Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Jonas Hörnqvist: Guitar clinic in Norway coming up this Saturday


Jonas Hörnqvist
#Guitar

Guitar clinic in Norway coming up this Saturday. Guthrie Govan is also playing this evening. Should be a blast :)

Rick Graham: Slick Arpeggios - Lydian Doominant - super slick hybrid picking arpeggio sequence from hell!

Rick's Quick but Slick Arpeggios - Part 3 Lydian Doominant
Rick Graham
An arpeggio ;-) Have FUNs!
Made as a quick reference rather than full lesson.
Checkout my HD guitar lessons here: http://www.rick-graham.co.uk/hd-video-guitar-lessons-store.html
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rick-Graham/242827524717?ref=hl

For Business Related Enquiries email me here: rickgguitar@gmail.com


and jamming with Kostas Alexakis

Alex K & Rick Graham Collab - Improvisation over an 80's Backing

Ignazio Di Salvo: Funk Impro to welcome in the new web site and clinic date!



New website!
Ok people, here I'm again with a refreshed website and great news: I'm proud to be endorsed now by GNG Guitars! My Brea Ignazio Di Salvo signature it's ready to play! It's a very personal and versatile instrument with great tone and a huge range of possibilities.

In the meantime you can read the news here:
http://www.liuteriagng.com/signature/ignazio-di-salvo-signature.html

During last months, I worked a lot on my songs and my debut album's recordings will be finished soon! Alex Argento and I are seriously working on this project. Stay tuned for news!
www.ignaziodisalvo.com

Ignazio Di Salvo - Funk Impro


Note: master's in English 

After the master class will be as usual a jam session place where you can try to apply lessons learned in a relaxed atmosphere with other musicians, students and teachers of PopCollege immediately. Everyone is welcome here at any level (free of charge).

Between the workshop and jam session that takes place thereafter, there is also possibility to eat. (at cost, are not included in the participation fee).

Where: PopCollege Ghent, Music Good Life, Goedlevenstraat 179

When: Sunday 06 April, 14:00

Register: http://popcollege.be/agenda-item/masterclass-gitaar-ignazio-di-salvo-contemporary-techniques-rock-guitar-playing

Aaron MarshalI: Loudwire.com presents: "The Escape" by Intervals


INTERVALS // THE ESCAPE // OFFICIAL VIDEO
Intervals
Loudwire.com presents: "The Escape" by Intervals
New Album Out Now: http://bit.ly/1enC3Xc
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/IntervalsAVW
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/intervalsmusic

Andy James: Pentatonic Scale Guitar Lesson


Pentatonic Scale Guitar Lesson With Andy James | Sample Licklibrary...
Licklibrary - Online Guitar Lessons
http://bit.ly/PentatonicScale_Less­onOne Pentatonic guitar lesson series by Andy James. Online guitar lessons available from Licklibrary. http://bit.ly/PentatonicScale_Less­onOne

Guitar Lesson 1; http://bit.ly/PentatonicScale_Less­onOne
Guitar Lesson 2; http://bit.ly/PentatonicScale_Less­onTwo
Guitar Lesson 3; http://bit.ly/PentatonicScale_Less­onThree
Guitar Lesson 4; http://bit.ly/PentatonicScale_Less­onFour

Learn how to play break out of position one & two and learn how to play across all different positions on the neck using the Pentatonic scale.

For more Andy James Guitar lessons head to:

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Richard Tull: Unreleased CD "Fear" - killer guitar playing not to be missed



Unreleased CD "Fear" - This playlist contains 12 tracks, total time: 40.04



News: Kapoww Miniature Electric Guitars


Miniature Electric Guitars 
Our miniature electric guitars are all approximately 10" high and come supplied with a stand for display purposes. They make a great gift for any friend or family member who is a guitar player or music fan. Many guitars feature custom designs as played by iconic guitarists through the years, a few also have designs on the back of the guitar body.

Standard Miniature Electric Guitars are £13.99 with royal mail 1st class delivery in the UK £1.90 - no matter how many mini guitars you order.

Please note all our replica miniature electric guitars are not playable, they are for display only.

Ordering is quick and easy via Paypal or Google Checkout - the webs safest online purchasing systems.(A paypal account is not required).

News: Aristides Instruments Presents 010 Electric Guitar

 Aristides Instruments Presents 010 Electric Guitar

HAARLEM, NETHERLANDS  MARCH 25, 2014 – Aristides Instruments presents the 010 electric guitar. The model brings modern day technology and innovation to traditional 25.5” scale, three pickup style guitars that haven’t evolved for over 30 years. The most notable difference is the lack of wood used to build the instrument. Instead of using select woods like other manufacturers, Aristides uses a proprietary material called Arium – a material designed with perfect acoustic properties. Customers can place orders now through authorized dealers or custom order directly from the factory at www.aristidesinstruments.com
 
The 010 is a one piece body and neck constructed of Arium. The 25.5” scale length guitar features an ebony compound 10” to 14” radius fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets. The 1.65” Graph Tech nut and ‘C’ profile neck are specifically designed for playing comfort and maximum performance. Hardware includes Sperzel locking tuners, a choice between the Hipshot US Contour bridge or a Wilkinson VS100N tremolo bridge, and Schaller strap locks. Stock pickups are the Seymour Duncan USA TB-5 in the bridge, APS-2rwrp in the middle and APS-2 in the neck teamed with one push/pull master volume pot for coil splitting and one master tone control. Available finishes include Red Metallic, Blue Metallic, Matte Black, Matte White, Gold and Aluminum. Each guitar is outfitted with an anti-theft security microchip and ships with a custom made heavy duty case and an Aristides leather strap.

The history of Aristides Instruments begins in 1995 when Aristides Poort teamed with the Technical University Delft to develop a material with perfect acoustic properties. By evaluating the woods traditionally used in making musical instruments, analysis led to a technical study of cell structures and the differences between them. If he could answer the question “What happens to a sound wave in a material at a cell level?” it would then be possible to design the ideal cell structure. 15 years of research ultimately led to the development of a tone material called Arium.

By 2007, Aristides Instruments started developing guitars with the new material. Focused on achieving incredible playability, innovative design and utilizing the acoustic properties of Arium, they teamed with world renowned Bouwmeester van Rens design agency to create their models.  Since their development, the guitars have received international recognition for their revolutionary achievements in both the musical and design worlds.

Aristides Instruments is not the first to build instruments out of materials other than wood. But Aristides Instruments is different. Arium has been specifically developed to not only equal, but also improve the quality and performance of a material used to build a musical instrument.  Arium has no fiber structure. This allows it to vibrate three dimensionally, increasing sustain and volume. Arium also does not contain water so it is more stable and requires less maintenance. By creating a one piece constructed musical instrument using Arium, sound waves can resonate throughout the entire instrument without disruption providing the player and listener with an improved aural experience.

MSRP: $3690 USD

To learn more about Aristides Instruments, please visit www.aristidesinstruments.com

Sam Bell: Working on NEW Mask of Judas material!



Working on new material, here is a quick idea I was jamming this afternoon :D (sorry I have no proper lights in my room at the moment!) www.facebook.com/maskofjudas

You can find our old mini album here: http://maskofjudas.bandcamp.com/
Working on NEW Mask of Judas material!

Hedras Ramos: Cort guitar clinic - Overdrive Guitar Magazine - announced for Thailand


Overdrive Guitar Magazine

FREE CLINIC
PLEASE CALL FOR SIGN UP — with Hedras Ramos.

Hedras Ramos is now part of the Laney Amplification Family of Artists!
http://www.laney.co.uk/artists/hedras-ramos

Other dates

Hedras Ramos at Riverside Live House
20 May at 11:00
Taipei TW

Hedras Ramos at Overtone RCA
21 May at 11:00
Bangkok TH

Richie Allan: The Heavy Metal Ninjas added to Euroblast Festival Cologne Germany



The Heavy Metal Ninjas

JUST ANNOUNCED!
Ninjas are to play Euroblast Festival Cologne Germany in October, amongst some other killer bands.

For those of you in the UK/Europe area who want to see us play live, this is your chance.

F**k Yes!

Heavy Metal Ninjas - Design


Richie Allan: Heavy Metal Ninjas: Interstellar Abduction

Richie Allan: Heavy Metal Ninjas: EP

Jack Gardiner: Morning Jam over a Mixolydian and a slice of toast



Here's a little warm up I did this morning over a backing track from my new HD Video Package, coming later this week!

Be sure to check out my website for tuition material over at:

http://www.jack-gardiner.com

Morning Jam over a Mixolydian Backing Track

Russ Parrish: Steel Panther Satchel solo and Death To All But Metal Bristol 2014

Russ Parris: Steel Panther Satchel solo and Death To All But Metal Bristol 2014

Russ Parris: Steel Panther Satchel solo and Death To All But Metal Bristol 2014. Apologies for any shake, blowing on the audio, this was on my Nexus 5 held above my head... Sold out show, packed audience and plenty of audience participation. These guys are super funny!



Web links
http://steelpantherrocks.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel_Panther



Steel Panther is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California mostly known for their profane and humorous lyrics as well as their exaggerated on-stage personae that re-imagine and parody the heavy metal music and lifestyle of the 1980s.



Metal Skool - The quartet began to gain popularity in the Sunset Strip during the early 2000s under the name Metal Shop (soon changed into Metal Skool, then into Steel Panther).



Michael Starr (Ralph Saenz) – lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Satchel (Russ Parrish) – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals



Lexxi Foxx (Travis Haley) – bass, backing vocals
Stix Zadinia (Darren Leader) – drums, percussion, keyboards, piano, backing vocals



Russ Parris: Steel Panther Satchel solo and Death To All But Metal Bristol 2014



Curtis Fornadley: Out Of The Shell - new album available


Get a Free Download of Curtis Music Here:http://www.curtisguitarmusic.com
"Super Sonic" is from the CD "Out of the Shell" and is available at:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/out...
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/curtisguitar5


Credits:
Curtis Fornadley - guitar
Rob Chismar - drums
Dave Hill - bass

Mixed by Ronan Chris Murphy
Mastered by Stephen Marsh

http://www.curtisguitar.com

Melodic Instrumental Rock: virtuosity, soulful playing and great melodies.

Curtis Fornadley: Out Of The Shell
"Out of the Shell" is the fourth CD from the power trio “Curtis”.
“Curtis” is:
Curtis Fornadley – guitar
Rob Chismar – drums
Dave Hill - bass

During the recording of “Out of the Shell” a rough mix of the title track was sent to Guitar Player Magazine. The magic of the track caught the ears of the editors and Curtis Fornadley was selected as one of 10 finalists in Guitar Player Magazine’s "Guitar Hero 2007" competition.

At the show Curtis performed “Out of the Shell” and received rave reviews by celebrity judges: Joe Satriani, Steve Lukather, Nuno Bettencourt, Elliot Easton, Greg Howe and Mike Varney. To view this performance and judges comments visit www.youtube.com/curtisguitar

The music of Curtis is unique; each tune is different from the next, yet there is a common thread that ties them all together; the balance between composition, soulful playing and virtuosity. The guitar is front and center, but the variety of tones and styles allow it to be enjoyed by people other than guitar players. Curtis has great musicianship AND great tunes.

Super Sonic

Brian Carroll: Bucketheadland - City of Ferris Wheels - another album from the buckethead factory of music

Brian Carroll: Bucketheadland - City of Ferris Wheels


1. City of Ferris Wheels 13:29
2. Lost Toys 10:42
3. The Cape of Good Hope 07:19

credits
released 23 March 2014

Bruce Forman: Dean Markley USA Welcomes Jazz Guitarist to Artist Roster


Dean Markley USA Welcomes Jazz Guitarist Bruce Forman to Artist Roster

GLENDALE, AZ –– Dean Markley announces the addition of Jazz guitarist and USC instructor Bruce Forman to their artist roster. As a seasoned jazz player, Dean Markley USA looks to Bruce to help further expand the company’s market share and help raise Bruce’s visibility in the world of guitar and entertainment.

Bruce Forman has been an important part of the international jazz scene for more than three decades. He has been featured as leader as well as sideman at many of the most prestigious festivals and concert venues throughout the world. His numerous recording and performing credits include the likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Barney Kessel, Roger Kellaway, Richie Cole, and countless others. His guitar work is featured throughout Clint Eastwood's Academy Award winning film, Million Dollar Baby, Oscar-nominated Flags of Our Fathers, and Hereafter. Forman is also a distinguished music educator, leading workshops and master classes throughout the world.

Cow Bop, Forman’s popular “western bebop” band, tours extensively and hit four separate charts with its CDs, Swingin’ Out West, Route 66, Too Hick for the Room, and Cowlifornia Swing. His one-man show, The Red Guitar, has received wide international acclaim.

Bruce is currently using Dean Markley’s Helix line. With over a year of research and development, Helix strings use a precise elliptical shape for the winding wire. The shape then has to be paired with the correct winding process. The hyper-elliptical winding process results in an increased number of wraps along the length of the string. This increases the mass of the string without changing its diameter or material. More mass makes a fuller tone; more windings give a smoother feel as well as a brighter, more resonant tone. Additional benefits of the hyper-elliptical windings are a relaxed feel and less unwanted noise. The strings are designed to last much longer without sacrificing tone and performance.

For more information on Bruce Forman, please visit www.bruceforman.com
For more information on Dean Markley USA, please visit www.deanmarkley.com

About Dean Markley USA
Established in 1972, Dean Markley USA is recognized as an innovator and leader in the world of musical instrument strings. Over the years, the company has expanded its product line to include pickups and accessories. Celebrated by retailers for their sales performance and endorsed by an elite caliber of musicians, Dean Markley USA products are the smart choice. www.DeanMarkley.com

News: Orange Amplification Announces Partnership With Camp Jam


Orange Amplification Announces Partnership With Camp Jam


Orange Amplification, famous for being used by some of the greatest guitarist on the planet, have partnered with Camp Jam, the nation’s premier provider of rock music summer camps and educational rock ‘n’ roll music programs for their Summer 2014 camp series. Campers, referred to as Jammers, will rehearse, record, and perform like rock stars during curriculum-based day camp and have access to use a range of Orange amps throughout the programs. Famous musicians from some of America’s favorite rock ‘n’ roll bands will lend their talents to the camps.

“For 11 years, Camp Jam has been enriching young lives through rock ‘n’ roll music,” said Jeff Carlisi, lead guitarist for .38 Special and Camp Jam co-founder. “I started Camp Jam with the idea that everyone needed to experience the rush of playing in a band. There's no better feeling than rocking-out onstage in a band with your friends, and in front of a real, live audience. At Camp Jam you can make that dream come true.”

In addition to learning from a staff of caring professionals, Jammers will be treated to master classes with celebrity recording artists. Troy Lawrence, guitarist for Evanescence, Liberty DeVitto, drummer for Billy Joel; Jennifer Batten, guitarist for Michael Jackson; Richard Fortus, guitarist for Guns n Roses; Darryl Jones, bass player for the Rolling Stones; Ed Roland, vocals for Collective Soul are just an example of the artists that work with Camp Jam. Go to www.campjam.com and see the list of visiting rock stars which is constantly growing.

Orange Amplification is proud to be working with Camp Jam this summer and providing their award winning amps across the events. Their new Crush Pro series will be powering performances on the main stage with all the visiting rock stars using them for their shows and as well the students for their final camp concerts. The 30 watt Crush Pro amps will also be used in the rehearsal rooms and recording classes. Registrants will also be able to purchase the Orange Crush PiX range at a reduced cost prior to arrival at the camps.

Guitarists, bass players, keyboard players, drummers and vocalists will unleash their inner rock star at Camp Jam. Programs are available for ages 11 to 17 with varying skill levels. Overnight, Day and Extended Day camps are available. Spaces are filling very fast. Early enrollment is suggested.




The summer music camps will be held in; AtlantaChicagoBirmingham ALCommerce TX (Dallas area), Fullerton CA (servicing LA, San Diego, Orange County) Hartford Ct (Servicing New York and Boston), HoustonPhoenix and Washington DCPittsburgh and St Louis.

Mick Jones: An Evening With Foreigner: Unplugged UK tour dates



In addition to the UK tour, which starts on Thursday April 3rd at the Manchester O2 Apollo, FOREIGNER will also perform a special acoustic concert - "An Evening With Foreigner: Unplugged" atLondon’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday April 12th. A Q&A session with the band, hosted by Team Rock’s Kylie Olsson, will also take place at the concert with fans invited to submit questions.

Read the official UK press announcement which includes a brand new photo of FOREIGNER by clicking HERE.

FOREIGNER APRIL 2014 UK TOUR DATES:

· Thursday 3rd April - Manchester O2 Apollo
· Friday 4th April - Newcastle City Hall ***SOLD OUT***
· Saturday 5th April - Glasgow Clyde
· Monday 7th April - Nottingham Royal Centre
· Tuesday 8th April - Sheffield City Hall
· Wednesday 9th April - Portsmouth Guildhall
· Friday 11th April - Bristol Colston Hall ***SOLD OUT***
· Saturday 12th April - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire (An Evening with Foreigner Unplugged)
· Sunday 13th April - London Hammersmith Apollo
· Tuesday 15th April - Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Tickets for Foreigner’s UK tour with EUROPE and FM are priced £38.50 regionally and £39.50 in London and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is (Acoustic )

Shawn Lane, Steve Smith: awesome audio of these two mavens playing Fire


Special thanks to +Al Williams for spotting these and posting them on the Google+ version of Truth In Shredding https://plus.google.com/+Truthinshredding1/posts

Shawn Lane/Steve Smith playing Fire


plus an early demo of the classic track from Powers Of Ten

Shawn Lane Esperanto demo

Tom Hess: Why You Aren’t Beating The Guitar Teaching Competition In Your City

Why You Aren’t Beating The Guitar Teaching Competition In Your City
By Tom Hess
Sad but true: almost 100% of guitar instructors choose ‘mediocrity’ as their standard of achievement. These teachers fail to make a big effort to move beyond merely having enough students to ‘get by’ and have no real commitment to getting great results for their students. In addition, of the guitar instructors who have great ambition, only a select few are able to reach their greatest potential because they have no clue of what can really be achieved.

The good news is, it’s not as difficult as you think to become the leading guitar teacher in your local area with the most students and the most profitable business. The first step to doing this is understanding why the majority of guitar teachers are unsuccessful and learning which steps to take in order to achieve success for yourself.

These are the five biggest reasons why guitar teachers will never achieve success in their teaching businesses and the details for how ‘you’ can avoid their mistakes to become the leader for guitar instruction in your city:

Why Guitar Teachers Fail, Reason #1: Copying Other Guitar Teachers
When you copy what other guitar teachers are doing, you are very unlikely to ever become highly successful. Here is why:

1. The majority of people teaching guitar are not successful. Therefore, when you copy the methods used by these people (either marketing or approaches to teaching students), you will only head down the same path of failure.

2. Even when you attempt to copy what the more successful guitar teachers in your area are doing, you do not know the entire strategy that goes into their efforts - you are only seeing a small portion of the ‘tactics’ being used. A tactic is one action that is taken to complete a single objective. This includes things like placing ads in the news paper, improving the design of your guitar teaching website or putting flyers in different locations around town. In contrast, a ‘strategy’ is the overarching mental process that connects tactics together in order to achieve many different medium and long-term goals. A strategy exists well below the surface of what you observe and it is something you will be unable to imitate without a deep understanding of the inner workings of someone’s business.

3. When you decide to imitate other guitar teachers in your area you essentially remove any ‘unique’ qualities from your lessons. This turns guitar lessons into a kind of commodity, where the ‘cheapest’ lessons are the best. If you follow this mindset and try to undercut everyone else in your area you will (at best) end up with very unmotivated students who are not serious about making progress on guitar. This is because most students know that ‘you get what you pay for’ and associate cheap lessons with low quality lessons.

What You Need To Do Instead To Become The #1 Guitar Teacher In Your Area:
Rather than copying individual tactics from other guitar teachers and blindly developing your business, use the approach of successful guitar teachers:

  • Work with your own guitar teacher coach to learn how to teach guitar better and develop a successful guitar teaching business. This is the greatest way to construct your own business strategy while using the most effective guitar teaching methods to get the best results for your students.

  • Rather than marketing your lessons as ‘general’ guitar lessons, focus on ONE musical style to teach and become the leading expert in your area for that specific style. This will instantly place you at the top of anyone’s list who wants to play that style of guitar and will help you get the attention of more serious students. At first, this may seem illogical, however, 9 times out of ten, guitar teachers who teach in a specific (but still well-known) musical style niche are much more successful than those who attempt to become a jack-of-all-trades.

  • When determining the price for your lessons, charge AT LEAST a little bit above average. By charging ‘more’, your students will feel much more motivated to practice more frequently and improve because they are paying more for their lessons. Charging more helps keep them accountable to themselves because they don’t want to waste all the money they are spending.
Why Guitar Teachers Fail, Reason #2: Having Misconceptions About Marketing And Making Money
If you believe that it is ‘wrong’ to desire making a ton of money as a guitar teacher, you will NEVER become the lead instructor in your area or earn good money teaching lessons. You will also not achieve success in your guitar teaching business if you think that you don’t need to market yourself because you can just ‘teach guitar really well’ (or that word of mouth is the only ethical way to build a business). A lot of guitar instructors think it is unethical to desire making tons of money from teaching guitar. This causes them to never take action to promote themselves and grow their businesses. Here is why this kind of mindset is Lose/Lose:
  • You’ll struggle to earn enough money to get by since you won’t be taking the necessary actions to grow your business at a bigger level.
  • Guitar students in your local area will suffer because your belief system will cause you to build a business that prevents you from growing beyond a certain number of students. There are countless guitar players in your area who truly desire your help but will never get the opportunity to work with you due to your views. With this in mind, it is definitely realistic to want to teach 100+ students once you have the correct systems in place (and you can do so working 15 hours or less per week!). Get more information on how to do this by watching this video on how to build a guitar teaching business.
What You Need To Do Instead To Become The #1 Guitar Teacher In Your Area:
You need to take on the same mindset used by successful guitar teachers in regards to money and marketing. Guitar teachers who flourish fully understand that:

By earning more money, they will gain the ability to re-invest what they make back into their business to benefit their students. When you earn more money as a guitar teacher, you can offer your guitar students many new benefits that you couldn't before such as recording equipment, great quality rental instruments, bigger learning spaces, etc.

To earn more money you need to become the greatest at what you do. The desire to developing a flourishing business needs to be part of the motivation for offering the greatest results to your students. This is why successful guitar teachers get trained by an experienced coach on how to develop a successful guitar teaching business.

Once you fully understand that you have the power to totally transform the musical lives of your students, it becomes you duty to gain as many students as possible so you can help them achieve their musical goals.

Why Guitar Teachers Fail, Reason #3: Not Investing Much Time Into Growing Your Guitar Teaching Business
When you exclusively spend your time on building lesson plans, sorting through administrative tasks/payments, thinking of new materials and other smaller teaching tasks you will not become hugely successful. These things are certainly necessary to work on, however, you must also focus on building your guitar teaching business as a whole in order to become truly successful as a guitar teacher. If you neglect doing this, your guitar teaching business is likely to diminish (meaning you lose more students than you gain) over time. This is one of the main reasons why so many guitar teachers go out of business.

What You Need To Do Instead To Become The #1 Guitar Teacher In Your Area:
In addition to performing any of the usual guitar teaching tasks you must complete, invest time each week into furthering your guitar teaching business. For example, take the time to develop strategies for gaining new students, keeping students longer, getting referrals and creating a strong teaching policy. Write down all of your medium and long term goals as well as the actions you must take to reach them. Then take action each week based on what you have written down.

For help gaining a lot of students fast, assess the effectiveness of your current methods using this assessment on the topic of how to get guitar students.

Learn how you can develop a successful guitar teaching business by using this assessment for building a guitar teaching business.

Why Guitar Teachers Fail, Reason #4: Accepting Mediocre Guitar Teaching Skills
The best thing you should do if you want to develop a terrible reputation for being a poor guitar teacher and getting no results for your students is stop trying to improve your teaching skills. Whenever you sense that you are ‘going through the motions’, you know you are in need of improvement.

In all other industries (such as the medical industry as a single example), you would be stripped of your license if it was discovered that you haven’t been properly training to keep your qualifications high, or if you claimed to know how to do help people, but did not. Unfortunately, guitar teachers do not require licensing in the same way and many of them never learned how to teach (or teach simply through trial-and-error).

What You Need To Do Instead To Become The #1 Guitar Teacher In Your Area:
Understand that your guitar students don’t just pay you for results – they open themselves up to your direction for determining their musical future. You are in the powerful position of having the ability to greatly help them or hold them back. This is why you should take ‘becoming a great guitar teacher’ extremely seriously.

Note: merely being a good guitar player or going to college to learn more about music is NOT the same as actually learning ‘how to TEACH guitar’, so being a good player is not a viable substitute for working with a trainer to learn how to develop a successful guitar teaching business.

Why Guitar Teachers Fail, Reason #5: Not Having A Passion For Guitar Teaching
Regardless of your marketing or teaching skills, you will not become the number one guitar teacher in your area if you lack ‘passion’ for what you do. When you do not have a strong passion for what you do, it becomes like a ‘job’. This causes you to accept lower standards for your teaching and the results you get for your students (because you don’t feel incentive to get better). Eventually, this lack of passion will lead to you to fail in your business. In addition, your students will generally match the level of enthusiasm you have during lessons. When you are not highly passionate, they won’t feel as motivated to practice and apply the things you teach them.

On the other hand, the most successful guitar teachers have a very strong passion for teaching guitar. Although they DO teach guitar to make money, they also teach because it is something they truly enjoy doing. When you are passionate about teaching guitar, your students will notice and respond positively.

What You Need To Do Instead To Become The #1 Guitar Teacher In Your Area:
To grow a passion for teaching guitar, you need to identify your greatest ‘reasons’ for wanting to become successful at it. Think about the goals that teaching guitar at the highest level will achieve for you. When you understand your greatest reasons for teaching guitar, you can use your excitement for achieving your goals as a motivator for teaching. This will help you to both enjoy the process of teaching lessons as well as use your motivation to inspire your students. When your students are inspired on a consistent basis, they will naturally achieve much more.

What is the next step to take?
After reading the points above, you understand some of the key things you need to do to start becoming the #1 guitar teacher around. Now you just need to take action to keep growing as a guitar teacher. When you apply the advice (and use the resources) in this article, you will notice that your business is expanding faster than ever and you will be able to provide better lessons to tons of new students.

About The Author:

Tom Hess is a successful professional guitar teacher, composer and guitarist. He also trains guitar teachers how to improve their guitar teaching methods. Visit his website, tomhess.net to read more articles about guitar teaching, get free guitar teacher skill assessments and guitar teaching tips.