Friday 5!

By December 1, 2017Friday Five

Happy December! I can’t believe how fast 2017 came and went. Here is your Friday 5!

Learn
What if you could learn singing from Christina Aguilara? Or comedy from Steve Martin? Or performance from Usher? Masterclass.com has all of those offerings. I haven’t dived in yet, but I know what I’ll be doing during the holidays. If you’ve done any of these, please reply and tell me about your experience!

Listen
I can’t listen to this song Back Pocket by Vulfpeck and not smile. It’s groovy, clever, and cute. And I like the music video.

Guitar
Is your guitar buzzing? Mine is, and it took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out where it was coming from. It turned out to be a washer under the nut on the front of a tuning peg. It should be fine once I tighten it down a little bit. There is a lot of machinery on the headstock end of a guitar – that’s a good place to start when hunting for an annoying buzz!

Throwback
5 or 6 years ago, I wrote an article about the benefits of performing. But I wasn’t doing a great job of following my own advice. This year I’ve really ramped up my performing, both solo and by joining a couple bands, and my playing has definitely improved. So has my overall happiness and creativity. As my friend Ian says, you have to feed the muse.

Quote
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Upcoming gigs:
Tomorrow (Saturday), Off the Grid in Alameda, CA, 12-1:30

Warmly,
Matt

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