Life sounds sweeter when you get inside the note

Freddie King once told me that too many guitarists play all around the note, never getting to the essence of what they're trying to say with their guitar. Inside the note resonates a meaning that's not only played, but is heard and felt. Join me on my journey to find that path to experience the meaning of getting inside the note.

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The times, they are a changing
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Why inside the note?

The times, they are a changing

I know change is good, but really, why can’t things stay the same? I’m kind of half way serious about that question. As a fully functioning adult I know that while change can often be uncomfortable, it is often a good thing. It helps us grow, expand our experiences and become more than what we were. It is also inevitable. We all change or we… How does this connect with guitars and music? Johnny Winter’s recent passing caused me to pause for a moment and consider the state of guitar playing today and what the future will look like. Certainly[…]

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Why inside the note?

Why inside the note? It’s a question I’ve asked myself numerous times before actually putting this site together. It basically comes down to the fact that guitars and music have been a major part of my life for 50 years and I love talking and writing about them. From watching The Beatles live on the Ed Sullivan Show, to launching my own line of custom built guitars in 2010, to playing my ’59 Les Paul reissue earlier today, guitars and the music I make with them are always with me. I grew up in Dallas, TX, where I attended Thomas Jefferson[…]

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