops being shot in cold blood over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and people really just losing their minds, let's remember Robin Williams' legacy! It was a LEGACY OF LOVE! What matters most is we lend a hand to our fellow man! So let's spread KINDNESS, spread JOY, spread LAUGHTER, and most of all spread LOVE to one another!!!
Here is my little tribute to Robin Williams and a canvas that I found that says it all, especially the last 2 words: CARPE DIEM! (from Dead Poets Society)
...and finally the pic montage I put together in dedication to Robin Williams! May his soul R.I.P. You will be forever missed, but you are also forever LOVED!
...and finally a 1 min video tribute to Robin Williams!:
CARPE DIEM MY CAPTAIN!
"Belief" by John Mayer:
1. Find a good teacher! -- Make sure the teacher is PASSIONATE about music and playing guitar! Are they a performing musician? If so I'd suggest go see them perform live so you get an idea of what they sound like and what they can actually do in a live performance.
2. When you are first learning something, SLOW IT DOWN! -- So many players try to learn something new and try to play it as fast as possible and play it sloppy as hell. I GUARANTEE you that if you slow it down you will actually pick it up 10x quicker because you are teaching your brain and fingers to do it right the right way over and over instead of messing it up over and over.
3. Learn to strum FIRST! (Beginners) -- I've noticed over the years that most teachers show how to fret chords first and when they try to learn a song, they have NO RHYTHM at all. If you learn how to strum with your right hand FIRST and just mute the strings with your left hand you can do. It's very difficult to explain this without showing someone in person, but I'm going to give it a shot!
**(In order to find the quarter note in the song just listen to the drums as the snare drum (in 4/4) is always on beats 2 &4!)**
1. Quarter note rhythm: Count "1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &" for this rhythm. Do a down stroke (1) and on the second down stroke, which is the &, do NOT hit the strings, but still count the &. So it's basically 2 down strokes and you count "1 &" and you only hit the first down stroke.
2. Eighth note rhythm: Also Count "1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &" for this rhythm. Do a down stroke (1) and on the second down stroke, which is the &, you HIT the strings this time. So it's basically 2 down strokes and you count "1 &" and you hit the strings on both down strokes.
3. Sixteenth note rhythm: Count this "1e&a, 2e&a, 3e&a, 4e&a" for this rhythm. The ONLY difference between this rhythm and eighth note is that you will be hitting the UP STROKES too! If you notice you're still counting the "1 &", but now after the 1 you have to come back up right? Well, that's the "e". So here it is broken down:
Make sure you keep your RIGHT hand moving the entire time when strumming!
Once you get those rhythms down and pretty comfortable learn a few chord shapes (Em, D, C are the easiest) and try to do 4 beats for each chord with each rhythm separately. The KEY to strumming is keeping your RIGHT HAND moving at ALL times, even if you totally screw up the chord! Your left hand will eventually follow your right hand, but most importantly you will have a much better sense and feel for the rhythm!
*TRY THIS: Put the song "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" on and mute the strings and try to play along with the song using all 3 rhythms. It's a slower song so it's a good one to start out with.
Good luck and if you have any questions at all feel free to e-mail me at Archs21@aol.com
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1. Music Marketing for the DIY Musician by Bobby Borg
Bobby Borg is a Berklee Music graduate with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. I met Bobby almost 10 years ago at the TAXI Music Conference in LA and I bought his first book entitled, "A Musician's Handbook" and loved it! It was so easy to read (unlike other books written by Lawyers) and very informative too! So this November I went to Bobby's seminar and saw he had his new book, "Music Marketing for the DIY Musician" and I immediately bought it!
I think being a DIY musician like myself you look for any edge in knowledge you can acquire and I feel the knowledge in this book will take my marketing for my music to the next level. I HIGHLY recommend checking out BOTH his books!
Check out www.BobbyBorg.com for more info.
2. MONEY: Master the Game by Tony Robbins
Tony Robbins is the #1 personal coach with over 25 years of experience working with more than 50 million people from over 100 countries. Back in 1998 I bought Tony's CD collection called, "Personal Power II: The Driving Force" and to say it changed my life for the better would be an understatement. I has molded the way I think about life and has helped me more than anything I've ever done! I use what I learned from those CD's every day and that helped me deal with my father's passing at every level. I'm just 34 pages into the book and I'm really excited to keep reading and see how it will take my knowledge on money to the next level. Here's what a few people have to say about his newest book:
"A gold mine of money-making information" --Steve Forbes (Forbes Magazine)
"Tony's power is superhuman...he is a catalyst for getting people to change." --Oprah Winfrey (Emmy Award-winning media magnate)
"He has a great gift. He has the gift to inspire." --Bill Clinton (Former President of the United States)
Visit www.TonyRobbins.com for more info
Check out one of my performances at the Music Conference below:
"Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don't see it in yourself."
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