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#15 Brian May: Highs & Lows

#15 Brian May: Highs & Lows

September 6, 2021

Dr Brian May, musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, author, astrophysicist and lead guitarist of rock band Queen, and I discuss the highs and lows of fame, artistry and the music making process. We chat about reading vs ear training, confidence in the face of adversity and what it feels like to have an audience of thousands of people singing a song you wrote back to you.

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#14 Ciyadh Wells: Diversity & Delusion

#14 Ciyadh Wells: Diversity & Delusion

August 23, 2021

Activist, podcast host and guitarist Ciyadh Wells and I discuss the pitfalls of the narrative around diversity, the dark depths of teacher separation anxiety and the similarities between the Roman Catholic church and the classical music education structure.

 

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#13 Sean Shibe: Toxic Relationships, Teachers & Systems

#13 Sean Shibe: Toxic Relationships, Teachers & Systems

August 9, 2021

Musician and recording artist Sean Shibe and I discuss toxic teachers and education systems, the insidious nature of classical guitar competitions, the problem with classical music review culture and the nature of interpretation. 

 

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#12 Hannah Murphy: Enjoying the Process

#12 Hannah Murphy: Enjoying the Process

July 26, 2021

Guitarist and Instagram guru Hannah Murphy and I discuss, the metrics of success, a life online and how the interior decor of a Jimmy John's set her free.

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#11 Pavel Steidl: Classical Music Egoism & Playing with Humour

#11 Pavel Steidl: Classical Music Egoism & Playing with Humour

July 12, 2021

Guitar phenomenon Pavel Steidl and I discuss listening, being open and humility as a pathway to discovering your own voice.

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#10 Nicolas Haumann: Collaboration in Creation

#10 Nicolas Haumann: Collaboration in Creation

June 28, 2021

Musician, video artist and guitarist Nicolas Haumann and I discuss the origins of Open Strings Berlin, why talking about your ideas is so important and how to escape the sunk cost fallacy.

 

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#9 Yan Kok: Investing in Yourself

#9 Yan Kok: Investing in Yourself

June 13, 2021

Classical guitarist and all round wonder woman Yan Kok and I discuss investing in oneself, love, kindness and understanding and the complexities of existing as a musician.

 

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#8 Bokyung Byun: The Nature of Competition

#8 Bokyung Byun: The Nature of Competition

May 31, 2021

Classical guitarist Bokyung Byun and I discuss competitions, learning to trust and how her journey across the world to study taught her more than just classical guitar.

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#7 Gerald Garcia: Passion in Adversity. Death and Destruction

#7 Gerald Garcia: Passion in Adversity. Death and Destruction

May 17, 2021

Composer, guitarist, educator and conductor Gerald Garcia and I discuss his experience with focal dystonia, how the injury helped him diversify his career, the passion of the amateur, the mystery of death and "YOLOOYOOADIAYASSWAESY".

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#6 Adam Levin: Balance in Chaos, How to Succeed

#6 Adam Levin: Balance in Chaos, How to Succeed

May 3, 2021

Classical guitarist, Educator and Activist Adam Levin and I discuss humility and pressure in classical music, cultural appreciation and nuanced conversation and how to create an artistic career that you enjoy.

 

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