Guitar Lesson: “We Will Rock You” by Queen

Few rock & roll songs are as iconic and universally known as “We Will Rock You” by Queen. Every school kid knows how to stomp-stomp-clap on the gym bleachers as the masses chant along. This song works splendidly for a newbie guitar player to learn to transition between three chords in a changing chord progression. […]

Fingerstyle Lesson: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd are deceptive; they seem simple when first learning the rhythm guitar parts, but they have layers like an onion. And, like an onion, they often make folks cry as they work through them! “Simple Man” is a basic three-chord song with a monotonously repetitive chord progression. Much like it’s more famous […]

3 Things for Every New Student

Sixty Second Instructor: Transitioning New Students

As soon as you begin teaching music, you will gain students who once took lessons from another instructor. Helping those students transition well is very important to their success with you. Clarifying expectations, defining the student’s “Why?” statement and helping the student set some goals will create an environment that will cause the student to […]

How to Set Up Skype for Lessons

When using Skype for live video lessons, you need to complete the following steps to make sure you are ready to rock: Download Skype for your computer. Go to and download the appropriate version of Skype for your computer. You can also use Skype on a variety of mobile devices with the same account […]

Considering Live Video Lessons?

The Internet has changed the way we learn. Want to build a guitar from a cigar box? No problem. Get clever with your coffee? Easy-peasy. Build an awesome LEGO car? Just listen to the master. Yes, you can even learn to play an instrument via the World Wide Web. There is a growing community of […]