I'm honored to be a featured guest on my friend Ty McDonald's podcast, "The Jalepeno."
Click here to listen and go follow the podcast on twitter, insta, and soundcloud!Read More
If you've taken lessons from me in any capacity, you know that I'm all about unleashing the student's potential to learn on their own and to create on their own. I believe and know that every single student has the ability to not only become a great musician, but become a creator on their instrument as well. Tunefox was made with this goal in mind.Read More
Tomorrow I embark on an 18-day, 16-show tour with Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native. The team has been diligently planning this trip for some time now and I'm proud and pumped to be going on the road with this fantastic band. The music is soulful, creative, folksy, and so much more. It's really a dream project for me to be a part of.Read More
Last Thursday I got a call to play a polka with Weird Al Yankovic on the HBO comedy show, "Last Week Tonight" that weekend. Short notice calls are very common in New York and it can be risky to take if the music needs a lot of practice. I wasn't incredibly familiar with Weird Al's repertoire but after listening to a few of his recent songs, I decided I'd take the gig and hoped it would be manageable.Read More
I'm so, so excited to share that I'm joining a band!
Last summer, cellist and songwriter Ben Sollee shot me an email inviting me to chat with him about an idea he had for a stringband. Already being a big fan of his work, I immediately said 'yes.' We hopped on the phone and had a fun and exciting conversation about his thoughts on making a stringband record and tour happen.
Since that convo, the band spent a week in a cabin in the Bernheim research forest in Kentucky to record a badass record. We've been honing the live show vibe by performing here and there over the past couple months and we're getting ready to go on the road this fall!
I'm proud to be a Kentucky Native and I love working with everyone on Ben's team, so I'm looking forward to spending the month of September on the road with these great people.
Here's the band lineup:
Ben Sollee - Cello
Jordan Ellis - Percussion
Julian Pinelli - Fiddle
Alex Browne - Bass
and me on banjo :)
Currently, Ben is taking pre-orders for the record via a Pledge Music campaign. He and the Pledge Music team have worked incredibly hard to bring you some amazing perks for donating to the campaign. I'd love it if you'd go check it out and lend your support.
Click here for a full list of our fall tour dates and let me know if we're coming through your town! I'd love to say hey if there is time.
These are a few of the questions we covered in this 30-minute Q&A call for beginners:
1. I can't get off tab and I'm having a hard time playing simple tunes at jam sessions (both melody and chords). What are some ways I can get off tab so I can feel more comfortable when playing with other people?
2. Why use 3 finger picks rather than 4?
3. How long should I practice and how do I structure my routine?
Thanks for all of the great questions and it was fun to have everyone there live for the call!
Enrollment for the Beginner's Master Class ends on Dec 5th at midnight. Click here to see the curriculum and sign up!