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26 01, 2016

Special Needs and the Rewarding Aspect of Music

By | January 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Yesterday I had the opportunity of playing with my two daughters, Sunny Miller and Kelly Manwaring, for a special needs program at a church. There were about 50-75 special needs adults present, all of who were there to listen to music and have a good time. I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect so we prepared quite a few participation dances (the Hokey Pokey, the Chicken Dance, the Virginia Reel), and some good old rock ‘n roll music with a few country songs splashed in.

I must say, if you ever feel down about your playing, about how good or not good you sound, or even about the world in general, just go do a little service and participate in an event like this. The dancing, laughing, and singing that went on were enough to lift anybody’s spirits! The crowd was animated and fun – the participation was beyond enthusiastic, and the “Welcome!” and “Please come back again!” from all were extremely genuine.

From Bob who circled around and gave us about four or five hugs each before he left to the little lady in front who actually shouted at me, “You’re cute!” to the other gal who proudly announced she was such a great dancer because her Dad had taught her to dance – it was heartwarming and just plain fun.

The power of music was so prevalent and wonderful to behold… the joy and happiness was contagious. Here’s to those great people and the rewarding aspect of music!

31 08, 2012

Basics of Strumming and Fingerpicking on an Acoustic Guitar

By | August 31st, 2012|Guitar Instruction|0 Comments

In my experience as a guitar instructor I have found that many beginning guitar players learn how to play chords on the guitar, but aren't sure what to do with their right hand. 

This brief video gives a quick rundown of a basic strumming pattern for both 3/4 and 4/4 time songs as well as the basics of fingerpicking. For more in-depth videos:

Strumming: Basic Strumming Pattern

Fingerpicking: How to Fingerpick on a Guitar

 

Guitar Instruction by Seth: Strumming and Fingerpicking on an Acoustic Guitar

 

22 08, 2012

Amanda’s Fourth Guitar Lesson to Learn Guitar Fast!

By | August 22nd, 2012|Former/Current Guitar Students|0 Comments

Hey all! It is the END of week 3 for Amanda and we are now on to Lesson 4! You can see the steady progress that Amanda is making and how she is learning good, solid basic guitar technique. She is most definitely mastering my easy guitar instruction and will be playing the guitar well in six weeks with just 30 minutes per day.

The thing I like the most about showing a lesson each week is that it really is the reality of what you can accomplish as a beginning guitar student without any false promises of being a rock star from day one. AND at the same time it demonstrates the fact that you CAN learn good, solid guitar technique and be playing well enough to sing along, learn your favorite songs, and even start playing in a band in just six weeks!
Today Amanda learns a new way of strumming – I call it the “up, down, up, sock!”

 

20 08, 2012

Ready for Your First Guitar Lesson? Follow Along with Clint as He Takes His First Lesson, Too!

By | August 20th, 2012|Former/Current Guitar Students, Guitar Instruction|0 Comments

Clint Collins is learning how to play the guitar fast with my easy guitar instruction! If you are a beginner and wanting to learn guitar fast, follow along with this video – you can have your first guitar lesson, too!

In this video, Clint learns how to do a basic (but important!) finger exercise on the first string, and then moves on to learning how to play a G chord, a C chord, and a D7 chord. He also learns how to strum the guitar for each chord in 4/4 time. Finally, he learns his first song, "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" in the Key of G.

Guitar Instruction by Seth: Clint Learns How to Play Guitar Fast! Follow Along for Your First Lesson!