Thumbpick vs Fingers vs Nails vs

Thumbpick vs Fingers vs Nails vs Pick’n’Claw

I’m in the midst of an internal debate.  What picking technique to I invest practice time in? I’ve played with picks, of course, over the years. Especially for electric. I’ve use my fingers and not-so-long nails for acoustic.  Especially for fingerstyle. I’ve experimented with Chet-Atkins-Tommy-Emmanuel style thumbpicks. But I’m not satisfied with my progress on any of these fronts.  Where …

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Free Book: Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t (by Steven Pressfield)

Steven Pressfield, popular author on the creative process, just gave away his latest book.  Get a free digital copy of “Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t” by clicking here (Available in formats for Kindle/Nook/iTunes/PDF/etc.). Why get the book?  Because Steven Pressfield has done an amazing job of addressing the problems that plague creative folks, from pianists to playwrights.  His most …

Read More Online Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons Review: Funky Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons Online

A while back, I took a look at online lessons for fingerstyle guitar.  As modern acoustic fingerstyle playing has grown in popularity, so have the options for lessons.  There’s video courses (like JamPlay), tab sites (like, Skype lessons (like Callum Graham), etc. One of the sites I looked at was the site.  Run by Adam Rafferty, is a membership …

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Decoster Table

Your Workspace Is Important

In an interview with DART: Design Art Daily, Jeffrey Decoster makes a great observation about an artist’s workspace: The idea is for it be inviting when I’m not working, and for it not to fight me when I’m in a groove. I used to think these were secondary matters but it’s so enjoyable to work in a space that has …

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How to Import Tracks From Music Memos App to GarageBand

How to Move Tracks From Music Memos App to GarageBand

The new Music Memos app from Apple is a welcome upgrade for musicians who have been using the Voice Memos app to record song ideas.  Music Memos allows you to record in uncompressed audio, add drums, add bass lines, make notes, and export to GarageBand. Why Would You Export to GarageBand? The quality of your Voice Memos recording probably won’t …

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