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Why You Should Practice Guitar In The Morning

Why You Need A New Practice Routine Almost every adult guitar student I’ve ever taught has practiced at night. And I get why this happens- mornings are busy. Days are long. You need time with your family after work, maybe a little TV to unwind before bed. And at the very bottom of the list … Continue reading “Why You Should Practice Guitar In The Morning”



3 Ways To Get Your Child Practicing

“My kiddo hates practicing at home but loves coming to lessons,” is a phrase I hear from parents regularly. Another is “I just can’t get my child to practice.” The solution is fairly simple but not necessarily easy. Here are my three tips for getting your child to practice guitar, piano, drums, voice, or bass … Continue reading “3 Ways To Get Your Child Practicing”



How To Switch Rhythm To Lead Guitar

How To Easily Switch From Rhythm Guitar To Lead Guitar In 3 Steps One of the most common questions I get asked from guitar students is how to switch back and forth from rhythm guitar to lead guitar. Frustrated guitarists share that their transitions feel forced and unnatural. They want a smoother, more integrated sound. … Continue reading “How To Switch Rhythm To Lead Guitar”



Journey “You Got The Best Of Me” Guitar Lesson

Journey’s got a new song ahead of their July 2022 album, and I’m here for it. “You Got The Best Of Me” has everything one could want from Journey- cool guitar riffs, catchy melody, and a ripping solo from guitar great Neal Schon. Tune down 1/2 step. Intro The song kicks off with a keyboard … Continue reading “Journey “You Got The Best Of Me” Guitar Lesson”



Apr 30th Concert Raffle- Target, Starbucks, and a week of Camp!

Raffle tickets are now on sale for the student concert Saturday April 30th, 2022 at Ridglea Room in Fort Worth. Purchase raffle tickets at the concert. Cash/card accepted. You can also enter the raffle NOW (do not need to be present to win). These are our biggest prizes ever! Proceeds will go to help pay … Continue reading “Apr 30th Concert Raffle- Target, Starbucks, and a week of Camp!”



How To Play The Guitar Solo For “Pumpin'” by Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani has a new song out, “Pumpin’” and it’s wild. Here’s how to play the guitar solo: The Solo At 1:38 we’ve got a single finger slide in D minor pentatonic. Only pick the first note. Execute extreme vibrato at the end of the phrase. Next at 1:43, we have a pretty standard pentatonic … Continue reading “How To Play The Guitar Solo For “Pumpin’” by Joe Satriani”



Our Philosophy on Sales

by Eric Bourassa Earlier this month, Dave Simon, creator of Kidzrock and JR Rockerz (rock band programs we license), quoted me in a podcast about sales. So I wanted to lay out my philosophy and our school’s approach to selling music lessons. For context, Dave discusses why sales is often considered a dirty word. He … Continue reading “Our Philosophy on Sales”



Muppet’s First Voice Lesson

One of our resident muppets, Princess Penelope, recently had her first voice lesson with our awesomely talented voice coach, Nina Renfro. Here’s how it went: Are you ready to improve your singing confidence so you won’t be afraid to sing for others? Need help matching pitch and improving your vocal tone so you can sing … Continue reading “Muppet’s First Voice Lesson”



10 Blues Rock Licks- Guitar Lesson

If there’s one thing I can never get enough of, it’s Marvel Legends action figures. If there’s two things, I guess M&M’s are next on the list. But if there’s THREE things I just never get tired of, add in an endless supply of lead guitar licks. In this blues rock guitar lesson, I’ve mixed … Continue reading “10 Blues Rock Licks- Guitar Lesson”



Hybrid Picking Pentatonics Guitar Lesson

Here’s one of my absolute favorite ways to add some excitement to lead guitar playing and solos. Let’s first break down the technique and scale used. What Is Hybrid Picking? Hybrid picking is a technique that combines flat-picking (using a guitar pick or ‘plectrum,’ as the greatest generation calls it) and fingerpicking. The pick engages … Continue reading “Hybrid Picking Pentatonics Guitar Lesson”



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