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You Never Can Tell

Every one of us has biases and preconceptions about people we see in guitar magazines. Sometimes those biases are based on facts, sometimes they are but a reflection of how we've been treated. I'm no different. A while back, I…

Why I Can’t Teach Songs

Most people who visit this site have probably wondered why there aren't more song lessons. Here's why.

StevieSnacks Turns 3

This is a video I recorded to thank all of you for the past 3 years. Today (10/21/2010) marks 3 years since I uploaded my first lesson to YouTube.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

This piece is being written from Nashville, TN, before I attend a memorial show by Double Trouble commemorating the 20 year anniversary of the passing of Stevie Ray Vaughan. As I write this, Stevie Ray Vaughan's final performance on this…


I will soon be launching a new version of my download store, where I'll be selling both DVDs and downloads together. This transition has been a lot of work, it's not done yet, but I thought it might be interesting…

7 Years Of Marriage and Music

7 years ago today, I got married. It was one of the best decisions of my life. I'm sharing this on StevieSnacks because what you see on this site is made possible by a wife who put up with years…

Most Times It’s Just Decent

Several weeks ago, I posted a message on the StevieSnacks Facebook Page after a particularly uninspired 30 minutes of guitar playing. Someone made the following comment:


blockquote> "..wish there were more accomplished musicians out there who were open and humble…

No Secrets, Just Practice

 Suggested Reading: * The Secret To Becoming A Better Guitarist - * When I Started Playing Slide Guitar - * Practicing Guitar vs Buying Guitar Gear - * Real Advice Hurts - The four articles linked…

Honesty Over Originality

Did you ever hear something you knew was just absolute crap, but people seem to repeat it as if it's fact? "Stop trying to sound like _____.  You should try to develop your own style on guitar" Heard that one?…

Real Blues? Try Honesty.

What have you been told the blues is about?  Suffering? Pain? Hard living? Ever felt like a poser because your life is pretty good? You have a job? Never missed a meal? There are those who will tell you you…

Music Is About More Than You

There are a lot of reasons to play an instrument. But many of those reasons fade to the background when you face hard times. I once heard a famous guitarist remark in an interview that the only reason any man…

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

A recap of a KWS show I went to last night.

Many of you probably already know of Robert Renman of  He's a gifted guitarist who's been making free guitar lessons and gear videos since about April of 2006.  He's amassed quite a following, both on YouTube and on his…

Buying Your First Guitar

This is going to be significantly 'lighter' than my recent posts, but also something that I think will be useful for people who are shopping for a guitar. This is all about buying your first guitar, but the concept is…

StevieSnacks Turns 2 Years Old

Two years ago today, I put my first lesson video on YouTube. A lot has changed since then. My wife and I now have a baby, and I now spend my days on these lessons instead of evenings and late-nights.…

A Pragmatic Approach To Buying Expensive Gear

A LOT of people are looking to save money. But at the same time, there's an allure of higher priced gear, which causes people to wonder if they are missing out on the holy grail of tone because they're not…

Blues Is More Than SRV

Recently StevieSnacks got a very nice mention on an Italian music site, and although the write-up was very positive, Google translate reveals that the comments devolved into a discussion of the merits of copying Stevie Ray Vaughan's style. Sigh...

King Of The Blues Retrospective

On Wednesday night, I participated in the district finals for Guitar Center King Of The Blues (video at the end of this post). I appreciate all the support, but I was not selected to advance to regional finals. I know…

Emulate The Man, Not Just The Music

This is one for you SRV fans. The guys and gals that own every album, and who know more about his life than most people know about yours. Almost two years ago I posted my first video of my Blues…

Music That Moves You

How many times have you heard someone verbally tear apart a band or an artist that you respect? Maybe you've done it to someone else's hero. Sometimes these poor examples of objective critique come from jealous never-were's, or over-trained has-beens.…