Every year like many, many others I set myself lots of New Years resolutions, perhaps going a little overboard when it comes to time scales and goals and what is humanly achievable. My biggest challenge when it comes to teaching guitar to date, is getting my students to practice between lessons. I only see them … More Three Tips To Nail Those New Year’s Resolutions!
Ok, one or all of these may be controversial. But they apply not just to a career in music. You may hold these beliefs without realising and have unknowingly created artificial hurdles to progressing. Let me know your thoughts: 1. “I’m not good enough” I hear this a lot. Especially when encouraging students to start … More Three common myths (of your own making) holding you back
April four years ago, I had signed up to compete (or in my case hopefully complete) a triathlon. I had completed some in previous years, but this one was different, I would be swimming in open water. Cue trying to squeeze lake swimming practice in to an already overflowing schedule. I had finished work and … More Near death experience – what I learnt and have taught ever since
This week Twang’s Guitar School visited a secondary school in Maidstone and challenged the year eight students to solve a problem which has been around for centuries. As captured in Johannes Vemeer painting – ‘Woman with lute’ c1660, the lute player is shown tuning the instrument – reflecting the common joke of the time … More TGS @ STEM Enrichment Day!
This week I was invited to record guitar parts on a friend’s original songs. I was sent 5 acoustic demos tracks to listen to and, as I had some time this week, I decided to spend time writing guitar parts for the songs- to complement them. Come recording time I had only had time to write for … More We just jammin’
This week two new opportunities presented themselves to me. Both of which in the past I would almost certainly have turned down. I would have possibly made up an excellent excuse too! However, this week rather than saying “No thanks >insert excuse<“, I decided to go ahead and give them a go: The first opportunity will involve … More Two new opportunities this week!
This may seem obvious: To give praise and encouragement achieves so much more than negative feedback ever can. However, thinking about it, I find myself day to day being more critical and negative than I’d like. I recently left my ‘day job’ after 12 years to take my career in a different direction. While this … More The power of encouragement over critcism
Today I took the opportunity to attended the annual RGT guitar conference at University of West London, Ealing. It’s an opportunity for tutors from around the UK meet and share ideas and tips and to hear from some exceptional musicians and tutors in a number of seminars throughout the day. I had the … More TGS @ RGT@LCM Guitar Conference, London
So I have to confess, I did miss a week on the blog post! As I say to many of my students – who are far too honest when I ask if they’ve practiced in the last week (and they say “no”)- it’s ok to have a break! The 80:20 rule can be associated with … More Rest is good! 80:20 rule
‘Back to school!’ – It is a phrase that fills some with excitement and others with dread. Sitting around the dinner table last night, I asked my three children if they were looking forward to going back their school: My five year old daughter said “YES!”. My eight year old daughter said “I suppose”. Finally … More Back to school! Yea or Nay?