The Guitar Aces, Happy to See Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn be Honored in Poway

The Guitar Aces Poway Studio, Group And Private Lessons
Proud to see Mr Padre be recognized in our community. He was a huge influence on Founder Mike Slayen learning how to practice guitar and work hard as a teenager.

If you’ve been in The Guitar Aces Poway studio you’d know Tony Gwynn is a hero of mine!

When I was a teen I learned how to practice guitar by always hearing broadcasters discuss how hard Tony worked on his craft of hitting a baseball. I thought, “Why can’t I do that too?”

This is something we always try to pass along to the students at their guitar lessons each week. No matter what you do try your best and work at it!

Thanks once again Tony Gwynn for all your hard work and dedication to the city of San Diego and Padres fans!!!

Th Guitar Aces, Poway, It’s Getting Spooky This Halloween Season

Kids Learn Major and Minor at Poway Guitar Studio
Halloween is a great time to discuss the differences between major and minor.
Its looking 'Spooky' at The Guitar Aces studio in Poway.
Its looking ‘Spooky’ at The Guitar Aces studio in Poway.

Well the weather is still warm but it really is fall here in Poway!

And at The Guitar Aces we are gearing up for Halloween at lessons….

It’s creepy and it’s cooky and altogether spooky…to steal a line from the Addams Family.

As much fun as Halloween is it’s also a great time of year to teach about the ‘minor mode.’

Throughout, the year we discuss how minor tends to sound ‘sad or even spooky’ vs. major sounding ‘happy.’

One of our favorite ways to get this across is take a major song like Jingle Bells and ‘Spookify’ it. ‘Spookify’ is a term one of our students came up with a few years back in reference to changing songs from major to minor.

Depending on the age/level of the student we show them how to do this.

For younger students/beginners we simply show the kids how to play the song in minor. So the difference is noticed more by the students ear.

For older/more advanced students we discuss how to actually make the change themselves by lowering the 3rd and 6th notes of the key. Here they start to develop the theoretical meanings of the differences in addition to the sound.

Always makes for a great musical October! Even scarier is after Halloween it is time to start holiday music…

Have a Happy and safe Halloween!

The Guitar Aces, Poway Studio Happenings

Well all the students are back in school and schedules are shoring up. Between guitar and sports and art and karate and dance…you parents are master planners at giving your kids the best! We are truly proud and honored you’ve chosen us to be a part of that mix!!

For those of you who have been waiting to enroll with The Guitar Aces now is a great time. As I mentioned the schedule is mostly set which makes scheduling your child a bit easier. And if you have aspirations of your child playing a few tunes at Christmas/the holidays there is still plenty of time to get them ready…yes even the beginners!

Young Poway Guitarist earns iTunes Cards for Referring His Friends
Enjoy your rewards Levi and keep up the great work on guitar!!

We at the Guitar Aces would like to give a huge thank you to Levi. This young man has single handedly brought in two referral students to start lessons…and we appreciate it! He has truly earned those iTunes gift cards. He is beginning his love of music at a young age(reminds me of me a little), has been practicing a lot and playing GREAT. Kudos Levi, keep up the hard work!!! And THANK YOU for bringing in your friends too!!!

Have a great guitar weekend everyone. Play your guitars. Listen to some guitar. Watch some guitar videos…Enjoy!

TheGuitarAces.com, One of our First Aces, The AHA Moment

I have been playing guitar most my life…ever since I heard Eddie Van Halen back in the early 80s.

Almost as long, since I was a teenager I have been teaching guitar too.

The first handful of years it was mostly working with adults who wanted a hobby and teens who wanted to learn the new Nirvana song(or insert latest sensation).

In the 1990s I started a new venture teaching kids as young as age 5. The first class I had was two cute little guys both 5 years old. One was a very quick study and the other had a little more trouble learning. Both really cool kids and they got along so well it was always a fun class for me each week. Although somewhat frustrating that one was having more trouble with his songs.

One day an amazing thing happened. The little struggler was struggling so we worked on it and worked on it in class and the proverbial light bulb went off. He jumped up beaming, “I GOT IT!” Lo and behold he did!

The whole room lit up…

I did, the student did, his mom did, the other family did too. It really was an AHA moment in so many ways. First for the student himself. Everything he did after that came so much easier. But, for me, as well. Not having kids yet and experiencing their joy of success, it was the first time I really thought I wanted to have kids of my own someday.

As a teacher it taught me to never give up on kids that don’t ‘get it’ as easily as others.

An understanding that kids need successes! No matter how small or large they may be! As much as we as parents want our kids to be great guitarists or ballerinas or tennis players we really want them to be successful and empowered to grow up confident! I realized that teaching kids was about their self esteem through learning the guitar as much or maybe even more than the skills they learn.

I’ve had parents tell me years later that my classes helped their shy child break out of their shell. Or that school work improved because of the encouragement and teaching stye I offered. These are as great of compliments as hearing a former student still plays and enjoys or has gone on to successes on the guitar!!!

I do still see updates from that little 5 year old now finishing up college and doing great!

I never get tired of that AHA moment!

August Calendar Page, Lap Steel Guitar

Guitar Photo Calendar Hanging in Poway Studio
Lap Steel photo from TheGuitarAces.com studio calendar.

The Fender Guitar calendar in our studio has a picture of a Lap Steel Guitar for August. The kids have been really curious about it so I thought I would post a video.

I’ve been explaining that it sits on a table over your lap and that you use a metal slide(bar) to slide over the strings rather than push down with your fingers….maybe better to have a visual!

There are plenty of other links on the video’s page if you’d like to see/hear

more.

TheGuitarAces.com New Studio in Poway

Guitar lessons for kids in Poway, our new studio
Our New Studio

Welcome to the first blog post from TheGuitarAces.com

We are super excited to be in our new studio in Poway located at 13117 Quate Ct., Suite B.

In the heart of Poway sandwiched between the library, sheriff station, skateboard park and El Armando’s Taco Shop(The Barn).

Although I’ve taught guitar for over 16 years in the area at two great family oriented music stores it was time to move on! Time to get our own space and ability to offer more to our students.

Guitar Lessons, Two kids, group guitar in Poway, serving Scripps Ranch, RB, PQ
Two Aces at Work

Thank you to so many great families taught over the last 16 years. It is a privilege to be a part of your children’s development, a responsibility we do NOT take lightly!

If you are new to TheGuitarAces.com we specialize teaching small-sized group lessons to kids 6 and up. However, we also teach teens and adults. Additionally, we offer corporate classes at the work place. Great for reducing the stress of the work week for your employees.

Guitar Aces, Poway Studio, Lessons and Classes for adults as well as Children
Corporate Guitar Class

If there is something we can help you with please ask!

First lesson is always free, just contact us!

Here’s to serving the communities’ guitar/music needs for many more years to come!

Thanks,

Mike

Mike Slayen

Founder/Instructor

TheGuitarAces.Com