Quote to Ponder

The ‘magic number’ is the number of times you practice a spot after getting it exactly the way you want it. — Margaret Elson, Passionate Practice (Regent Press, 2002).

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KinderGuitar Spring Concert 2016

Once again I’ve been inspired by all of the young performers who participated in the KinderGuitar Spring Concerts. The programs keep getting better – music by Domeniconi, Lauro, Bach, Villa-Lobos, de Falla, Albeniz, and others! Thanks to all the parents who continue to place music on the list of priorities at home.

 

By |June 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

IMPROVISATION

In addition to developing our musicianship skills through listening, playing, and practicing, I’m spending some time helping my students develop some improvisation skills, or as I like to call it “noodling” skills, in class this fall. Once your child is advanced enough to play the notes of their first songs confidently, the guitar holds […]

By |September 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

INDIRECT PROGRESS

Several weeks ago, I had a very talented student work on a difficult section of a piece she was preparing. We went through it slowly, broke it down into bite size pieces, sang it the way she wanted to play it, considered many, many fingerings for the left hand and right hand, kept at […]

FROGGIE ALMOST HERE!

KinderGuitar’s Little Froggie Songbook is almost here. Please stay tuned!

By |May 12th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Building Skill

Each song in the skill building curriculum is presented in our KinderGuitar code (in addition to standard notation) for two main reasons: to make it easy for musically illiterate parents to follow and for parent and children to see how music notation is deconstructed into rhythm and pitch. Each song also has all the […]

By |February 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Parental Involvement

Here is a question many parents probably ask themselves when they enroll their children in music lessons: How important is my involvement and how do I do it successfully? The younger the child, the more parental involvement is necessary. Learning to play a musical instrument is much like learning a language or even, perhaps, […]

HOOPS FOR REPETITION

Repeating musical phrases, groups of notes, entire songs is extremely valuable in developing precise skills on any instrument. I often use soccer analogies to convince students of the value of repetition: if you practice corner kicks, passes, penalty shots, etc., you become a better soccer player. The question for parents is, “whether convinced or […]

By |June 23rd, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

MUSICAL ARCHITECTURE

I have been working on a challenging piece with my son and surprisingly, he is doing most of the working (there is a prize after this one). We spent most of our time working on the notes in the song arranged from low pitch to high pitch so that he would become acquainted with […]

By |April 3rd, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

RECENT GUITAR TIMES

A wonderful and very young student recently performed for the first time in our winter concert. Before the concert we worked really hard to make everything feel easy. There were many moments of frustration and lack of focus but also many, many moments of great music-making that were fun. After having worked so hard […]