Category Archives: Music instruction

How a writer-musician-teacher-parking lot attendant spends her time

I haven’t written a blog post in a few months. Lest you think I’ve been slumped in front of the TV with a box of bonbons by my side, here’s an update, numbered for convenience. I’m all about convenience, unless … Continue reading

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I Love Rock N Roll – Ottawa Girls Rock Camp 2015

I don’t even own an electric guitar. Why did I volunteer to teach guitar at a girls’ rock camp? I make my living teaching music and some of my students are rockers. Over the years I’ve learned to mash through … Continue reading

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I’m left-handed. Should I play a right-handed guitar?

Maybe. If you already play a left-handed guitar and it’s working well for you, go for it. Some of the best players are left handed. If you’ve never played before, try both. You might be surprised. Playing a guitar (or … Continue reading

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Skype music lessons are easier than you think

Has your favorite teacher moved away? Do you live in a remote area? Maybe you just want the convenience of taking music lessons in your home, and the only teacher you can find looks like he’s casing the joint to … Continue reading

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Why music teachers don’t drive BMWs

How do you get a musician off your porch? Pay for the pizza. It’s not that bad for some of us, especially those of us who teach. But if you’re paying $25 for a half hour lesson, and it seems … Continue reading

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Include music in your New Year resolutions

I asked my Facebook friends about their music-related resolutions and here’s what they told me. I’m thinking some of these will be good for me, too. Music can be calming, energizing, distracting, fun, and if you play it, forges new … Continue reading

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Paper wars

Today I was doing one of my favorite parts of my work – posting flyers to advertise guitar lessons.  I know, you thought that with my glamorous jobs (musician, teacher, and writer) that someone else did all that. It’s true that … Continue reading

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