composing · guitar · practice · soloing

What can Star Wars teach us about writing a great guitar solo?

I’ve occasionally stumbled unto the advice that a guitar solo should tell a story. But what is really meant by that? Let’s take a look a great story: Star Wars. What happens in that movie? Well, Luke Skywalker stumbles across some lost droids belonging to the old nomad, Ben Kenobi. Upon receiving the droids,┬áBen tells…… Continue reading What can Star Wars teach us about writing a great guitar solo?

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How could creative computers affect human psychology?

I’ve been writing lately about the rise of computer songwriting/composition and how that could affect the job market for musicians. There’s another concern tied to all this, a more philosophical concern. How does the rise of creative software affect our notion of what it is to be human? This question really transcends music and applies…… Continue reading How could creative computers affect human psychology?

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Individuals/Companies Creating Computer Composed Music

(Note: I retitled this post on March 10, 2017.) A topic that has fascinated me in recent years is that of computers writing music. They’ve actually been doing it for some time. This is, of course, a controversial idea and questions abound. Will computer songwriters put working human composers out of work? Should we even…… Continue reading Individuals/Companies Creating Computer Composed Music