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Spice Up Simple Chord Progressions

October 23, 2012

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Let’s face it. Some pop tunes have very simple chord progressions. You can really get bored rolling through three chords for an entire tune. It is also not as interesting to listen to three root position chord, played in first position, over and over. Chord inversions are a simple way to spice up a simple […]

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Adding a Moving Line to a Chord

October 15, 2012

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One of the things that can be boring about playing acoustic guitar is having to “hang” on one chord for a long period of time. You can create interest in a static chord by playing with a creative strumming pattern. Not a bad idea. Another way of creating interest is to add a moving line. […]

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Responsibility vs. Opportunity

February 13, 2012

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I have been thinking about the words responsibility & opportunity for a few weeks. Too often we operate under the banner of responsibility. Responsibility is not an inviting word, it does not lead me to go above and beyond what I am responsible for. For example, since I bought a house I am suppose to […]

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Becoming an Overnight Sensation

September 8, 2010

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I admit that I am a huge Robin Sharma fan.  Years ago I stumbled upon his blog, downloaded a few articles, and purchased his bestselling book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.  Sharma is a business coach/leadership guru and best-selling author (The Leader Who Had No Title is his latest book – highly recommend).  In […]

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Teaching Creativity Through Improvisation

March 31, 2010

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Teaching Creativity Through Improvisation It would seem odd that a music educator would say to a student, “be creative”.  Isn’t that what music performance is about, being creative?  Yes and no.  The answer to this question lies in your definition of creativity.  Is creativity the ability to create something that no one else has done […]

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Washers, Dryers, and Music Education

March 16, 2010

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My wife and I purchased our first washer and dryer from funds we received from wedding gifts.  This was one of the first, and biggest, declamations we made as we moved into marital bliss, “we are officially married folk”.  We were thinking that this would be great way to spend our wedding gifts.  My father-in-law […]

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Change

February 23, 2010

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On a recent trip to San Francisco I read Chip and Dan Heath’s book Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard.  This is a great book on the different aspects of change and our response to change.  One element that struck me is that often times in my teaching I view problems as […]

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Welcome

February 20, 2010

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Welcome to the new site.  Here you will find my thoughts on the guitar, all aspects.  One of my main focuses for this new site is to provide consistent, new content on teaching the guitar.  Feel free to submit comments and ask questions related to the guitar.

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