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We are in the middle of a very busy season with school starting back up, but we are still planning on having a student showcase sometime in October. Stay tuned because we may be doing it a cool new venue here in Lee’s Summit… As soon as we have the date and location finalized we will let you know. In the meantime please continue to work hard on your music and have a great first day of school.
There is so much information on the internet about what to practice and how to practice. It can become information overload and you may end up scratching your head more than you practice your guitar. We have a few tips to keep you from getting too frustrated with your practice routine. This is a condensed list. Obviously this could be expanded to a great degree.
- Technical exercises – This includes scales, arpeggios, and general finger exercises. Always be sure to practice these types of things with a metronome. Start at a comfortable speed and slowly work the tempo up. You can also practice these things with different rhythms. 1/4 notes, 8th notes, 16th notes, and don’t forget triplets.
- New chords and riffs- Use this time to expand you knowledge of chords. Do not forget to learn what notes each chord is made of. You need to know what it is you are playing. This is the difference between someone who can play guitar and a musician who plays guitar. When practicing riffs use a metronome, start slow, and slowly increase your speed. When learning riffs try to figure out what scale or mode the riff is derived from. This will help you gain a better understanding of how scales, modes, and arpeggios are used. Once you feel confident you can play the riffs you are learning try to play the riffs with the song the riff came from. For example if I am learning a Led Zeppelin riff my goal will be to get the riff down so well that I can play it with the recording. Playing the riffs with the recording will also help develop a good feel and it will help you play more musically.
- Songs- You should always be working on growing a repertoire of songs you can play from memory. The more songs you know the more proficient you will become on your guitar. Once again learning songs requires patience and a metronome. Start slow and gradually work on getting the song you are working on up to the temp of the recorded version. Practice them like this until you can play it correctly with the recording. Try to get all of the strumming patterns and riffs down as good as you possibly can. If you are a beginner remember to start with easier songs and work up to the more advanced pieces of music.
This is just a starter list of things to practice. There is a lot of material to practice so organizing your practice time can make the most of the time you have to practice. If you only have 30 minutes set a time and spend 10 minutes warming up, 10 minutes on chords and riffs, and 10 minutes on your current song. Once again this is a very condensed list. It is always good to have a private instructor to help guide you on your path. Music is a journey… You have to start somewhere so get going!
Last Saturday we had our Spring Student Showcase and it was awesome. All of the students that participated did a great job. It was a great experience for everyone. There were some nervous students in the crowd but the nerves didn’t keep them from performing well. We are extremely proud of all of our students and we are as equally thankful for all the support these musicians get on a day to day basis. We want to thank the folks at Rain Tree Community Church for letting us use their beautiful facility to have our concert in. Here is their website http://raintreecommunitychurch.com/
We believe that performing is a huge part of progressing as a musician and we try to give our students as many performance opportunities as we can. We teach students of all ages here at Summit Guitar School and we offer everyone who might be interested in guitar or bass lessons one free trial lesson. Be on the look out for info on our Fall Student Showcase.
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I was talking with someone at church last weekend about music lessons. They mentioned to me the fact that there isn’t a great outlet for music students to meet and perform with their peers. Sports seem to dominate youth activities. They spend all this time practicing the sports they enjoy and then they play games. You could say that the games are the performances for athletes. A lot of times music students take weekly lessons with one or two performances a year. Shouldn’t there be more to it than that? I think so… It is true that aside for middle school and high school band situations there really isn’t a great outlet for students to meet and play music. In school you are told what to play. If young musicians do manage to find some friends to start a band with most of the time it is an un-organized mess that ends up going nowhere. We are working to find a way to bridge the gap between lessons and performances. We know that music is not a sport but we can make it just as important if we give students the opportunity to perform more regularly. With more performances students will get used to the nerves that come with the territory. The question is how do we do this… Stay tuned, because that is one of the things we here at Summit Guitar School are working towards… We do not limit our students to playing only specific genres. We encourage creativity, diversity, and the love of music. We as a musical community can make music just as important as sports.
There are a lot of exciting things happening at Summit Guitar School. Please follow us on social media to keep up with us online. Our Instagram account is a good way to see what our students are working on and it also gives you an inside look at the way we approach our classes. We always want our lessons/classes to revolve around the students musical interests. Our Facebook and Twitter accounts are also great ways to keep up with us. Below are the links to our pages. We offer the best guitar, bass, and practical music theory classes in the Lee’s Summit and Kansas City area.
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