Monday, November 11, 2013

Notable Guitarists with a College Degree

     In the windows of a Guitar Center in Carle Place, NY - at least as it was a few years ago, as I have not been to the store in quite a while - there are/were on display a few large posters of some of the more famous guitarists: like Clapton, Hendrix, and Page. As I was walking into the store that day, I wondered how many of these iconic players had a degree in music. To be honest, I didn't think any of them had earned a degree in music (at least in their younger years), but I was curious about how many of the other scores of notable guitar players might have.
     Well, here it is about six years later, and I have finally done a little research into the matter.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Guitar and Bass Lessons: One Part Teaching, Three Parts Coaching

If you're thinking about learning to play guitar or bass by watching video lessons on YouTube or someplace similar, or if that's in fact what you are already doing, you should know that you're only getting a fraction of what you could be getting with live one-on-one lessons. While the quality of information you can get from a live teacher is likely to be far better than anything you can get in a video, most of the difference lies in the 'coaching' you should get from a teacher (sadly, not all 'teachers' do an adequate job in this area). There are four broad categories for which a teacher is responsible: