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Learning all the notes on the guitar fretboard is a daunting task; six strings against a fret-studded ebony fingerboard can seem like an abyss of chaos and mystery. Just kidding! It’s not actually as difficult as you might think—all you need is the CAGED system. The CAGED system refers to the geometric shapes that 5 basic chords/scales make (C, A, G, E, and D) and how they connect to the next shape up the neck. I was first introduced to the CAGED system through a series of YouTube videos—and once I got the hang of it, everything clicked into place. Here’s an example of the CAGED system in action: if you move from the C major chord in open position...
  • January 20, 2021
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Which is best: phone, tablet, or computer? Ultimately, use what you have—but you might also want to take these ideas into consideration: Zoom’s computer interface allows any participant to record part or all of the meeting. Do you want to be able to record your teacher demonstrating something for you to reference while you are practicing? If so, use a computer if you can. This feature is not available on tablets and phones. Some devices are better at connecting to Wifi than others. If you have multiple devices, you might experiment to see which offers the best connection. Audio Original Sound On. Video conferencing platforms use technology to isolate the human voice and filter out other sounds. This often includes...
  • January 20, 2021
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Here at the School of Musical Traditions, we are winding down the fall term and looking ahead to lessons and classes in January of 2021! We are thrilled to continue offering music education to the best of our abilities and are beyond grateful to the many students who learn with us in private lessons and group classes. It is our sincerest hope that we are meeting all of your musical learning goals! Our Winter Term will run from January 4th – April 2nd. This term is 13 weeks long. Students have the option to enroll for the full term, or to pay for lessons on a monthly basis. The cost of the term is equivalent to 12 lessons. That allows...
  • December 8, 2020
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