Legacy Music Studio

Legacy Music Studio Professional Guitar and Bass Lessons; Music Production Services

Are you ready to take your music to the next level? We are ready to help you! Reach out for music instruction, productio...
05/02/2023

Are you ready to take your music to the next level? We are ready to help you! Reach out for music instruction, production, recording, mixing and mastering services!

11/21/2022

Stop Noodling!

Have you been playing guitar for years but feel like you haven't really gotten much better? You are not alone! Keep reading my frustrated friend….

It happens to all of us, we pick up our guitar and start noodling around without any direction or goal in mind. We play through all the stuff we already know (mostly a bunch of riffs) and think that we've had a good practice. Time to reward ourselves with an episode of Law and Order (or whatever the kids are watching these days…) If this is what we consider good practice, then it's no wonder that we are not breaking new ground on the instrument. The only way to really progress is to consistently challenge ourselves.

Now, don't get me wrong, I love a good noodle just as much as the next guy. It is often in these times that I've come up with some super cool riffs or catchy melodies. And, it's a lot of fun! But, there is a difference between noodling and practicing.

We all have limited time, so we have to make the best of it by being intentional and strategic with the time we have.

Step 1: Have a goal in mind
Maybe it is to learn a particular song all the way through (including the solo). Or maybe it's to finally learn all 5 positions of the Pentatonic scale. Whatever it is, make it clear and concise.

Step 2: Write it down
If we write down our goals and refer to them often, we are 10x more likely to achieve them!

Step 3: Come up with a plan based on your goal
I like to create a practice routine and actually plan an amount of time for each section. I may not always follow it, but it does help to focus me and keep me from noodling TOO much.

Here is an example:
Goal: break out of the pentatonic box when soloing

Practice Routine based on goal (40m):

Warm up and stretch (2m) - It's important to warm up those fingers, wrists, elbows and shoulders (especially if you are an older player)

Finger drills and exercises (5m) - these are intended to increase speed and synchronize the left and right hands

Scale practice (10m) - memorization of scale patterns across the fretboard, in this case the 5 positions of the pentatonic scale

Licks (small melodic chunks or ideas) (10m) - learning and creating new licks using the pentatonic scale in all 5 positions

Improvisation (using a backing track) (10m) - this is where the rubber meets the road and where we learn to apply what we've learned. It is important to use a backing track to practice 'playing with other musicians' and developing good timing and rhythm.

Reflecting (3m) - I think it is a good idea for us to briefly, honestly and consistently evaluate our progress making any adjustments as needed.

So, if we want to get better at our instrument, we have to be intentional and strategic with our practice time. Have a clear goal in mind and stick to it. Be sure to make it simple and attainable so that you can consistently reach your goals. Take it one step at a time and don’t be too hard on yourself. Learning to play guitar is a lifelong marathon not a sprint. I've been playing guitar for over 30 years and I learn new things everyday. Pretty amazing when you think that all of music is comprised of only 12 simple notes!

Remember, the joy is in the journey…Happy practicing :)

😂 thanks for the share Lori!
11/03/2021

😂 thanks for the share Lori!

10/31/2021

3 reasons why it’s much harder to learn guitar from YouTube!

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE YouTube but learning to play guitar is very difficult to do and here is why:

1. No feedback. Having a live guitar teacher provides feedback that you can’t get from a video. It is easy to form bad habits when first learning the guitar that can haunt you the rest of your guitar playing life. You can’t get corrective feedback from a video.

2. You can’t get the instructor to explain concepts in a different way or to break things down differently when learning from YouTube. Learning guitar is highly individual and not universal. We are all individuals. With an in person instructor, you can ask for more help understanding concepts or focusing on something that you may be struggling with.

3. You can’t jam with a video! Ok, you can but it gets boring pretty fast. One of the best parts of playing music is playing it with other people! You learn key concepts to playing with other people with in person instructor. Concepts like, leaving room for other instruments, trading leads and keeping time, non-verbal communication skills and on and on.

So YouTube is great to get introduced to new concepts but it just can’t take the place of a real live instructor!

If you are ready to get serious about learning the guitar hit us up for information on starting lessons.

Now get back to watching that guy play video games on YouTube! 😜

10/23/2021

Tis the Season! Remember, music Lessons make a great holiday gift :) Reach out now for special holiday package pricing!

If you are anything like me, you love to listen to music LOUD! To feel the bass thump in your chest, to feel the power o...
09/24/2021

If you are anything like me, you love to listen to music LOUD! To feel the bass thump in your chest, to feel the power of the guitar riffs exciting every nerve in your body...love it. But this comes with a cost that we, as musicians especially, need to be aware of and protect against. That is, hearing loss. Our ears are one of the most important tools of our trade and we need to protect our hearing.

"Most adults lose their hearing slowly, over time, due to aging and noise exposure. The delicate hair cells in the ear, which detect sound, are permanently degraded or damaged." - the interweb.

One sign of hearing damage is ringing in your ears. If you have just come from a Megadeth concert and your ears are ringing, chances are you have done some irreparable damage to your hearing.

I really wish I would have heeded this as a youngster playing in rock bands and rehearsing at FULL VOLUME every night! 🙂

Here on a few practical tips to protect your hearing:

We all love our airpods. Did you know that there is a setting on your iphone for headphone safety? Your phone will automatically reduce the sound level by a few decibels if it senses that you are over exposed to sound that is too loud. Go to settings, headphone safety, and click 'reduce loud sounds' then set the max decibels!

When attending a LOUD event or concert, wear earplugs.

See below for a great video from the Mayo Clinic...

So Rock on! But be safe out there!!

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Hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process. But, noise-induced hearing loss is on the rise, leading to May being recognized as Better Hearing Month....

09/23/2021

LMS is now excepting new students of all ages and skill levels for guitar or bass lessons. Here are some highlights:

- acoustic or electric guitar and bass instruction
- rhythm and lead playing
- music theory
- blues, rock, metal, jazz, country, funk
- lessons are 45 minutes and $45/lesson
- discounts available for multi-lesson packs or group lessons
- all lessons come with a professional recording of the lesson to
take home for further pratice and review!
- handouts provided for most lessons (paper or PDF - save a tree!)
- lessons are given in a relaxed professional environment

Thanks for trusting us with your musical future! Please reach out for more information!!

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