The Power of The Pocket


This video has some super important information on not just becoming a pocket player but also becoming a professional musician. I am curious to see who will be paying attention to this video and heed it’s subtle advise.

Over the last 18 months since living in Birmingham and being on the music scene, the true pros preach the pocket and playing the record. Deviating from the pocket and adding outside chords, hits and licks in many situations can take away from the true feel of the song as well as leave your jean pockets slim with cash because you will not be getting calls to play many gigs if your playing is too busy in performance settings.

I realized that you don’t have to be a super shredder or know all the Jazz chords in the book and can use all the passing chords you want. To other musician’s that’s great and there is a time and a place for that. But when it come to making a career as a musician this is what I have found, The POCKET Pays and PAYS WELL!!

Plus the added bonus of getting the gigs and sharing the stage with incredible musicians is you really start to feel the song and hear the true meaning of the times and technology of when a particular song was created.

I’ll be putting out a list of all the songs I believe every musician should be familiar with to take your playing your ears and your cash to the next level. If you can find that pocket, you will have no trouble getting gigs and making top dollar in the music industry as a musician.

At the end of the day its about maintaining the integrity of the song and allowing your playing to compliment the rest of the band as well as the singer or featured artist. If it is not your gig, its not about YOU…

Take your time in the song and let it breathe, you can really feel the song breathe.


What is your trajectory?

Already 26 days into the new year, man how time fly’s.

Have you still been watching the game of life from the sidelines waiting for your big break? If so here is what you can do.


What you don’t measure you can’t accomplish.

This was a huge lesson for me in life when I first heard it from the $50 billion dollar man Dan Pena. His hard nose approach to life and business success will definitely wake you up and maybe even offend most. His speeches are filled with foul language but he makes great points during his talks.

Do you remember having that god awful progress report in grade school? The one that came between report cards. Mine was usually filled with C’s, D’s and an occasional F.

When your parents saw that what typically happened. “You better get those grades up or no more going outside. Some of my friends would be grounded until the report card came out and they studied every single night until they got that grade up. Others even got whoopings.

That progress report is sometimes what we need for ourselves especially if you are an aspiring artists or entrepreneurs. A daily checklist will help keep you on task which will inch you to your goals.

Like Les Brown says, inch by inch its a cinch, yard by yard it get pretty hard.

Get those little wins in your business or on your craft everyday can have a compounding effect in as little as 30, 60, 90 days. Just see the results of what you can accomplish.

Secondly is to immerse yourself as much as possible around people who are better than you.

Mentors of mine who go with me everywhere I go are people like Grant Cardone, Tai Lopez, Tony Robbins, Pastor Mike McClure Jr., Gary Vayderchuk, Neil Patel and many others.

I only know one of these guys personally but for the others, I invested in myself and bought their books, Cd’s and seminars, took copious notes and started applying what they were teaching.

Start where you are.

There will never be a perfect time to start to implement your plans, so start right now with what you have and go.

Perfection is over rated and hard work is under rated.

Even if you are working smarter then that means you should be able to work that much harder on hitting your targets. If you don’t have everything you need, get creative.

I want to create on online live stream music show with hundreds of thousands of live views to my website. To do it the way I truly want to will take money and resources I do not have in my possession yet. But I have so much more value to offer in the mean time to build my audience and make my name known in the market place so when that time does come I will already have alot of the leg work of brand building, great working relationships and fans in place.

How can you take action today and move one step closer to your dreams, goals and aspirations?

Start now!

So to recap,

1.What you don’t measure you can’t accomplish. Set a goal make a plan set up a checklist and get stuff done. Even if you don’t get it all done make adjustments as you go along you will see much clearer as you progress and make the adjustments.

2. Surround yourself with Mentors and positive role models. You will get better just by being around them and listening.

3. Start where you are. No one ever accomplished anything worthwhile waiting.

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How High The Moon- Arpeggios on Guitar

This is a great song to test how your arpeggios are coming along. Try it out and tell me what you think. Start off slow with and without the backing tracks.

Be sure to get your free backing tracks by the way!

Best of luck to you…

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Tune Up – Miles Davis Outlining Arpeggios

The Jazz Master Miles Davis has revolutionized music as a whole and in his classic song Tune Up, he does not disappoint.

Many times as musicians we shy away from playing the lovely music called jazz because of the sometimes complex chord changes and free  kind of crazy solo that seem to confuse average listeners who only listen to catchy hits.

But for those few who have learned the language or who are seeking knowledge on learning the language we break down a simple yet soulful classic.

A great place to begin learning to play jazz is in the chord changes. Knowing how to play your Major, Minor and Dominant Altered chords without having to process how to finger them is a must. Jazz changes move so fast by the time you get the fingering down the key may have changed already.

Tune Up is simple enough you see the changes as they come yet you still get a feel for the changes of the common progression 2 -5 -1.

You want to be sure to remember this one because it is literally in every genre of music and I am will to bet, in about 80 to 86% of songs as well.

Check out this first video of me outlining the chord progression…

The 2 – 5 -1 in the key of D Major 7

D major 7 being the one Chord

E Minor 7 being the two Chord

A Dominant 7 being the Five Chord

Starting on the Emin7, A Dominant 7, D Major7

With the Arpeggio Outline I am playing 3rd’s meaning every other note of the scale or mode is being played.

The next video is the outline being played backwards ..

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Just the Way You Are- Bruno Mars on Guitar



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I absolutely love this song. Like many old school classic hits, this is a new school classic hit. Bruno Mars is definitely a future rock n roll hall a fame contender.



In this segment, we go over this chord progression and first part of the melody line.

The one chord begins on F Major 7 for 2 measures the moves to the six. In the key of F Major this would be a D Minor 7 chord and finally to the four chord which would be Bb Major.

Note* the Key of F Major has only one flat in it spelled as such:

F – G – A – Bb – C – D – E

1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7

F Major – G Minor – A Minor – Bb Major – C Major/Dominant – D Minor – E Minor 7 b5

Listen to the original song on Youtube here.

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Ginuwine – Pony for Guitar

If I told you there are literally dozens of RnB songs that follow this same progression would you believe me?

Well there are for example India Arie – Video. You will see it is the exact same progression as I demonstrate, just in a different key.

Look here for my video tutorial of India Arie – Video for Guitar

I am not sure if anyone listens to 3LW anymore but here is there hit song I can remember that is again the same progression again.

No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)

This song was way back in the day, like 1999 but none the less you get the point.

You can also use this progression when writing you next song. The cool thing about progressions like this is that it is so recognizable by people who aren’t musically trained they will automatically think of a song and get that feeling to bob there heads.

With your lyrics on top of it, its like the already know you song and they will love it, if you are a half decent singer.

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