Welcome to my webpage! There’s a lot going on here:  a large sampling of the music I make, a number of video performances, bio info, information on what I do, and a blog, which I intend to use as a chronicle of the musings of my unusual mind. Poke through here (be sure to visit the store!), enjoy the music and endure my droll commentary, and join my email list and stay up on my blog and what else is new in my musical universe!

My SOLO CONCERT AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE in COOS BAY, OR,  is set for February 7, 2015!  Online ticket sales are now closed, but tickets are still available at BOOKS BY THE BAY and at the box office the night of the show!

 
BIG NEWS ITEM #1:  My online video instruction series, www.musicpath.net, is NOW LIVE, with more than 60 video lessons on improvisation, production, mixing, sounds and setups, and a range of information on what I think it takes to become a successful musician in today’s world of music.  There are 3 free lessons and 3 free sample play-along tracks available on the site for you to check out;  pay a visit and see what musicpath.net can do for you!

BIG NEWS ITEM #2: BURN, my iOS rhythm section app, is finally released and ready for download on the App Store! I am thrilled with how this app turned out, and it’s great fun to play with; 3 different grooves, at 2 different tempos each, with both modal bass/keys and changes, each in all 12 keys. Maximum flexibility, maximum propulsion for the shedding musician! Check it out on the link below; it’s priced at $5.99, and with 144 different combinations to play on, that’s…let’s see…carry the one… just a little more than 4 cents per vibe! IF you buy it and dig it, please review it; if you buy it and have ideas for us, let me know! We plan to expand it over time with packages of 3 more grooves (going to start with some “world” stuff, 6/8 feels and so forth) via in-app purchases. Here’s a link to the info page and link to BURN on iTunes, go forth and BURN!:

 THIRD RAIL’S DEBUT CD IS OFFICIALLY RELEASED! IGNITION: Live Across Europe is now available via the “STORE” link above. Check the “Third Rail” link for more info; we are really happy with the way this disc turned out!

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Three ( Ric Fierabracci, George Whitty and Tom Brechlein ) photographed performing at Alva's in San Pedro on 08/07/10.

 

FEATURED VIDEO: From THIRD RAIL’s December ’13 tour of Europe, my tune “Do A Little Dance”, live in Köln, Germany:

 

 




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Teaching Philosophy

To me, really great improvised music is to me one of the highest expressions of the human potential. It’s a fusion of extreme mental acuity, great physical dexterity, a lot of determination and discipline and, more than anything else, a very liberal dose of what’s best about the human soul. You need to be in touch with every aspect of yourself in a way that’s unique to playing jazz. Mastery of improvised music requires a lot of development in a myriad of different ways, each of which needs to build upon the other as one learns. Much of what makes a great musician is intangible. But to a surprising degree, that mysterious force can be nurtured and developed as a solid framework of knowledge, technique and a lot of wisdom and perspective is built; to me the essence of teaching improvisation is helping a student build this framework. And it’s a very satisfying thing to watch students then find themselves as musicians as the dozens of facets in this structure come together. And jazz being an incredibly personal art form, I have always placed great priority on building students’ confidence in who they are and what they have to say, to know the truth for ourselves, and on the ongoing mission to release ourselves from insecurities or concerns about what others think about us; my great musical breakthroughs really happened when I finally found a way to quit caring about what anyone else might think and the music could flow unimpeded by doubt or fear.

After 25 years working with some of the world’s great musicians, I bring a lot of real-world experience and insight to the mission of helping aspiring musicians realize their full potential. From improvisational theory to piano technique, from harmony and composition to music production, I’ve distilled an approach to teaching that cuts through the mystery of making music and gives serious students the tools to get off and running. Much of what I teach is essentially a collection of “physics principles” of modern music that provide the student with a concrete way to get going, and to quickly understand what makes a great musician sound different than a struggling one. A large majority of great improvisors were either taught these ideas or understand them intuitively; as we study their work they are clearly illuminated. We don’t learn to ride a bicycle by just sitting on it, or reading about the experience; we need to be in motion to get a feel for the dynamic of riding it, and the same applies to music: giving a student a wide variety of tools for constructing melodies and harmonic ideas that sound musical because they follow these physics principles puts them in motion, and that’s a great beginning of the journey.

Feel free to visit the links on this website, through which you can learn more about who I am, what I’ve done in my career, and how I approach the quest to help musicians develop the skills necessary to master improvised music. I teach anywhere in the world via Skype and at my studio in the mountains above San Bernardino, and teach theory, production, composition, and improvisation on all instruments in addition to the study of piano.

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