“We live two lives, the second one starts when we realise we only have one.” Confucius I am a sucker for a thought provoking quote. It is very hard to write a short letter, and in this time of all you can eat information and extremely short attention spans – a short snappy but thought … More Later never comes
Heard recently on a moving TED talk by Tim Ferris about fear setting: “We suffer more often in imagination than we do in reality” – Seneca I grew up with a couple of ‘fears’ which I have brought with me in to adulthood. Two of which I have found hard to avoid in adult life: … More Overcoming My Fear(s) Pt1
Crumpled and coffee stained, one of my more mature students apologetically hands over a worksheet in his lesson today. There’s absolutely no need to apologise – I am so, so pleased that the worksheet has seen daylight since the last lesson. As the piece is played it is performed beautifully. There seems to be an … More Crumpled & Coffee Stained
There are many points I could list here, but I have boiled them down to three. Once again, these are focused on musical performance but also could be adapted to any presentation or event where you’re on the spot. To make it even easier to digest – they rhyme: PREPARE Head in the sand isn’t … More 3 Lessons From 300 Hours of Performance (& they rhyme!)
Ok, one or all of these may be controversial. But they apply not just to a career in music. You may hold these beliefs without realising and have unknowingly created artificial hurdles to progressing. Let me know your thoughts: 1. “I’m not good enough” I hear this a lot. Especially when encouraging students to start … More Three common myths (of your own making) holding you back
April four years ago, I had signed up to compete (or in my case hopefully complete) a triathlon. I had completed some in previous years, but this one was different, I would be swimming in open water. Cue trying to squeeze lake swimming practice in to an already overflowing schedule. I had finished work and … More Near death experience – what I learnt and have taught ever since
Why is the first guitar lesson free ? When taking one to one lessons it is essential you have a good rapport between the student and teacher. Otherwise I believe this will undermine the value the student gets from their lessons. There is no obligation to come back, although I am pleased to enjoy a very … More TGS-Why is the first lesson free?
[Photo credit: Kelsey Tracey, Feb 2006, First Mariner Arena, Baltimore] This week I have been assembling a list of excellent quotes from popular musicians and guitarists; as who can say it better than those who have walked the walk? However, I noticed a striking theme – one guy, legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, has an incredibly … More Keith Richards – Quotes on learning, writing and performing