Listen to metal. Listen to jazz. Listen to hip hop. Listen to reggae. Listen to funk. Listen to punk. Listen to classical. Expand your horizons to find influences that will let you develop a new sound that no one else has found.
I have three crucial modes: Business Jeff, Dad Jeff, and Music Jeff. All three are important. Find your balance in life, but never leave out the music!
Leonard Nimoy was a person who did life right. Live long and prosper.
If you're waiting for the "right time" to write a great song, to learn a new playing technique, or join a band, that will never happen. The right time is now. Always.
NAMM starts tomorrow. Hanging out with my ESP brothers and sisters, as well as our family of artists, is my favorite part of the show.
Just about one week until we kick ass at NAMM. Pretty exciting. This is my 22nd consecutive Winter NAMM Show, and my 10th with ESP. Yeah, I'm old.
The desert's quiet and Cleveland's cold / So the story ends we're told
Try learning some chords or scales in a music style totally different from your usual genre. You might find a new way to use jazz chops in metal, country licks in fusion, and more.
I'm spending the Labor Day weekend rocking and mixing. Well, mixing, anyway. And maybe a tiny bit of rocking.
When Pablo Casals (then age 93) was asked why he continued to practice the cello three hours a day, he replied, “I’m beginning to notice some improvement.” <3
Sometimes "trying" to write a new song is the worst way to make it happen. Instead, kick back with your ESP and see what your hands do on their own without thinking too hard about it.
Try something different. Change your string gauge. Change your pick thickness. Don't use the same amp settings as last time. Life's too short to make the same sounds over and over.
When you record and reach for an EQ knob, it should almost always be to turn frequencies down, not add additional frequencies.
Rocking can be counterintuitive. More watts and larger speaker cabinets doesn't always make a bigger sound.
Instead of turning an EQ knob, trying using a lighter or heavier pick.
I like pie.
We've got some cool announcements coming up for you site members. Woo woo woo!
Feeling great, enjoying the company of my ESP pals, and rocking in the free world.
We're in the final stretch of getting ready for NAMM. It's both the most fun and most challenging time of year. Wish us luck!
Do I pick up my guitar before I make a turkey sandwich (seems smart) or after (seems like what my stomach wants)?
I like cooking, and I like guitar. What I don't like is trying to play guitar with hands that have just been inside a turkey. Just saying.
Enjoying a rainy Thursday here in Southern California. I wish I could have my guitar in my hands instead of this computer, but that's life! Enjoy it, everyone.
Enjoying a meeting at ESP about the new web site while updating my status on the new web site.
Busy working on the new ESP site and getting ready to launch it! Whoo hoo!