? ? ?My approach to learning and teaching guitar is deeply informed by the many years in which I studied martial arts. I often think of this quote from Bruce Lee: ? ? ?As a beginner in any discipline, we are unconscious of technique. A musical novice doesn?t know what key or time signature a song is in–or even that keys and time signatures exist. They may enjoy hearing an exper
Here’s How I Kicked Discouragement in The Teeth, And How You Can, Too Many people tell me I’ve always wanted to play guitar. While I’ve played guitar for decades, I know how they feel, because I’ve always wanted to speak another language fluently. Over the past decades I’ve intermittently tried to brush up on my high school Spanish skills–but like many people wh
?Don?t Prepare The Path For The Child, Prepare The Child For The Path.? Yes, Our Children Are Growing Up In A Crazy Environment–And We Naturally Want To Protect Them ? ? ?Last month I wrote about how our society?s norms for our young are completely wack! The average US 8–year old spends 6 hours per day on entertainment media and US children rank #1 in the world–for
Sometimes It Pays To Stop Smelling The Roses ? ? ?How a simple two-minute exercise imagining future challenges dramatically increases guitar student success–and how it can dramatically improve outcomes in any endeavor. Resistance Is An Inevitable Part Of Any Worthwhile Endeavor ? ? ?I ?learned the concept of ??Resistance? from reading The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield. He des
1.Pick a Part 2.Sign Up 3.Show Up Download your parts, play along to the tracks and join us for a run through before performing this world premier guitar piece written specifically for the beginning guitar players of NYC Guitar School! Guitar No. 1 Chart Guitar No. 1 Audio Guitar No. 2 Chart Guitar No. 2 Audio Guitar No. 3 Chart Guitar No. 3 Audio Guitar No. 4 Chart Guitar No. 4 Audio Full Score A
The Reality Based Parent Saves The Planet ? ? ?Do you want to ?save the planet?? Do your kids come home from school and tell you how important recycling is? I do! And…mine do! ? ? ?Like many other families, we strive to reduce our environmental impact (and to feel better about ourselves) by throwing stuff in the recycling bin. But as someone who strives to be a rational, fact-b
New Study Shows Practicing Music Improves Attention Span ? ? ?Do you ever feel overwhelmed and unfocused? ? ? ?I do. Between work, an ever expanding list of hobbies, and keeping engaged with our communities, most of us have trouble finding enough time in the day to get everything done. And then when we sit down to work, we find it difficult to focus, our attention spans worn thin by constant overs
?But, Dad, all the other kids…? (And Knowing The Extremes Sets You Free To Use Your Best Parenting Judgment) ? ? ?Does your kid ever tell you that you?re extreme or unfair? ? ? ?Mine do. Here?s a recent true example: Amazing Child: Dad, can I have a soda? Me: Yes, if you have the money. Amazing Child: But I don?t have the money. Me: (looking into space) Amazing Child: Dad! You?