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Teach: Ani DiFranco

As a musician, Ani DiFranco has earned the respect of an international audience, critics and the likes of Prince. Through her unapologetically direct songs, DiFranco has also earned a place as a noted feminist and social activist. Her style may best be defined as “folk rock,” but she’d probably defy your definition. She’s been rocking…

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Anatomy of a Perfect Guitar Solo

We all know that feeling when a famous guitar solo takes over the air waves; the broadband; the track. It instills us with total confidence – the feeling that the guitarist has “got this,” and that they’re going to take the song to the next level. But how do guitarists achieve the perfect solo? Let’s…

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Easy Improv: Using a Loop Pedal

The Loop Pedal You may have already used a loop pedal yourself. If you have, you already know how much fun it is. If not, teaching improvisation to your students is the perfect time to use loops. It’s also a great tool for your class to learn how to use and part of why guitar…


Teach: George Harrison

Your students probably heard their first Beatles song before they were five years old. But do they know who’s behind the genius of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Here Comes the Sun”? Some of Harrison’s guitar flourishes are the most hummable parts of many Beatles hits. Harrison Quick Facts • Born and raised in…


5 Ideas for Large Classes

5 Ideas for Large Classes The trickiest part about managing a large class is getting everyone on the same page and keeping them there. (Anybody have a megaphone?) Attention gets diverted easily and extraneous chatter spreads like wildfire. Here are five ideas to make your oversized class possible and maybe even productive: 1. Give troublemakers…

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