Feedback from Spring 2014-2015 Classes

• Even while going through personal crisis, John Horne was so committed to our Class Folk Guitar. He is an amazing musician and teacher, and very passionate about his music and his students.

• I enjoyed his class so much!! He is a dedicated professor who never leaves anyone behind.

• I love Mr. Horne’s class.

• John Horne is an effective instructor for the class, however, I would suggest that there should be more graded assignments for the class and more opportunities to play in front of the class. This may cause more stress, however it would make the students practice more to be more prepared. I feel the class should be a little more challenging, but then again, the freedom of learning was nice to go at my own pace.

• Professor is a good teacher and also a awesome musician. He can use many ways to explain the techniques about guitar, and also being patient to correct us one by one. He is very good !!!

• Very friendly and eager to help students with anything guitar related. He had given me great advice on things such as building an electric guitar and modification of and cleaning both electric and acoustic guitars. He gives you the tools needed to improve playing in many different styles that can be built upon even after the class is done.

• He is a really great guy. Very patient and very kind

• I enjoyed the energy in the class. There wasn’t a lot of pressure to perform well all of the time and I really liked coming to class and learning to play guitar!

• Loved this class! John Horne is helpful and knows how to explain complicated concepts in an enjoyable and understandable way. He kept the class fun, and was always helpful and encouraging!

• Great learning opportunity for students led by an excellent educator

Transcription: “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

A while back I did this transcription of Jason Mraz’s beautiful waltz, “I Won’t Give Up” for one of my guitar students. I based it on the video seen below where Jason is playing unaccompanied on an Australian radio show. The arrangement does a great job of supporting the melody and has some lovely harmonic shifts in the bridge. Give it a try. It’s pretty easy if you’ve had some fingerpicking experience.

I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz PDF

Music Around The Web 03-28-2014

Jimi Hendrix Stamp

USPS Issues a postage stamp featuring Jimi Hendrix
Now if I just had a reason to send snail-mail….

Fretboard Journal Live: David Grier
Damn! David is one of the best flatpickers ever. I’ve gotta find some transcriptions to study

Premiere Guitar Rig Rundown with Robben Ford
Just have the most incredible amp ever and a couple of fantastic vintage guitars and…voilà!

Ace Frehley to Release New Solo Project “Space Invader” in June
I have to admit, the 8-year-old in me is pretty excited for this!

Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting
I have been wondering about this myself lately…

Explaining Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” Using Music Theory
…and this is the first response to the above article.

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself
Not musical, but a good reminder for all of us before we get back to creating, learning, and teaching.