If you are a beginner/intermediate guitar student, here is a helpful article I wrote for understanding how to “voice” guitar chords using the CAGED system. In a short 15min practice you can quickly become more familiar with how one chord can have multiple shapes on the guitar neck.
Check out the article and videos here:
Aimee’s 15min Guitar Practice CAGED
I am excited to announce that starting April 5th a new group guitar class will be offered at the studio. Need a little structure to your practice and want to increase your song repertoire? This 6 week long session is ideal for beginner and intermediate students looking to learn, practice and improve basic guitar techniques while exploring new songs. Each week we learn a new popular song and examine the mechanics and theory behind it!
Guitar Studio (8 seats available)
April 5-May 10, Tuesdays at 7:00pm-8:00pm
Jump start your guitar playing in this 6 week crash course and build your song repertoire. Appropriate for beginner and intermediate level players. Each week we learn a new popular song while covering guitar basics including:
- How to read chord charts
- Open chords and power chords
- Reading and understanding TAB
- Alternative chord voicings
- Beginner lead techniques
$120/6 weeks + 30min one on one session
$30/per class drop in rate
Payments accepted Credit Card, Cash, Check by April 4 to reserve your seat
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No doubt you are busy. On top of a full day you have a passion to learn a new instrument. You may find the idea of sitting and studying for 30min entirely too daunting. Discouraged you are tempted to stop practicing all together. Do not fear. There is a powerful and productive way to think about practice in small, incremental steps. Visiting your instrument for as little as ten minutes a day can reinforce new material and create a ritual that becomes an integral part of your life.
- Couple Practice with an Already Established Daily Activity
- Mark Calendar and Set Smart Phone Alert
- Practice Efficiently & Intentionally with Suggested 10min Breakdown
- Commit to One Week & Evaluate
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First and foremost choose the instrument that you or your child is most passionate about. What do you visualize yourself playing? Does your child play air guitar or air piano when music is present? If you are unsure, then I recommend starting with the piano. It is an easy basis for launching a fundamental knowledge of music. It is physically easier to play than the guitar. By this I mean that getting a clear tone from the piano is fairly simple as opposed to the guitar, which can cause some younger students frustration. The piano is linear, visually a little more comprehensible and immediately more satisfying. This has been my experience in teaching.
Bravo to our fabulous performers: Imani, Michelle, Lauren, Maya, Reed, Sophia, Sudee, Tucker, Shelby, Jackson, Juliana, Lestle, Seoul, Jade and Morgan!
Writing a song on the guitar can begin as early as after your first lesson or when you’ve learned a few basic chords. Whether your agenda with the guitar is to accompany your lead vocal, jam with others, or to be a wailing lead guitar player, you can at anytime feel inspired to write your own unique song. So where do you begin? How do you write a song? Here are some helpful tips in writing your first three chord song.
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