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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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Hold the guitar correctly, don’t just pose

Sure, you look cool playing the guitar behind your head but know there are several other ways to hold the guitar. Besides, “Blowing in the Wind” sounds stupid played behind your head. The easiest way is to sit down. You … Continue reading

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Ten favorite practice excuses busted

I’ve played the guitar for about 40 years and taught for 8. I’ve become an expert on excuses for not practicing. Read on for ways to get beyond them. 1. I don’t have time. Definitely the most heard excuse. And … Continue reading

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I love you but I need to see other writing; taking a short blog break

I’m writing a book about women’s music. I want to be disciplined about writing it but it’s hard when I spend several hours a week on this blog so I’m taking a short hiatus in March. I’ll be back in … Continue reading

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So you wanna be a guitar teacher?

After touring for many years, I decided that long drives and bad food weren’t good for me. A friend who teaches music suggested I try that. I found that I loved it, plus I eat better (and still get to … Continue reading

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Ten great songs for beginning guitarists – from Cash to Green Day

 You’ve got that shiny new guitar, now what? Feel like you’ve got five thumbs? Don’t start with “Stairway to Heaven.” Begin with songs that won’t make you want to throw that Martin across the room. Here are the most popular … Continue reading

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Transposing for guitarists – don’t worry, this won’t hurt a bit

If you’re expecting a huge theory lesson that’ll make your eyes roll up inside your head, have no fear. These methods are so easy your cat could do them … if she had opposable thumbs. Say you’ve found the perfect … Continue reading

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