Thoughts on Music: Soul & Other Intangible Stuff

Here are a few ideas and opinions on musical improvement, spirituality and the right mindset.

This is content far removed from “how tos.” I make zero claims in these following pages. They are partially things *I* think are important, partially things that I needed to write about to better understand myself.

Patience & Improving
Why practice is good for you and how there are no easy answers.
Patience & Improving Part 2: On Tabs & Time
Why tabs might not be what you need and how you ARE getting better.
Patience & Improving Part 3: The Meat Grinder of Real, Live Music
Why performing is so valuable and what some things I learned in school.
Patience & Improving Part 4: Abandoning the Search for Answers
Why at a certain point you’ve just got to give in and play music.
Silence: Playing the Space
Notes are just clever ways of getting from silence to silence. True story.
Style: Embracing Your Sound
Finding your own voice is the hardest part of playing.

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Brad Bordessa
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I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honokaʻa, Hawaiʻi, where I run this site from a little plantation house in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once jammed with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me