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Teaching 101: How To Maximize Every Students Potential

Teachers. Every single one of us, musician or not, has had them. Some of inspired us, some have bored us, some have twisted us but all of them have one thing in common: they have all changed us in some way, for better or for worse. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, we need to seek out instruction. There is no way to get to the next level without it. As a teacher, we have an immense responsibility to the students growth as a player and as a person. It is one I take very seriously and I hope you do also. We are entrusted with the authority to shape a students musical future. This is not to be taken lightly. The rewards are incredible. To watch a student walk into a first lesson not having any clue about how to even hold a guitar and to watch them progress into fine players and fine young men and women is a joy to behold. I have seen firsthand how learning an instrument can change a students life by helping their self esteem, overcome shyness and using the discipline it takes to get better at an instrument to take other areas of their academic life to the next level. But just how to we as educators maximize every students potential? Here are some steps on how to do it. Continue reading

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Rut Busters: How To Break On Through To The Other Side

So you’re stuck. You’re stuck playing the same old tired Eric Clapton/Chuck Berry blues/pentatonic licks that you have played for the past 20 years. You’re stuck listing to the same bands and songs since high school. Your playing and musicianship is stagnant, spinning its wheels in quagmire of the same old same old. Get the picture. We have all been there. We work hard to reach a new plateau and once we get there we lose sight of where the next challenge will be and we end up in a valley. This is a very common occurrence for young musicians and older more experienced musicians like myself. But fear not! In this blog, I will offer some different perspectives and solutions on how to break out of that rut to further our musical and personal growth. Continue reading

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Unrealistic Expectations

Performance is the answer to resolving the internal battle that some classical guitarists experience. The more one performs, the less unrealistic expectations creep in. Moreover, the less one performs, the more the mind becomes filled with unrealistic views and fantasy. It’s very easy to get caught up in fantasy when one is not performing. The fantasy starts with the program: the individual decides to put together a giant program on paper. However, this program is all in their mind and never happens. It’s the fantasy program in their bubble world and the individual gets discouraged because they can’t fulfill their endeavor. Why does this happen? Continue reading

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Letting Go: Using Your Influences To Find Your Own Voice

One of my many fine guitar students loves Slash. No, I mean he really really really loves Slash. During our lesson the other day, I mentioned other guitarists I felt he should be listening to in order for him have a more well-rounded listening experience as a young guitarist. As part of his homework assignment, I wrote down the names of a few amazing players and told him to look them up on YouTube; and not to listen to Slash for a week. He looked at me and said, “This is the worst homework ever.” Continue reading

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