One of the great pleasures of being a musician, for me, is teaching. It is something I have done for a very long time, and, I continue to have the privilege of working with students of all ages and levels of development. I truly enjoy working with beginning students as well as working with students aiming to be professional musicians. I also enjoy coaching musicians who play instruments other than the guitar, as the principles of making music apply regardless of instrument. My main teacher was a cellist and I also had lessons with violinists, pianists, composers and others, all on the guitar.
Somewhere along the way I came to the understanding that what goes on internally in the mind of the player must take precedence over getting the "right notes." Playing music is a wonderful form of integrating body, mind and spirit. When this integration happens, one discovers "right notes" are a natural by-product of aiming for this integration. This is the approach I take for my own playing as well as pointing my students to that place of self-discovery. Playing music should be joyful. This joy is only truly possible when these things are in balance.
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