Special Thanks: Pete Ganbarg

Special Thanks: Pete Ganbarg

Special thanks to Pete Ganbarg, head of A&R for Atlantic Records, for visiting my Wesleyan songwriting class. He discussed his “populist’s ears,” his thinking behind successes with Santana, Daughtry, Train (to name a few), and his hunger for the next great song. Cheers. Tune in for music, shows, announcements, giveaways, videos and all that stuff, here: Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Bandcamp || Pandora Tallboy 7, Inc. Box 20463 NY NY...
Special Thanks: Ed Grauer and Peter Nashel

Special Thanks: Ed Grauer and Peter Nashel

Special thanks to Ed Grauer and Peter Nashel, who let my Wesleyan class in on the business side of songwriting – publishing, copyright, sample clearance, mechanicals, synch…the critical stuff that turns passion into a living. Tune in for music, shows, announcements, giveaways, videos and all that stuff, here: Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Bandcamp || Pandora Tallboy 7, Inc. Box 20463 NY NY...
Special Thanks: Rob Thomas

Special Thanks: Rob Thomas

“Three things in music that will never go out of style: the song; the song; and the song.” Special thanks to my guest speaker, Rob Thomas, who took time out to come to NYU and talk to the students about how he approaches songwriting, collaboration and “the beast” that is the industry. Tune in for music, shows, announcements, giveaways, videos and all that stuff, here: Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Bandcamp || Pandora Tallboy 7, Inc. Box 20463 NY NY...
April Issue of Guitar World: Mike Errico on Percussive Acoustic Guitar Playing

April Issue of Guitar World: Mike Errico on Percussive Acoustic Guitar Playing

In the April, 2014 issue of Guitar World, I explain my percussive acoustic guitar playing techniques and how they can inspire songwriting. The article has transcriptions of the grooves for “Springtime” and “1000 Miles,” and the web site features bonus video content. I had a great time writing it and filming with the GW crew. It’s on newsstands now, or available at the Guitar World Online Store. “Beat It: A Guide to the Inspired Techniques of Percussive Acoustic Guitar Playing” Bonus video content from the...
Teaching Songwriting at Wesleyan *AND* NYU, Spring 2014

Teaching Songwriting at Wesleyan *AND* NYU, Spring 2014

What a semester – In addition to continuing on at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, I’ve ALSO started teaching songwriting at Wesleyan University. The students are incredible, and I’m loving it. Tune in for music, shows, announcements, giveaways, videos and all that stuff, here: Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Bandcamp || Tumblr || Pandora Tallboy 7, Inc. Box 20463 NY NY...
Special Thanks: Steve Wariner

Special Thanks: Steve Wariner

Country Music Hall of Famer @stevewariner joined me at @CliveDavisInst at @nyuniversity to talk songwriting. What a semester it’s been. Special thanks to my guest speaker, Country Music Hall of Famer Steve Wariner, who talked about his own writing process, as well as his work with Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Dottie West, and so many great artists and writers. Toward the end of class, one of the students asked if he’d play a little, and he broke out “Tattoos of Life” and “Two Teardrops” solo. What a semester it’s been. Break out the violet cardigan sweaters: I am teaching songwriting at NYU’s Clive Davis School of the Recording Arts this fall. We’ve been focusing on the establishment of a personal songwriting voice, and oh, we’ve been writing. And...
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