Guitar Lessons Tulsa | Giving Lessons at Curtis Academy

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    All right. And today’s podcast of the Curtis Music Academy podcast number one. Our topic today is going to be about giving guitar lessons Tulsa at Curtis Academy. So giving guitar lessons tulsa at Curtis Academy. Just an intro. My name is Steven and I give guitar lessons tulsa in Tulsa at Curtis Academy music. Curtis Music Academy, whichever way you want to say it. We call it CMA or Curtis Music Academy. My job is to give guitar lessons Tulsa at Curtis Music Academy. There are two other instruments that we give guitar lessons Tulsa or guitar lessons tulsa for. And that’s going to be your voice guitar lessons Tulsa. And then lastly, your piano guitar lessons tulsa. And so we give a total of three different types of guitar lessons Tulsa here at Curtis Academy. And that is the guitar lessons Tulsa, piano  guitar lessons Tulsa and voice guitar lessons Tulsa. And so this I think is going to be a really, really good topic because this kind of breaks down how I go about studying. 


Chopping down the lesson in two bites to that the student can understand and what that looks like upon the lesson. And so first let’s start out with just the study, the studying and the, the, uh, the back ground, the digging and the understanding getting of the instructor. So as you know, my job is to give guitar lessons in Tulsa at Curtis Music Academy. And in that studying time, what I really like to do is just to get a general idea of what is, for instance, for guitar lessons and tools. Uh, what are the books available, what are the resources available? How do I want to go about studying this topic yet? Am I studying a specific topic or am I studying the topic as a whole? Like the guitar lessons, Guitar in general. And so I like to start general, I like to start from the most actually the most broad position possible, the most spectated view possible. 


So that I can see the entire picture. And so I will get books on guitar lessons, from Les Paul, from John Mayer, from other music schools. I like looking at just different viewpoints on the instrument itself. And so I think that’s really helpful. Getting a good, namount of perspectives upon the instrument so that you can kind of see the big picture and see everything and kind of find common threads or what we call the principles of guitar. And so I’m studying is definitely, uh, the biggest part because if you don’t have any knowledge, you have nothing to teach. Right? So my job in the study in my objective really in the study is to learn everything I possibly can and to grab understanding of the instrument and then from the understanding, building knowledge on the instrument. And so, and then also after the knowledge, the wisdom to go about applying the knowledge correctly. 


That is wisdom, right? Applying knowledge correctly, the correct application of knowledge. And so that’s really my job when it comes to studying. I will, one book I actually have that I’m going through is rather rather thick, but it actually has the history of the guitar. So like the origins, anything you want to study, I suggest starting general but also going down to the deepest level. So starting with the origins or the roots of that were said topic or said instrument. So going down to the roots. So the history of guitar under and then on that gives you some understanding of like how it’s come about. Maybe with guitar specifically when we started adding strings to the guitar, when we started adding different body modifications to the guitar, when, the tuning started to change from standard to Drop d when the different styles of the guitar from different countries started to come into play. 


When the different styles in general of how to play it came to be. Another point is maybe just the, the way we make the guitar. So not just body modifications, but just how do we create it. You know, there’s all different ranges of types of guitars such as the plane, classical acoustic guitar to the Acoustic Electric Guitar, to the Electric Guitar and then to the Bass Guitar, you know, and that, that’s not all the steel string guitar, you know, which is used a lot in country music today. So there are different there, there’s a lot out there. There’s a lot to study. And so once you’ve studied and grab hold of a general concept, maybe a few principals, some of the basic principles of least at the instrument you’re shooting for, such as classical guitar, you know, the Spanish classical guitar, I’d say find your area of focus and then you can shoot straight. So you want to focus on something when I get a good idea of what’s there, all the options and then select an option, select a focus. 


And so by selecting a focus, you can then delve into deeper the deep, the details, excuse me, of that guitar lessons in Tulsa for that guitar specifically. And so once you’ve done that, you’ve done the, the, you’ve selected a focus from all of the options. You selected a guitar, say the classical Spanish Guitar, and then you delve into a deep study of that particular instrument. And so you begin to break down, for the student in the future, like all of the elements or maybe starting with the history to the creation of the instrument, the changes it’s made and then how it, it’s how it began became what it became today. And so I think that’s a great place to start is just breaking down, starting from the origin and then breaking down to what it is today and how we got here. So where we were, where we started and then how we got here is a great way to go about your study, with that specific focused instrument. 


And so once you’ve figured that part out, the step one of the study and focusing, then you can move on to step two, which is just breaking down that into increments where anyone really preferably a fifth grader or third grader or five-year-old, I think best said five year old, can understand it. If I love what Steve Jobs says, simplification is the ultimate sophistication. And so the more you simplify something, it can become, it become, it becomes scalable. You can then teach it to really anyone. So if, if you can teach it to fifth grade, you can pretty much teach it to just about anyone or a five year old. You can pretty much teach it to anyone. And so breaking down that what you’ve learned through your study of that specific guitar into say a six month period of time, a three month period of time, one month period of time, a one week period of time. 


And so those are definitely all three different responses. Next you want to, give the lesson and overview of what’s going to be taught. And then you want to go into the lesson. So you want to start with the history or the anatomy or the WHO. I know we start with the anatomy, but I think the history is a great idea as well. And so having a format and then lastly, recapping everything that you’ve taught. And so you definitely want to have after have tea, having taught the subject or the lesson that the bit, the nugget that you had for them that on that specific lesson. Then at the end, recapping the lesson so that you just give them three points. One point, you know, you learn the anatomy too. You learn the g chord. Three, you learned the string alphabet, and so recapping that for them so that they know where to place that in their minds and what they take away from that is very helpful and then lab out. Ultimately. Lastly, what assignment are you going to give them to work on? What’s specific assignment for the rest of the week? That is how I give lessons at Curtis Academy.