Welcome to my December Newsletter, where I’m sharing gift ideas for guitarists (including new classes!) and exciting studio updates. Please subscribe to my mailing list so you can be the first to learn about new opportunities, which I send out about once a month.
MY TOP FIVE HOLIDAY GIFTS
- The Guitar Lesson Companion method book series $5 discount, free shipping, & free picks!
- Manhasset Music Stand
- Artiphon Instrument 1 Midi Guitar
- 50 Blues Rhythms You Must Know
- Carbon Copy Effect Pedal
INSPIRATION FOR MORE GUITAR GIFT IDEAS:
- Guitar Gear I Love
- Music Education Apps
- TrueFire Online Guitar Courses
- Basic Guide (with recommendations) to Guitar Effect Pedals
- She Shreds Guitar Magazine I wrote an article for the Winter #16 issue (out now!)
DECEMBER GUITAR CLASSES ON CAPITOL HILL Sign up: LeadCatPress@gmail.com
Pay What You Can Guitar Class: Sunday, December 16th 1:30-2:30pm
Do you want to improve your ear and begin learning how to figure out songs by ear? We’ll work on several strategies that will help you “open up your ears” and connect the music you hear in your head to your guitar. Students will work in pairs and small groups, and should have at least a year of playing experience with open and barre chords, the 6th string root major scale and minor pentatonic scale, and an understanding of the chromatic scale. Class is limited to 6 students (ages 12 and up) who have their own acoustic or electric guitars. $20 suggested donation.
4 Week Beginning Guitar Class: 10:30am-11:30am Sundays, December 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Most people who study the guitar want to learn how to play their favorite songs, but first they need to learn the basics. I help students develop their skills quickly and effectively so that they can play a lot of songs in a short amount of time. I use a clear system and I simplify challenging concepts by breaking them down into smaller parts that are easier to understand and play. This approach helps students develop confidence in their abilities, which leads to better playing. Our specific lesson plan will be determined after I receive student questionnaires from enrolled students. Class is limited to 4 students (ages 12 and up) who have their own acoustic or electric guitars. $190, textbook included.
4 Week Intermediate Guitar Class: 12:00pm-1:00pm Sundays, December 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
The guitar is a cool instrument because you can sound good even if you don’t know a lot about music theory or the design of the guitar. After a while, a lot of guitarists want to take their playing to the next level but they just don’t know how to do that. I use a clear system that fills in the gaps that students may have, and then I take students step-by-step through a practical course covering music theory and its application onto the guitar. This leads students to create more melodic and harmonically interesting music in a variety of styles. Our specific lesson plan will be determined after I receive student questionnaires from enrolled students. Class is limited to 4 students (ages 12 and up) who have their own acoustic or electric guitars. $190, textbook included.
NEW BOOK & ONLINE COURSE!
Many of you know the first edition of The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One, published in 2006. This year, I published the revised second edition with more concepts and exercises, building on what thousands of students and teachers have loved about the first edition. The Free Online Course includes a weekly lesson guide for Year One and Year Two, with assignments and videos to enhance lessons with a teacher, or help students learn this material on their own.
What’s New and Improved?
- Progressive Reading Studies Through 12th Position
- Comprehensive Rhythm Exercises
- Open, Power, Barre, Triad Inversions, Extended and Altered Chords
- Transition Exercises, Strum Patterns, and Popular Progressions
- Pentatonic and Major Scale Patterns
- Drills for Learning the Note Names and All 12 Major Scales
- Ear Training (Play by Ear) Exercises
- The CAGED System
- Basic Melodic and Harmonic Theory Worksheets
- Free Shipping and $5 discount for ordering Volumes One & Two
AN EASY WAY TO SUPPORT GUITAR STUDENTS
Providing accessible music education is important to me. Along with my free 5 year online guitar course, I offer at least one “Pay What You Can” guitar class each month and scholarships for private lessons when I can. One way you can support these programs is to use my amazon.com/shop/
After 12 years of teaching guitarists at Seattle University, I decided this fall not to return to my adjunct professor position. I will always look back on the work my students and I accomplished with gratitude and joy, and I continue offering SU students lessons and classes in my private studio, just a 5 min walk from campus.
If you have checked out the She Shreds guitar magazines in my studio, you know it’s a pretty rad magazine that focuses on women guitarists and bassists. Pick up the Winter #16 issue at The Elliot Bay Book Company on Capitol Hill (or online!) and read an article I wrote on Jazz Guitar!
I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
Street: 911 E. Pike Street STE 219 Seattle, WA 98122