Clip-On Tuners

September 11, 2007

I’ve used an Intellitouch clip-on tuner for years. It’s a useful tool, but often has given me trouble when there is a lot of croud noise, and has given me incorrect readings when attempting to stay in tune with other musicians on stage.

So, I recently ordered an Intelli-500 (also known as the IMT 500). I received the Intelli-500 in the mail a few days ago and did a comparison with the Intellitouch. I put new batteries in both tuners and put them both on the headstock of my guitar. I also switched the positions of the two tuners on the headstock, to make sure that the area where each tuner was placed on the headstock was not a factor.

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Music and Passion

April 13, 2007

Composer Mike Post is the “Tiger Woods” of television music production. His resume includes Law and Order, Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and Magnum PI just to name a few. He’s produced for the likes of Van Halen, and has two pieces of music playing somewhere in the world every second of every day. His interview on Greater Good Radio is nothing short of inspiring, and in my opinion, a must listen for musicians and music fans alike. Mike has a single-minded passion for music, and his enthusiasm is contagious. You can listen to the interview HERE.

Dual Careers

June 17, 2006

I’ve been brutally reminded recently about the difficulties of maintaining dual careers. Like so many musicians, I have a “day” job (which seems more like a day and night job recently). So, I thought I’d offer a little inspiration. “Double Lives” by David Heenan is an inspirational read about people who successfully juggle two careers. One great example is Norio Ohga, of Sony fame who also conducts major orchestras. I’m also inspired by the Makaha Sons, great musicians who have also pursued dual careers. A recent article by Wayne Harada describes their journey.
A big salute to everyone who manages multiple careers.