Video: James Taylor & His Tunings

I can’t tell if this video by James Taylor is one of the best lessons I’ve ever watched or worst.

There’s incredible insight on how/ why he tunes the way he does yet, in this 6 minute tutorial, he spends most of his time trying to get the proper tunings.

It’s definitely something I’m going to try, maybe even change my tuning system entirely. Interesting stuff, indeed.

(BTW, I was so relieved his tuner wasn’t as big as I initially thought…)

String tunings (in cents):
Low E -12
A -10
D -8
G -4
B -6
High E -3

Endorsement Feature: Clayton Guitar Picks

Patrick is now featured on Clayton Guitar Picks’s website. He has been using these picks for the past 5 years and is honored to be part of their family which includes such artists as Bret Michaels, Steve Stevens and Eric Church, among others.

After 20 years of playing, I finally found the right pick for me: Clayton’s custom acetal small teardrop picks. These picks are a triple threat: built to endure rock gigs, subtle enough for acoustic gigs and a great promo tool for music fans. I prefer the lighter gauges which sound awesome right out of the bag eventually molding itself based on your grip. I can’t recommend them enough.

You can read his bio, see his links and learn more via their website HERE.

Feature On RedLine Roots

In RedLine Roots‘s 1st “Digging Up Your Roots” series, Patrick was a selected as a featured artist. Click here for the link!

Why did you pick up an instrument in the first place?

I heard Joe Satriani’s “Always With Me, Always With You”. It hit me like a ton of bricks and literally changed my life (I could tell you the date, time of day, weather, etc. of when I heard it). That song made me realize how powerful music is and I try to garner that same feeling for myself and the listener when writing.

Where do you draw inspiration from now for songs?

Everywhere. Whether it’s a life experience (ie my song “Saudade” is about losing my grandfather) or experiences of others (ie my song “Love In Misery” is about a strained relationship knowing in order to feel sadness, you need to have loved). Because my music is instrumental, I can draw from anywhere and hope the listener builds their own story/experience from it.

Links of Interest:

IndieMinded.com Feature

Patrick received front page coverage on IndieMinded.com. Check out the article here: http://indieminded.com/2013/09/indie-musician-spotlight-patrick-decoste/

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“Patrick seems to be getting some pretty good press as of late, and we’re adding to the positive feedback! Two thumbs up from us here at Indie Minded, Patrick!”

Instructor At Musicians Intuition

I was just accepted as an instructor on MusiciansIntuition.com. Whether you’re in the UK or anywhere else in the world, you can now study with me via Skype. Please contact me via email or my Contact Form for more information.

From the Musician’s Intuition website:
“Musicians Intuition was borne out of a love for playing music; it does something to us that we want others to experience. We want people to be inspired by music and feed from the passion of others – our purpose is to help people find tutors to do this.”

Bentley Instruction Now Available Online

Starting in the Fall 2013 semester, Bentley University students can now take lessons with Patrick via Skype or Facetime! While he’ll still have office hours by appointment on weeknights, students can simply contact GA_Arts@Bentley.edu to set up their lessons.

To see the full description of his “Instructor-In-Residence” profile, please click the pic below:
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** Private instruction is also available outside of
Bentley by visiting the Lessons page. **

The Boston University Speech

On 03/21/13, I spoke on the Boston University Medical Campus at a public speaking workshop.  Ironically, I chose to speak about not speaking.  Below is the draft reference I worked on prior to stepping to the podium.

The Art of Speaking Without Having To Say Anything

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’d like to start by saying I’m not up here because of my fear of being in front of people.  I believe a lot of one’s anxiety in public speaking is not being vocal but the thought of being the center of attention.  I can honestly stand in front of you today and say… I’m fairly comfortable.  Being the center of attention ISN’T my issue – whether it’s in front 5 people, 15 people or 50,000 people.  The number of people watching me doesn’t bother me.  I will however say my nervousness comes from the actual act of speaking – my inability to think on my feet, to get the information out of my head and say it confidently and intelligently.

I’m able to say I feel confident when standing alone in front of 50,000 people – because actually – I’ve done it!  Let me take you back a few years to August 8th, 2007.  Does the date ring a bell with anyone?  It was a Wednesday… it was raining… Anyway, that morning I had packed my bags and drove out to Queens, NY.  It’s a 5 hour drive from Boston and made the trip because I agreed to take a job.  It didn’t very pay well (actually it didn’t pay at all!) and I was “hired” for to do something that lasted 75 seconds.  So if you’re a finance person like me and are crunching the numbers in your head, yes – I drove 10 hours roundtrip for 1 minute and 15 seconds worth of work.

You probably think I’m crazy… and you’re probably right!  But hear me out: this opportunity found me standing in front of 51,749 people with TV cameras everywhere and literally all eyes on me.  I wasn’t in any work group, part of an audience or a member of any team.  It was just me standing in 108 degree weather wearing jeans and a long sleeved collared shirt – and I was surprisingly okay.  I was surprisingly okay because the beauty of the story is I didn’t have to speak – AT ALL!

Here I was standing in the middle of Shea Stadium, with ESPN cameras surrounding me and no one to rely on.  All I had to do was play guitar.  My “job”, that day, was to play my instrumental version of the Star Spangled Banner before the Mets/ Braves game on ESPN’s Game-Of-The-Week.  In the very stadium which hosted Billy Joel, the Stones, the Beatles, Elton John – the very stadium where my beloved Boston Red Sox lost game 6 on the 1986 World Series when the ball went through Bill Buckner’s legs in one of the most dramatic sports moments of all time.  There I was playing guitar surrounded by it all.  How well did I play?  That’s up for debate… I find it a bit drastic for the Mets to demolish the stadium a few months after I left.  But regardless, the beauty of performing the anthem is the guaranteed standing ovation!

From that experience, I was able to take advantage of many other amazing experiences where I stood alone before large crowds.  I’ve played the anthem in other arenas, shared the stage with some of my guitar idols and even performed in the orchestra pit for a Grammy-winning musical.  But again, none involved any amount of speaking – AT ALL.

With that being said, I admire the steps you are taking to build your public speaking skills, for whatEVER reason you may have, whether it be personal, professional or otherwise.  I’ve looked forward to my time here with you – seeing you overcome your fears and become the speaker you want to be.  I’d like the same for myself!

Thank you for awarding me this opportunity and hope you can be just as comfortable with speaking as I am with having a guitar in hands.

Thank you.

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Lessons Now Available Thru Skype

Patrick has opened up his teaching practice to now include lessons via Skype!

Guitarists outside the Boston area can now study with Patrick without leaving their home.  Lessons are taught in 30 minute sessions and will go beyond being just a guitarist and help you become a musician.

Please use our contact form or email us for more information!

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