Every year like many, many others I set myself lots of New Years resolutions, perhaps going a little overboard when it comes to time scales and goals and what is humanly achievable. My biggest challenge when it comes to teaching guitar to date, is getting my students to practice between lessons. I only see them … More Three Tips To Nail Those New Year’s Resolutions!
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
This week Twang’s Guitar School visited a secondary school in Maidstone and challenged the year eight students to solve a problem which has been around for centuries. As captured in Johannes Vemeer painting – ‘Woman with lute’ c1660, the lute player is shown tuning the instrument – reflecting the common joke of the time … More TGS @ STEM Enrichment Day!
This week I was invited to record guitar parts on a friend’s original songs. I was sent 5 acoustic demos tracks to listen to and, as I had some time this week, I decided to spend time writing guitar parts for the songs- to complement them. Come recording time I had only had time to write for … More We just jammin’
This week two new opportunities presented themselves to me. Both of which in the past I would almost certainly have turned down. I would have possibly made up an excellent excuse too! However, this week rather than saying “No thanks >insert excuse<“, I decided to go ahead and give them a go: The first opportunity will involve … More Two new opportunities this week!
This may seem obvious: To give praise and encouragement achieves so much more than negative feedback ever can. However, thinking about it, I find myself day to day being more critical and negative than I’d like. I recently left my ‘day job’ after 12 years to take my career in a different direction. While this … More The power of encouragement over critcism