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Announcing the Laramie Suzuki Guitar Institute 2018

by Kevin Hart on 11/13/17

We are pleased to announce that we have been given approval from the Suzuki Association of the Americas to hold the Laramie Suzuki Guitar Institute. The Institute will run from July 30-August 3. Faculty include Mychal Gendron and David Madsen. 

Please click on the "Institute" tab for more information
Thanks to all who have made this possible. We're excited to bring this event to Laramie and equally excited to welcome visitors to our town.

More on fingernails, the guitarists violin bow

by Kevin Hart on 10/25/17

I've written before about the importance of fingernails in creating a beautiful tone.

Here is a great article from the Classical Guitar Blog on the subject. Enjoy, learn, practice. As Dr. Suzuki said "Tone has a living soul".

Competition and Contemplation (ft. Service)

by Kevin Hart on 10/19/17

I’ve been thinking, lately, about competition. A family in the studio, deeply involved in sports, academia, and other competitive endeavors, asked about guitar competitions.  And while competitions certainly exist, and can provide motivation, I wonder about their true value in society and to the individual today.


In the interest of full disclosure, as they say, much of what I do and am interested in can be found in competitions. Music, nordic skiing, and even fly fishing (!) have competitions associated with them. But the reason I, personally, am attracted to these pursuits is not about competition, but, rather, contemplation. Each of them offer the opportunity to look within oneself and learn.


Perhaps in a world where so much emphasis is placed on “winners” and “losers” (italics, mine), it would be a good idea to take time to just “be”. To just feel. To just think.


And if you want to have the interaction with others that competition offers, consider, perhaps, service. Doing something with your music, or your time, to help others. Everyone wins that way.


Music as language

by Kevin Hart on 09/21/17


Victor Wooten is here with a lesson about learning music as we learn language. Very Suzuki, I think. Enjoy.
 


Just for fun

by Kevin Hart on 08/23/17

Here's a fun piece of music that draws from Classical (Paganini's Caprice No, 5), Flamenco, and Rock (The Animals, among others). I hope it gives you the energy needed to start your semester. Enjouy!

Why

by Kevin Hart on 07/18/17

The details change for each of us, but here is why we play .

That Rings A Bell

by Kevin Hart on 07/17/17

Quick Idea to share.


Do you have a student who needs a little motivation? Try this.

Have your student record their newest polished piece and make it your ring tone!

Each new piece becomes your ring tone as it is polished. You’ll always know it’s your phone, but, please, don’t let your phone go off in group! Can you imagine the confusion?


Majoring in Music

by Kevin Hart on 06/06/17

Forbes has an interesting article on majoring in music here. I am often asked about this by students and their worried parents. For the record, of the students who went on to major in music, all of them came out just fine. All of them went on to successful careers in and out of music. For those who went into other careers, they all still play. Those who stayed in music are also still playing and are not starving or living in their parents basements or on the streets. All career paths are difficult and, as the article suggest, music can prepare a student for anything that life throws at them. 

LCG Guitar Ensemble

by Kevin Hart on 05/15/17

Our studio guitar ensemble has been busy with a recording project this month.

You can find it here. New tracks are being added frequently.

The Joy of Lifelong Learning

by Kevin Hart on 04/26/17

There is an inspiring article here from the Wall Street Journal for those learning, or considering learning, a musical instrument later in life. It's never too late. Enjoy.