My Background as a Guitar Teacher and Player
I’ve been teaching guitar since I was 15 after first learning the guitar at 12. I taught the guitar so that I could continue taking my own private lessons. Teaching was something that I did without much of a thought. As I got older I saw more and more guitarists who could play really well but couldn’t communicate the simplest concept to others wanting to glean something for their own development. What you usually get is, “Well, you just put your fingers here and play this pattern.” Or, “Let’s learn some songs”. That never was enough for me. I engrossed myself in guitar wanting insight into becoming a more intuitive and creative player.
After many years of playing and teaching, I’ve dreamed of developing a guitar training course that includes the very best ear development and an understanding of the guitar that translates to an understanding of music and all genres. I wanted to get a student to the point that they could not only have a good understanding of chords, but chord structure, transposing songs from one key to another, and using a capo. I wanted to be sure that when they finished they could join a band, write their own music, or focus on their specific genre of interest. Rigorous private training would only come after having a good understanding of music, guitar, and various styles.
I noticed several problems within American music training and development of guitarists and other instrumentalists.
First problem: Why does it often take a student to get to the college level before they learn anything about music structure or theory? In my experience these basic concepts are so critical to development as a musician specifically when collaborating with other artists or creating your own music. The student ideally should learn this as they’re learning the basics if it could be taught in a simple way.
Second problem: In the same way a basketball coach can train athletes to play as a team a guitar teacher is a role model who mentors his students. These concepts are very important in an aspiring musician as there tends to be one of two kinds of musicians: 1) those that are all about the display of themselves, 2) those that are all about the music and sharing it with others.
Third problem: Why aren’t there more people serving in the church and community promoting music that is an accurate reflection of Christ and his people? Music is a form of consumption that we all know has a great effect on our emotions and spirit to the point of altering our actions. In essence, our heart’s emotion has a direct affect on who and what we worship.
I’ve taken a stab at solving each question with the creation of my guitar curriculum. I’ve been teaching this curriculum as I’ve been developing it and have seen overwhelming response and results from new to seasoned guitarists and musicians. If you want to learn, teach, or help coach guitarists and build up the church, there is an opportunity for you to partner with Ignite Guitar!
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