14 Easy Four Chord Songs for Guitar Beginners With G, Em, C and D7 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. Of course, as a beginner, it can be hard to find songs that match your level. This blog post is written EXPRESSLY for students who know D, G, A7 and/or G, Em, C and D7, and who are getting into simple alternate strumming. I’m giving you a list of 14 songs which can be played with only those chords, and which sound great with a steady down-up-down-up strumming pattern–aka “alternate strums” or “alternate eighth notes strums.” And I’m even giving you links to the audio and music charts, and sometimes even links to video tutorials. This is guitar platinum! If you DON’T yet know these chords or alternate strums, 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 o
14 Easy Four Chord Songs for Guitar Beginners With G, Em, C and D7 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. These chords are huge. A guitar student who learns to pivot from G to Em to C to D7 has taken an exponential leap in guitar capabilities, because that combination of chords allows you to play all the major chords in the key of G, PLUS the relative minor. Now, that might not make sense if you haven’t yet learned music theory, but trust me–it means you can play A LOT of songs! In fact, in this blog post, I’m giving you 14 songs that you can start playing right away with these magic chords. And I’m even giving you links to the audio, tutorials, and music charts. These are guitar gems! Learning these chords also helps to get you physically ready for more advanced moves. In fact, pivoting to the C from the Em chord allows a nice, safe, baby step way to
13 Three-Chord Guitar Songs For Beginners With only three chords–D, G and A7–beginning guitar players can start playing guitar right away, with lots of amazing songs. In fact, if you know these three chords you can even start playing “Happy Birthday”–and that means you and your guitar can be the lynchpin of any birthday celebration for the rest of your life.That’s cool! Of course, 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 these three chords–D and G and A7. And I’m even giving you links to the audio, tutorials, and music charts. This is guitar gold! D and G and A7 are super beginner friendly…plus they are the very first three 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 the NYCGS Beginner C
Group Music Classes vs. Private Music Lessons: Which Should You Choose? By Ashley Kelly and Dan Emery So, you’ve finally decided that you want to take music lessons (guitar, vocal, piano, etc.), and now you’re faced with a question: do I take private lessons or group classes? Ultimately, the decision is entirely up to you. However, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of both options, which is why NYC Guitar School is here to help. First of all, let’s establish that success in learning music (or anything) comes down to some super important fundamentals and see how private lessons and group classes relate to those fundamentals. To succeed you need: Commitment: signing up for a group class or a set of private lessons both allow you to make an upfront commitment of time and money which will help you follow through and learn. Studies show that this commitment is a huge factor in successfully learning! Social Support: in a private lesson, you are encouraged by your teacher,
Why Music Teachers Must Have A Cancellation Policy–And Why A Clear Cancellation Policy Is Essential For Long Term Student And Teacher Success What is the most valuable commodity on the planet? The non-renewable, always diminishing stuff; which when used correctly yields every great thing, and when wasted is gone forever? It is time. This blog post is about YOUR TIME, and why as a music teacher, you must have a late cancellation policy if you value your time. I’ll discuss why student cancellations are a big issue, why having a late cancellation policy is morally and professionally right, and how to structure and explain your late cancellation policy; and I’ll even give you some great examples of late cancellation policies that work. Has This Ever Happened To You? You’re looking forward to a great day of teaching music. Your lesson plans are ready. Your instrument is tuned up. You’ve scheduled your day to be efficient, managing your energy to give your best to each stude
The Post-It Note Of Power Little tweaks in your environment help you get and stay on track. This works for lunch–and for practicing guitar! I think it would be a good idea if I took a lunch to work more often. Using up leftovers instead of getting lunch out is a WIN for the environment and proper respect for my wife’s awesome cooking! Eating home-cooked food means avoiding unhealthy fast: a WIN for my energy and health. Packing lunch means saving money: a WIN for my wallet. The problem is, even if I pack my lunch and put it in the fridge the night before in the morning rush, all too often I run out the door without it. Does this mean I’m a sucky person with low willpower? Not according to psychologist Benjamin Hardy, the author of Why Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discovering The Hidden Keys To Success. He says that willpower wears out if the environment doesn’t support it. The key to lasting change, he argues, is to create an environment that supports your goals. An environ
From Tiny Acorns, Mighty Oaks. From Little Chords, Mighty Songs. No matter what your master plan is, just take it one twig at a time. When I was a kid, my mom used to say, “From tiny acorns, mighty oaks.” She meant that small beginnings lead to great results over time. The little acorn spends years and years reaching up into the sky for the light and down into the earth for the water before it becomes a mighty oak. But the acorn doesn’t feel intimidated by its potential–it just grows. Lucky acorn! You and I also have the potential to grow into a bigger version of ourselves. Unlike the acorn, sometimes we can be intimidated by our own potential greatness. The acorn also doesn’t have to worry about whether to become an oak, or a spruce, or a pine, or an eagle or a stream. It just follows the oak plan. But unlike the acorn, you and I have thousands of possible healthy paths for growth. Isn’t that incredible?