You are currently viewing all posts published by janet.

Are You Like Elle?

Recently, my friend Elle said to me, “I just want to hang out with people who care what an Am chord is!” Can you relate?   Like most of my students, she’s not interested in developing a career in music, she just needs to hang and play music with like-minded …

"I Want My Lessons Every Two Weeks"

Most of my students are like me; over functioning, over scheduled New Englanders.  So I understand when they ask me if they can meet for their private lessons every two weeks. Because they’re busy, they’re concerned they won’t have ample time to practice between lessons to get the most bang for …

The Worst Reason To Cancel Your Lesson

Every now again, one of my private students will call to cancel their lesson because they didn’t have time to practice that week.   I discourage them because not practicing is the worst reason to cancel.  When you miss a lesson, you lose the momentum that gets built up studying …

How To Hold The Guitar

Beginning students ask me about this when they’re first taking lessons and often with the idea that they’re the only person who’s having a hard time getting comfortable holding their guitar.  If you’ve had this experience, you’re not alone.  Holding the guitar, placing your fingers on the strings, strumming not …