**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
Power ballad you heart out with Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes,” guided by star teacher Michelangelo! Good luck and keep shredding! For more tutorials, click here. To take a lesson with Michelangelo, click here!
How Much Does A Guitar Lesson Cost? One of the first questions new guitar players ask is: How much do guitar lessons cost? On the face, this is a simple question, but there are some complicating factors. In this blog post I will try my best to explain guitar lesson pricing and options, both at NYC Guitar School and around New York City. There are many different considerations in getting a guitar lesson, like: • How experienced is the teacher? Have they ever taught before? Do they have a track record of success? • How trained is the teacher? Do they have a degree in music? Have they received training in teaching or are they simply a musician who wants to teach? • Level of confidence in the safety of the teacher: Have they had a background check? • Affiliation: Independent or with a school? If with a school, what is the reputation and what are the policies of the school? • Facilities: Your home or the teachers studio? If the student travels to the teacher, is the lesson in the teacher’s
(**Your(future)self, that is!) Dear Guitar Student, Last night I walked into my son’s room, grabbed his guitar, and started jamming on some Ozzy Osbourne while he did homework and listened to music. Shockingly, his taste in music is not identical to mine. “Dad,” he complained, “if you’re going to play guitar, can you at least play along with the songs I’m listening to?” “Sure,” I said, and started jamming. It was so fun–slide to a note, figure out the key, start playing along with the chords, improvise over the tune…. “Wow!” I thought, “How do I even do this? How can I listen to a song and instantly play along, in tune, in real time?” It seemed kinda tricky–way too tricky for me to figure out on the spur of the moment. Luckily, somebody else had already done the hard work of learning how, so that I could coast. Who was that masked super guitar player? That tricky guitar playing had already b
Serenade someone special – or yourself! – with Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” guided by star teacher Kyle! Good luck and keep shredding! For more tutorials, click here. To take a lesson with Kyle, click here!