Author: Dave Simon

Lesson Length

Lesson Length There are many different thoughts on how long a lesson should be. However there are several factors that can help you easily identify how long you or your child’s lesson should be. Consider these factors before scheduling your first lesson.   30 Minutes Children around age 11 and below Students who have never played before If a student…

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Buying Your First Guitar

Buying Your First Guitar Determine your budget. Since this blog is referring to a beginner, try to keep your budget low. Around $75-$300 for any guitar. Used guitars are great as well, so check your local pawn shops or used dealers. There are also great packages that come with small amps if you decide to go with an electric guitar.…

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Why You Should be Transcribing

When asked about how they learned to make music, any musician will answer with some variation of ‘I listened to a lot of music and learned to play what I liked’. The technical term for this process is called ‘transcription’, and it is absolutely integral to progressing as a musician. As I tell many of my students, learning music is…

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Good Practice Habits

  Good practice habits are crucial for any musician looking to improve.  Consistency with practice is important in maximizing the amount of progress made in weekly lessons. I always recommend setting goals such as learning a song or finishing an exercise in a method book.  When goals have been set, it is important to find a time to devote to…

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Restringing a Guitar

Restringing a guitar can be a daunting task for beginners. However in just a few simple steps this can be accomplished with minimal frustration. When I started teaching music lessons for beginners in St. Louis I found it very hard to show youngsters how to restring their guitar. Here is my step by step process for changing a string on…

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Warm Up Exercise Blog

Warming up is a crucial part to every musicians practice habits. Whether this be scales or technique exercises it is very important to give yourself time before you begin to dive into pieces to simply get warmed up. Guitar lessons, piano lessons and vocal lessons all share similar technique and warm-up exercises that enable our bodies to begin to be…

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