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Another Share: Music Invisibilia

by Kevin Hart on 01/28/18

Here is a post from musician and blogger Elaine Fine. I've never met Elaine in person. but have enjoyed her music for guitar and more, as well as her blog posts.

Thank you, Elaine.

The Sound of Success

by Kevin Hart on 01/23/18

If you're new to Suzuki Guitar, or need a review, here's a good place to start.


Taking a break from competition

by Kevin Hart on 12/06/17

Sorry to bother you, but what if there was something more important than competition and sports or politics... which, ok, are pretty much the same thing…? What about nature or music? I know... nature and music can be caught up in competition and sports or politics...but they're still different enough.

And when someone says that ensemble playing in music promotes teamwork, just like sports, they're not quite right. True, musicians work as a team. But the goal is not to defeat anyone else. The goal is to lift everyone else. Nature does the same. It's there for everyone and lifts us all.

That sounds better to me. So let's put aside competition. Let's create something beautiful together. Let's lift each other instead of trying to defeat the other team.

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!


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?