Category Archives: Music instruction

Guitar fingerpicking made easy

You’ve got a few strums under your guitar strap and now you’re ready to move on. If you want to play songs like “House of the Rising Sun,” “Blackbird” or “Hallelujah” you need to know how to fingerpick. Like anything … Continue reading

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Four essential chords for beginning guitarists

It’s more fun to master a song while you’re learning the guitar than it is to do an endless series of drills. Drills can help, of course, but in the end,  it has to be music. We aren’t playing football … Continue reading

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Five tips for learning a new instrument this year

Does your list of resolutions always include music lessons? And is it like that gym membership you bought and used … once? Here are five ways to help you stick with learning an instrument. 

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Find a music teacher who isn’t just casing your house

Are you ready to pull that ukulele out of the closet and learn some chords? Is Junior bugging you for a guitar? I’ve taught music privately and in classrooms since 2000. If you want guitar, mandolin or ukulele lessons via … Continue reading

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Where’s the best place to learn an instrument?

You go to YouTube, right? Wrong. Free is not always good. Here’s an overview with tips for choosing the right place for your lessons, from someone who’s been on both ends of the teaching and learning experience.

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Five essential guitar strums

The question I get asked most by guitar students is “How do I know what strum to choose?” I could tell you I’m freakin’ brilliant and charge you $100 for a lesson. Or I could simply tell you that most … Continue reading

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When should my child start music lessons?

  We’ve all seen this video of young Korean kids playing the guitar: Pretty astounding and it probably leaves some parents wondering if Junior should be starting music lessons in the womb. I’ve taught guitar for over 15 years and … Continue reading

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