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March 2018

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Goodbye February and Hello March!

I'm ashamed to say I've missed a few newsletters since the new year began. Holey Moley, have I been busy. Okay, here's what is new!

The next recital has been booked at a really cool venue on Sunday May, 6th. (More on that below.)

gurneeguitaracademy.com has been completely redesigned. Check it out!

Skype Lessons have been majorly upgraded with a new microphone, multiple cameras, and picture-in-picture view. This will make the quality of the calls significantly better.

If you remember one of my previous newsletters I talked out implementing a new feature/service to your lessons that I think will completely change your lesson forever. It is finally here... (See, the BIG One.)

That's about all for March.

Keep practicing.


GGA Welcomes These
New Students!



Spring Recital at the Fuel Room

Sunday May 6th at 1:30pm
I'm so excited to tell you that the next student recital will be held at the Fuel Room in Libertyville!

After having a completely booked recital in December I wanted to go ALL OUT for the next one. Students will perform up on a real stage.

I'm also upgrading (for the students that are interested) from playing along backing tracks to performing with live musicians. I've hired my former band members to back up the students. It's going to be great!

After the recital I encourage you to continue celebrating and eating there at Austin's restaurant.

I wanted to make this a big event and it looks like it's going to be a blast! I can't wait for you all to hear everyone's progress on their instrument!

Even if you're not performing come anyway! Support your fellow guitarists, friends, family, and members of the community.
This Is The BIG One!
Here's the Big One. The Big Idea. For two years, I've been trying to figure out how to give more to my students and offer something of extraordinary value that no one else is doing. 

Starting the first week in April to celebrate my two year anniversary in business I will be recording every lesson I teach and sharing them with you at no additional charge.


I believe that your guitar lesson should continue after you leave. I'll say that again later so you don't forget.

Standard guitar lessons are fine. But they miss all the detail once you go home for the week. Guitar lessons are about learning, and remembering what you learned from week to week for years to come.

I have taught for 20 years in some of the best music schools in Illinois and was always the busiest teacher. The better of a teacher I became the more I fell in love with teaching. The problem, I was giving my students 100% of me, but without the technology, they weren't getting 100% of the education. 

There's a common thread with lessons even among the most disciplined students.... "I FORGOT."

This is the answer to the "Why am I doing this?" I write down my students "homework" in a journal, but that's only a vague half solution. 

Video is king.

I realized I can blur the line between private lessons and Youtube walk-throughs. You get the best of both worlds, and you keep a video diary of all your lessons forever delivered to your inbox.

I also get a lot of parents asking, "What is my child supposed to be working on?" 

For parents that are curious on what their child is supposed to practice, they can access the lesson to understand what is to be practiced week-to-week.

I believe that your guitar lesson should continue after you leave.
Artfully Yourz

Rockin' - Wearable - Art
The wife of one of my students paints Rock themed art. I got this wonderful David Bowie flask from her.

Check out her story and cool Rock Art on her website Artfully YourZ 
Things I've been listening to...
Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill
Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill
I have always loved this song. A student is learning it now and it's been on repeat almost daily.

The song is about Peter Gabriel's departure from Genesis. I think we've all been in a position to face the unknown. Super catchy and great poerty!
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