Category Archives: Guitar

Mini-Habits: (Don’t) Break the Chain

It’s been an app-y summer.   I’ve finished graduate school and though I am preparing to start a new career as a school librarian, there aren’t as many looming deadlines and forced readings as last year.   I’ve installed a … Continue reading

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Overresponding Samurai: Stop the Drama and Do Something

In four  more days, my family and I will leave Japan and we will be back in our semi-hectic work/school mode.  I am spending more and more of my days preparing to teach rather than studying/immersing Japanese and doing all my other … Continue reading

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Rub up Against It, Samurai!

  Learning about guitar has been a lot like learning a foreign language to me.  This means that I get many opportunities to panic. 🙂  I often feel like I don’t understand what is going on and that I need to … Continue reading

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Samurai Getting it from All Directions

I loved it when Daniel Coyle, author of The Little Book of Talent and The Talent Code, mentioned the skateboarders highlighted in the documentary Dogtown and Zboys.   These outsiders and misfits changed skateboarding forever.   Part of how Coyle explains how they … Continue reading

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Shut the Samurai Up and Give Up!

“Practice with no hope of fruition.”  Terre Roche I’ve practiced more guitar lately because I have given up.  I’ve given up on becoming great.  I’ve given up on having to know everything instantly.  However, I know that I am not … Continue reading

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You will never get “there”: The Now Samurai

Yesterday, I decided to stop at a cafe to have an iced latte.  Because it was hot outside and their air conditioner wasn’t on, it was relatively empty.  Then they turned on some Best of Jimi Hendrix, which I hadn’t … Continue reading

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Push ‘n Play Samurai: Small Steps Big Results

My little music theory experiment continues.   Music theory has scared me in the past but I have books that I have accumulated over the years that have laid dormant and untouched.   I have decided to take one book, Theory for … Continue reading

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100 Secrets to Becoming a Better Player: Samurai Thru-view

After reading Daniel Coyle’s Little Book of Talent, I realized that I was spending too much of my free reading time in English and needed to veer back to Japanese.   I pulled out ギター上達100の裏ワザ  (100 Secrets to Becoming  Better … Continue reading

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Keep the Fire Burning, (Man)

“Keep the fire burnin’…never let us lose our yearnin’”  . . . REO Speedwagon (ugh!) Do you try to have all of your breath all at once?  No.  A small steady supply feeds all your body systems and your mind.  … Continue reading

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“Stare at Who You Want to Become”

“Don’t wait for your mojo to get to the dojo.”………… me 🙂 A funny thing happened on the way back from the dojo.  My oldest daughter takes karate lessons.   My wife takes our two year old daughter, who just watches.  … Continue reading

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