Today I took the opportunity to attended the annual RGT guitar conference at University of West London, Ealing. It’s an opportunity for tutors from around the UK meet and share ideas and tips and to hear from some exceptional musicians and tutors in a number of seminars throughout the day. I had the … More TGS @ RGT@LCM Guitar Conference, London
So I have to confess, I did miss a week on the blog post! As I say to many of my students – who are far too honest when I ask if they’ve practiced in the last week (and they say “no”)- it’s ok to have a break! The 80:20 rule can be associated with … More Rest is good! 80:20 rule
‘Back to school!’ – It is a phrase that fills some with excitement and others with dread. Sitting around the dinner table last night, I asked my three children if they were looking forward to going back their school: My five year old daughter said “YES!”. My eight year old daughter said “I suppose”. Finally … More Back to school! Yea or Nay?
Let’s imagine we are all tiny surfers. Gliding on waves. Some soar high and look down on the others. Some ride low or tumble in the wash. Everyone has their own wave, sometimes it is high and sometimes it’s low. Everyone falls off. It is tough. If you reflect when you are low – things … More The ‘nothing box’ / white room- all are welcome
Amplifiers or ‘amps’ are required to do just that – crank the volume of your electric guitar so you can be heard over your excited and energetic drummer and band mates! I would recommend an amp for home practice too, as they really do bring the instrument to life -add some colour and tone (and … More Electric Guitar Amplifiers
I was struggling to write this week’s post. The sun is shining, the weather is hot, it’s almost the summer holidays. And then inspiration struck .. I will write about motivation! What is motivation? ‘Motivation’ can be described as the psychological feature that prompts someone to take action toward a desired goal. An example of this … More Dude, where’s my motivation?
TOP 3 Lessons Learnt: Best laid plans… Ok, so we’re practiced, packed and ready to go… here are a few lessons I learned the hard way, hopefully so you won’t have to: No.3: Band on the run I was playing at a particularly rough venue, this was some years back when we were just starting out gigging … More My top 3 worst experiences performing live- and what I learnt…
In my last post, the focus was on the purchase of a ‘first’ acoustic guitar. This week we look at your ‘first’ electric purchase. And let’s face it, electric guitars are very cool! Things to think about before choosing an electric guitar: Playability – There is a trade off when moving to electric guitar, the strings … More Guitars, guitars, guitars! Part 2… Electric
On topic of buying your (or your child’s) first guitar it very much depends on personal needs, taste in terms of music most likely to play initially and of course budget. This topic is huge, so I have split in to two parts. Part1-Acoustic: For younger first time players (age 6-10): I would strongly … More Guitars, guitars, guitars! Part 1…Acoustic
I love this quote. I think it applies not just to the younger generation- whereby you may find yourself defined by the music you like (this holds true across the decades- mods/rockers/grungers/emos etc), but even in later life – when you may find yourself perhaps trying to keep up with your peers feeling pressure to … More “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” – Oscar Wilde