What's new in Troy's world of guitar:
Wilson Center for the Arts Guitar Competition & Festival 2020
The Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts, located in Brookfield Wisconsin, is hosting its annual Guitar Competition and Festival this year, Aug 13-15, 2020. The competition offers $40,000 in prizes in five stylistic categories: jazz, classical, blues, rock, and American finger-style guitar.
For rules and entrance requirements, see Wilson Guitar Competition Rules. Round 1 submissions are done by video, from March 2nd to May 1st.
I've had the pleasure of being one of three finals judges for the rock competition in the last five years, and twice performed there. Maybe I'll see you there? Mark it on your calendar!
New Projects Underway
For those of you who may be wondering where I've disappeared to lately, I've been developing a massive new guitar book/video project. Already 4 years in the making, this is my legacy work. Over 100 full compositions in a range of styles, 180 lessons, this will be the method to end all methods! Covers total picking control, including alternate and sweep approaches, building rock-solid groove, and tons more. Over 24 hours of video instruction! The working title is Speed Mechanics 2 and I'm hoping for a release date by the end of 2020.
I also have another new music project nearly ready called "Through the Hall of Mirrors." The songs are in the final mix and master stage. But I'm still trying to figure out just exactly how to release music effectively in this day and age. More soon...
Well I finally sucked it up and built a new website. Hallelujah! It was a bit overdue--the previous one had been created almost 20 years ago! Hey, what's the shelf life of a website these days anyway? Six months? IDK. Hopefully this one will last a while. In any case, the organization is a lot better and the look is much, much cleaner. Hey, send me a quick message to let me know what you think. Thanks!
Moved to the American Southwest!
Moving 1600 miles is no small feat and it took a bit longer than expected to repair the old house and build my new workspace, but after several months here we are. Love the desert! Love the climate! Love the fact that it's so cheap to live here I can afford to remain a musician!