Play Songs You've Loved Since Your Levi's Were Size 8. 🙂
Boomers and retro music lovers, you are mine.
Remember the soundtrack of your youth? Songs you danced to, fell in love to? Songs that kept you alive?
You got your first guitar, dying to play those songs. The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Dylan, James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, CSNY, Joan Baez...You wanted to play these tunes with your friends. Or on your own. Lose yourself in the music.
If you could just sit down with someone who knew what they were doing and have them show you how. You pestered your folks for lessons and finally got them.
Then your dream turns to a nightmare. The teacher hands you a book with ZERO cool songs. You feel clumsy, your fingertips hurt. And the songs?!? Tell me you are kidding. Because you're not playing any of the sounds that made you want to do this in the first place. The teacher shows off his own skills for half the lesson. Is this supposed to inspire you? Your practicing falls off. That guitar you were dying to play ends up in the closet.
Why do teachers kill off the dream so fast, teaching lessons that ignore what you want to play- the songs that make your practice time and money worth it? Why pay for months of lessons before you can play songs you love?
SPEND 2 HOURS WITH ME. LEAVE PLAYING COOL SONGS.
First thing we do is make a list of songs and artists you love. That tells me how to teach you. I don't waste your time or money on music you couldn't care less about. We chat for a minute about your schedule and how much practice time is realistic. Then we jump right in. In 2 hours, you'll be playing songs like Peaceful Easy Feeling, Teach Your Children, Twist and Shout.
2 hours. You'll leave playing guitar.
Are you younger? A teen or tween? GenX-er, Millennial? My mind is constantly blown by how much my younger students know and love the songs of the 60s and 70s. But great music didn't stop there. Every generation has its voice. I teach ages 7 through seniors. And I teach the songs that speak to you. Here's a few more you can learn fast- Chasing Cars, Rolling in the Deep, Havana, Renegades.
Boomers! Great music's in our blood. That guitar in the closet- still there?
Waiting on you.
Boomers, you are mine.
Mumps and The Beatles
Feb. 9, 1964. Not quite 4 years old. I had the mumps. Was sitting on the carpet between Mom’s knees, feeling bad. Watching The Ed Sullivan Show on black and white TV.
And then there they were-
“She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah,
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah!
With a love like that, you know you should be glad!”
What was this? I wasn't even four, knew nothing about songs, hits, charts, artistry, genius. But I knew I was watching something important.
Mom said, “Oh, sweetie. This'll just make you feel worse.” She walked over (as you did in 1964 : ) and changed the channel.
That's my first Beatles story.
(Not from Ed Sullivan Show, but very good performance. And cute closeups of Paul : )