Pre-Thanksgiving Updates

Hey everybody,

Just a few quick updates in chronological order.


Guit-A-Grip is going to have a refocus which will be of interest to readers interested in the Music Business side and career sustainability.

For those of you who have ever read a book and thought, “Hey I can do that!”  You probably can – but there are some things you might not have counted on.   My latest post on Guit-A-Grip shows a little accounting slight of hand from Amazon and details the good bad and ugly of self-publishing (replace the words “book” and “publishing” with “recording” and “music business” and many of the same observations apply) here.

There’s also a new podcast on project management up.  If you’ve decided to hit that New Years resolution early – this podcast might be of interest.


A gear review of the Positive Grid Jam Up and Jam Up Pro app for iPhone and iPad got reviewed here and I would have had a review of their new BIAS software (which looks like the real deal) but my iPad was too outdated. Positive Grid IS working on an iPhone version and I should be testing that when the Beta version is out.  In the meantime you can read some overviews here.

TrueFire Guitar Guru Chris Buono sat down and gave an in-depth interview on teaching, performing, gear, endorsements and more.  That interview should be up on guitar-muse this Thursday.

It looks like there will be at least one more gear review, one more interview and one more lesson on Guitar-Muse before years end, and I’ll post that info when I have it.

A lost gig

Ah….I forgot – it turns out that the 1 gig I got to play with the Children of Mu project last year  was recorded by mastermind/drummer  Justin Wierbonski.  If you like the Onibaba stuff or the Daren Burns stuff you might dig this as well.

You can stream or download the track here.

“The Children of Mu live at Bar 4 from 7.12.12. 100% improvised. Recorded with an Optimus CTR-115 Hand Held Cassette Recorder and a Radio Shack 33-306 microphone.”

Steven Husted – Bass
John (Lavibora) Aleman – Guitar
Nick Herman – Percussion
Scott Collins – Guitar
Justin Wierbonski – Drums


In the meantime, I’ve been playing some low key gigs and open mics to prep for some acoustic and electric recordings  I’m trying to get out the door by the end of the year, writing a book on practicing and editing the pentatonic extraction book.  It’s a lot coming down the pike but it’s good stuff and I hope you dig it!

As always, thanks for reading!


My New (Free) Melodic Minor Extraction Lesson Is Now Up On Guitar-Muse

Hello everybody!

The Power of Pentatonic Extraction

I’ve posted a few times about one of the new books that I’m working on, Pentatonic Extractions, and I’m really psyched about how its coming together so far.  It’s going to cover a lot of material in an easy and accessible way and make a great addition to the series.

But you’ll get to see what I’m talking about yourself as the good people at have been kind enough to allow me to adapt some material from Pentatonic Extractions for a lesson on the site.  There’s theory, audio and tab for some ideas that will probably get you shooed of the next open blues jam – but I really dig ’em and I hope you will too!  You can check that out here.

More on that Muse of Guitar

All of the audio examples were recorded with the JamUp Pro app by Positive Grid which is just an incredibly useful app.  I’ll have a full review for that coming up for Guitar-Muse, along with some other reviews, player profiles and interviews.

And For those of you who wish to guit a grip….

Guit-a-grip is going to be serializing chapters from my book, Nothing Ever Got Done With An Excuse, which chronicles the processes and observations I used to release the first four books of the GuitArchitecture series in 5 months.  If you want to get a hold on a project (or a late new-years resolution), this series will definitely help motivate you and keep you on track.  Look for a new podcast this week.

More soon!  As always, thanks for reading!

New Pentatonic Lesson On Guitar Muse

Hey Everyone!

The apartment I was supposed to move into still isn’t ready so I’m on week 3 of living out of boxes.  Having regular internet access now makes posting things easier in the meantime.

Visualizing The Pentatonic Scale

Guitar-Muse just posted a column I wrote on how to play the pentatonic scale anywhere on the fingerboard.  The process behind it is a key component of how I break things down on the fingerboard and it’s a short excerpt from my much longer Pentatonic Book available on  Lulu.

Book Cover Full

You can check that lesson out here.

More things in the pipeline as well.

As always, thanks for reading!


Updates ‘R Us

Hey everyone,

Just a few quick updates here.

12-Tone Guitar Book And Other GuitArchitecture books

I got the print edition back and it looks great!

Along those lines all of the books are getting proper covers this year.  The ebook covers have already been updated on my lulu order page.  But here are some roughs in the meantime.


Chord Scales Cover Front And Back

Here are some stills from the e-books – but the print editions will be all updated by March.









There are some new Guitar-Muse posts up as well.  I have a Hendrix lesson that’s up now and an exclusive review of the new ZT Amps Extortion pedal that should be up mid week.

I’ll be interviewing Eric Klerks (Magic Band guitarist) and Fernando Vigueras for future posts, and will have a number of gear-related posts to go up as well.

I’m hoping the Ridgely Snow article will FINALLY see the light of day and I’ll have some other player profiles this spring.

Other Updates

Look for some short 12-tone lessons over the next month.  Also I’ll be going into recording mode for February/March to get some long overdue things out the door.  I have another music business/personal motivation book coming out on Kindle this year and possibly some Kindle titles as well.

I’ve had a couple of requests to have my Kindle books in physical form.  That may happen before the end of the year – but there are a few other developments in the pipeline, so we’ll have to see what happens there first.

Finally, I had an interview with Publisher’s Weekly about the plight of the indie musician and indie author.  I think we talked for an hour.  One or two quotes from it should be showing up in that publication in the next couple of weeks.  I’ll post a link when I have it.

Now it’s off to battle snow, groceries and laundry.

Have a good week everyone!

12-Tone Book Update And A ZT Amps Junior Review On Guitar-Muse

Hello Everyone,

Just a few quick updates here.

First, my 12-tone book is in the final stages of editing.  I’m just cleaning up text and typos and working on the cover design.  I hope to have it out by early February.

Secondly, I just wrote a new review for ZT Amps Junior Amp for Guitar Muse.  You can read that review here.

For anyone interested, I have a series of interviews, reviews, tips and lessons there as well.  You can fin that here.

Or just the lessons below.

And a

Jason Becker Documentary Announcement (and lesson)

Jimmy Rosenberg Player Profile (and lesson)

Alex Masi Player Profile (and lesson)

Vinnie Vincent Player Profile (and lesson)

A Rhythmic Ear Training Lesson with Steve Vai’s Velorum

Pragmatic Guitar Soloing Tips

A farewell to exercises and a warm-up lick

Playing With Spiders (or getting more from the 1-2-3-4)

As always, thanks for reading!


Interview With ZT Amp’s Ken Kantor Now Up on Guitar-Muse

Hello everyone!

This is just a short update of some recent going ons that may be of interest to you.


I have some new articles up on Guitar-Muse and some more on the way:

  • Today’s article is an interview I did with Ken Kantor (ZT Amps).   (You can read it here). Ken really knocked me out with his ability to take complex ideas and articulate them in an accessible way.
  • Part 4 of the  “Evolution of a live rig” series
  • Player Profile / Lesson on Ridgely Snow
  • Player Profile / Lesson on Vlatko Stefanovski
  • Player Profile / Lesson on José Peixoto
  • Interview with bassist/Magic Band guitarist/Jack of all Jacks Eric Klerks
  • reviews, interviews and other lessons in the pipeline.


Rough Hewn Trio is supposed to get mixed before the end of the year, and I just haven’t found a studio I dig/can afford to track the acoustic ep (but I will and it’ll be cool)!

12 What?

Oh man oh man – the 12 Tone Pattern Improv book is kicking my ass, but this edition is going to be really cool.  Look for a lot of guitar-specific applications and some cool ideas.

In other words, a long series of days and nights ahead….hopefully with some good things to show for it.

As always, thanks for reading!


New Guitar-Muse Articles Are Now Online And Other Updates

Hello everyone!

This is just a short update of some recent going ons that may be of interest to you.


I have some new articles up on Guitar-Muse and some more on the way.

The first article is part 3 of the (surprisingly popular) “Evolution of a live rig” series and the second article  is an interview with experimental guitarist and composer Marco Oppedisano.

In other GM news, player profiles continue with lessons from the works of Ridgely Snow, Vlatko Stefanovski and José Peixoto.  An interview with Ken Kantor (ZT Amps) has ben conducted and should be up soon and upcoming interviews with Magic Band guitarist/bassist/ Jack of all Jacks Eric Klerks and bassist/composer Darren Burns will get scheduled soon.  A cd review are also on the docket.


I’m currently finishing up work on commissioned soundtrack for Page Of Madness (aka A Page out of Order) which will be part of the CalArts library. The Rough Hewn Trio Ep will be done before the end of the year and I plan on finishing my acoustic guitar EP by then as well.   I’m slated to be on a future Mandorla net release compilation and on the new Onibaba recording before the end of the year as well.

Kindle Books

I’m currently putting the finishing touches on a book of music business essays for Kindle.  There’s a project management book (also for Kindle) that’s getting a heavy revision and a Pentatonic lesson series I’m experimenting with.  If that experiment goes well – I may adapt my modal approach into a short lesson series. I’ll have to see how it goes…

Book – Books

For those of you who still like physical books, I’m planning on a relaunch for the 12-Tone improvisation book that will be more directly related to guitar.  I’ve already done the bulk of the revision and now I just have to clean up the examples and text further.  I hope to have it out on Lulu in time for Christmas.

In other words, a long series of days and nights ahead….hopefully with some good things to show for it.

Right now I’m getting over a cold so it’s more cold medicine and then back to this page of madness score.

As always, thanks for reading!