Monthly Archives: December 2016

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I’ll tell you about some of the people I’m currently teaching. There’s 2 classical musicians who want to improvise, there’s a comedian who wants to write well structured songs quickly, there’s a kid who wants to play Adele, there’s a guitarist who wants to play piano better, there’s a musical theatre actor who is looking for clarity re: how to jam with people, there’s a song-writer who wants an honest response to what’s good or what’s boring when I listen to her song-writing and how to add hot sauce to it and others with other issues I’ll write up for another post.

What are they doing? All are learning how to play and improvise blues piano or African influenced ostinatos in various keys. Some are analyzing Joni Mitchell technique and others the Beatles, Ben Folds, Burt Bacharach – this reflects questions they bring to me or strategies I supply. Some want me to play and then stop me when I do something they want to copy, then I slow it down and they try to tattoo it onto their brain. There are other licks and techniques I teach the way other teachers would start with scales, and we work at getting them to utilize those techniques for ease and speed into their playing (there are scales too). Often we record what we did so they can review it at home.


And for everyone who asks about teaching cats yes I still do that as well.

Quick quiz  – did I teach the cat below to play minor seconds in free time or is it coincidence?

Go to the music lessons section of my website or write

What Probably Happened


“Ok guys there’s this skinny white boy named Rider and he leads 6 little talking puppies who have backpacks strapped to them containing amazing gizmos from pop-up x-ray machines to miniature helicopters and they rescue people who have got there cars stuck in ice or wedged their ankles between rocks, you know how that happens, also we play the rock theme song about every 3 seconds.

We only need about 2 million dollars to start. Whatdya say?”

“Sounds really creative, how about 3 million?”