"As a guitar player, I am always looking for new resources to help me get better at my craft. I have gone through book after book that held some good tips for improving my playing. Some better than others. I have been playing the guitar for 40 years now and still consider myself a rhythm hack. I must confess that I do not spend the time like I should but that is another article. A friend of mine recently released a book titled Guitar Tips - What Every Guitar Player Should Know. I love this guitar manual for a ton of reasons. It's practical, easy to follow and gives some great tips for advancing my playing and understanding of music and the instrument I so love. I have a degree in music but often fail to implement the basics of theory in my arranging of worship music. This book is not so much a "how to play the guitar better" as it is a "how to use your guitar in a band setting". Ric F. is an amazing guitarist, performer, arranger, musician, composer, teacher and... read more
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I have completed my Guitar Manual. The manual will also be turned into a video series. The manual is not meant as an exhaustive study on guitar or theory, but a 30 page manual on "what has worked for Ric" in years of recording studio work and performing as a sideman and artist. My hope is that the concept of "your hands will work about as good as what your head knows" will lead more guitarist to want to be better overall musicians as well.
My Composition student, Ken (who is also a college music teacher) completed an arrangement for Flute Choir on a Christmas Carol. The piece was played through yesterday with success! The music director ask Ken if he could do another and have both premiered in an upcoming Christmas concert - Congrats Ken! My international student Melody has scored a video montage and did an excellent job not only in the approach she chose, but also in the execution. Congrats Melody!
2 of my international internet students have had some recent accomplishments. Melody has written an exceptional arrangement of a hymn for an "un-plugged" chamber ensemble that was premiered last Sunday (Sept. 29, 2013) and went great! Ken (also a music teacher at colleges) has been commissioned to arrange a Christmas Carol for Flute Choir. Congrats to my students!!!
Greetings Music Lovers and welcome to my first blog posting on WyzAnt! This is a great place for us to share tips, tricks and anything else of a general nature that you have found helpful with your music and would like to share with others. It's also a great place to ask general questions seeking advice and feedback from the community. I look forward to your questions, comments and suggestions! Daniel
As I mentioned in my profile, I prefer to teach from a different perspective than most teachers. If you want to just learn some songs on your instrument - of course I can teach them to you! I can easily turn them into something you can relate to and get under your fingers quickly =) My real specialty, however, is how I teach music theory - both to its students and to students of guitar / bass / piano. Usually, when you learn music theory you start with some preconceptions. There are notes, for instance - twelve of them. You can use these notes to form all kinds of structures - seven note scales, three or four part chords, two note intervals, etc. These various structures are given names, like "Major," "Minor," "Perfect," "Augmented," "Diminished," etc. You know that a Major chord sounds happy and uplifting. You know that a Minor chord sounds sad and depressing. But in all of your lessons, with all of your teachers... has anyone ever bothered to... read more
Hi! This is my first blog. Just wanted to let everyone know I offer one free lesson to my students.
As a teenager growing up in the late 70's and early 80's, I had the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest guitarists of that era. I would put on my favorite albums and try to play the song note for note and I would even attempt the solo of that song as well. Randy Rhoads was my guitar hero and still is to this day. He died in a plane cash in 1982 at the young age of 25. When I heard "Crazy Train" for the very first time I was blown away. The raking of the strings to the monstrous guitar riff intro, incredible. I wanted to be the next Randy Rhoads. Practicing for hours just trying to learn his style I knew that someday I would be able to play like that. Randy recorded 2 albums with Ozzy "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman". In those days there wasn't "Youtube" or the internet for that matter. I would go to the local music store to try to find music books. What I did learn from this was how to take a chance. Learning an instrument is about taking chances and not... read more
Hi I'm Phil. As I said in my introduction, I've been working with kids my whole adult life, actually since I was a teenager. From the time I was old enough to drive I have been working with church youth groups - in Southeast Missouri, Chicago (where I received my bachelors) and now in East Tennessee (where my beautiful girlfriend graduated and works with children herself). My Junior and Senior year I volunteered with an after-school program for college credit. It was then I first fell in love with teaching. I tutored 5th grade up to 8th in Math, English and Spelling, and Music. After high school I continued working with middle school church ministries as counselor, small group leader, and, at one point, interim youth director. My latest ministry experience was as Youth Worship Director to middle school students at Willow Creek Community Church in West Chicago, IL. I held that position for 13 months until I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design. Currently,... read more
Good afternoon. Well, here it is, my first blog posting. I am new to Wyzant and excited about the opportunities that are ahead. I am a professional musician who is looking to tutor and/or give music lessons to other musicians in the area. I look forward to all that respond. Have a great weekend! -John
When I taught an eight year old boy who had not received any musical training, within a few sessions, I noticed that he was tone deaf. So I took the liberty of buying a guitar tuner that also played solid tones. I played a tone, let the child listen and then I switched the device to the "tuning" function. Then, as the child sang the note I had him listen to, he could see how much he was on (or off) the note! This visualization worked very well and within around a couple of months later, he improved very much! Needless to say, I am very proud of him!
Are you wondering about how normal learning occurs as you try to help your student or perhaps yourself acquire new concepts? First, let’s think about what is normal. Normal is not a single state. In reality, every person is unique. Our brains all have the same basic structure but each person seems to be wired slightly differently. That is both wonderful and frustrating for someone trying grasp new ideas. In the beginning of life: As a child develops the parents and family members surrounding the child are the first instructors. Whether this teaching is done with intention or happenstance, everything that occurs around the child provides stimulus and occasions for learning. Most of this learning is by imitation. That is the moral behind the maxim to parents, “watch what you say, little pictures have big ears.” It’s also why the admonition “do as I say, not as I do” creates tension in a household. By now, since you are on a tutoring website, I think it safe to... read more
While most subjects must be taught face to face, music performance is successfully taught online. Is anyone else doing this? I tutor a score of folks each week this way now, some of them local (even through Wyzant), but many more of them are from all over the world from places I could never physically visit. Instead of connecting to a student in a physical space, we connect in a virtual space. My student and I are both at home on our own computers, with an audio headset, a common chat channel and sometimes a mini-camera active. We can tutor over Google-Talk, Second Life, There, MS Chat, or Yahoo Messenger, but my favorite music-teaching platform is Skype. Skype service is free for all, the sound and video streams is fantastic and I can inhibit new callers so the student and I are not distracted by incoming calls during our session. I always spend the first few moments of the tutoring session making a good connection so we can hear and see each other clearly. If static,... read more
I'm glad to make this my first post on my blog. And I would like to announce that I have a new blog at http://tutor4motivatedstudents.blogspot.com. I'm glad to teach almost anything except ballroom dancing. Can't dance.