• Jump Into the Fire – A Lesson Learned

    I still remember the night it happened. I was at Sakitumi, a local sushi restaurant in Columbia, SC. I’d come out to watch a jazz trio play and decided I would sit in and attempt the song “Donna Lee” by Charlie Parker. I had been practicing the song on my own for months, learning the […]

  • 11 Areas of Guitar Focus

    Students often ask what areas of guitar should they should focus on. So, I took the time and compiled a list. It is not exhaustive, but certainly a great start. Here are 11 Areas of guitar focus that every guitar player should look into. Chords/Chord Building – Great rhythm players make for great lead players. […]

  • 8 Fun Challenging Guitar Songs

    Any list is subjective, but when it comes to a list of songs or artists, the opinions can vary even greater. After teaching guitar for 20 years, I’ve learned to appreciate almost every style. So, I included tunes that have affected my playing the most and have been super fun to play. Each of these […]

  • Backwards Day

    Did you know today is Backwards Day? While delay effects have provided generations of guitarists with an easy way to take their tone to outer space, nothing turns your sound around like reverse delay. And since the occasion calls for looking at things from the other end, we’re going to dive into some of our […]

  • National Kazoo Day

    January 28th is known as National Kazoo Day, a day to celebrate one of the most accessible and underrated instruments of all time. A relatively recent musical invention, Alabama Vest of Macon Georgia made the first Kazoo in the 1840’s, though commercial production of the Kazoo didn’t occur until many years later in 1912. Requiring […]

  • The Next Decade in Music

    There have been quite a few nostalgia driven articles over the last few months looking back at the 10’s and the many changes in the music industry we’ve encountered. People like to argue about what is better or worse, but that’s an old man’s game when it comes to music. Change and evolution is always […]

  • Top 5 Songs About Gratitude

    Thanksgiving is a time for thanks… giving. What better time is there to reflect on the best songs on the topic of giving thanks, (that we are, in return, very thankful for!), than this? Here is our list of the top five best songs about gratitude. You better be grateful! 5. A Moment Like This […]

  • Cake Day

    In case you didn’t know, November 26th is Cake Day, and while they might be referring to the confectionary treat, we think it’s a great opportunity to celebrate one of the most unique and unmistakably groovy bands in alt-rock history: Cake. Born in Sacramento, CA, Cake is known for their eclectic genre-bending music, ranging from […]

  • 3 Bands Who’ve Played Freeway Music Fest Celebrate New Music

    If you’ve attended the last few Freeway Music Festivals you’ve had the opportunity to catch Levvy, Real Work, and The Lovely Few. In addition to those performances, the chief songwriter of each project has played at our songwriter night at The White Mule. Friday night, November 15th these bands will come together at New Brookland […]

  • New Columbia Group Mids Releases New EP

    Featuring members of Dear Blanca, ET Anderson, and Niecy Blues, Mids meshes characteristics of each band, affording them the chance to expand past the confines of each of those acts stylistically. The band performed earlier this year at Freeway Music Fest on the Free Times stage as Core Sample. Stream the new EP from Mids […]