Things to do under lockdown: 3/20/2020

I don’t know where you all are, but here in Washington, most of us are nearly shelter-in-place status, although as of this writing it’s not a mandate yet.

But fear not.  I feel that some of us will be gifted with free time to read that book we’ve always been putting off, tackling that DIY project in the garage, or just feeling the unusual but welcome separation from the modern rat race.

Me?  As a guitarist, I’ve been finding music theory resources online to help train my mind and ear – as opposed to my fingers.  I’m going to share some of them in hopes that they enrich your composition and performance skills as well.


As a guitarist, the most used sections for me on the Exercises page are the following.


I suggest you work your way through each of these levels until it becomes second nature, then move to the next level – they build upon each other.

Karl Blau at Kennelly Keys

Karl Blau played a solo acoustic set last night at Kennelly Keys Music in Anacortes.  It was vintage Karl, making jokes about tuning by ear, and sudden screams into the microphone.  I’d been waiting to get some good pictures of him for a while.


New on Skagit Art Music

Check out our latest post on Skagit Art Music! Writer Mark Perschbacher and I took in a 4-band show at Kennelly Keys last month.  A very diverse and talented set of musicians and songwriters.  Photography by yours truly.

Photo: Lizzie Weber performs on acoustic guitar.


New: Music Page

I’ve put up a page of some of my home recordings today.   Hope you like listening to them.

All recordings done in Garage Band.

James Harper performs with The Hoe and the Harrow 2/17/2018

Taken at Kennelly Keys, Anacortes.  James is performing with his band, The Hoe and the Harrow, Saturday night February 17, 2018.