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March 16, 2016

Songs From the Guitar Studio, Vol. 8

David Bowie songsWelcome to the latest installment of Songs From the Guitar Studio!

This series is dedicated to songs my students have played in guitar lessons. Sometimes we’ll pick a technique or concept and find a song to match it. At other times, we’ll pick a song first and see what we can learn from it.

Listed below are just a few of the songs we’ve jammed to over the last few weeks and months. I’ve tried to make the list diverse, featuring various concepts and techniques. As always, I’ve outlined a few of the main elements and takeaway points from each song.

Hopefully you’ll see something here to inspire you! (more…)

October 5, 2011

Songs from the Guitar Studio, Vol. 2

guitar student

Welcome to Songs from the Guitar Studio, Volume 2!

As you might remember from Volume 1, this series is dedicated to songs featured in my guitar lessons. Instead of picking a technique or concept and finding a song to match it, we’ll sometimes pick a song first and see what we can learn from it.

Listed below are some of the songs my students have worked on in the past few weeks. I’ve outlined some of the main elements and takeaway points from each one. Hopefully you’ll see something here that may inspire you.

Let’s check out some tunes! (more…)

September 19, 2011

Songs from the Guitar Studio, Vol. 1

guitar student

Welcome to the inaugural post of Songs from the Guitar Studio!

I often tell my students that there are really two ways we can learn stuff on guitar:

1 – We can pick a new technique or concept and find a song with which to apply it.
2 – We can pick a song and see what we can learn from it.

The first method – pick the technique/concept – is a cleaner, neater way to handle things. And in the early stages of playing, this is usually the smarter way to move a student along. After all, they need fundamental things. So you pick a fundamental and run with it.

But I find that it can be a lot of fun, especially with students that have been playing at least a few months, to go with method two: find a song and see what it can teach you!

The is definitely a messier approach, and you may find that you run into some parts that the student isn’t ready to handle. But my tactic is usually to just acknowledge that and concentrate on the stuff they CAN handle. If you use a little foresight in picking the song, there shouldn’t be any real surprises.

In the Songs from the Guitar Studio series, I’ll talk briefly through the songs featured in my lessons during the past week or two. We’ll see what they can teach us and maybe inspire you to check some of them out! (more…)

Jim Bowley is a professional guitarist, teacher and blogger. A native of Baltimore, he has over 30 years of playing experience and an advanced degree in Music Education from Towson University. Jim lives in Bel Air, MD where he maintains a thriving private lesson studio and performs with his band, Remains of Radio.

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