I'm transcribing a correct version of Cliffs of Dover for a student. Using my ears and videos of different live versions to see how Eric Johnson most likely would have played it.
I used to play this in high school. Really fun, really challenging.
My mom always liked this one. Here's to you!
Due to the kindness of one of my students, yesterday I got to celebrate my one year anniversary of running my business full time by seeing Jethro Tull at Ravinia.
I hadn't seen these guys since I was in high school.
Very good show, Ian Anderson is very entertaining. I still haven't heard Teacher or Bungle In The Jungle live, though...
I'm so proud of my student Willy who just got his first "Pro-Level" classical guitar today before he ships out to Lawrence University.
Willy was kind enough to invite me to this special moment of his at Brune's in Evanston.
I remember the day I was in his shoes. Today is a big deal for him. His future is bright with many possibilities.
Erotomania by Dream Theater
Great chromatic riff....🎶 Amazing for your finger development. 🤘
Taught this the other night.
Empire by Queensryche
Such a great song and solo.
Business. The American Way.
Today I got to "hand model" for my sight-reading ebook/course.
Copies of that book will be around soon.
That's an F note, btw. Third ledger line below the staff. 😎👍
I'm too excited not to share this!
Front cover of my first ebook. Coming soon to a download page near you!
I've digitized over 500 lessons, ranging from blues, rock, classical, jazz, metal, rockabilly, and more!
I'll have a whole series of books and online courses in the coming months.
A huge congratulations to my student Willy for receiving a full scholarship to Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.
Willy is one of my classical guitar students, and will be studying Music Education.
In this performance pictured here, Willy performed the Christopher Parkening arrangement of "Be Thou With Me" by J.S. Bach
Great job, Willy! You will go far!
This literally just happened with my student Dallas. 🎸
I'm getting surprisingly decent at coming up with cool mnemonics for teaching tricky rhythms. 🎶
We had a good laugh at this one. 😂
And then.... It worked. 👌
Here at the Gurnee Guitar Academy we have a sense of humor and have fun every day!
Here's the pop up welcome/thank you message you get when you sign up for a free trial lesson.
Every sign up button has a different eagle that delivers me your request. 😉
Can't wait to teach you! 🎸🎸🎸