Sam Westphalen is creating Music, Guitar Videos, Tutorials...
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patrons

$68
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Hello, my name is Sam. I play guitar. When you put my name into Google, among the most commonly searched results that come up are 'What happened to Sam Westphalen?' and 'Sam Westphalen death’... I did not die, but I did leave the internet for a few years. I’m still piecing together my reasons for disappearing, a sticky web of circumstances which I will now try to list:

  • Lack of control over my own content
  • Lack of control over myself
  • General cyber-paranoia
  • Not keeping my health and playing in “performance condition” which resulted in..
  • A steep decline in quality of the videos due to my sloppy, fatigued and unattended-to technique and increasing insanity/resentment
  • Temporary arthritis in both hands for a few months after working obsessively on an arrangement of Frank Zappa’s ‘G-spot Tornado’ (which I’m now re-attempting: with patience and caution.)
  • Internalised tall poppy syndrome (Yes, I will blame some of this on The Australian Way.)
  • Perfectionism/procrastination

So, after dipping my toes in the water again I now must belly-flop with open arms. Here’s what that involves:


GUITAR MUSIC/VIDEOS:

I will regularly release new videos of originals and covers (some covers currently in the works include the aforementioned ‘G-spot Tornado’ by Frank Zappa, ‘Alien Hip-Hop’ by Virgil Donati and ‘All Hail The New Flesh’ by Strapping Young Lad). I have a new solo “fingerstyle” EP ready to record/film and an albums worth of looper/comedy stuff to revive.


TUTORIALS/LESSONS:

I will regularly upload videos of tutorials, tips and tasty guitar tricks, complete with TABs and any other relevant material. Here’s a few topics I’m very keen to get out there..

  • Guitar percussion development: broader concepts and exercises (Techniques, warm ups, rhythmic displacement, paradiddle implementation, hand independence, DADEAD tuning and improvisation…)
  • How to arrange covers to solo acoustic guitar (finding the right tuning, distribution of parts, getting the “feel”…)
  • Tutorial requests (let me know if there’s any specific technique/cover/original you’d like to know how to play…)
  • Injury prevention and whole body integration (Stuff I wish I knew when I was 16)


During my time away I’ve done a lot of busking, some private teaching, a few China tours, and picked up a few gigs around Sydney (mostly playing improvised “background music” to people who’d definitely rather be watching football). But, even these opportunities to make money are disappearing fast. Lock-out laws and invasive construction throughout the CBD have left most music venues closing down and the night-life in this city essentially non-existent, making busking and gigs a not-so-reliable source of income.

So, I return to the internet! But, composing, arranging, practicing, recording, filming, editing… All these things take time, energy and money. Time, energy and money thats hard to find when I’m running around a construction site with a speaker on wheels trying to be heard over jackhammers. 

In retrospect, I certainly could have handled my situation better but I was was young, dumb, and delusional. I couldn’t trust my own perception, I listened to people when I shouldn’t have and I didn’t when I should have. Let’s just say, I’ve been humbled by the whole experience and I won't be disappearing again. All I want to do now is to offer you fine people my sincerest efforts. So, will you help me make more content? more guitar videos? more music? Any small contributions would be greatly appreciated and I’ll make every effort to communicate with you and answer any questions. Thank You.
Tiers
Two Bucks
$2 or more per month
Access to my Patreon feed, which will be my main line of communication with you beautiful people.
Audio Downloads
$5 or more per month
Access to my Patreon feed + Audio downloads for any new releases
TABs
$10 or more per month
Access to my Patreon feed + Audio downloads + TABs for any new releases
Skype Lessons
$50 or more per month
All previous rewards + 1 Skype lesson a month.
More Skype Lessons
$100 or more per month
All previous rewards + 2 Skype lessons a month.
Even More Skype Lessons
$200 or more per month
All previous rewards + Weekly Skype lessons.
Hello, my name is Sam. I play guitar. When you put my name into Google, among the most commonly searched results that come up are 'What happened to Sam Westphalen?' and 'Sam Westphalen death’... I did not die, but I did leave the internet for a few years. I’m still piecing together my reasons for disappearing, a sticky web of circumstances which I will now try to list:

  • Lack of control over my own content
  • Lack of control over myself
  • General cyber-paranoia
  • Not keeping my health and playing in “performance condition” which resulted in..
  • A steep decline in quality of the videos due to my sloppy, fatigued and unattended-to technique and increasing insanity/resentment
  • Temporary arthritis in both hands for a few months after working obsessively on an arrangement of Frank Zappa’s ‘G-spot Tornado’ (which I’m now re-attempting: with patience and caution.)
  • Internalised tall poppy syndrome (Yes, I will blame some of this on The Australian Way.)
  • Perfectionism/procrastination

So, after dipping my toes in the water again I now must belly-flop with open arms. Here’s what that involves:


GUITAR MUSIC/VIDEOS:

I will regularly release new videos of originals and covers (some covers currently in the works include the aforementioned ‘G-spot Tornado’ by Frank Zappa, ‘Alien Hip-Hop’ by Virgil Donati and ‘All Hail The New Flesh’ by Strapping Young Lad). I have a new solo “fingerstyle” EP ready to record/film and an albums worth of looper/comedy stuff to revive.


TUTORIALS/LESSONS:

I will regularly upload videos of tutorials, tips and tasty guitar tricks, complete with TABs and any other relevant material. Here’s a few topics I’m very keen to get out there..

  • Guitar percussion development: broader concepts and exercises (Techniques, warm ups, rhythmic displacement, paradiddle implementation, hand independence, DADEAD tuning and improvisation…)
  • How to arrange covers to solo acoustic guitar (finding the right tuning, distribution of parts, getting the “feel”…)
  • Tutorial requests (let me know if there’s any specific technique/cover/original you’d like to know how to play…)
  • Injury prevention and whole body integration (Stuff I wish I knew when I was 16)


During my time away I’ve done a lot of busking, some private teaching, a few China tours, and picked up a few gigs around Sydney (mostly playing improvised “background music” to people who’d definitely rather be watching football). But, even these opportunities to make money are disappearing fast. Lock-out laws and invasive construction throughout the CBD have left most music venues closing down and the night-life in this city essentially non-existent, making busking and gigs a not-so-reliable source of income.

So, I return to the internet! But, composing, arranging, practicing, recording, filming, editing… All these things take time, energy and money. Time, energy and money thats hard to find when I’m running around a construction site with a speaker on wheels trying to be heard over jackhammers. 

In retrospect, I certainly could have handled my situation better but I was was young, dumb, and delusional. I couldn’t trust my own perception, I listened to people when I shouldn’t have and I didn’t when I should have. Let’s just say, I’ve been humbled by the whole experience and I won't be disappearing again. All I want to do now is to offer you fine people my sincerest efforts. So, will you help me make more content? more guitar videos? more music? Any small contributions would be greatly appreciated and I’ll make every effort to communicate with you and answer any questions. Thank You.

Recent posts by Sam Westphalen

Tiers
Two Bucks
$2 or more per month
Access to my Patreon feed, which will be my main line of communication with you beautiful people.
Audio Downloads
$5 or more per month
Access to my Patreon feed + Audio downloads for any new releases
TABs
$10 or more per month
Access to my Patreon feed + Audio downloads + TABs for any new releases
Skype Lessons
$50 or more per month
All previous rewards + 1 Skype lesson a month.
More Skype Lessons
$100 or more per month
All previous rewards + 2 Skype lessons a month.
Even More Skype Lessons
$200 or more per month
All previous rewards + Weekly Skype lessons.