This was a good year for me as I discovered the power of Social Media. I created a blog, discovered reverbnation, twitter, facebook, blah, blah, blah… All really wonderful tools for the independent musician.
I’m now on the top of the heap when you Google “flamenco” or “flamenco guitar” how cool is that! I’ve also tripled my web traffic which is a really big accomplishment. For years I studied and bought e-books on developing web traffic, online marketing, etc… With very little success. I gave up until I discovered Ariel Hyatt’s “Music Success in 9 Weeks” That book made my year!
As a nylon string guitarist, discovering the Fishman Aura 16 acoustic imaging pedal has been a massive find this year. For years I have been frustrated with my live guitar sound and thanks to Fishman my guitar sound is better than ever! I currently play a great flamenco guitar built by Jeff Sigurdson. I installed the LR Baggs classical element pick up, which string balance and gain make it the best nylon pickup ever! And I’ve tried a lot! You can read more about the fishman aura pedal in my previous post.
2010 was also the year I disposed of my glasses. Thank you IRIS! You guys are the best!
IRIS has been playing my music in their retail outlets so when they found out I would be a good candidate for laser eye surgery, they offered it to me and I accepted.
I now live my life in HD and it’s fantastic! No more dirty glasses. I can walk and run in the rain! No more contact lens’s, etc…
2010 was the year I performed for our Winter Olympics. What a great experience! I had multiple performances with my rumba flamenco, latin jazz quartet as well as performances with Vancouver Gypsy Jazz quartet Gypsalero.
I’ve been performing with Gypsalero for years and the year was the first time I was in the studio with the guys to begin recording a new Gypsalero cd.
This year I also began performing with Gabriel Mark Hasselbach. Gabriel is a fantastic musician that I have looked up to for years and it’s a been a thrill for me to now be gigging with him!
This year I began this blog that gives my fans a behind the scene window of what it’s like as a working musician and guitarist.
This year I’m also back to being my own manager and have began booking my own tours. I’m still looking for management however it’s been a breath of fresh air to be back doing it myself.
So first up for the new year will be my new online guitar school that new guitar students can study with me from anywhere in the world. The new site is already up but will be officially announced in January.