Michael McCarthy

Poetry Express #2 – A Journey

What single line or short verse speaks to you from a favorite poem of yours? Such lines/verses are often wonderful nuggets of wisdom/truth/beauty. Take a moment to share this line/verse with the readers of this blog. Leave your selection in the comments section below, including the title of the poem …

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Books

The Ways of Grace – #1 Inspirational Poetry Book on Amazon!

Goldfinch Publishing is a boutique publishing house created to bridge the gap between traditional and independent publishing. Like a traditional publisher, we work with hand-selected authors to offer professional curation with NO FEES (Goldfinch SELECT). To aid independent authors needing individual solutions, we offer paid services (Goldfinch A LA CARTE). …

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Goldfinch DIY

8 Ways to Make Your Writing Funnier (My Guest Post on Cat Rambo’s Site)

Recently, Cat Rambo (President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America – SFWA – and World Fantasy and Nebula nominated speculative fiction writer) offered my a guest spot on her blog. Naturally, I jumped on the opportunity, and decided to offer something just about any writer could get a few …

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Adam Rafferty

How to Access Your Inner Guitar Genius When Learning a New Piece

Recently a student of mine on StudyWithAdam.com asked me an question which showed his honesty and vulnerability, and it really resonated with me. It’s part of the mental game that many of us face when working on our music. Adam, I have a teenage daughter who learns guitar songs off …

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My Garageband Settings for Audiobooks (ACX/Audible)

Hi folks! A while ago I posted about recording an audiobook for my novel Where the Hell is Tesla? (I used Garageband for recording and exporting to ACX/Audible.com).  The post got a lot of positive response, and just the other day I got a request from Mark Clason for the actual settings I used …

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Adam Rafferty

Want Better Guitar Technique? Embrace Your Authenticity

The way that many of us have been taught to think about learning music is like this: we function like computers if we get musical data input, and practice it enough, we should be able to play it back if we can’t play it back, it means we need to …

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Adam Rafferty

3 Tips for Breaking Out of Your Guitar Comfort Zone

Lately I have been working on some new guitar techniques that are taking me “outside my comfort zone.” Working on new things can be very unsettling – for all of us. Sometimes feeling like a beginner is fun, but at other times a lot of mental resistance comes up. (If …

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Adam Rafferty

Tour News – Australia “Acoustic Guitar Spectacular” Aug 14 – 22, 2015

Hey Gang, I hope that if you are an Australian fan and guitar picker, you can come to one of these very special concerts! Michael Fix, Andrew Veivers and I will be doing the “Acoustic Guitar Spectacular” from August 14-22, 2015 in Australia. 14 August – Mt Tambourine 15 August …

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Adam Rafferty

How to Practice Guitar Like Bruce Lee

When I am asked about practicing guitar, I usually preach the gospel of repetitive mindful practice. However – I have been wondering lately…”do I really know what the heck I am doing?” You can usually find me on tour in a hotel room practicing the pieces I play on stage …

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Adam Rafferty

What do People See in YOUR Guitar Videos?

I recently had a guitar student upload a video to Study With Adam for coaching, the title read “In My Life, The Beatles, Arranged by Adam and Butchered by Craig” I had to laugh out loud. LOL!!!! It’s important to know that what we HEAR in our playing is different …

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