Saturday, December 14, 2019

quote of the day

Quote of the Day

"Greatness is not in where we stand, 

but in what direction we are moving. 

We must sail sometimes with the wind 

and sometimes against it

 but sail we must, 

and not drift, 

nor lie at anchor." 

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes


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Friday, December 13, 2019

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We booked 6.5 months for the run of this ad ... so far.

For this issue - find it on page 12!!!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Music Teacher Techniques

Do You Want to Be a Musician 
 ...Or Just Learn to Play Songs? 

*Written by: Denver Chetty is a musician, music teacher and entrepreneur. Visit the 12-Notes blog, discover new artists/music and sign up for the newsletter via: 

Whenever I meet a student for the first time I ask them a few questions: 

- Why do you want to learn to play the guitar? 

- What's your favourite type of music? 

Who are your favourite artists/bands? 

- Do you want to be a musician or do you just want to learn to play songs?

The last question always baffles them. The common response to that question is:

- "Is there a difference?"

The answer is "Yes, there is a huge difference... to me anyway."

If a student just wants to learn to play songs then I find the songs that they like, work it out in different keys and then teach them the chords and anything else that they need to play the song exactly the way they hear it. This method is very productive in them learning to play the songs they love and in building a repertoire very fast. In a year some of my students have learnt between 30 and 50 songs.

I find that the students who favour this method want quick results and don't mind not knowing any music theory. Their goal is to just play songs and have fun. I, too, have a lot of fun teaching them. One of the reasons I like this method is that I don't have to go into heavy music theory details.

For those who want to be serious musicians my approach is different. We build up a repertoire of songs slowly, but they learn every single detail about music - reading, theory, scales, chords, arpeggios, improvisation and so forth.

This method is highly involved and teaches the student how to think like a musician, how to listen like a musician and how to execute like a musician. By the end of these courses the student can walk into any exam and pass with flying colours, they will be able to pick up any piece of music, read it and play it.

Becoming a musician is more than just the ability to pick up a guitar and strum chords. It's about knowing how chords work in conjunction with scales, it's about knowing how to use scales, chords and arpeggios to improvise and create new melodies and harmonies; it's about knowing what a chord is by just listening to it.

I absolutely love this method. In as much as I teach my students I learn so much as well each time I go over the material.

So, in my opinion, there is a huge difference between just learning to play songs and becoming a musician. One is not better than the other, it's just that the goal is different. 


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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

celebrating: International Mountain Day

International Mountain Day was established by the UN in an effort to help manage fragile mountain ecosystems back in 2003. 

Most of us are aware that mountains provide the vast amount of fresh water, energy and food, but they are also threatened by encroachment, forest and soil degradation.

This day was set aside to that scientists and government officials can discover the global challenges and find sustainable answers. 

Biodiversity, eco-tourism, land remediation, planting projects and litter-clean-up projects can provide some of these solutions. 

This is a great time to consider the role you might play in this... perhaps you can support a tree planting organization, join in an invasive plant management group, gather the family to clean up a trashy spot, join in local environmental groups and trail management groups, and help increase awareness... I'd love to hear what you might suggest too... so be sure to comment and leave some suggestions for people to consider. 


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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day


The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, 

who tugs and pushes and leads you

 to the next plateau, 

sometimes poking you with a sharp stick 

called "truth."  

~ Dan Rather


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