Thoughts

Tablature Versus Standard Notation Among Hobby Guitarists

Posted by on June 3, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Some time ago I put a poll to a popular online guitar school’s website and asked visitors how do they learn their new pieces and this is what I got: Seems that I have an intelligent audience because the majority can read music 🙂 OK, these are mostly grown up people (mean age 27 years, 66% […]

What Hurts the Guitarist?

Posted by on May 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Intro and background Besides general health problems, many musicians also suffer from specific, playing-related musculosceletal disorders (PRMD). These are most often connected to the muscles of the back, neck, limbs and face, and have been documented since the end of the 19th century. The highest risk group of PRMD are the female musicians and string players (Zaza, […]

MatchMySound: A Feedback Hub For Music Teachers

Posted by on May 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Learners Need Feedback Anyone who learns a musical instrument wants to know how is he/she doing. In other words, learners need feedback. Sadly, two of the most popular learning models today – online learning and learning by textbooks – tend to omit it almost completely. But what about the traditional and luxurious one-by-one teaching? While I must admit that […]

Did you take your medicine today?

Posted by on May 5, 2014 at 7:01 am

In medicine there is a term ‘prescription compliance’. I think in music education it is pretty much the same – we as teachers give the students great exercises but these won’t work unless they actually master those before moving on. That is why we keep writing new method books but what we should really do is […]

Play Your Chords So That The Picture And Sound Match

Posted by on April 1, 2014 at 9:31 am

I have just finished a long guitar course for middle school music teachers. We started in Aug 2013 and had 32 x 45 min group lessons during the year. The main goal was to teach them to teach chords. Btw, Estonia is probably the only country in the world where guitar is now in the […]

What Is The Best Age For Taking Up The Guitar

Posted by on November 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Karlsson on the roof: “..I am clever, reasonably fat man in my best years” Little Brother: “Which are the best years?” Karlsson: “All of them!” (quoted from Astrid Lindgren’s renown children’s book “Karlsson On The Roof”, 1955) You don’t need to be smart or fat to learne the guitar although it may help. The truth […]

How Long Should One Practice a Musical Instrument?

Posted by on November 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

A study looked at professional violinists and found out that before the age of 21, they had all practised an instrument for 10 000 hours. Given that the violin playing started at the age of 6 mostly, it makes an average of 666 hours a year. In round figures we can say that these people […]

The Biggest Road Block of Self-Learners

Posted by on September 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Guitar is by far the most popular musical instrument in the Western world. Millions of people want to play it. And they do. There is no mystery – anyone can play it. However, the only way to get there is by learning. I have been talking about learning the guitar almost in every post. Recently […]

A Day Without My Guitar

Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Once in a while I need a break from playing the guitar. This year I have discovered two possible things to do besides playing music. In July I got my first experiences as an alpinist. I spent a few weeks in altitudes higher than 3500 m and the peak was about 5000 m so I […]

How Popular is the Classical Guitar on the Web?

Posted by on May 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Often I find myself in conversations where people praise the things that they know about. What do I mean by that? Well, classical guitarists tend to say that everybody knows classical guitar and train conductors say that the security bars at the crossroads are always down. But if you look a bit further than your […]