Welcome to the first episode of a series where I teach you how to play my music!
I’m focusing my efforts on this series over the 5 minute tutorials because I feel that they will be more helpful to people. We’ll go over specific techniques I use in the songs so that you can learn my song or add some more tools to your arsenal!
Grab your guitar, and let’s get started!
The drive to NYC went fairly smoothly with the expected delays. My generous friends and hosts Genai & Jacob put out a cheese and vegetable spread. Then we promptly crashed to be well rested for the day ahead.
After waking up and getting ready, I got some food from a food truck and picnicked at Sunset Park in Brooklyn.
After running some errands, practicing, and more eating, I attended my first rooftop party! The panoramic shot won’t upload, so instead, here’s a weird failed panorama. I assure you that the view was quite pretty:
Edit: Yay! Got the panorama to load!
I got together with some old bandmates to jam before eating loads of pizza and attending an Avishai Cohen concert. Avishai Cohen is my favorite touring act at present, and he hardly performs in the US, so it was an honor.
I got to play at the Hollow Nickel in Brooklyn. Really great crowd, awesome host, and a goofy, light-hearted vibe for the evening. Got a lot of great advice on how to improve my act as well!
No NYC experience would be complete without being given a parking ticket in a residential area without any signs that indicated restrictions. My EZ-Pass also malfunctioned on my way out of the city. Imagine the lovely line of patient NYC drivers who were stuck behind me because the cross bar wouldn’t lift to let me through. Anywhoo, on to Connecticut!
“Canadian Catapult” has been one of my favorite pieces to play out and is almost always a part of my set list. For this third and final Living Room Session video, videographer Todd Gorman used his GoPro on the headstock of my guitar to get a unique angle on the action. Without further ado:
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What’s the story?
The Canadian Guitar Festival is a gathering of contemporary fingerstyle guitar enthusiasts and a great place to meet like-minded acoustic guitar lovers. I had the opportunity to go last year with Trevor Gordon Hall. It was an eye-opening experience: to be surrounded by so many incredible guitarists and warm-heared people really made me happy to be a part of this growing community.
The festival also made me realize that I had to work harder to not only improve as a guitarist, but also to find my voice as a composer and performer. It dawned on me that in my current state, I wasn’t doing much to advance the scene; I was only maintaining the status quo.
After returning from the festival, I was simultaneously discouraged and inspired. Discouraged because there were so many people who were leaps and bounds better and more talented guitarists than I was; how could I possibly compete? Inspired when I realized that this scene isn’t about about competition. Everyone has their part to play. I just had to find mine.
With that epiphany, I’ve been working on a revised direction for my music. It’ll be a little while before I’m ready to share it with the world, but I do feel that it’ll be much more reflective of my artistic vision than anything else I’ve done!
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Well, my performance from TEDxStanford is finally up thanks to the hard-working folks behind this massive undertaking. Without further ado, here’s the video of my performance!
It was amazing listening to all the brilliant speakers and getting a chance to spend some time with them. I’ll be sharing their talks on my Facebook page in the coming months. Some non-TEDx highlights from my adventure to California:
- My flight was delayed due to mechanical failure. Glad they caught it while we were still on the ground
- Because of this I got put-up at a really nice hotel suit compliments of Delta Airlines (I give a video tour on my Instagram)
- It was fun driving a Mazda, although the tiptronics are reversed from my Subaru and took getting used to
- Philz Coffee makes absolutely delicious mint coffee. I’m not much of a coffee drinker but wow, never had a more refreshing ice coffee
- My brother and I saw Spiderman 2 after a nice hike through Alum Rock Park. The hike was beautiful, hilly, and included a run-in with a wild turkey. I enjoyed the movie; apparently far more so than the critics. Maybe I’m just easy to please
- I’m super relieved that my Stonebridge made it through traveling safely
Here are the pictures I snapped along the way:
Some pictures from my travels:
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