Picnic Table Practice Room

One of the more difficult things for a couple of touring musicians to find is a good place to practice on the road. Moving to a new place everyday doesn’t leave a lot of options for a quiet focused environment.

So, onĀ Dreaming to Live tour we invented the picnic table practice room formula:

Start the daily drive early and look for the little picnic sign on the printed map; when close, cross your fingers and hope for a quiet, shaded, and empty picnic area. Next, park the car in the shade. Carmen stays in the car to do warm-ups. Andy goes out to the table to play scales and arpeggios. After 30 minutes, we’re ready to play a few pieces together. Here is one of our successful picnic table practice rooms just off of the ocean in southern California near Santa Barbara.