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Barre Chords Simplified

There are so many chords, how do I remember where to put my fingers? Easy: Barre chords! One of the best short cuts in music has to be the barre chord in which you place your index finger over a whole fret and make an E major or E minor shape with your middle, ring,…


String Changing Demystified

Your strings are discolored, your guitar is starting to sound dull, you’re having trouble keeping your instrument in tune; you don’t have to wait until all of your strings break to change your strings. But maybe you’ve been waiting because you’re not sure how to do it right. them, but if they do, we have…


Teaching Advanced and Beginner Students in the Same Class

You have a classroom full of kids, but they don’t always have the same abilities. Some of the kids are just starting out and others might even play better than you. What to do? First, don’t panic! Bring it back to the fundamentals of music. Orchestration Orchestra classes have chairs. You don’t have to teach…

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Teach: Andres Segovia

“Andrés Segovia (1963) by Erling Mandelmann” by Erling Mandelmann – photo© Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons . If James Brown was, “The Godfather of Soul”, Andres Segovia was the “Father of Classical Guitar.” And well, that’s pretty much the reason any guitar teacher worth her strings should teach his music and methods…

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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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