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?
Let’s imagine we are all tiny surfers. Gliding on waves. Some soar high and look down on the others. Some ride low or tumble in the wash. Everyone has their own wave, sometimes it is high and sometimes it’s low. Everyone falls off. It is tough. If you reflect when you are low – things … More The ‘nothing box’ / white room- all are welcome
Why is the first guitar lesson free ? When taking one to one lessons it is essential you have a good rapport between the student and teacher. Otherwise I believe this will undermine the value the student gets from their lessons. There is no obligation to come back, although I am pleased to enjoy a very … More TGS-Why is the first lesson free?
[Photo credit: Kelsey Tracey, Feb 2006, First Mariner Arena, Baltimore] This week I have been assembling a list of excellent quotes from popular musicians and guitarists; as who can say it better than those who have walked the walk? However, I noticed a striking theme – one guy, legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, has an incredibly … More Keith Richards – Quotes on learning, writing and performing
Amplifiers or ‘amps’ are required to do just that – crank the volume of your electric guitar so you can be heard over your excited and energetic drummer and band mates! I would recommend an amp for home practice too, as they really do bring the instrument to life -add some colour and tone (and … More Electric Guitar Amplifiers
I was struggling to write this week’s post. The sun is shining, the weather is hot, it’s almost the summer holidays. And then inspiration struck .. I will write about motivation! What is motivation? ‘Motivation’ can be described as the psychological feature that prompts someone to take action toward a desired goal. An example of this … More Dude, where’s my motivation?
TOP 3 Lessons Learnt: Best laid plans… Ok, so we’re practiced, packed and ready to go… here are a few lessons I learned the hard way, hopefully so you won’t have to: No.3: Band on the run I was playing at a particularly rough venue, this was some years back when we were just starting out gigging … More My top 3 worst experiences performing live- and what I learnt…