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Music from A to Z

302 EpisodesProduced by Az SamadWebsite

All about music, jazz, guitar, music education and today's music industry!

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EP 288: Chronological vs. Category - thoughts on books by Warren Nunes

October 4th, 2023


A riff on my thoughts on how to explore a musician’s works, both their written output and also their musical works. Lots of thoughts on books by guitarist Warren Nunes.

EP 287: Delayed Gratification, Networking and Friendships

October 2nd, 2023


Sometimes networking is overcomplicated. This is how I think of it and how it has helped me on my musical journey.

EP 286: Mini Concentrations in Life

October 2nd, 2023


An approach to speeding up mastery, something I’ve done for years even when I was a student in Berklee College of Music.

EP 285: Long Term Creation Strategy for Musicians and Bands

September 26th, 2023


This is all about doing things over a long period of time and getting results.

EP 284: How do you become a better performer?

September 25th, 2022


In this episode, you will find one this one seemingly super simple secret that many musicians don’t realise (and even underestimate) in their career as a performer.

EP 283: Perfectionism, The Song Is The Focus

June 9th, 2022


Updates on what I’ve been up to, why I’ve been listening to songs from my childhood, the process of growing as a musician… and the struggles.

EP 282: Planning, Business Plans and Letting Go for Musicians

August 25th, 2021


This is for the perfectionists and procrastinators. How do you start a project and how do you handle failure? Listen to find out one way.

EP 281: Getting over the fear of content creation

June 21st, 2021


Do you ever feel afraid to publish your content? Do you ever feel your gear is not up to par? Listen to this episode for my thoughts on what stops some musicians from putting their work out on the internet.

EP 280: Is this stopping you from progressing as a musician?

May 6th, 2021


Some thoughts on what I have seen stop different musicians and artists.

EP 279: On Clubhouse with Altimet and thinking about Xanga, MySpace and Geocities

April 7th, 2021


Platforms have changed over the 21 years but what lasts even when social media platforms and trends change? Find out in this episode.

EP 278: Yogi B, Jason Lo, Ahmad Izham Omar, Melakaboy, Altimet, Leonard Tan in this Clubhouse room

February 17th, 2021


2nd time Altimet and I hosted Malaysian Musicians on CH and boy was it an amazing line up of speakers... the stories!

EP 277: Two ways to measure success for a musician (which one would you choose?)

February 14th, 2021


Success can mean different things to different people. In this episode, you’ll discover some ways that you can look at it.

EP 276: Starting Malaysian Clubhouse rooms w/ Altimet & Zee Avi

February 12th, 2021


Talking about my experience—the first week starting new Clubhouse rooms with Altimet (Malaysian Musicians on CH) and Zee Avi (Nada Music)

EP 275: Cecil Alexander’s bebop challenge and new courses I’m developing

February 3rd, 2021


Update on what I’m currently practicing on guitar and new courses brewing.

EP 274 - On taking 5 day challenges and studying bebop

January 25th, 2021


A mish mash of different things I’m working on including some exciting bebop exercises I was checking out from jazz guitarist Cecil Alexander.

EP 273 - What I Learned from Listening to Steve J Larsen (So Far)

January 9th, 2021


Talking about my tooth issues and some important marketing and mindset lessons from Steve J Larsen of Sales Funnel Radio

EP 271: In memory of Joshua Wong (noughts and exes)

December 28th, 2020


Sharing some stories about Joshua Wong from the Hong Kong band, noughts and exes. Joshua passed away on 25 December 2020 after battling cancer.

EP 270: Ed Sheeran, Zero to One and Steve Larsen

December 26th, 2020


How a Saturday was for me and how the Ed Sheeran course is developing.

EP 269: Teaching the Ed Sheeran guitar style?

December 25th, 2020


About my next Zoom class/mini course and different things I’m working on.

EP 268: Hit 9k Subscribers on YouTube!

December 23rd, 2020


Progress of things today, future plans, content strategy and I’m on the Gumroad University launch page!

EP 267: Pivoting to a different course

December 21st, 2020


Talking about using Figma, a video that got a lot of likes on Facebook and pivoting to a different course idea for this month’s Kelab Gitar Az Samad.

EP 266: Reading Zero to One, new video series, a secret sale and Derek Sivers new book

December 20th, 2020


Got some time off, which meant I had time to study some business topics, work on my design skills on Figma and read Peter Thiel’s famous book about startups and founders.

EP 264: Iron Man, cake, making courses and turning 40

December 15th, 2020


The one that I talk about making online courses and how it relates to Tony Stark making his Iron Man suit. And cake, I talk about cake and how it …

EP 263: Turning 40, current projects, PS4, No Straight Roads and Birthday Plans

December 14th, 2020


Flow of consciousness talking about my new courses, gaming life, TV shows I’ve been watching and how it feels like being 39 for the last 30 mins or so.

EP 262: New Courses, Kelab Gitar Az Samad & the Importance of Documenting Your Knowledge

December 5th, 2020


People die and their knowledge & experience dies with them. In this episode, you’ll find out my perspective on this.

EP 261: DK West, Diminished Chords and my new Guitar Club

September 19th, 2020


Sharing updates on my experience reacting to the release of No Straight Roads, my new Diminished chords guitar course in Malay, thinking about starting to stream via Twitch and a new guitar club coming up in October.

EP 260: Anyone could make a movie now and that’s the point

August 7th, 2020


The world changes. The question is are you changing? Or, are you stuck in the past?

EP 258: Gear Lust, Practicing and Investing in Yourself as a Musician

August 4th, 2020


If you have Gear Acquisition Syndrome (G.A.S), you probably don’t want to listen to this.

EP 257: Virtual Music Gigs and the online COVID-19 Gigging World

August 3rd, 2020


How can musicians perform and make a living now in these challenging times? Listen to this episode for my thoughts and forecasts on this topic.

EP 256: The one fatal mistake most musicians make

July 31st, 2020


Especially during this era of Covid-19, this one important topic becomes even more important. Don’t make this one fatal mistake.

EP 255: The Importance of Expressing Yourself Fully

July 29th, 2020


Some days are pretty horrible, or seem that way. Here’s something you can do to unload those mental burdens.

EP 254: Knowing and not knowing

July 28th, 2020


On deciding your musical direction and the steps you would want to take to get there.

EP 253: Fear and Perfectionism

July 27th, 2020


Is it taking you 10 years to release a new album or work? What’s stopping you? Listen to this episode for some thoughts and reflection on this.

EP 252: How to bypass the gatekeepers in art

July 27th, 2020


The world is changing for artists, musicians and creatives but are you changing? This episode shares key ideas that are important now.

EP 251: The one secret to getting good at anything (including music and social media)

July 25th, 2020


This is what I learned from this one email marketer and it’s been helping me so much. Listen to this to find out what this is.

EP 250: Musical rules are meant to be broken?

July 22nd, 2020


Talking about music theory, studying, learning, teaching and how this relates to me rewatching the first episode of Dark.

EP 249: On consuming things many times to digest the knowledge

July 20th, 2020


Talking about something I heard Ben Settle talk about and how it relates to music too.

EP 248: That Dark TV Series and How it Relates to Music

July 19th, 2020


What a mind blowing experience that TV show was and my recent projects (and other things in progress)

EP 247: Collaboration with Berklee rock guitar professor Jon Finn

May 27th, 2020


Doing a joint guitar workshop/clinic/masterclass what have you this Sunday with professor Jon Finn from Berklee College of Music. You’re invited too. …

EP 246: New video, US Trip, Frank Kern and Wayne Krantz

April 15th, 2020


An update on my recent shenanigans as Frank Kern would say.

EP 245: Why I started writing daily e-mails for #SuratMuzik

February 13th, 2020


Jose Rosado, Dennis Demori, Ben Settle all influenced me. If you're a musician and you're wondering what platform is best to reach your fans, listen to this episode.

EP 244: Don't Get Bullied As An Artist

February 5th, 2020


An issue that stems deeper from insecurity, status in society and self image. Listen to find out about my thoughts on this.

EP 243: How to 10x your guitar chord vocabulary

February 2nd, 2020


Tips for anyone who wants to master more chords in their guitar playing!

EP 241: Tradition, Understanding the Norm and How to Break It for New Art

January 24th, 2020


Thoughts on tradition, following what has been done and what an artist can do in the future.

EP 240: Talking about Making Art (and my new eBook, Make Your Art)

January 24th, 2020


Life can be hard for artists. Listen to me talk about this and my new eBook about this and the creative process.

EP 239: 4 Things You Can Do Everyday as a Modern Musician

January 24th, 2020


Simplified but really important things to do as a musician

EP 236: Ear Training for Guitarists - Part 4

January 21st, 2020


More on this important topic! Listen to the first three parts first if you haven't yet.

EP 235: Ear Training for Guitarists - Part 3

January 19th, 2020


Did you know that there are many reasons to learn ear training AND the reasons can change how you approach your practice sessions? Listen to this episode to find out.

EP 234: Ear Training for Guitarists - Part 2

January 19th, 2020


The the 2nd part of a series of very practical tips for developing your ears as a musician, focused on guitarists in particular. This episode shares …

EP 233: Ear Training for Guitarists - Part 1

January 18th, 2020


This is part of a series of very practical tips for developing your ear as a musician, focused on guitarists in particular.

EP 232: Cecil Alexander's Musical Exercises - Should you get them?

January 18th, 2020


Jazz guitarist Cecil Alexander has new musical exercises available in PDF format on his website. Should you get them? Here are my thoughts.

EP 229: Lessons from the Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival 2020

January 13th, 2020


A review, somewhat? Lessons from this cool 3-day event.

EP 228: Book review of Modal Etudes by Noel Johnston

January 9th, 2020


Thoughts on this great book for guitarists interested in expanding their harmonic vocabulary.

EP 227: A review of Robin Nolan's 6 Hot Licks course

January 8th, 2020


Discover my thoughts on gypsy jazz guitarist Robin Nolan's first course in 2020.

EP 226: How to choose the right teachers

December 27th, 2019


An important thought from a discussion yesterday with my friend over lunch

EP 224: How to make more content as a musician, faster

December 22nd, 2019


In this episode, you'll hear about this concept that I call: fluid content.

EP 223: Review of The George Benson Picking Lesson video by Peter Farrell

December 22nd, 2019


My thoughts on this instructional video by Peter Farrell, which is part of his many videos teaching George Benson's approach to playing jazz guitar.

EP 222: Interview with singer-songwriter Idzwan. J

December 21st, 2019


Talking about the creative process of songwriting

EP 221: Checking out Peter Farrell's work on The George Benson Method

December 13th, 2019


Some observations and discoveries from watching Peter Farrell play and teach.

EP 220: What to do when your morning routine fails

December 12th, 2019


Stopped exercising for a bit and now back at it. Thoughts on negative thoughts and dealing with it.

EP 218: On how my reading habits changed over the years (and why)

December 8th, 2019


Fiction vs Non-fiction books, which one is better for you? Find out my thoughts on this episode.

EP 216: Recording my rap song, video games, exercising and Tai Lopez

December 4th, 2019


A jumble of thoughts, if you're curious about what I'm doing now, this is the right place.

EP 214: Continuing the morning routine and study day today

November 29th, 2019


Working on improving myself, a Black Friday sale and thoughts on studying

EP 210: The one where I go on and on

November 15th, 2019


Reflecting on the past decade and thing I've done (and not done).

EP 209: How I used Gary Vee's how to create 64 pieces of content in day (to make 45)

November 15th, 2019


If you're not sure about what to do on social media as a musician, here are some thoughts.

EP 208: Blackout at my gig & what I've been up to

November 6th, 2019


Talking about gigging, #SuratMuzik and copywriting (Ben Settle, Frank Kern, Peng Joon)

Cerita Muzik EP 11: 5 Tips Untuk Band Baru Dapat Gigs

October 19th, 2019


Ada band? Tapi takde gigs? Kesian, kesian.. Dengarlah episod kali ini untuk dapat tips paling top untuk band awak dapat gigs.

Cerita Muzik EP 10: 8 Tips Rehearsal Band Lebih Efektif

October 19th, 2019


Masuk studio, latih band, lepas tu macam tak improve? Mungkin band awak ada miss tips ini. Dengar, fokus dan selamat mencuba!

Cerita Muzik EP 09: 5 Keperluan Asas Untuk Promosi Band

October 19th, 2019


Nak dapat gigs? Nak dapat endorsement? Nak peluang lebih baik? 5 benda ini penting untuk band awak. Dengarlah.

Cerita Muzik EP 08: 7 Sebab Band Awak Masih Tak Dapat Gig Lebih Besar

October 19th, 2019


Kalau band awak stuck, tak maju ke depan, dengar episod ni dan ambil notes!

EP 206: Stress as a performing musician

September 7th, 2019


Thoughts on the thought process of being a performing musician, stress, coping with stress and the challenges that face musicians internally and externally.

EP 204: The Big Mistake Musicians and Artists Do on Social Media Everyday

July 29th, 2019


About this mistake and various ways of overcoming this so that you can build and deliver better art

EP 203: Back from UK and now making more stuff

July 12th, 2019


New courses, music I'm writing and upcoming things

EP 201: Hello from London, UK

June 7th, 2019


Some things I'm up to while I am in the UK!

EP 200: 4 Tips To Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed

June 3rd, 2019


Discover some of my thoughts of handling feelings of being overwhelmed especially with work or challenges in your life.

EP 199: Yuna's Forevermore song and video

May 22nd, 2019


Some thoughts I have on the song and video!

EP 198: A Podcast about Podcasting

May 3rd, 2019


I answer a question from two UiTM mass comm students who just interviewed me for their research project.

Cerita Muzik EP 07: 10 Perkara Paling Penting Kalau Nak Berjaya Dalam Industri Muzik Moden

April 30th, 2019


Ini semua tips paling top saya boleh beri. Gunakan yang sesuai untuk awak. Industri ini sukar dan mencabar, jadi kena berilmu baru boleh berjaya …

Cerita Muzik EP 06: Rahsia Gunakan Media Sosial untuk Kembangkan Seni dan Kerjaya Muzik Awak

April 30th, 2019


Semua ini benda yang saya amalkan dan ajar kepada students saya. Dengarkan dan hadamkan.

Cerita Muzik EP 05: Cara Alternatif untuk Buat Duit (Dalam Industri Muzik)

April 30th, 2019


7 cara yang awak boleh gunakan untuk menjana pendapatan alternatif sebagai pemuzik moden yang bervisi dan berisi.

Cerita Muzik EP 04: Kemahiran Baru Yang Diperlukan (Tapi Ramai Pemuzik Tak Ada)

April 30th, 2019


9 kemahiran penting yang teramat-amat, tapi ramai akan tak peduli. Akibatnya, kerjaya mereka akan tergendala atau tak maju ke depan.

Cerita Muzik EP 03: Cara Dapat Gigs dan Kerja (Walaupun Orang Belum Jumpa Awak Lagi)

April 30th, 2019


5 asas penting supaya awak mendapat kerja dan peluang dalam industri muzik. Ini semua real world experience ni, bukan teori semata-mata.

Cerita Muzik EP 01: Cara Cari Makan Dalam Bidang Muzik (Luar Dari Kebiasaan)

April 30th, 2019


Saya bercerita dalam Bahasa Melayu pula kali ini, pasal ilmu 'real world', kongsi tips untuk membantu mereka yang ingin berkerja dalam industri muzik …

EP 197: Monday and the Incoming Week

April 29th, 2019


Various assorted thoughts on upcoming events and projects.

EP 196: 10 Conclusions to the Whole Idea of Making a Living in Music

April 28th, 2019


This wraps up this series of podcast episodes on the topic of, 'How to Make a Living in the Modern Music Industry'.

EP 195: How to Use Social Media to Develop Your Art and Music Career

April 28th, 2019


4 core aspects that define effective social media use. These are not tactics! This is what is behind the actual tactics. The thinking behind the work.

EP 194: Alternative Ways To Make Money as a Musician

April 28th, 2019


7 ways to make money as a musician besides the common performing, teaching and behind the scenes work route.

EP 193: The New Skills That You Need (As a Modern Musician)

April 28th, 2019


In this episode, I share 9 skills that you need (but most people completely mess up).

EP 192: How to Get Gigs (Even if People Haven't Met You Yet)

April 28th, 2019


Important concepts for developing your reputation and identity as a musician.

EP 191: How to Be Employable as a Musician (even if You Lose Your Job)

April 28th, 2019


Some key tips that are important for long term music career development.

EP. 190: Secrets of Making Money in Music as a Modern Musician

April 26th, 2019


Ideas on how to attract work and money as a musician. This is an introduction to some things that I will be covering at my upcoming talk at UiTM Shah Alam.

EP 189: Exciting Things for April and May 2019

April 20th, 2019


On my new books, the creative process, my book reviews and things coming up.

EP 188: We Can't Help Everyone

April 19th, 2019


Simple truths that are difficult for the ego to accept.

EP 187: How to Find Out The Most Up to Date Music Industry Advice

April 19th, 2019


This is so important. Listen to this if you want to be in the music industry.

EP 186: Your Emotions Are Valid

April 17th, 2019


When people think they are smarter or better than you, listen to this.

EP 185: The Missing Part in Formal Music Education

April 13th, 2019


This is something missing in standard music degree programs.

EP 184: When You're Not Motivated to Make Art, Listen To This

April 12th, 2019


Inspired by a DM I received on Twitter, some food for thought.

EP 181: Hello from Melbourne, Australia

April 9th, 2019


A new book and new things in the works!

EP 179: Kill Excuses With Fire

March 28th, 2019


How to start making art: a quick guide!

EP 178: Art as a Newbie, Art as an Experienced Artist

March 24th, 2019


This is an excerpt from a class I taught via Skype, talking about the importance of appreciating the different stages as a creator, as an artist.

EP 177: Current Projects

March 12th, 2019


Sharing what I've been working on.

EP 176: Making Something New and Being On Twitter A Lot

February 27th, 2019


On my new #PoeticMusicianFramework and talking about how to develop creative projects.

EP 175: What Do You Do On Those Down Days?

February 25th, 2019


Had a bad day? Creativity not flowing? Here are some of my thoughts on this.

EP 174: The Benefits of Etudes for Guitarists

February 16th, 2019


Answering a question from my student CJ about the benefits of etudes

EP 173: Important Investment for Musicians

February 15th, 2019


A practical tip, seems easy but still difficult to implement for most people.

EP 172: What Makes You Happy?

February 11th, 2019


In this episode, I ask this question: what makes you happy? I'll tell you what makes me happy and in return I askyou what makes you happy? Simple question but very important.

EP 171: When I was a kid

February 7th, 2019


In this episode I share some a random assortment of stories from my childhood and how these random thoughts are things you can probably relate in some kind of way.

EP 170: The What and Why of Musicians (and Why This Is Important)

February 6th, 2019


If you want to be more successful in your music career you have to know WHAT and WHY you're doing something. This is how you get to the HOW of what …

EP 169: Thoughts on Being A Performer

February 6th, 2019


There are so many ways to make a living as a performer. Here I share some thought and considerations for performers to take when choosing gigs.

EP 167: On Consistency, inspired by Nick Yates

February 2nd, 2019


I read this tweet by I am Nick Yates on Twitter and I was inspired to record this podcast episode which talks about my thoughts on consistency and …

EP 166: Trying to keep a Morning Routine

February 2nd, 2019


In this episode I share my experience trying to keep a morning routine and also working on guitar licks. Also working on the project for the day. A few thoughts on consumerism and the need to buy new stuff for me to …

EP 165: The Skills You Need As a Modern Musician

February 1st, 2019


In this episode, I share what I think people should be learning now if they're musicians and what you need to survive as a musician and thrive in the …

EP 164: How to be Motivated as a Musician

January 30th, 2019


How my day went and a reading of today's Twitter thread.

EP 163: Mobile Phones and the Modern Musician

January 30th, 2019


My phone got fixed and now I am back in full force.

EP 162: Video Editing, Soundslice Work and FB Live Videos

January 29th, 2019


Recap of work for today, including video segmenting, demo video edits, FB Live, Twitter Thread writing and more.

EP 161: Kingdom TV show and the Music Industry

January 29th, 2019


Work today, video editing, talking about a TV show and the state of the Music Industry.

EP 160: Why People Fail and Succeed In Music

January 28th, 2019


I reveal my E Vs. E concept. This is why you will fail OR succeed in music (and life).

EP 159: New Project Brewing

January 27th, 2019


Working on some new ideas, guitar licks and transcribing.

EP 158: That TV Show Titans and The Musician Identity

January 27th, 2019


What does a TV show have to do with being a musician? Listen as I share thoughts on this.

EP 157: How To Really Learn Songs Inside Out

January 26th, 2019


This is how I approach learning songs and how I encourage my students to do so as well.

EP 156: My Recording Setup

January 26th, 2019


Learn about my recording setup and the basics of what I recommend for musicians who want to start recording their own music.

EP 155: Editing Videos, Day 9 of FB Live, Frank Kern and Jose Rosado

January 25th, 2019


A summary of how the day went and my experiments at the moment.

EP 154: Titans and Talking About Money in the Music Industry

January 25th, 2019


What does a TV show have to do with music? Well it made me think about this...

EP 153: The Other Aspects of Being a Musician

January 23rd, 2019


About making new songs, other skills related to making music and surviving/thriving in the music industry.

EP 152: Making Stuff and Wanting Stuff

January 22nd, 2019


The neverending desire for gear can stop us from making cool stuff. In this episode, discover how I think about the creative process and the gear …

The #AskAz Show EP 02 | Tremolo Picking, Dm7b5 sounds, Blues Ideas, Chord Voicings

January 22nd, 2019


Hey guys, The #AskAz Show EP 02 was originally done live on my FB page on Jan 18 2019. 

In this episode, I talked about how to practice tremolo …

EP 151: Modern Life, Phones, Content Creation

January 22nd, 2019


On Reaper, audio engineering, doing work on mobile and daily life in 2019.

The #AskAz Show EP 01 | On Buying New Guitars, Picking, Chromatic Embellishments

January 22nd, 2019


Hey guys, this was #AskAz Live Q&A Episode 1 on Jan 17 2019 originally done live on my FB page. 

In this episode, I talked about why people buy …

EP 150: Tuesdays are for Work

January 22nd, 2019


Work in Progress and upcoming podcast episodes!

EP 149: Monday Thoughts and Ed Dale

January 21st, 2019


How today went and my plans for what's next...

EP 148: Is It Your Music Dream Job?

January 20th, 2019


How to find out whether the job you want is REALLY the job you want.

EP 147: How To Learn Songs By Ear

January 18th, 2019


A 3 step guide, to learn songs by ear.

Check out my new course, How To Start Teaching Guitar Lessons at

EP 146: With Shahrul Subki of Simpliphi Tech

January 16th, 2019


Speed and execution in the tech and startup scene.

EP 145: The 7 Important Lessons I Learned at Berklee

January 14th, 2019


Special extended episode sharing the 7 important lessons I learned during my time as a student at Berklee College of Music.

Brand NEW How To Start …

EP 144: Lessons from Tom Lippincott, Andy Fite, Ray Daike and Lee Ritenour

January 13th, 2019


A day of work and learning today. Good stuff... A bit of a ramble but some important thoughts here.

EP 143: On Reading Books Again and Again

January 13th, 2019


Sometimes it makes more sense the second or third time around

EP 141: The One Where I Talk About Making The Course

January 11th, 2019


Gary Vee, Yin, Grant Cardone and many folks are responsible for this new thing and the process.

EP 140: 3 Keys To Being A Good Guitar Teacher

January 11th, 2019


Special extended episode sharing the 3 keys (S, S & S) to being a good guitar teacher.

Brand NEW How To Start Teaching Guitar Lessons Course is out!
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EP 139: Artistic Goals and Work

January 10th, 2019


Long term goals and how to fit them in the short term.

EP 138: Making and Tweaking Products

January 10th, 2019


Making something new and the challenges behind it.

EP 137: A New Mini Course for Aspiring Guitar Teachers

January 9th, 2019


I made something new, it's in the works, discover more about it here. :)

EP 136: You Are Not Just One Thing

January 8th, 2019


On different facets of our personality.

EP 134: Why So Angry?

January 7th, 2019


Super emo responses and trolling online, along with different perspectives of music

EP 133: The Boron Letters - Part 2

January 7th, 2019


What I learned so far after rereading these classic letters from direct response copywriter Gary Halbert

EP 131: Music as Art Vs. Music as a Career

January 7th, 2019


This can be a sensitive or emotional topic for some musicians... but let's talk about this.

EP 130: Growing Older

January 5th, 2019


Thoughts on growing older and society's expectations

EP 129: Learning Over Time

January 3rd, 2019


Same things, different things, new things, old things repackaged.

EP 128: Why Not Having Mentors Is a Bad Idea

January 3rd, 2019


2019, if you don't have a mentor, you're losing.

EP 126: How To Become a Better Music Teacher

January 2nd, 2019


Some ideas that I am currently using with my students.

EP 125: How To Overcome Stage Fright

January 2nd, 2019


Some thoughts on the origin of stage fright and a practical way to overcome it

EP 124: Can I release 1,200 podcast episodes in 2019?

January 2nd, 2019


Something I learned from Grant Cardone, about goals and execution.

EP 123: Change in 2019 - How do We Do This?

January 2nd, 2019


Lessons from Tai Lopez, Brendon Burchard, #TransformationWeek and more.

EP 122: Tip for 2019 - The Most Important People You Have to Pay Attention To

January 1st, 2019


Are you a musician, performer or music educator? Focus on these folks and notice what happens.

EP 121: Altimet O - My Thoughts, Interpretations and Predictions

December 31st, 2018


I really liked what Altimet did on his new album. These are my initial thoughts on it.

EP 120: How To Learn From the Books You Buy

December 31st, 2018


A simple way of learning and using the stuff you buy immediately

EP 118: How To Make Money As A Musician in 2019

December 29th, 2018


Things I've learned in 2018, and the 3 things to focus on in a changing music industry in 2019.

EP 117: Micro Learning Hack

December 26th, 2018


How do you maximize daily learning? Here's an experiment that I'm going to try today.

EP 115: The Value of Wisdom

December 16th, 2018


Books, videos, education via different mediums and how value is relative.

EP 114: Intellectual Food for The Body

December 13th, 2018


What are you consuming? Here are some things that I consume.

EP 112: Theory Vs. Doing

December 12th, 2018


What's stopping us from going to the next level? Maybe it's just this.

EP 110: Buying Too Many Books or Courses? Here's a Tip!

December 9th, 2018


I am guilty of buying so many instructional videos and books. How do you get the most out of all of these things. Here are some tips for you. :)

EP 109: Are You Designing Your Day Effectively?

December 7th, 2018


One of the ways I design my media consumption, work and content creation for the day.

EP 108: How To Find More Time To Create

December 6th, 2018


How I make podcast episodes, write blog posts and social media updates. This is how I create in between other things.

EP 107: Should You Move To Another City or Country?

December 5th, 2018


Music career considerations: geography! Is where you're based important? Here are some things to consider.

EP 106: My Philosophy As A Performing Musician

December 5th, 2018


Which gigs matter? How do we get better gigs?

EP 104: A Creative Way To Use Social Media for Musicians

December 5th, 2018


This is one of the ways I use social media so that it works for me and my work.

EP 101: Flexibility in Your Music Career

December 2nd, 2018


About different styles and learning on the job.

EP 100: Look What You Made Me Do Gary Vee & Yin!

December 1st, 2018


Discover how this podcast came about, my process, what I've learned so far and where we're headed next. :)

EP 99: Limiting Beliefs and The Power of Labels

December 1st, 2018


How do we grow creatively, musically or just as a person in general?

EP 95: Thoughts on K/DA POP/STARS

November 25th, 2018


Fascinated with the whole thing and how the different creative industries collide together

EP 93: How I Prepare For Music Workshops and Talks

November 21st, 2018


A little behind the scenes on my process and preparation for teaching workshops.

EP 92: The Logic Behind Why I do Podcasts

November 20th, 2018


Quantity vs Quality - why I do what I do & what you can learn from my process (and the thinking behind it)

EP 91: Tips on Preparing For A Music Competition

November 20th, 2018


Ever wanted to enter a music competition or talent show? Here are some tips!

EP 88: Finding Meaning in Your Work

November 15th, 2018


Why do we do what we do? Let's talk about meaning today.

EP 87: Stupid Questions and Lazy Questions

November 15th, 2018


How to find out about things you don't know - a quick guide!

EP 85: The Best Kind of Work for Creative Musicians

November 14th, 2018


About my experience doing work beyond performing and teaching

EP 84: Just Because It's Normal Doesn't Necessarily Make It Right

November 14th, 2018


Social norms, communication and networking basics for musicians.

EP 83: Are You Missing Opportunities?

November 9th, 2018


Small things, signs, coincidences or are these meant to be?

EP 82: Making The Most of Events

November 9th, 2018


Are you really at a boring event or was it just you?

EP 80: What I Learned from Guthrie Govan in Kuala Lumpur

November 8th, 2018


I met Guthrie Govan in Kuala Lumpur and it was amazing. Learned so much!

EP 79: Can't Read Music but Want To? Listen to This Now!

November 6th, 2018


About sight reading and how to learn to read music (and other skills too!)

EP 78: Appreciating Those Around You

November 4th, 2018


Late night thoughts and post gig thoughts!

EP 77: Guitarist Nick Johnston in Kuala Lumpur!

November 3rd, 2018


Went for the Nick Johnston workshop and was completely inspired + learned A LOT!

EP 76: What I Learned at the Intro to UX/UI for Games Masterclass by Anisa Sanusi at #levelupkl2018

November 2nd, 2018


How did learning User Experience and User Interface help me as a musician? Listen and discover what I experienced at Anisa Sanusi's Level Up KL 2018 masterclass.

EP 75: How I got to tour Europe and play with 2 Grammy winners

November 2nd, 2018


True story, one of the best pieces of advice I can give you.

EP 74: What I Learned as a Musician at #levelupkl2018

November 2nd, 2018


Thoughts after 6 days of intense #gamedev and #gameaudio adventures at #levelup2018

EP 73: Video Game Music at Level Up KL 2018

November 2nd, 2018


A snippet from the masterclass I taught at Level Up KL 2018!

EP 72: Jordan Belfort Story and How It Relates to Music

October 24th, 2018


Does it relate? Yes, it's about the work and how much work you put in.

EP 71: You Are Not An Island

October 24th, 2018


Appreciate what brought you to where you are!

EP 69: What Just Happened on The Ask Gary Vee show?

October 2nd, 2018


Value is the thing and the internet is the great connector... we just have to make the move.

EP 67: 5 Tips For Beginner Guitarists

September 21st, 2018


The MOST important things for beginners. Learn and share :)

EP 64: Sounds Of Kites album!

September 13th, 2018


Got a new CD from Malaysian folk songwriter, Sounds Of Kites!

EP 63: What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do

September 13th, 2018


How do we make good decisions for our music career? Here are some possibilities.

EP 60: Thoughts After Attending The Joel Bauer 1 Day Event

September 7th, 2018


Joel Bauer was in Kuala Lumpur and I attended his talk on Design Your Destiny. Here are some thoughts I had after the event.

EP 59: Jack and Jill Learn Music

September 5th, 2018


This 1 thing can kill your music career. What is it?

EP 58: Don't Reinvent The Wheel

September 4th, 2018


A lot of things have been done, don't waste your time and try to reinvent the wheel.

EP 54: How To Create A Lot of Content/Art/Work

September 1st, 2018


One possible strategy that has worked for me and I've noticed other people have been using.

EP 52: How To Dream Bigger

August 31st, 2018


Some people are trying to make illness optional and land on the moon, and we are trying to...

EP 51: How to Multiply Success

August 31st, 2018


A simple but deep lesson I've been utilising recently.

EP 48: What I Learned From Business and How It Applies to Music

August 23rd, 2018


An important lesson for entrepreneurs and also musicians who want to grow.

EP 47: If You've Ever Been Lost in Your Music Career Direction, Listen to This Now

August 23rd, 2018


Learn how to focus in your music career via the exercise that you will learn at the end of the podcast.

EP 46: Musicians, Do You Face This Challenge?

August 22nd, 2018


Where I talk about why musicians don't progress in their career (it's not illegal downloading or Spotify!)

EP 45: Can I.. Should I Make Money Playing Music?

August 19th, 2018


Thoughts on the real life of a working musician (not an amateur and not a superstar)

EP 43: The Mistake High Achievers Make

August 17th, 2018


Such a common mistake that can lead to burning out and giving up. Are you doing this?

EP 42: That One Time In Thailand

August 16th, 2018


Discover what made me level up my playing over the years, again and again. (and a story about my class with Jonathan Kreisberg)

EP 41: Dealing with Mistakes and Blame

August 14th, 2018


What I've learned about taking responsibility and moving beyond blaming others

EP 40: How To Become a Better Guitar Teacher

August 14th, 2018


This is super important. Seems simple but so many don't do this.

EP 38: What Musicians Can Learn From Digital Marketers and the Self Help Industry

August 6th, 2018


Looking beyond the music industry is important to understand why people get stuck in their careers... And how to get out from the rut.

EP 37: How Do You Make A Living in the New Music Industry?

August 6th, 2018


Some thoughts on how to make a living and steps to take for the working musician

EP 36: Can You Practice Guitar If You Only Have 1 Minute?

August 4th, 2018


Yes, yes, yes (and get ideas on what you can practice here)

EP 35: So I Released a New Song

August 3rd, 2018


What made me release a new song last night before I went to sleep. Yes, it was...

EP 34: Why You Should Dance

August 2nd, 2018


As a musician, dancing can help you play better music. Wanna find out how? Listen to this latest episode. :)

EP 33: Do You Need To Be Talented To Play Music?

August 1st, 2018


My thoughts on the idea of talent, nature vs nurture and more.

EP 32: Three Ideas from Gary Vee That Resonated With Me

July 31st, 2018


3 Ideas from Gary Vee and my take on how it relates to being a musician

EP 30: How to make a band work without enough band members

July 26th, 2018


My personal approach to the problem of finding the right band members

EP 26: The Mindset Shift - Art and Business

July 23rd, 2018


This is where my state of mind had been in recently.

EP 23: If You Don't Ask, You Won't Find Out

July 20th, 2018


Ask me a question and I might just answer it in a future episode!

EP 22: Why Your Band Sucks and How to Sound Better

July 20th, 2018


Do you do this mistake? This is the same advice I give myself.

EP 21: The PVP Strategy to Developing Your Music Career

July 19th, 2018


A simple way to think about developing your music career.

EP 19: Music Hustle Simplified

July 18th, 2018


2 things to do more,
1 thing to do less.

EP 18: Mistakes Musicians Do On Social Media (I did it too!)

July 14th, 2018


Thoughts on creating content on social media, connecting with fans and friends as well as considering "the container". Includes insights I've learned from Gary Vee and Jay Abraham too!

EP 17: 3 Things I Learned from Gary Vee

July 13th, 2018


These are three main things I learned from catching Gary Vee live today at the National Achievers Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

EP 16: What I Learned From Attending the NAC

July 12th, 2018


I attended the National Achievers Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was inspired. As a musician, these are some of my takeaways from attending day 1.

EP 15: Hack Your Learning Time

July 11th, 2018


Learn about how I view learning, experimenting with the process and maximising what works.

EP 14: The Hustle and Business of Music

July 9th, 2018


What I learned after getting 4 degrees in music and embracing the 'real world'. Talking about the other stuff besides just the music.

EP 13: The Most Important Music Theory Topics To Learn

June 30th, 2018


Just the main stuff, here I share what I think serious musicians should learn to help their understanding of harmony.

EP 12: Networking Tips for Musicians

June 27th, 2018


Mistakes that musicians do and suggested best practices. Hint: It's more about giving. Also, I talk about an upcoming next project coming soon.

EP 11: How to Be Inspired to Practice Jazz Guitar

June 25th, 2018


Seems obvious but it's crazy how many people don't do this.

EP 10: Keeping it Real

June 25th, 2018


Are you making art or are you trying to fit what you think people want?

EP 09: How most Musicians Waste Their Time

June 22nd, 2018


It takes the same amount of time for these two things but one is more useful than the other.

EP 08: The Reason Most Musicians Don't Improve

June 21st, 2018


Most people are doing this one thing, instead of doing these other two things. And, that's why they don't improve.

EP 07: My thoughts on Instagram TV

June 21st, 2018


Traditional media is dying (or dead?), what are musicians and artists supposed to do?

EP 06: Don't be Bullied as a Musician

June 20th, 2018


Artists often feel helpless and have to take unfair deals. This has to stop.

EP 05: External and Internal Learning

June 19th, 2018


How do you make your own music? Where does it come from?

EP 04: The Learning Hack I Used at Berklee College of Music

June 19th, 2018


How I learned more things, deeper and faster every semester and still use now.

EP 03: Singers Who Sing Out Of Tune

June 19th, 2018


TLDL: Sing in tune, know what the song is about

EP 02: What I Learned About Quality From Taking a Car Ride

June 18th, 2018


External and internal differences in quality - everything matters.

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