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…
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!
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!
Our Poway Aces are back in school and our Aces in Scripps Ranch and Camino Del Sur return after Labor Day. Summer is too short!
First of all I hope everyone has a smooth transition in returning to school schedules and early bed times and homework and all the other hectic things that come with a new school year.
Here are a few ideas to make guitar practice at home an easy transition. It doesn’t need to be difficult!
First, set a dedicated practice timewhether it’s in the morning or after school or after dinner. This is your ‘guitar time’ and you and your student will know that… so no surprises plus it makes it easier to budget for the time. Adjust your guitar time if needed as you feel out your new schedule.
Keep guitar on the forefront. Talk about guitar during the ride to school, at the dinner table or any where you are chatting with your student. Not necessarily to lecture them or tell them to go practice. Say, “Hey did you hear the guitar on that song?” while listening to the radio riding in the car or causally discuss the songs they are working on. “Whats your favorite?'” “What are your best songs? Hardest songs? Trickiest parts of a song?”
If you experience a bit of a lull in practicing as school returns thats normal. Remember that things WILL get to the ‘new normal’ soon and don’t get frustrated.
Feel free to contact me, as well, I am glad to help with individual cases if they arise!
Here is a good ice breaking guitar song and it is seasonally appropriate. Guitar Legend Chuck Berry’s “School Days.”
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.
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.
If there is something we can help you with please ask!