The Beginning of Bean Sprouts

When I started teaching music lessons over a decade ago, I would often be approached by a parent of a very young child who was interested in private instruction. “How early do you start teaching lessons? The other music instructor I talked to won’t take kids before they are in second grade.” I understood the […]

What Did You Do This Summer? I ROCKED!!!

Think back to summers past… what were they like? Days seemed to last for forty hours and the start of school was sometime in the next millenium. Some days you hunted for things to do, friends with which to hang, places to go. You were working on your envy-inducing reply to the ageless start-of-school question, […]

8 Great Ways Babies Benefit from Music

As we launch our newest Sprouts program, Baby Sprouts, you may find yourself asking, “Does a baby really benefit from a music class?” It does not take heavy scientific studies to see that music matters to little people; our shared human experiences tell us that! Here are eight great ways that babies benefit from intentional […]

How to Close the Gap – Part 2

In “How to Close the Gap – Part 1”, I gave you four tips for getting from chord to chord without stopping. These are things that every guitarist should do when closing the gap. Let’s review: 1. Memorize your chord shapes. 2. Memorize the chord progression. 3. Slow down. 4. Practice ‘til your fingers bleed. […]

How to Close the Gap – Part 1

You’ve learned a few chords in first position… and your fingers didn’t fall off! Congratulations! Now you’re facing the same major obstacle that every newbie guitarist fears – the dreaded gap. Have you experienced the pause that happens when you’re changing your hand from one chord to the next? That, my friend, is the gap. […]

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