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Shon and Tonys First Open Acoustic Jam

Shon and Tonys First Open Acoustic Jam

Come to Calliope Music Studios on Sunday June 23, 2019 at 6:00pm-8:00pm to play a few songs with Tony and Shon. Great way to relax and meet other musicians. Pick up tips from Shon and Tonys over 20+ years of experience playing shows together. Add that to Shons 25+ years teaching and you are in for a real treat. Cost = $25  Coming Up in July Tony and Shons Blues...

Sometimes you catch a glimpse . . .

Sometimes you catch a glimpse . . .

Sometimes you catch a glimpse of what a student is capable of achieving. With my student Andrew Rogers, that has definitely happened. Last year I watched him play at Fiddlers Green with The Andy Sydow band. It was incredible to not only watch Andrew, but also Andy Sydow and Sam Columna. Three students on stage at one of Denver’s major venues and they crushed it. I remember seeing Andrew play at a club when he was 16. Like I said, sometimes you catch a glimpse of just how proud a student can make you :...

Music connects people

Music connects people

Last week I was reminded how lucky I am and how music truly connects people.  24 years ago, with an amazingly caring young woman named Stephanie, I gave up a child for adoption. Fast forward to now. In late November I was fortunate enough to meet that happy baby turned handsome young man, Luke. We had a wonderful visit in December and it lead to us doing FaceTime lessons soon after. A couple of weeks ago Luke came to Denver again and we pulled together quite a large gathering. This group of people included Luke’s mom Diane, stepdad Lanny, sister Jennie, girlfriend Leslie, birth mother Stephanie with her two daughters Ella and Hattie, my wife Mindy and our son Collin. One evening Luke’s mom asked if we could play a few songs for everyone and provided some requests. Luke and I snuck off to learn 3-4 songs quickly. When we returned everyone was seated in a half circle, facing two empty chairs. I asked the family to sing along and really participate. It wasn’t easy since we can all be shy around people we don’t know well, plus there were cameras rolling. By the second song the entire room was filled with singing and laughing. For the third song we played Hallelujah. Everyone sang, bonded, felt closer, and most importantly, I got to play guitar with Luke. How cool is that? Isn’t life beautiful when music is...

Is your music available online?

Is your music available online?

Interested in learning about getting your music up on iTunes? Spodify maybe? I can help. It might be easier than you think : ) Here are a few recent examples: The Burning Point Sessions is now available on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and a bunch of others. This is an acoustic album that was recorded with two of my dear friends Tony Medina and Slaus Brown-Paul.  Click Here Simpatico was recorded with one of my closest friends Ben York is also available on the same formats. Click Here I also want to plug a couple albums that were created with students MaKayla Mower and I recorded ‘Token Of My Old Heart’. Click Here and Ron McCranie and I are just finishing up “A Heartfelt Cynic’ which will be up...

SIDEHATCH ARTS videos

SIDEHATCH ARTS videos

This is so cool. 10 of my students recorded live videos to be posted on YouTube. All of the songs are original compositions written by the student performing the song. I am so proud of everyone involved. We had an absolute blast making these. The students were really involved in every aspect, from choosing camera placement to the song they were recording. Such a great way to learn. Listening to yourself and watching performances is essential in any musicians development. Click here to watch the videos .  Now go write some beautiful music :...

Wow! 25 years!

Wow! 25 years!

And. . . 50,000 hours!  That’s right 50,000 hours teaching! Experience matters and I still feel the same excitment that I did when I first started teaching.  Let’s do this!