JANUARY 2019 Newsletter
I hope you have had a relaxing and fun holiday season and you are gearing up to get more out of your guitar in 2019. I know for me, getting new guitar gear is always fun, but learning new skills feels even better.
I’ve been working through some TrueFire courses over the break, and I can’t wait to share these concepts with my intermediate/advanced students. Here’s an example from Mimi Fox’s Flying Solo, and one from Take 5 Blues Chord Melody. (For the list of TrueFire courses I recommend to students, check my article.)
JANUARY GROUP GUITAR CLASSES
I’m offering three group classes in January at my studio on Capitol Hill. Please let me know if you’d like to attend, and feel free to share this info with folks who may be interested in studying with me.
Email to learn more and sign up: LeadCatPress@gmail.com
Pay What You Can Guitar Class: Sunday, January 13th 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 16 and up) who have their own acoustic or electric guitars. $20 suggested donation.
4 Week Beginning Guitar Class: 10:30am-11:30am, 4 Sundays in January
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 16 and up) who have their own acoustic or electric guitars. $190, textbook included.
4 Week Intermediate Guitar Class: 12:00pm-1:00pm, 4 Sundays in January
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 16 and up) who have their own acoustic or electric guitars. $190, textbook included.
NEW BOOK & ONLINE COURSE & ACCOUNTABILITY
I hear from many guitarists outside of Seattle who use my method books and online course but are also looking for accountability. I teach some of those students via Skype/FaceTime, but I don’t have the availabilityto work with everyone. I’m developing a new program to help those students stay on track, with the aid of a lesson checklist and video assignments. I’ll keep you updated here, and you can always check my website to watch it unfold.
You can pick up a copy of the latest She Shreds guitar magazine at Elliot Bay Books or online to check out my latest article.
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/
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