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Terry Mills, Guitar Lessons: Sebastopol and Santa Rosa: Blog

Purchasing an instrument

Posted on May 4, 2013 with 1 comment
I am often asked by students to aid in the purchase of a newer, "better" guitar. My first question is, " Do you think that you are interested enough at this point in your studies that you will be likely to continue playing the guitar for the foreseeable
future?" If they answer in the affirmative, I then ask them, "How much money are you willing to spend"? I then encourage them to spend as much money as they possibly can (or more!) so that they will appreciate enough of a difference between the
new instrument and their current one.
A common fallacy practiced by the novice student is to get trapped in the process of buying a slightly more expensive guitar and achieving tiny a improvement in sound. Additionally, they are now caught in a loop of trying to sell the old instrument to defray the cost of the new one.
A common misconception is that if a guitar costs, for instance, $200, it will sound twice as good as one that sells for $100. Unfortunately, this is not the case and one [...]
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Performance Anxiety and Breath Awareness

Posted on February 11, 2012 with 1 comment
Breath awareness can be a useful tool in aiding performers in overcoming the frustration of preparing long hours for performance only to be sabotaged by "nerves." I'd like to share a simple exercise that I have found useful in dealing with this condition.
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