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Go for it, try the new Jamie T

Updated: October 20, 2009, 1:54 PM ET
By Paul Shirley | Special to ESPN.com

I am no musician. My five-year, pre-teen effort to learn the piano was workmanlike and without inspiration. A middle-school foray into life as a trombonist left me feeling equally unsatisfied. In both cases, I understood what I was supposed to be doing, but the act of playing music never made my heart sing. If learning music was painting, I never stopped needing numbers.

Thus, any advice I give to musicians is done only as a consumer of their music. I couldn't tell Tom Morello ...

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