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When the light turns on...

WyzAnt gave me the opportunity to tutor a student entering Berklee School of Music. I was tutoring Music Theory. I had 6 weeks to tutor 2 semesters of theory. My student did an excellent job with assignments and was a pleasure to work with.  Here is what my student wrote after she started at Berklee:   “Hey Ric, I just wanted to let you know that I took my entering... read more

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Boy o Boy.....

It has been an extremely busy several weeks. My Guitar book is out in print & ebook form. It is doing very well and has now received endorsements from the guitarist on American Idol and The Voice. It has also been reviewed by a number of Nashville recording session musicians and is getting great response. I did quite a lot of arranging in Nov. & Dec. including pieces for... read more

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Math + Music = Elementary Fraction Success

By far, one of the most difficult concepts in elementary mathematics is fractions...and it is all our fault. One of the major misconceptions among many education systems was that early exposure to fractions would help students learn them. This meant attempting to introduce fractions before students could even multiply or divide. You have no idea the trauma this has had among decades of students... read more

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REVIEW OF MY NEW BOOK "GUITAR TIPS"...

"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... read more

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Guitar Manual Completed!!!

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... read more

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Student Success!!!

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... read more

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Congrats to...

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...

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Welcome Message!

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... read more

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Digging In Deep

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... read more

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coming out of the comfort zone

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... read more

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Experience

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... read more

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Tone Deaf Students

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... read more

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Normal Learning Process

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... read more

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Teaching Music Online

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... read more

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