This maybe should go under the FAQ section, but it mostly gets asked about guitar lessons. "If I want to play (fill in the blank) style, such as rock, what kind of lessons should I take?" Well, 90% of rock music uses three to four chords. If that's all you want to learn, then those chords can be learned in a day. But if you want to write your own music, invent your own rhythms, and learn to play the music of the masters of any style, then definitely learn to play classical. And, if you really want to rip it up on the other styles, then classical training paves the way for that, too. So many hot guitarists came from, and still play, classical guitar. Sting plays classical guitar. Sting's guitarist, Dominic Miller, who wrote "Shape of My Heart" among others, is a trained classical guitarist. John McLaughlin played classical guitar and played very fast rock guitar and played in a jazz fusion band. Other classically trained guitarists include Steve Howe of Yes, Andy Summers of The Police, and the heavy metal guitarist, Randy Rhoads, who played with Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne. Sharon Isbin (director of Classical guitar at the Julliard School) has performed with Billy Joel and recorded an album of guitar music with rock guitar luminaries Steve Vai and Steve Morse. Classical guitarist Edgar Cruz has basically made a career out of arranging and playing rock pieces on classical guitar, and he’s particularly known for his solo arrangements of Queen pieces, including Bohemian Rhapsody. Cruz can rock! And then there is country, and of course, the Spanish influence and its different styles including Flamenco and tango. There's a whole world out there when you begin with classical training. And, start that training with a master teacher. Otherwise, you might spend years breaking bad habits.
I don't normally write about getting a new student, as that's a regular event. But, when I get one who wants one-hour lessons three days per week, that's something special! This is a clear display of someone's dedication to learn and improve their talent, art, knowledge, and musicianship. I'm just as excited as they are. I wish more people, young and old, realized that the bulk of learning occurs at the lesson, just like the learning happens at school much more than with the homework. Don't get me wrong, practice and homework are important, too. But, what a joy to see this desire not only in a young student, but also in her parents.
Glenn Tinturin is now in South County where he is offering guitar lessons to a few interested students. Glenn, a world traveled performer, recording artist, and teacher will be providing his guitar instruction in a Rancho Santa Margarita studio. Although Glenn offers lessons and coaching to those of all levels, even beginners must show a true interest and desire to learn and work hard at it, and young students (10-15) must have the parental support and guidance to help build and enable the proper practice habits required for a successful foundation. Call or email me today.
I love the guitar! You know what's really great about it? Well, one thing is you can take it with you just about anywhere you go. Granted, the airlines might give you a hard time if you try to carry one onboard. But for all else, it's easy and fun to bring with you.
I like to take one of mine camping with me. It's kind of like an old friend. We sit around the campfire, sing songs together, share our music with friends, and frequently make some new ones because of it (some people might say they like my playing, but please don't sing!).
I started taking guitar lessons when I was just a kid and loved it. Sure, there were times when I didn't want to practice. But thanks to a little coaxing from my parents (ok, sometimes a lot), I stuck with it. And I am very thankful for that today. My guitar and I have become very close friends.