Too Good For Your Own Good?

The passing of Alan Holdsworth has me thinking about “virtuoso” guitarists. If you have never heard of Alan Holdsworth, that is my point. Although he was a highly skilled player with amazing technique and was highly respected by professional musicians, outside of guitar players, fusion, and prog rock circles I doubt many people know him. It’s a common sad story that...

Earliest Musical Memories

When I was a little kid my family and I would walk up to the small church on the corner on Sunday nights. And sit on really hard wooden pews. And sometimes a huge bus would pull up and park in the church driveway, and a singing group would come out of the bus and give a concert. And I would like that a lot, especially if the music was lively...

Don't You Hate It 6

Don't you hate it when you go camping way out in the desert. Far from civilization. And one night you see a really cool blue beam of light coming from the sky. So you go to investigate. And when you get close...

RocknRoller Multi-Cart R2RT Micro Review

Electric guitar players typically have a lot of gear. Guitars, amps, pedals, pedalboards, stands, etc. Which is great when you are playing at home. But it less than great when have to move a lot of it. If you play in a band or with friends, you know what a hassle it can be to haul everything around... 

Sea Monsters Of Old And Marshmallows

I awoke and found myself at the ocean. I had no memory of how I got there. The sky was cinematic gray. As I began to walk along the beach I was alone. Then the whole world began to shake like I was in a Jason Bourne movie. I felt ill. So I ran. Eventually I fell down on the sand. The shaking stopped. I looked out at the crashing waves and suddenly Leviathan, The Kraken, The Giant Squid, and several other sea monsters of old appeared near the shore. One by one...

It Makes Me Wonder

Because I occasionally buy guitar supplies online, I end up seeing online advertising for gaudy t-shirts that are a variation on the theme “I’m cool because I play guitar.” My friends and family already know I play guitar. And they know I’m not cool. So who is this t-shirt message for? If I walk into...