Rock out to Imagine Dragons’ “Believer,” guided by star teacher Michelangelo, featuring Madeline! Good luck and keep shredding! For more tutorials, click here. To take a lesson with Michelangelo, click here!
Be The Guitar Player You Wish To Be How Getting Better At Guitar, Having More Self Respect, And Creating A Better Society Are Kinda The Same Thing “…who is not busy being born is busy dying.”–Bob Dylan You and I are on a journey through time–and we are a little bit of a different person at each stage of the journey, at the end of each year, week and day. It’s not just physical transformations (according to the BrainStuff podcast we grow an entirely new skin every 2-4 weeks, and even completely replace our bones every 10 years or so). No matter what parameter we look at–physical, emotional or intellectual, we won’t be the same person living the same life by the end of the day! One change goes in just one direction–time. At the end of the day, we’ll (hopefully) be a day older! That’s non negotiable…and that happens to us all. But in every other respect, we also change. For example, I love playing guitar! And at the end of today, I’ll either be a lit
14 Two-Chord Guitar Songs For Beginners Guitar may take a lifetime to master–but unlike the harpsichord and trombone, beginning guitar players can start making beautiful and awesome music RIGHT AWAY. In fact, with only two chords, D Major and G Major, you can already start playing lots of amazing songs. But as a beginner, it can be hard to figure out songs which are simple enough to play along with. That’s why, in this blog post, I’m giving you a list of songs which can be played with only two chords–D and G. D and G are super beginner friendly…plus they are the very first two chords we teach in the NYC Guitar School Guitar for Absolute Beginner Class–meaning that this extremely handy blog post is also companion resources to NYCGS Beginner Class! Here’s a quick flow chart for what to do next. If you DON’T know D and G yet: Fear not, immediately either click this link for FREE and easy online tutorials on how to play those chords or sign up for a lesson or class
REALITY BASED PARENTING When We Try To Keep Our Kids Safe, Are We Actually Harming Them? I looked up from the New York Times online. “Hey, Miriam,” I asked my wife, “remember the park-bench-lady?” “The one who told us that if we didn’t make our kids stop jumping from park bench to park bench she’d call the police? How could I forget?” We were reading one of last week’s most shared articles in the NY Times, “Motherhood In The Age of Fear”, by Kim Brooks. The subtitle is “Women are being harassed and even arrested for making perfectly rational parenting decisions.” The piece obviously hit a nerve–there were almost 2,000 comments on the article in just a few days, and I was one of the tens of thousands of people who shared the article with others. Picture an idyllic scene. . . two children are leaping from a picnic table to a park bench outside a library, laughing, and occasionally falling on the grass. Another child, too small for bench jumping, runs in circles and als
**Or, gosh, a better anything! Dear NYC Guitar School Student, I know we’re all guitar players…but in order to learn to become better at guitar, for a moment, let’s pretend that instead you want to get REALLY STRONG, with FIRM and SHAPELY MUSCLES. Sound good? Objective: Firm, shapely and strong muscles. What will you do to achieve this objective? You decide to work out, of course. Lifting Air You say, “I’m gonna lift so much. I’m gonna start right now. I’m going to lay on my back, and push this air. In fact, every day, I’m gonna lay on my back and slam some air up into the air, ten times in a row. Then I’ll take a break and do it again, ten times. Here’s my workout! Workout: Lift air, 3 sets of 10, daily. What do you suppose your results will be? Not much! Your muscles might not even notice anything different–your muscle cells won’t be challenged. They won’t break. And they won’t regrow firmer and stronger. Workout: Lift air
Students Playing their First Show: Advice from Teacher to Teacher Written by long-time Queens and East teacher Tony Calabro, edited by Jobelle Mesa While we as teachers should never pressure a student to participate in a show, a little encouragement is sometimes all it takes to get them on stage. Letting a student know you believe in them enough to suggest they perform is a great thing, whether they agree to do the showcase or not. It gives them a confidence boost and can often open a conversation about their progress on the instrument. There are many ways that performing in a showcase can benefit students… 1. Playing in public is the fastest and most effective way for your students to feel and identify as if they are musicians – they may feel that this is not their goal nor their desire, but they’ll never know if they don’t try it out at least once! This could be a part of them they’ve never explored, a passion that could be lying undiscovered, waiting to be pursued
This Independence Day, Get Better Parenting Results By Encouraging Your Kids To Embrace Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness In celebration of this Independence Day, I’d like to discuss the independence of our very own dependents–our kids. Because it turns out that in parenting as well as nations, enlightened self government gets better results than tyranny and despotism! As parents, we may love and accept our kids–but the truth is, we don’t always want them to do whatever they want. In fact, just this week I would have prefered some alternate behaviors from my own three terrific kids, like: MORE: Asking politely. LESS: Taking without asking. MORE: Completing chores independently. LESS: Doing chores after being reminded. MORE: Reading. LESS: Youtube. Might Makes Right? Luckily, I am bigger and stronger than my kids. I control the wi-fi, I control their privileges and I can simply make them do what I want them to. Right? Wrong! Sure–I can ask my daught