Hi everyone, I’m starting a new blog and i’m super excited to share it with you!
My only training as a guitarist was from age 12 to 14, with an amazing teacher named Steve Maase. Here’s a photo of Steve. He passed away on October 1st.
Steve taught me in this small building just a few blocks from my home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He was not only a teacher but a mentor, and always cared for his students. The teaching was brilliant but he also took the time to make sure that his students were doing ok in all aspects of their lives. Though Steve passed away last October, he had just finished a theory book. In January It will be released by his daughter Lily. She is quite an accomplished guitar player herself and currently resides in New York.
Steve’s simple approach to theory has gotten me very far in my musical life. I basically know just enough theory to understand playing pop, rock ,country, and R&B… I’ve spent my life working with musicians who are far more educated than I am. If you are wondering how much theory you need to know, please let my path be in inspiration to you. You only need to know what is practical and useful, to play the music you love!!!
For me that was two years of lessons at age 12, and then the ongoing experience of playing with as many musicians as I could, in as many different situations I could find. I’ll let everybody know when Steve’s book comes out in January. The title says it all:
“Music Theory You Can Use”