I was recently chosen as the subject of a photojournalism project by Ohio University student Lucas Reilly. Lucas is a former student and it was great to reconnect with him and have him shadow me for a few days. Not only did he impress mt with his photos, but he was amazingly professional and discrete while capturing these images.
I really needed to see these comments. I’m so thankful to know that I had a positive impact on my students despite not always being in the best frame of mind. I expected this semester to be much easier but having time to reflect on the loss of my mother often left me feeling depressed during the most unexpected times. It seemed that every day I was somehow reminded of my mother and father and everything we had been through a year earlier. Things keep getting easier, though and these comments helped remind me why I love to teach.
Responses from MUS1650 Guitar for Music Therapy
• He is a wonderful teacher and a fantastic guitar player. You know that he can play all the songs he is teaching us in his sleep, but he slows them down and makes everything very accessible.
• I love this class.
• I really appreciate the fact that the class was different styles of playing and how to spice things up, besides just learning chords and how to get sound out.
• John Horne is a patient, effective teacher. He finds the weakest link in our abilities and works thoroughly to improve our skill. He uses time efficiently and maintains and enjoyable, teachable environment at all time.
• This class is one of my favorites!
Responses from MUS1651 Guitar for Non-Majors
• Great class and great professor!
• I enjoyed the class even though i am an experienced guitar player. Professor Horne broke down songs and guitar playing methods in ways i never thought of and he made them so clear and easy to understand. Before this class i barely knew how to finger pick but now I know several different methods and have been getting better at them every time i practice. Overall this was a very enjoyable class and Professor Horne is a great teacher.
• I love John Horne as a guitar teacher. He’s very patient which is definitely needed in the profession.
• I really enjoyed this class. I was a self-taught guitarist up until this point and Professor Horne has definitely taught me skills that I was not aware of. This class is extremely fun and rewarding if you put the effort into it. I wish that there were more “non-major” guitar classes, since it served as a nice break from other tedious classes. Overall, I would and have recommended this class to anyone who is even remotely interested in learning more about music and the guitar.
• I thought that this class was fun and a nice break from all my dryer, boring classes. I have always wanted to learn to play and was very pleased with John Horne’s teaching. He was super helpful and enthusiastic. He showed a real knowledge about guitar.
After several months of scheming and planning the first ever Athens Ohio Guitar Flash Mob finally happened on Saturday morning. We met at 10:15am to rehearse and at 11:00am we encircled the farmers market shoppers in the center of the mall with 28 acoustic guitarists and launched into Don McLean’s epic song “American Pie.” Each verse featured a different singer (listed below) and everyone joined in on the choruses. By the final two choruses we had just about everyone in the mall singing along. I felt it was a great success and hope to organize a similar performance again sometime in the future. Scroll down for more information on the mob and for photos. I’ll put more behind-the-scenes information in a different post.
American Pie Flash Mob Singers
Verse 1: John Horne • Verse 2: Tag Hauschild • Verse 3: Lucas Reilly • Verse 4: Dan Wasserman • Verse 5: Charlie Houtz • Chorus Singers: Peter Babrow • Sarah Clary • Jordan Dean • Marcus Fakler • Craig Garrelts • Sydney Hardy • Zach Hitchcock • Brad Huffman • Erin Malone • Carter McCutchan • Brytton McGuire • Emersynn McGuire • Misha Mochanov • Matt Oviatt • Zach Quillen • Kyle Reynolds • Rockin’ Reggie Robinson • Sam Terkel • Madison Vassari • Nick Weckman • Mike Witter • Kevin Xiao • Ben Ziff • (Please let me know if I missed anyone!)
Following the flash mob performance I held a short student recital. The program is below.
Student Recital Program – Saturday January 28 2012
Rock Riff Medley: Sweet Home Alabama • You Really Got Me • Back in Black • Crazy Train • I Love Rock and Roll
Star Wars – John Williams
Volga Boatman – Traditional Russian Folk Song
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Johnny Marks
Readymade – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Jordan & Milena Dean
I Love Rock & Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Crossroads – Eric Clapton
Alchemy – Girls Dead Monster
Home – Jack Johnson
Across the Universe – John Lennon
Layla – Eric Clapton
Blues Jam in A
Sometimes I can’t believe how much music my students haven’t heard. So I made this list to help point them toward some of the best guitarists of all time. With the advent of youtube, grooveshark, spotify and other services checking out new music has never been easier. Or cheaper. So pick an artist, go to YouTube, and start listening!
70 Guitarists You Really Should Know About *
The Edge (U2)
Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
Alex Lifeson (Rush)
Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
Pete Townshend (The Who)
Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
Angus Young (AC/DC)
Stevie Ray Vaughan
*This list reflects my personal tastes. I’m attempting to recognize both musicians that are often overlooked by casual listeners and musicians that young listeners may have not yet been turned on to. Many artists cross genres so don’t get too hung up on the labels. Yes, one could argue that I left so-and-so off the list. Whatever, just listen…