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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Become as anew – How will the new you differ from you today, fully transformed?

Become as anew – How will the new you differ from you today, fully transformed? The Five Stages of Performance 1.) Adequate Accuracy 2.) True Tempo 3.) Modulated Dynamics 4.) Polished Ornamentation 5.) Full Expression There is a new Pasquale arising. He’s kind of the third Pasquale, actually.  You see the first two to the […]

Embrace a new way – what one singular change will you implement?

Embrace a new way – what one singular change will you implement? I will attain stage two, True Tempo…in my next video! It kind of feels like cheating, today, in answering question 6, to give you the entire list that I’ll be posting tomorrow, in answer to question 7.  But, it isn’t, honest.  I’ll explain […]

Scary, scary stuff!

Larghissimo – very, very slow (19 BPM and under) Grave – slow and solemn (20–40 BPM) Lento – slowly (40–45 BPM) Largo – broadly (45–50 BPM) Larghetto – rather broadly (50–55 BPM) Adagio – slow and stately (literally, “at ease”) (55–65 BPM) Adagietto – rather slow (65–69 BPM) Andante moderato – a bit slower than […]

Appraise the day – did you win or lose?

Done and won. There are some victories that occur simply in the doing. I totally, totally won. What is it about a dream that causes such bone-crushing terror? Why is it that the older the dream, the longer deferred it is, the more hellacious the terrors grow? I’m not sure about the answers, but I […]

Preach, Teach, Practice, Perform

Preach, Teach, Practice, Perform In order of ascending difficulty… So therefore, in reverse order… I wish, one day, to PERFORM as though I was a little child again. The tiny boy in the video above is my hero. It is with this hope that I attempt to access and engage the best part of myself […]

The Essence of Zen and the Art of Guitar

The Essence of Zen and the Art of Guitar Jeff Peretz, 2003 The following seven essential quotes are from the Chapter 1 of Peretz’ book.  If you will read and study just these passages repeatedly, and attempt to execute them, you will make progress. Even still, regardless of whether you have any interest in guitar […]

We must make all the mistakes that we need to make

We must make all the mistakes that we need to make before we reach the point at which we won’t make them anymore. – Jeff Peretz, Zen and the Art of Guitar What an amazing statement our teacher expresses.  The key word, the most important word, is MUST. Before I read that command, back in […]

Aaron Shearer’s RECOMMENDED PROCEDURE FOR PRACTICE

With apologies to those who don’t play or study guitar, the following information is a bit technical.  It is very short, just three powerful points of guidance.  You do, however, require this small bit of symbol-knowledge first:  in Shearer’s Rule 2 below, the letter ‘i’ stands for the Index finger of your right hand; and […]

…and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them:

…and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: Genesis 2: 18 – 25 King James Version 18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed […]

Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:

Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: Genesis 1: 24 – 31 King James Version 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and […]