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Teach Bert Jansch (Aka – The Best Guitarist You’ve Never Heard Of)

If you haven’t heard of Bert Jansch, you’re not alone. But many musicians of legendary status call Jansch an inspiration. This finger picking master has influenced the likes of Paul Simon, Jimmy Page, Neil Young and Fleet Foxes, just to name a few. Introduce your students to this true guitarist’s guitarist. Pitchfork Magazine types everywhere will be impressed…

Colorado 2012

5 Great Guitar-Heavy Movie Soundtracks

One great way to celebrate the guitar and its universal impact on pop culture is through film. You can dust off the DVD player, cue up the Roku or look for clips online. However you experience these great soundtracks, have your class listen in for the type of guitar and music used, and what it…

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Pitching Guitar Class: A Look at the Numbers

With tight and fluctuating school budgets, it can feel like an impossible mission to pitch a new idea. This is especially true of arts programming, as music educators know. Interested in starting a guitar program at your school? One way is to sell the powers-that-be on the bottom line: it’s just plain cheaper than other…

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6 Tips for Spanish Guitar Class

Since its invention the guitar has been a vital part of Spanish-speaking cultures. Today’s Spanish-speaking guitar students have a world of music to explore, and it’s up to you to draw up the map. Here are six ideas to bring Spain into your guitar class. 1. Get back to where guitar once belonged “Classical” and…

Reston 2009

Easy Improv: 4 Improv Masters to Inspire Your Class

Improvisation is a fun, freeing way to be musical and guitar is well-suited to the task! But sometimes students become ice sculptures when asked to improvise. They might have some performance anxiety or feel like they’re bound to a certain style. One way to inspire them and encourage them to smash through their comfort zones…

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