Pete Martin adds Mandolin to [my] Talent Forge

Pete Martin Mandolin Lessons

I am super excited to welcome Pete Martin to [my] Talent Forge. I have known Pete since I was a teenager at Weiser, and Pete’s Waltz was one of the hottest waltzes at Weiser. 20 year’s later, Pete is well known around the fiddling and Mandolin world, and his namesake waltz is still as popular […]

Learn to Play Contest Style Rhythm Guitar from Daniel Carwile

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Daniel Carwile is one of my favorite fiddlers. If you don’t know who Daniel is, you should. You can read about him on his [my] Talent Forge Teacher Profile. And if I were to choose my favorite rhythm guitar players in the world, Daniel would be among my top 3. Daniel’s timing is superb, and […]

New eBook – Fast Fiddle Fitness – Exercises Stretches and Warmups for String Musicians

Fast Fiddle Fitness Violin Edition

I have been interested in health for a very long time, but I started thinking about it in terms of playing music when I was a freshman at the University of Evansville attempting to double major in Viola Performance and Computer Engineering. I had a friend. We’ll call her Suzy. Suzy hadn’t practiced much in […]

Perform Like a Pro – Even When You’re Sick

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My good friend, Dr. David Wallace, just posted on the [my] Talent Forge blog about how to achieve peak performance even when you’re sick. He’s doing a whole series on performance psychology, including lessons on preparation, and overcoming stage fright. He also has lots of good tips and tricks on his Youtube Channel. Checkout his […]

Someone Like You – an Odyssey in Persistence (and Patience)

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Nothing is ever as easy as you think it’s going to be. Seldom has this phrase been more true than in the making of this music video. This journey began in the summer of 2011 with a trip to Wizard Academy to participate in the Musician’s Round Table. During my time in Austin, I was […]

New My Talent Forge Series – Yoga for Musicians

Yoga for Musicians

I just added a new series to the [my] Talent Forge Library. This series features a new instructor, Stephanie Sever, LMT. Stephanie is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor and Physical Therapist. The new series is called Yoga for Musicians. It features a daily warmup (to be used daily), and an additional video to follow […]