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So far Simon Van Heyst has created 38 blog entries.

Mar 21 – Emet, Jayden, Ethan

Emet Under Cover Of Darkness sounds great! Practice the riff like we did today. By separating the two parts, you can focus on the tougher phrases. Focus on the chords this week. With your right hand, the focus should be on the strumming pattern. With your left hand, the focus should be on the chord switching. Tackle these two parts [...]

2023-03-21T21:15:44-04:00March 21st, 2023|

Mar 16 – Layla, Mike, Kaylee

Layla The tunes from Matilda are sounding great! Keep practicing along to the songs! Great work on the finger picking double stop. Keep your focus on that this week. It is amazing you got it going with Continental Breakfast! Keep experimenting with it. Try it out in different places within the progression. Nice work on Baby Says! This one has [...]

2023-03-16T19:36:34-04:00March 16th, 2023|

Mar 9 – Mike, Katarina, Simon, Layla

Mike Let It Be is sounding great! Keep practicing the chords and the melody. Play along to the song doing both. Nice work today on the soloing ideas! Remember that the different techniques we went over are lenses for us to switch out and change between. Focus your practice on the major ideas, and the minor pentatonic ideas. Experiment with [...]

2023-03-09T22:34:49-05:00March 9th, 2023|

Mar 7 – Emet, Jayden, Josh, Marshall, Ethan

Emet Nice work on Blue Orchid and Hardest Button to Button! Those are sounding really good. Play along to the songs this week! Great work on Under Cover of Darkness! This song is tough but it is really fun. Focus on the riff in the intro this week. Listen to the song if you need a reference. Try out the [...]

2023-03-07T21:26:23-05:00March 7th, 2023|

Feb 28 – Emet, Jayden, Josh, Marshall, Ethan

Emet Nice job on Blue Orchid! Have a listen to the song and try to play along with it. Focus on the phrasing of each line of the riff, and give attention to the rhythms. Solute Your Solution is also sounding great! Keep practicing that one too. Nice work on Hardest Button to Button! Practice the chords and focus on [...]

2023-02-28T21:18:59-05:00February 28th, 2023|

Feb 23 – Kaylee, Van, Simon, Layla

Kaylee Nice work on Run! Keep practicing those bar chord shapes. They will be incredibly useful. Great work on Perfect today! Again, work on the shapes as much as possible. Between these two songs, we use all four of the bar chord shapes we know: major and minor from the E string and A string. We will keep reviewing exactly [...]

2023-02-23T21:27:24-05:00February 23rd, 2023|

Feb 21 – Emet, Jayden, Josh, Marshall

Emet Nice work on Solute Your Solution! Keep working on both the chords and the riff. Focus on your right hand and the string changes when playing the riff. Practice it slow, but in time. Great work on Blue Orchid today! Practice those two main riffs that we went over. This is a great song to practice rhythm ideas and [...]

2023-02-21T19:01:36-05:00February 21st, 2023|

Feb 14 – Emet, Jayden, Josh, Marshall, Ethan

Emet Nice work on Sweet Child of Mine! Try to play through the whole song! Great work on Salute Your Solution today! Practice the (bar) chords and the riff. Try to play along to the song! Focus on memorizing the frets I assigned to you today. It will be incredibly helpful to get familiar with more of the neck! Keep [...]

2023-02-14T21:02:09-05:00February 14th, 2023|

Feb 9 – Mike, Katarina, Kaylee, Simon, Layla

Mike Great work on Let It Be! We will continue to work on the phrasing of the melody. A helpful trick would be to learn the words and sing along while playing. We are, after all, trying to sound more 'vocal-like' when playing melodies. Remember, the song is your best resource! Pay attention to the way each line is phrased. [...]

2023-02-09T23:06:25-05:00February 9th, 2023|

Feb 7 – Emet, Jayden, Joshua, Marshall, Ethan

Emet Hero and The Resistance are sounding great! Keep working on our method for finding and playing bar chords. This is an amazing skill to have! Nice work on Sweet Child of Mine! Keep up your practice on the riff, and incorporate the parts we learned today. Focus your attention on your right hand this week when practicing the chords. [...]

2023-02-07T20:43:49-05:00February 7th, 2023|
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