• 5 Things to Check that Might Be Adversely Affecting Your Guitar Playing

    There is a lot to be said about using the right pick…

  • Rhythm Guitar – Part 1

    No matter how much you learn organically, you can always stretch yourself and learn different rhythms you might not have ever learned otherwise.

  • Maintaining Your Enthusiasm for Music Lessons

    A student signs up for lessons. They initially are fired up, they fizz out, and quit. How many times have you heard this story?

  • Effects Of Music On The Brain

    The moral of the story is this, if you enjoy music, play it, listen to it, whatever. No matter how well you do, no matter how advanced you are, the sheer activity that it produces in the brain will make you smarter, improve your self confidence, and increase your memory among other great things.

  • Buying Your First Electric Guitar

    Make sure you hold and feel a guitar before you buy it!

  • Approaches to Songwriting

    A lot of music students come in with the question of “How do I write a song?” So, I analyzed my own songwriting, and came up with three basic approaches to sparking the songwriting process.

  • 10 Great Stocking Stuffers For Guitar Students

    If you’re in need of some stocking ideas this Holiday season, here are some fun little gadgets that your guitar player might enjoy.

  • How To Solo (Part 2)

    Now, we are going to dive into three basic approaches to soloing. This is a lesson I learned from my good friend Jim Mings. I’ll never forget when he told me, “There are three basic ways to solo: scales, melodies, and chords.”

  • How to Solo (Part 1)

    Perhaps one of the hardest things to teach in music lessons is how to solo. Students are down right frightened of soloing and improvising at times. One of the reasons it is so hard to teach is that there are so many factors. So I have decided to split this blog into a series. Let’s begin with the basics.

  • Coming To Your Lesson Prepared

    It is extremely important to come to your music lessons prepared. But whyyy, you ask, dreading the scolding that typically comes from teachers or bosses. Fear not! Below are some reasons/helpful suggestions that will make your lesson experience even MORE fun.