Skip to main content
Music from A to Z

Music from A to Z

By Az Samad
All about music, jazz, guitar, music education and today's music industry!
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Castbox Logo


Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Overcast Logo


Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo


Spotify Logo


Stitcher Logo


EP 282: Planning, Business Plans and Letting Go for Musicians
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.
August 25, 2021
EP 281: Getting over the fear of content creation
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.
June 21, 2021
EP 280: Is this stopping you from progressing as a musician?
Some thoughts on what I have seen stop different musicians and artists.
May 06, 2021
EP 279: On Clubhouse with Altimet and thinking about Xanga, MySpace and Geocities
Platforms have changed over the 21 years but what lasts even when social media platforms and trends change? Find out in this episode.
April 07, 2021
EP 278: Yogi B, Jason Lo, Ahmad Izham Omar, Melakaboy, Altimet, Leonard Tan in this Clubhouse room
2nd time Altimet and I hosted Malaysian Musicians on CH and boy was it an amazing line up of speakers... the stories!
February 17, 2021
EP 277: Two ways to measure success for a musician (which one would you choose?)
Success can mean different things to different people. In this episode, you’ll discover some ways that you can look at it.
February 14, 2021
EP 276: Starting Malaysian Clubhouse rooms w/ Altimet & Zee Avi
Talking about my experience—the first week starting new Clubhouse rooms with Altimet (Malaysian Musicians on CH) and Zee Avi (Nada Music)
February 12, 2021
EP 275: Cecil Alexander’s bebop challenge and new courses I’m developing
Update on what I’m currently practicing on guitar and new courses brewing.
February 03, 2021
EP 274 - On taking 5 day challenges and studying bebop
A mish mash of different things I’m working on including some exciting bebop exercises I was checking out from jazz guitarist Cecil Alexander.
January 25, 2021
EP 273 - What I Learned from Listening to Steve J Larsen (So Far)
Talking about my tooth issues and some important marketing and mindset lessons from Steve J Larsen of Sales Funnel Radio
January 09, 2021
EP 272 - Experiencing Clubhouse app and all these business & tech people on it
My first thoughts on using Clubhouse app so far. Are you on it?
January 02, 2021
EP 271: In memory of Joshua Wong (noughts and exes)
Sharing some stories about Joshua Wong from the Hong Kong band, noughts and exes. Joshua passed away on 25 December 2020 after battling cancer.
December 28, 2020
EP 270: Ed Sheeran, Zero to One and Steve Larsen
How a Saturday was for me and how the Ed Sheeran course is developing.
December 26, 2020
EP 269: Teaching the Ed Sheeran guitar style?
About my next Zoom class/mini course and different things I’m working on.
December 25, 2020
EP 268: Hit 9k Subscribers on YouTube!
Progress of things today, future plans, content strategy and I’m on the Gumroad University launch page!
December 23, 2020
EP 267: Pivoting to a different course
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.
December 21, 2020
EP 266: Reading Zero to One, new video series, a secret sale and Derek Sivers new book
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.
December 20, 2020
EP 265: Transcribing Zee Avi, studying design, working on a new course and learning about investing.
This was my Saturday, learning and kind of not working (as much).
December 19, 2020
EP 264: Iron Man, cake, making courses and turning 40
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 feels like to be 40 years old.
December 15, 2020
EP 263: Turning 40, current projects, PS4, No Straight Roads and Birthday Plans
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.
December 14, 2020
EP 262: New Courses, Kelab Gitar Az Samad & the Importance of Documenting Your Knowledge
People die and their knowledge & experience dies with them. In this episode, you’ll find out my perspective on this.
December 05, 2020
EP 261: DK West, Diminished Chords and my new Guitar Club
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.
September 19, 2020
EP 260: Anyone could make a movie now and that’s the point
The world changes. The question is are you changing? Or, are you stuck in the past?
August 07, 2020
EP 259: What parents teach us and a tip from Justin Goff
A long day of reflection and thinking.
August 05, 2020
EP 258: Gear Lust, Practicing and Investing in Yourself as a Musician
If you have Gear Acquisition Syndrome (G.A.S), you probably don’t want to listen to this.
August 04, 2020
EP 257: Virtual Music Gigs and the online COVID-19 Gigging World
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.
August 03, 2020
EP 256: The one fatal mistake most musicians make
Especially during this era of Covid-19, this one important topic becomes even more important. Don’t make this one fatal mistake.
July 31, 2020
EP 255: The Importance of Expressing Yourself Fully
Some days are pretty horrible, or seem that way. Here’s something you can do to unload those mental burdens.
July 29, 2020
EP 254: Knowing and not knowing
On deciding your musical direction and the steps you would want to take to get there.
July 28, 2020
EP 253: Fear and Perfectionism
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.
July 27, 2020
EP 252: How to bypass the gatekeepers in art
The world is changing for artists, musicians and creatives but are you changing? This episode shares key ideas that are important now.
July 27, 2020
EP 251: The one secret to getting good at anything (including music and social media)
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.
July 25, 2020
EP 250: Musical rules are meant to be broken?
Talking about music theory, studying, learning, teaching and how this relates to me rewatching the first episode of Dark.
July 22, 2020
EP 249: On consuming things many times to digest the knowledge
Talking about something I heard Ben Settle talk about and how it relates to music too.
July 20, 2020
EP 248: That Dark TV Series and How it Relates to Music
What a mind blowing experience that TV show was and my recent projects (and other things in progress)
July 19, 2020
EP 247: Collaboration with Berklee rock guitar professor Jon Finn
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. Sign up at
May 27, 2020
EP 246: New video, US Trip, Frank Kern and Wayne Krantz
An update on my recent shenanigans as Frank Kern would say.
April 15, 2020
EP 245: Why I started writing daily e-mails for #SuratMuzik
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.
February 13, 2020
EP 244: Don't Get Bullied As An Artist
An issue that stems deeper from insecurity, status in society and self image. Listen to find out about my thoughts on this.
February 05, 2020
EP 243: How to 10x your guitar chord vocabulary
Tips for anyone who wants to master more chords in their guitar playing!
February 02, 2020
EP 242: A New Instructional Video for Beginner Guitarists
Made a new thing, here's some new info about it!
January 26, 2020
EP 241: Tradition, Understanding the Norm and How to Break It for New Art
Thoughts on tradition, following what has been done and what an artist can do in the future.
January 24, 2020
EP 240: Talking about Making Art (and my new eBook, Make Your Art)
Life can be hard for artists. Listen to me talk about this and my new eBook about this and the creative process.
January 24, 2020
EP 239: 4 Things You Can Do Everyday as a Modern Musician
Simplified but really important things to do as a musician
January 24, 2020
EP 238: How Life Can Kill Your Spirit to Make Art (and How to Get Over it)
Making art is hard. But you can do it, here's how.
January 22, 2020
EP 237: What I Learned at the Shopping Mall Today (It's probably not what you think)
Observations at the mall while going to the post office today.
January 22, 2020
EP 236: Ear Training for Guitarists - Part 4
More on this important topic! Listen to the first three parts first if you haven't yet.
January 21, 2020
EP 235: Ear Training for Guitarists - Part 3
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.
January 19, 2020
EP 234: Ear Training for Guitarists - Part 2
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 the basics of figuring out chords for a song by ear.
January 19, 2020
EP 233: Ear Training for Guitarists - Part 1
This is part of a series of very practical tips for developing your ear as a musician, focused on guitarists in particular.
January 18, 2020
EP 232: Cecil Alexander's Musical Exercises - Should you get them?
Jazz guitarist Cecil Alexander has new musical exercises available in PDF format on his website. Should you get them? Here are my thoughts.
January 18, 2020
EP 231: That time I failed my geography exam
Lessons from my life as a student
January 15, 2020
EP 230: Life is like a roller coaster?
But why you might ask? Listen on...
January 13, 2020
EP 229: Lessons from the Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival 2020
A review, somewhat? Lessons from this cool 3-day event.
January 13, 2020
EP 228: Book review of Modal Etudes by Noel Johnston
Thoughts on this great book for guitarists interested in expanding their harmonic vocabulary.
January 09, 2020
EP 227: A review of Robin Nolan's 6 Hot Licks course
Discover my thoughts on gypsy jazz guitarist Robin Nolan's first course in 2020.
January 08, 2020
EP 226: How to choose the right teachers
An important thought from a discussion yesterday with my friend over lunch
December 27, 2019
EP 225: What it takes to build a long-term music career
Not sexy stuff but just the truth
December 25, 2019
EP 224: How to make more content as a musician, faster
In this episode, you'll hear about this concept that I call: fluid content.
December 22, 2019
EP 223: Review of The George Benson Picking Lesson video by Peter Farrell
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.
December 22, 2019
EP 222: Interview with singer-songwriter Idzwan. J
Talking about the creative process of songwriting
December 21, 2019
EP 221: Checking out Peter Farrell's work on The George Benson Method
Some observations and discoveries from watching Peter Farrell play and teach.
December 13, 2019
EP 220: What to do when your morning routine fails
Stopped exercising for a bit and now back at it. Thoughts on negative thoughts and dealing with it.
December 12, 2019
EP 219: The one secret to music marketing success
This seems obvious but very few people do it.
December 10, 2019
EP 218: On how my reading habits changed over the years (and why)
Fiction vs Non-fiction books, which one is better for you? Find out my thoughts on this episode.
December 08, 2019
EP 217: A tip for young musicians from Fattah Fawzy
Got a guest today for this quick episode
December 06, 2019
EP 216: Recording my rap song, video games, exercising and Tai Lopez
A jumble of thoughts, if you're curious about what I'm doing now, this is the right place.
December 04, 2019
EP 215: On Astro Awani, Journalling and Exercising
More of what I've been up to
December 01, 2019
EP 214: Continuing the morning routine and study day today
Working on improving myself, a Black Friday sale and thoughts on studying
November 29, 2019
EP 213: A new morning routine (exercise?)
Trying this new routine out
November 26, 2019
EP 212: Zee Avi gig, my new course and more
Reflections before December hits
November 22, 2019
EP 211: Saturday work day
What I do on a Saturday
November 16, 2019
EP 210: The one where I go on and on
Reflecting on the past decade and thing I've done (and not done).
November 15, 2019
EP 209: How I used Gary Vee's how to create 64 pieces of content in day (to make 45)
If you're not sure about what to do on social media as a musician, here are some thoughts.
November 15, 2019
EP 208: Blackout at my gig & what I've been up to
Talking about gigging, #SuratMuzik and copywriting (Ben Settle, Frank Kern, Peng Joon)
November 06, 2019
EP 207: Making instructional videos in Malay, touring life and reflecting on 2019 so far
Documenting what I've been up to, have a listen if you're curious.
October 19, 2019
Cerita Muzik EP 11: 5 Tips Untuk Band Baru Dapat Gigs
Ada band? Tapi takde gigs? Kesian, kesian.. Dengarlah episod kali ini untuk dapat tips paling top untuk band awak dapat gigs.
October 19, 2019
Cerita Muzik EP 10: 8 Tips Rehearsal Band Lebih Efektif
Masuk studio, latih band, lepas tu macam tak improve? Mungkin band awak ada miss tips ini. Dengar, fokus dan selamat mencuba!
October 19, 2019
Cerita Muzik EP 09: 5 Keperluan Asas Untuk Promosi Band
Nak dapat gigs? Nak dapat endorsement? Nak peluang lebih baik? 5 benda ini penting untuk band awak. Dengarlah.
October 19, 2019
Cerita Muzik EP 08: 7 Sebab Band Awak Masih Tak Dapat Gig Lebih Besar
Kalau band awak stuck, tak maju ke depan, dengar episod ni dan ambil notes!
October 19, 2019
EP 206: Stress as a performing musician
Thoughts on the thought process of being a performing musician, stress, coping with stress and the challenges that face musicians internally and externally.
September 07, 2019
EP 205: Why do we do things we hate for people we don't like?
On social norms and expectations
August 28, 2019
EP 204: The Big Mistake Musicians and Artists Do on Social Media Everyday
About this mistake and various ways of overcoming this so that you can build and deliver better art
July 29, 2019
EP 203: Back from UK and now making more stuff
New courses, music I'm writing and upcoming things
July 12, 2019
EP 202: Hello from Derek Sivers in Oxford, England
A lil hello from one of my heroes!
June 11, 2019
EP 201: Hello from London, UK
Some things I'm up to while I am in the UK!
June 07, 2019
EP 200: 4 Tips To Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed
Discover some of my thoughts of handling feelings of being overwhelmed especially with work or challenges in your life.
June 03, 2019
EP 199: Yuna's Forevermore song and video
Some thoughts I have on the song and video!
May 22, 2019
EP 198: A Podcast about Podcasting
I answer a question from two UiTM mass comm students who just interviewed me for their research project.
May 03, 2019
Cerita Muzik EP 07: 10 Perkara Paling Penting Kalau Nak Berjaya Dalam Industri Muzik Moden
Ini semua tips paling top saya boleh beri. Gunakan yang sesuai untuk awak. Industri ini sukar dan mencabar, jadi kena berilmu baru boleh berjaya dalam jangka panjang.
April 30, 2019
Cerita Muzik EP 06: Rahsia Gunakan Media Sosial untuk Kembangkan Seni dan Kerjaya Muzik Awak
Semua ini benda yang saya amalkan dan ajar kepada students saya. Dengarkan dan hadamkan.
April 30, 2019
Cerita Muzik EP 05: Cara Alternatif untuk Buat Duit (Dalam Industri Muzik)
7 cara yang awak boleh gunakan untuk menjana pendapatan alternatif sebagai pemuzik moden yang bervisi dan berisi.
April 30, 2019
Cerita Muzik EP 04: Kemahiran Baru Yang Diperlukan (Tapi Ramai Pemuzik Tak Ada)
9 kemahiran penting yang teramat-amat, tapi ramai akan tak peduli. Akibatnya, kerjaya mereka akan tergendala atau tak maju ke depan.
April 30, 2019
Cerita Muzik EP 03: Cara Dapat Gigs dan Kerja (Walaupun Orang Belum Jumpa Awak Lagi)
5 asas penting supaya awak mendapat kerja dan peluang dalam industri muzik. Ini semua real world experience ni, bukan teori semata-mata.
April 30, 2019
Cerita Muzik EP 02: Tips Masih Dapat Kerja (Walaupun Bila Kita DiBuang Kerja)
4 tips penting untuk era muzik moden kini
April 30, 2019
Cerita Muzik EP 01: Cara Cari Makan Dalam Bidang Muzik (Luar Dari Kebiasaan)
Saya bercerita dalam Bahasa Melayu pula kali ini, pasal ilmu 'real world', kongsi tips untuk membantu mereka yang ingin berkerja dalam industri muzik sepenuh masa.
April 30, 2019
EP 197: Monday and the Incoming Week
Various assorted thoughts on upcoming events and projects.
April 29, 2019
EP 196: 10 Conclusions to the Whole Idea of Making a Living in Music
This wraps up this series of podcast episodes on the topic of, 'How to Make a Living in the Modern Music Industry'.
April 28, 2019
EP 195: How to Use Social Media to Develop Your Art and Music Career
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.
April 28, 2019
EP 194: Alternative Ways To Make Money as a Musician
7 ways to make money as a musician besides the common performing, teaching and behind the scenes work route.
April 28, 2019
EP 193: The New Skills That You Need (As a Modern Musician)
In this episode, I share 9 skills that you need (but most people completely mess up).
April 28, 2019
EP 192: How to Get Gigs (Even if People Haven't Met You Yet)
Important concepts for developing your reputation and identity as a musician.
April 28, 2019
EP 191: How to Be Employable as a Musician (even if You Lose Your Job)
Some key tips that are important for long term music career development.
April 28, 2019
EP. 190: Secrets of Making Money in Music as a Modern Musician
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.
April 26, 2019
EP 189: Exciting Things for April and May 2019
On my new books, the creative process, my book reviews and things coming up.
April 20, 2019
EP 188: We Can't Help Everyone
Simple truths that are difficult for the ego to accept.
April 19, 2019
EP 187: How to Find Out The Most Up to Date Music Industry Advice
This is so important. Listen to this if you want to be in the music industry.
April 19, 2019
EP 186: Your Emotions Are Valid
When people think they are smarter or better than you, listen to this.
April 17, 2019
EP 185: The Missing Part in Formal Music Education
This is something missing in standard music degree programs.
April 13, 2019
EP 184: When You're Not Motivated to Make Art, Listen To This
Inspired by a DM I received on Twitter, some food for thought.
April 12, 2019
EP 183: Learned about Guitar Tech from John Lau Guitars
Went for this 2 day course, learned a lot!
April 12, 2019
EP 182: Mindset and Tej Dosa
A pattern I've been noticing
April 11, 2019
EP 181: Hello from Melbourne, Australia
A new book and new things in the works!
April 09, 2019
EP 180: Ear Training Basics For Musicians
How do we listen? These are the basics.
March 28, 2019
EP 179: Kill Excuses With Fire
How to start making art: a quick guide!
March 28, 2019
EP 178: Art as a Newbie, Art as an Experienced Artist
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.
March 24, 2019
EP 177: Current Projects
Sharing what I've been working on.
March 12, 2019
EP 176: Making Something New and Being On Twitter A Lot
On my new #PoeticMusicianFramework and talking about how to develop creative projects.
February 27, 2019
EP 175: What Do You Do On Those Down Days?
Had a bad day? Creativity not flowing? Here are some of my thoughts on this.
February 25, 2019
EP 174: The Benefits of Etudes for Guitarists
Answering a question from my student CJ about the benefits of etudes
February 16, 2019
EP 173: Important Investment for Musicians
A practical tip, seems easy but still difficult to implement for most people.
February 15, 2019
EP 172: What Makes You Happy?
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.
February 11, 2019
EP 171: When I was a kid
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.
February 07, 2019
EP 170: The What and Why of Musicians (and Why This Is Important)
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 you want to do. Listen to this podcast episode to find out my thoughts on this process.
February 06, 2019
EP 169: Thoughts on Being A Performer
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.
February 06, 2019
EP 168: The Creative Process, Malaysian Hip Hop, #AJL33 and more
Reflections on today and yesterday night.
February 04, 2019
EP 167: On Consistency, inspired by Nick Yates
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 how it is the key to being successful.
February 02, 2019
EP 166: Trying to keep a Morning Routine
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 learn. Is it just because I like learning? Is it desire? Is it a need? Is it a want? Why do I want this? Also... just the entire process of what I am going to do on this Saturday.
February 02, 2019
EP 165: The Skills You Need As a Modern Musician
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 new music industry. This is my candid opinion on the situation and what I wish young musicians would learn now in order for them to have a successful music career.
February 01, 2019
EP 164: How to be Motivated as a Musician
How my day went and a reading of today's Twitter thread.
January 30, 2019
EP 163: Mobile Phones and the Modern Musician
My phone got fixed and now I am back in full force.
January 30, 2019
EP 162: Video Editing, Soundslice Work and FB Live Videos
Recap of work for today, including video segmenting, demo video edits, FB Live, Twitter Thread writing and more.
January 29, 2019
EP 161: Kingdom TV show and the Music Industry
Work today, video editing, talking about a TV show and the state of the Music Industry.
January 29, 2019
EP 160: Why People Fail and Succeed In Music
I reveal my E Vs. E concept. This is why you will fail OR succeed in music (and life).
January 28, 2019
EP 159: New Project Brewing
Working on some new ideas, guitar licks and transcribing.
January 27, 2019
EP 158: That TV Show Titans and The Musician Identity
What does a TV show have to do with being a musician? Listen as I share thoughts on this.
January 27, 2019
EP 157: How To Really Learn Songs Inside Out
This is how I approach learning songs and how I encourage my students to do so as well.
January 26, 2019
EP 156: My Recording Setup
Learn about my recording setup and the basics of what I recommend for musicians who want to start recording their own music.
January 26, 2019
EP 155: Editing Videos, Day 9 of FB Live, Frank Kern and Jose Rosado
A summary of how the day went and my experiments at the moment.
January 25, 2019
EP 154: Titans and Talking About Money in the Music Industry
What does a TV show have to do with music? Well it made me think about this...
January 25, 2019
EP 153: The Other Aspects of Being a Musician
About making new songs, other skills related to making music and surviving/thriving in the music industry.
January 23, 2019
EP 152: Making Stuff and Wanting Stuff
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 lust that surrounds society (not just musicians).
January 22, 2019
The #AskAz Show EP 02 | Tremolo Picking, Dm7b5 sounds, Blues Ideas, Chord Voicings
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 picking, chord scales ideas over a Dmin7b5 chords, blues soloing ideas, how to memorise scales, how to create modern chord voicings inspired by Nick Johnston, Plini, Chon (all those cool guitar players), Tommy Emmanuel inspired voicing ideas from his arrangement of Close To You and how to get inspired to practice (when you're not motivated).   I also talk about the new course, How To Start Teaching Guitar Lessons for guitarists who want to get started teaching for side income. Grab the course here:
January 22, 2019
EP 151: Modern Life, Phones, Content Creation
On Reaper, audio engineering, doing work on mobile and daily life in 2019.
January 22, 2019
The #AskAz Show EP 01 | On Buying New Guitars, Picking, Chromatic Embellishments
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 new guitars, picking technique, soloing, playing over changes, the importance of knowing the guitar accompaniment (harmony), chromatic embellishments and more.   I also talk about the new course, How To Start Teaching Guitar Lessons for guitarists who want to get started teaching for side income. Grab the course here:
January 22, 2019
EP 150: Tuesdays are for Work
Work in Progress and upcoming podcast episodes!
January 22, 2019
EP 149: Monday Thoughts and Ed Dale
How today went and my plans for what's next...
January 21, 2019
EP 148: Is It Your Music Dream Job?
How to find out whether the job you want is REALLY the job you want.
January 20, 2019
EP 147: How To Learn Songs By Ear
A 3 step guide, to learn songs by ear. Check out my new course, How To Start Teaching Guitar Lessons at
January 18, 2019
EP 146: With Shahrul Subki of Simpliphi Tech
Speed and execution in the tech and startup scene.
January 16, 2019
EP 145: The 7 Important Lessons I Learned at Berklee
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 Teaching Guitar Lessons Course is out!
January 14, 2019
EP 144: Lessons from Tom Lippincott, Andy Fite, Ray Daike and Lee Ritenour
A day of work and learning today. Good stuff... A bit of a ramble but some important thoughts here.
January 13, 2019
EP 143: On Reading Books Again and Again
Sometimes it makes more sense the second or third time around
January 13, 2019
EP 142: Frameworks For Learning Guitar Faster
Some takeaways from today's guitar class.
January 12, 2019
EP 141: The One Where I Talk About Making The Course
Gary Vee, Yin, Grant Cardone and many folks are responsible for this new thing and the process.
January 11, 2019
EP 140: 3 Keys To Being A Good Guitar Teacher
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! ➡️ Get it here:
January 11, 2019
EP 139: Artistic Goals and Work
Long term goals and how to fit them in the short term.
January 10, 2019
EP 138: Making and Tweaking Products
Making something new and the challenges behind it.
January 10, 2019
EP 137: A New Mini Course for Aspiring Guitar Teachers
I made something new, it's in the works, discover more about it here. :)
January 09, 2019
EP 136: You Are Not Just One Thing
On different facets of our personality.
January 08, 2019
EP 135: The Main Ear Training Exercise I Recommend My Students To Do
Wanna play by ear? This is an exercise you can try.
January 07, 2019
EP 134: Why So Angry?
Super emo responses and trolling online, along with different perspectives of music
January 07, 2019
EP 133: The Boron Letters - Part 2
What I learned so far after rereading these classic letters from direct response copywriter Gary Halbert
January 07, 2019
EP 132: Learning from The Boron Letters
Interesting letters from Gary Halbert
January 07, 2019
EP 131: Music as Art Vs. Music as a Career
This can be a sensitive or emotional topic for some musicians... but let's talk about this.
January 07, 2019
EP 130: Growing Older
Thoughts on growing older and society's expectations
January 05, 2019
EP 129: Learning Over Time
Same things, different things, new things, old things repackaged.
January 03, 2019
EP 128: Why Not Having Mentors Is a Bad Idea
2019, if you don't have a mentor, you're losing.
January 03, 2019
EP 127: Stop Limiting Beliefs and Start Dreaming Big
Reprogram your mind now.
January 02, 2019
EP 126: How To Become a Better Music Teacher
Some ideas that I am currently using with my students.
January 02, 2019
EP 125: How To Overcome Stage Fright
Some thoughts on the origin of stage fright and a practical way to overcome it
January 02, 2019
EP 124: Can I release 1,200 podcast episodes in 2019?
Something I learned from Grant Cardone, about goals and execution.
January 02, 2019
EP 123: Change in 2019 - How do We Do This?
Lessons from Tai Lopez, Brendon Burchard, #TransformationWeek and more.
January 02, 2019
EP 122: Tip for 2019 - The Most Important People You Have to Pay Attention To
Are you a musician, performer or music educator? Focus on these folks and notice what happens.
January 01, 2019
EP 121: Altimet O - My Thoughts, Interpretations and Predictions
I really liked what Altimet did on his new album. These are my initial thoughts on it.
December 31, 2018
EP 120: How To Learn From the Books You Buy
A simple way of learning and using the stuff you buy immediately
December 31, 2018
EP 119: Bandersnatch - My Initial Thoughts
Trippy stuff, interesting stuff
December 29, 2018
EP 118: How To Make Money As A Musician in 2019
Things I've learned in 2018, and the 3 things to focus on in a changing music industry in 2019.
December 29, 2018
EP 117: Micro Learning Hack
How do you maximize daily learning? Here's an experiment that I'm going to try today.
December 26, 2018
EP 116: My Music Journey so Far
This is it so far
December 18, 2018
EP 115: The Value of Wisdom
Books, videos, education via different mediums and how value is relative.
December 16, 2018
EP 114: Intellectual Food for The Body
What are you consuming? Here are some things that I consume.
December 13, 2018
EP 112: Theory Vs. Doing
What's stopping us from going to the next level? Maybe it's just this.
December 12, 2018
EP 111: How Do You Deal With Negative Comments and Haters?
What would you do?
December 10, 2018
EP 110: Buying Too Many Books or Courses? Here's a Tip!
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. :)
December 09, 2018
EP 109: Are You Designing Your Day Effectively?
One of the ways I design my media consumption, work and content creation for the day.
December 07, 2018
EP 108: How To Find More Time To Create
How I make podcast episodes, write blog posts and social media updates. This is how I create in between other things.
December 06, 2018
EP 107: Should You Move To Another City or Country?
Music career considerations: geography! Is where you're based important? Here are some things to consider.
December 05, 2018
EP 106: My Philosophy As A Performing Musician
Which gigs matter? How do we get better gigs?
December 05, 2018
EP 105: How Much is Too Much on Social Media?
The best advice I ever got on this.
December 05, 2018
EP 104: A Creative Way To Use Social Media for Musicians
This is one of the ways I use social media so that it works for me and my work.
December 05, 2018
EP 103: Does Life Have Any Meaning?
Reflecting on a talk by Derek Sivers
December 03, 2018
EP 102: How to be Happier
Some life hacks yo!
December 02, 2018
EP 101: Flexibility in Your Music Career
About different styles and learning on the job.
December 02, 2018
EP 100: Look What You Made Me Do Gary Vee & Yin!
Discover how this podcast came about, my process, what I've learned so far and where we're headed next. :)
December 01, 2018
EP 99: Limiting Beliefs and The Power of Labels
How do we grow creatively, musically or just as a person in general?
December 01, 2018
EP 98: Do this One Thing If You Want Something
So simple yet fear often stops us!
December 01, 2018
EP 97: How Do We Perceive The World?
Wake up, See Things, Perceive
November 26, 2018
EP 96: Dealing With Toxic People
What do you do in this situation?
November 26, 2018
EP 95: Thoughts on K/DA POP/STARS
Fascinated with the whole thing and how the different creative industries collide together
November 25, 2018
EP 94: How To Learn Anything in Music
Seemingly simple but it works!
November 21, 2018
EP 93: How I Prepare For Music Workshops and Talks
A little behind the scenes on my process and preparation for teaching workshops.
November 21, 2018
EP 92: The Logic Behind Why I do Podcasts
Quantity vs Quality - why I do what I do & what you can learn from my process (and the thinking behind it)
November 20, 2018
EP 91: Tips on Preparing For A Music Competition
Ever wanted to enter a music competition or talent show? Here are some tips!
November 20, 2018
EP 90: Connecting With People
About meeting people in person
November 18, 2018
EP 89: How To Create Your Future
A simple thing, seemingly
November 15, 2018
EP 88: Finding Meaning in Your Work
Why do we do what we do? Let's talk about meaning today.
November 15, 2018
EP 87: Stupid Questions and Lazy Questions
How to find out about things you don't know - a quick guide!
November 15, 2018
EP 86: What To Do When You're Not Sure or Uncertain
Not sure what to do? Listen to this now.
November 14, 2018
EP 85: The Best Kind of Work for Creative Musicians
About my experience doing work beyond performing and teaching
November 14, 2018
EP 84: Just Because It's Normal Doesn't Necessarily Make It Right
Social norms, communication and networking basics for musicians.
November 14, 2018
EP 83: Are You Missing Opportunities?
Small things, signs, coincidences or are these meant to be?
November 09, 2018
EP 82: Making The Most of Events
Are you really at a boring event or was it just you?
November 09, 2018
EP 81: How Learning Takes Time
About teaching and learning
November 08, 2018
EP 80: What I Learned from Guthrie Govan in Kuala Lumpur
I met Guthrie Govan in Kuala Lumpur and it was amazing. Learned so much!
November 08, 2018
EP 79: Can't Read Music but Want To? Listen to This Now!
About sight reading and how to learn to read music (and other skills too!)
November 06, 2018
EP 78: Appreciating Those Around You
Late night thoughts and post gig thoughts!
November 04, 2018
EP 77: Guitarist Nick Johnston in Kuala Lumpur!
Went for the Nick Johnston workshop and was completely inspired + learned A LOT!
November 03, 2018
EP 76: What I Learned at the Intro to UX/UI for Games Masterclass by Anisa Sanusi at #levelupkl2018
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.
November 02, 2018
EP 75: How I got to tour Europe and play with 2 Grammy winners
True story, one of the best pieces of advice I can give you.
November 02, 2018
EP 74: What I Learned as a Musician at #levelupkl2018
Thoughts after 6 days of intense #gamedev and #gameaudio adventures at #levelup2018
November 02, 2018
EP 73: Video Game Music at Level Up KL 2018
A snippet from the masterclass I taught at Level Up KL 2018!
November 02, 2018
EP 72: Jordan Belfort Story and How It Relates to Music
Does it relate? Yes, it's about the work and how much work you put in.
October 24, 2018
EP 71: You Are Not An Island
Appreciate what brought you to where you are!
October 24, 2018
EP 70: Music Education with Wan Oboe
With a special guest today!
October 19, 2018
EP 69: What Just Happened on The Ask Gary Vee show?
Value is the thing and the internet is the great connector... we just have to make the move.
October 02, 2018
EP 68: Why Following Your Heart is Important
The real deal of your career and your path
September 21, 2018
EP 67: 5 Tips For Beginner Guitarists
The MOST important things for beginners. Learn and share :)
September 21, 2018
EP 66: About Mentors, Learning and My New Course
Sharing different ways of learning
September 19, 2018
EP 64: Sounds Of Kites album!
Got a new CD from Malaysian folk songwriter, Sounds Of Kites!
September 13, 2018
EP 63: What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do
How do we make good decisions for our music career? Here are some possibilities.
September 13, 2018
EP 62: The Pace at Berklee College of Music
College days was life changing
September 11, 2018
EP 61: Are You Full of BS?
Are you all talk or?
September 08, 2018
EP 60: Thoughts After Attending The Joel Bauer 1 Day Event
Joel Bauer was in Kuala Lumpur and I attended his talk on Design Your Destiny. Here are some thoughts I had after the event.
September 07, 2018
EP 59: Jack and Jill Learn Music
This 1 thing can kill your music career. What is it?
September 05, 2018
EP 58: Don't Reinvent The Wheel
A lot of things have been done, don't waste your time and try to reinvent the wheel.
September 04, 2018
EP 57: Gary Vee, Tai Lopez, Grant Cardone and Jay Abraham - What I Learned So Far From Their Ideas
Learning never ends and this is what I've been checking out recently.
September 02, 2018
EP 56: The Two Ways I Create Content
This is how I do it. How do you?
September 02, 2018
EP 55: The Need To Conform
But why oh why?
September 01, 2018
EP 54: How To Create A Lot of Content/Art/Work
One possible strategy that has worked for me and I've noticed other people have been using.
September 01, 2018
EP 52: How To Dream Bigger
Some people are trying to make illness optional and land on the moon, and we are trying to...
August 31, 2018
EP 51: How to Multiply Success
A simple but deep lesson I've been utilising recently.
August 31, 2018
EP 50: How To Start Music Projects
And why people get stuck!
August 23, 2018
EP 49: How I Make Art
What gear do you use brah?
August 23, 2018
EP 48: What I Learned From Business and How It Applies to Music
An important lesson for entrepreneurs and also musicians who want to grow.
August 23, 2018
EP 47: If You've Ever Been Lost in Your Music Career Direction, Listen to This Now
Learn how to focus in your music career via the exercise that you will learn at the end of the podcast.
August 23, 2018
EP 46: Musicians, Do You Face This Challenge?
Where I talk about why musicians don't progress in their career (it's not illegal downloading or Spotify!)
August 22, 2018
EP 45: Can I.. Should I Make Money Playing Music?
Thoughts on the real life of a working musician (not an amateur and not a superstar)
August 19, 2018
EP 44: Does the Music Industry Suck?
Or is it your perspective?
August 17, 2018
EP 43: The Mistake High Achievers Make
Such a common mistake that can lead to burning out and giving up. Are you doing this?
August 17, 2018
EP 42: That One Time In Thailand
Discover what made me level up my playing over the years, again and again. (and a story about my class with Jonathan Kreisberg)
August 16, 2018
EP 41: Dealing with Mistakes and Blame
What I've learned about taking responsibility and moving beyond blaming others
August 14, 2018
EP 40: How To Become a Better Guitar Teacher
This is super important. Seems simple but so many don't do this.
August 14, 2018
EP 39: How To Build A Music Scene
Thoughts on thinking bigger
August 07, 2018
EP 38: What Musicians Can Learn From Digital Marketers and the Self Help Industry
Looking beyond the music industry is important to understand why people get stuck in their careers... And how to get out from the rut.
August 06, 2018
EP 37: How Do You Make A Living in the New Music Industry?
Some thoughts on how to make a living and steps to take for the working musician
August 06, 2018
EP 36: Can You Practice Guitar If You Only Have 1 Minute?
Yes, yes, yes (and get ideas on what you can practice here)
August 04, 2018
EP 35: So I Released a New Song
What made me release a new song last night before I went to sleep. Yes, it was...
August 03, 2018
EP 34: Why You Should Dance
As a musician, dancing can help you play better music. Wanna find out how? Listen to this latest episode. :)
August 02, 2018
EP 33: Do You Need To Be Talented To Play Music?
My thoughts on the idea of talent, nature vs nurture and more.
August 01, 2018
EP 32: Three Ideas from Gary Vee That Resonated With Me
3 Ideas from Gary Vee and my take on how it relates to being a musician
July 31, 2018
EP 31: Why abundance is important
Thoughts I've had recently
July 27, 2018
EP 30: How to make a band work without enough band members
My personal approach to the problem of finding the right band members
July 26, 2018
EP 29: Do you just talk or do you actually do stuff?
Talk is cheap. What have YOU done today?
July 25, 2018
EP 27: Gary Vee Wisdom On Life
Simple stuff
July 24, 2018
EP 26: The Mindset Shift - Art and Business
This is where my state of mind had been in recently.
July 23, 2018
EP 25: One Question with Quist
What to do as a musician!
July 20, 2018
EP 24: How to Lose Gigs in 5 Simple Steps
You can do this!
July 20, 2018
EP 23: If You Don't Ask, You Won't Find Out
Ask me a question and I might just answer it in a future episode!
July 20, 2018
EP 22: Why Your Band Sucks and How to Sound Better
Do you do this mistake? This is the same advice I give myself.
July 20, 2018
EP 21: The PVP Strategy to Developing Your Music Career
A simple way to think about developing your music career.
July 19, 2018
EP 20: Life is a Video Game
And I had this revelation...
July 19, 2018
EP 19: Music Hustle Simplified
2 things to do more, 1 thing to do less.
July 18, 2018
EP 18: Mistakes Musicians Do On Social Media (I did it too!)
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!
July 14, 2018
EP 17: 3 Things I Learned from Gary Vee
These are three main things I learned from catching Gary Vee live today at the National Achievers Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
July 13, 2018
EP 16: What I Learned From Attending the NAC
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.
July 12, 2018
EP 15: Hack Your Learning Time
Learn about how I view learning, experimenting with the process and maximising what works.
July 11, 2018
EP 14: The Hustle and Business of Music
What I learned after getting 4 degrees in music and embracing the 'real world'. Talking about the other stuff besides just the music.
July 09, 2018
EP 13: The Most Important Music Theory Topics To Learn
Just the main stuff, here I share what I think serious musicians should learn to help their understanding of harmony.
June 30, 2018
EP 12: Networking Tips for Musicians
Mistakes that musicians do and suggested best practices. Hint: It's more about giving. Also, I talk about an upcoming next project coming soon.
June 27, 2018
EP 11: How to Be Inspired to Practice Jazz Guitar
Seems obvious but it's crazy how many people don't do this.
June 25, 2018
EP 10: Keeping it Real
Are you making art or are you trying to fit what you think people want?
June 25, 2018
EP 09: How most Musicians Waste Their Time
It takes the same amount of time for these two things but one is more useful than the other.
June 22, 2018
EP 08: The Reason Most Musicians Don't Improve
Most people are doing this one thing, instead of doing these other two things. And, that's why they don't improve.
June 21, 2018
EP 07: My thoughts on Instagram TV
Traditional media is dying (or dead?), what are musicians and artists supposed to do?
June 21, 2018
EP 06: Don't be Bullied as a Musician
Artists often feel helpless and have to take unfair deals. This has to stop.
June 20, 2018
EP 05: External and Internal Learning
How do you make your own music? Where does it come from?
June 19, 2018
EP 04: The Learning Hack I Used at Berklee College of Music
How I learned more things, deeper and faster every semester and still use now.
June 19, 2018
EP 03: Singers Who Sing Out Of Tune
TLDL: Sing in tune, know what the song is about
June 19, 2018
EP 02: What I Learned About Quality From Taking a Car Ride
External and internal differences in quality - everything matters.
June 18, 2018