Wood n Bows:
or how I learned to stop worrying and love my bow.
Adventures in woodworking and music
Author’s note: This farce, forced into the mold of Douglas Adams’ masterpiece, won’t be dining at the restaurant at the end of the universe, but I’m hoping it could at least pass as the ugly stepchild rejected from his epic series. –Jesse Griggs The following guide, having absolutely nothing to do with chip carving, isContinue reading “The Chip Carver’s Guide to the Workshop”
While studying music in college, I visited the Cleveland Institute of Music several times. They had an annual “viola day” that my professor taught at and brought me along. This was special. I got to visit one of the best music schools in the world and have master classes with some great viola professors includingContinue reading “A Happy Space is a Creative Space…..or is it the other way around?”
This Sunday, October 11, at 3pm, I’m performing in a free concert that will be streamed online. For more info visit the Omaha Conservatory of Music’s page here or keep reading. You can watch the video live here. I’m performing on Fluffy the Porcupine and Big Al. IN HARMONY: STORIES FROM CHILDHOOD Sunday, October 11,Continue reading “In Harmony: Stories from Childhood”
Let me introduce you to my little BIG friend! This is Mr. Metronome. His second cousin’s brother’s mother’s friend’s former roommate is Mr. Coffee. I have a love/hate (but mostly hate) relationship with metronomes. Every time I practice with one, I’m convinced the thing is broken. It just can’t hold a steady beat. But thenContinue reading “Mr. Metronome: Part 1”
Can’t play something? Bitten off more than you can chew? Remember the 3 S’s. I’ve had so many students say, “It’s too hard! I Can’t. I don’t know how.” They’re defeated before they even begin. Tackling a whole piece perfectly from the beginning is a bit like trying to eat a 40oz steak in aContinue reading “The 3 S’s: Slower, Smaller, Simpler”
One of the core principles of Christopher Schwarz’ Anarchist’s Tool Chest is to have a small kit of tools. Fewer tools means less time monkeying with tools you’re still figuring out how to use and more time building furniture. I found myself in need of a plow plane but not ready to commit the fundsContinue reading “Make a Grooving Plane for the Anarchist Tool Chest”
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