Category Archives: Creativity

Creating in all areas, the creative process, creative problem-solving.

What is practicing?

I am often asked how I practice, what I practice, and how much time I spend practicing guitar. I always feel like answering: I don’t :^) This is not true of course. But what is true is, the practicing I … Continue reading

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Moving forward requires making decisions

I am writing a tune at the moment. I have reached a point in the development of this tune where a decision must be made about what the tune is, what it is saying, and where it is going. I … Continue reading

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The groove cloud

While teaching a guitar workshop this past weekend, I was reminded of a key factor in the performance of music: the connection between groove and memory. In order to teach “Tractor Pull”, one of my busier tunes, it was necessary … Continue reading

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Compositions can evolve technically

While checking the accuracy of a transcription of one of my tunes today, I ran into a familiar problem: I now play the tune slightly differently than I did when I first wrote and recorded it. In order to avoid … Continue reading

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My new guitar

It was time for a new guitar and a new sound. My custom Ovation Adamas was unlike any ordinary Ovation because it had been built especially for me, using special materials and a special pickup system. It had been my … Continue reading

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Power Napping and Creativity

Monday, 20 July 2009 In Australia you see billboards along the highways urging you to pull over and take a power nap if you feel tired. As a touring musician I learned to take power naps (aka cat naps) long … Continue reading

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