I really like playing fingerstyle arrangements. I realized that through studying classical one can develop the best technique for playing guitar and by studying Jazz Improvisation one can learn to “go with the flow” and interact with music like riding a wave. When it comes to fingerstyle arrangements something just hits me when I hear […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Playing Viva La Vida Using Fingerstyle Arrangement
I’m often asked the question from adults who are beginners on the guitar, “How much time should I practice?” I always say, “As much as you can,” but we need to be realistic here, too. The issue really comes down to how much time do you really have to practice? As an adult you […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on How Much Time Should I Practice?
Most of the time the younger children ages 5 through 10 usually don’t have a preference as to what style of music they want to learn so I always recommend starting in a good method. What I mean by that is that it progresses easily and builds step by step so that what is learned […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on How I Start Teaching Children
Finger picking is a more skill specific technique than that of strumming since it requires more precise connections between the right and left hand. There are a lot of different finger picking patterns and styles. Sometimes you can find easy songs to help develop the basic skill to get started learning. The song “Dirty Paws” […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Learning Finger Picking
Learning to play the guitar at any level requires the intellect and physical ability in order to acquire a skill which of course requires some practice. Practice time can always be an issue when it comes to making time, how much time, not having enough time to practice, etc… In some cases it could even […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Help With Practicing
At some point every body wants to know how to make chord changes faster and let me tell you I know a thing or two about making fast chord changes. To make your changes fast you have to practice them slow with one continuous, fluid motion from one chord to another and completely relax your […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Learning to Make Fast Chord Changes
Patience, patience, patience along with some understanding and realistic expectations is at the top of the list when it comes to teaching children. I have had the great privilege of teaching children starting as early as two years old, if I include my daughter, but on average 5 to 6 years old is more common. […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Teaching Children (or Patience, Patience, Patience)
As a teacher, I like to use songs as a method for learning. Some of the most popular songs are the simplest and easiest to play. The song “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line uses only four chords with a very simple two measure rhythm. If you’re a beginner and the chords are too difficult you […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Learning to Play Using Popular Songs
Getting your chords to sound good is not a matter of pushing your fingers down with brute strength. It has more to do with your posture, placement of fingers and developing the control and ability to arch in the smaller joints of the fingers. This can be achieved by using easier chords that incorporate open […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Trouble With Chords?