Tag Archives: Guitar

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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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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“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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Let’s Get Physical: Samurai Moving

“Let’s get physical, physical..let me hear your body talk.”….Olivia Newton-John, metaphysicist and 80’s pop star. A couple of posts ago I quoted Snoop Dog, and now I am quoting Olivia Newton-John.  Yeah.  That’s how I roll.  Just the other day … Continue reading

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Take a Little Off the Top (and the Sides), Samurai

Just yesterday some friends shared a little clip from an organization called code.org.  I have to admit, just the thought of coding is something that overwhelms me.  But according to Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and the creators of twitter, dropbox … Continue reading

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Claim Your Song, Samurai

“Everybody loves music. What you really want is for music to love you. And that’s the way I saw it was with Keith…You’re not writing it, it’s writing you. You’re its flute or its trumpet; you’re it’s strings. That’s real … Continue reading

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“Don’t Give a Pluck, Guitar Samurai: “.ooooo1% is better than 0”

One of the nice things about signing up for Silverspoon, an internet Japanese immersion service, is that you get daily servings of corny motivational phrases.   After a while they start to rub off on you, and you start to believe … Continue reading

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Samurai Swimming: The Importance of “Treading Water”

The other day I was minding my own business and paying attention to @ajatt’s twitter conversation when a rockin’ young ma twitterin’ man named @Mikeylovesrock asked, “Could someone create an @ajatt method for guitar fluency? :p I’d be much obliged.”  … Continue reading

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How to get better in one easy step. Show the Samurai Up!

All I need to know is how much is enough.   —James Heisig’s translation of  saying on a small stone basin at Ryonji,  a Zen temple Buddhist poet Saigyo tried to live “one inch above the ground.”  . . .not with … Continue reading

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