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Teaching Blog Posts

The Learning Zone

!0th Year Anniversary Edition:I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy! I'm revisiting some of my best older posts on learning guitar. This was originally posted 10 years ago. Here's a little piece for anyone who practices but doesn't seem to...

Picking (or Picking On) Your Classical Guitar Teacher

10th Year Anniversary Edition:I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy! What should you look for when considering classical guitar lessons? What should you hope for? What might you have to settle for? Every teacher has something valuable to...

Why are Classical Guitarists so OBSESSED with their Left Hand

10th Year Anniversary Edition:I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy!   This is really a post about chasing windmills....and conquering the universe. I want to start of this post with a disclaimer. I have a theory about why classical...

Mini Classical Guitar Lesson: Finding the “seed” of your mistake

10th Year Anniversary Edition:I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy! In this post, I'm elaborating on a useful metaphor I used in my last post. Simply put, it's this: "Practicing is Editing" FIlm editors, as far as I can surmise, put a lot...

Music Theory? Why Should I Care?

10th Year Anniversary Edition:I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy! I was never much of a music theory whiz. Music theory was required for music majors---lots of music theory---and it always felt like I was cramming a toolkit into my brain...

Learning Music Theory on the Guitar is Just Crazy

10th Year Anniversary Edition:I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy! I'm reading a book called Guitar Zero, by Gary Marcus, a cognitive scientist who decided he was going to fulfill his dream of playing guitar at the age of 40, no matter...

How to Play Classical Guitar without Dysfunctional Tension

10th Year Anniversary Edition: I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy! ——Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor! I’m not a tendinitis expert! If you have lingering pain or some other issue with your hands that really concerns you , and just doesn’t...

What Do Bedbugs Have to Do With How You Learn Classical Guitar?

10th Year Anniversary Edition:I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy! Summer has just ended here in New York city but the mosquitoes are still around, along with plenty of other critters whose natural inclination it is to deliver little...

Breaking Through The Technical Obsession Barrier

10th Year Anniversary Edition:I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy! Playing classical guitar is technically demanding. There are a lot of hurdles even if you want to play a relatively simple piece well enough for it to be satisfying.  The...

Knocking “eye-to-hand coordination” Off Its Pedestal.

10th Year Anniversary Edition:I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy! I've been thinking about about the difference between what I say here on this blog, and how I actually teach most of the time. In a guitar lesson, we're working on...

Mini Classical Guitar Lesson: Right Hand Technique

I have been getting some really interesting questions in response to my poll from those who've joined my list recently. Right now I'm in Amish Country for my Kauffman family reunion, driving past quilt shops and horse-and-buggies, but wanted to answer a question or...