Category Archives: Music instruction

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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How do I know what guitar strum to choose?

I get this question all the time from students. They watch a video of their favorite song and try to discern what the guitarist’s right hand is doing. Sometimes that works, but too often it’s a video made with some … Continue reading

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Enhancing creativity and staying healthy with yoga

This week’s blog post is by guest writer Anne Domitrovits. “Like music, yoga is a journey, one that is long enough so you keep developing and keep learning. I don’t see an end to it…yoga is an important part of … Continue reading

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Great New Year resolutions for music fans and musicians

New Year resolutions can be a wonderful thing, especially if they include music. Here are some suggestions, many from my stellar group of Facebook friends. Listen to more indie music The music world goes way beyond Bruno Mars and Britney … Continue reading

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Unique gift ideas for your favorite musician

Get her or him something cool. My Facebook friends offered advice ranging from the practical “strings” to “my own motivational gospel choir to follow me around day to day singing my praises.” I’m not sure about that last item, but … Continue reading

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“I didn’t practice” and nine more things you should never say to your guitar teacher

I’ve taught guitar and other music classes for nine years now, and while the majority of my students work hard and progress, there’s that small percentage that keeps me entertained with comments like these. I didn’t practice You don’t have … Continue reading

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