Where We Are Going
Starting in January, we’ll have the opportunity to begin building your permanent repertoire. Let’s find songs that matter to you — songs worth memorizing. And then let’s create great arrangements of them you could play as a solo.
Let’s also offer them to the group so we can play them like 90 percent of guitar players would … by strumming and singing them … and then let’s create great orchestral arrangements of them too using melody, chords, counter melodies, arpeggios, and all the other tricks we know to make simple pieces sound complex and complex pieces easy to play.
My personal goal is to finish Book 3 so we’ll have a full public domain program to get anybody up and running well, and I plan to augment our classical repertoire and our etudes.
Community and educational involvement:
There are plenty of ways to learn and play guitar — some better than others — and there are a few open groups in town with meetings you should check out. We’re taking one approach to guitar by thinking about large-group instrumental performance, but let’s sneak around town and find out what others are doing to see if we can borrow their good ideas to make our rehearsal time more valuable.
Let’s find the weaknesses in your skill set and fix a couple of them. If you want to be better at something, let me help you plot a course on how to get there. Playing with an ensemble will always be an important component of any program to improve your skills.
There are only two keys to being a great musician: Practicing at home, and showing up to rehearsal. If you have to make with choice between the two, showing up is far and away the most important thing you can do. Plus it’s fun.
The minute we have 20 people showing up regularly, I’ll add a Sunday night session. Let’s work as a team to find those people who need guitar in their lives and talk them into showing up. Every one of you could teach Book 1 to somebody this year and start a new musical life for a family member or a friend. That would be the best $20 Christmas gift you could give.
I intend to offer this program to a number of community centers and libraries this year so we can grow more quickly. If you know of people in the community with connections for programming, give them my email address.
We might even put on a recital this year. Let’s rawk.