I thought of this idea, in the place where I come up with a lot of my good ideas - the shower.
Allow me to share with you a story. In the mid 90's one of my hobbies was Magic, as in card tricks and bunnies with hats. I came upon a site at the time and made a friend with a man who went by the name White Rabbit. I was just starting to get involved with doing magic shows, birthday parties, and White Rabbit took me under his "paw" and over the internet, shared with me the in's and out's of performing magic for others. Pages upon pages of advice, routines, even sent me VHS tapes of him performing his shows. All from a man I never met face to face. His lessons were invaluable to me, he was my mentor and I looked up to him. The thought that one man would share his lifetime of knowledge with me in this area was both humbling and surprising.
Due to circumstances that I was not aware of the details at the time, WR suddenly was nowhere to be found. Later I learned he had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and moved to hospice. Although he was in Everett Washington, and I in Texas, I would have flown there to comfort him and thank him in person for his selfless acts, helping a poor kid like me become a good and entertaining musician. I never did get to do this, for by the time I learned what happened to him, he had passed away. I printed out the letters he'd written, and there were some 30-40 pages worth. I never forgot the man, and his kindness.
I was on the recieving end of such kindness, and now I'd like to thank him by helping others online. I am a mentor to many local guitar players, a fact that I find equally humbling and am grateful for the opportunity, and I have even mentored many online.
So, if you need a friend, a mentor, or advice concerning the guitar. If you need answers to a question, or are having an area of difficulty, if theres ANYTHING at all I can do to help, just drop me a PM. Now there are only a few limitations, as outlined below:
I cannot reveal anything that is a part of my Online Guitar Academy Curricula.
I have students here from UG and locally who pay and invest in good faith to receive advanced instruction from me, and it would not be fair to them to just spell it out to others, so any questions like "How do you teach students to play effortlessly all over the neck?" I will have to decline that answer. I cannot disclose any teaching secrets, that are unique to the Academy Courses that I run. Now if you ARE an enrolled student, I can answer anything you want, and you have that access to.
Anything else is fair game. I can help with concepts, help you locate resources that are taught for free, etc, help with some theory questions etc, and generally help in any other way over a vast number of guitar related inquiries.
If you need a mentor, and have questions, post them below. I will do my best to answer personally and quickly. I truly am here to help any way that I can.
Mentor - Is one who serves as a teacher or trusted counselor; Mentoring is apersonal developmental relationship, in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.
That's really cool of you. All around. And I would like any help that could be offered. I am just a beginner, I've only played for about 2 years, and I don't have a lot of money so I'm self-taught, but I'm not too bad. I know some solos like the one in "Over the Mountain" by Ozzy, "Fade to Black" and "Enter Sandman" by Metallica, and I'm learning "Cowboys From Hell" and "Domination" by Pantera. I'm not only Super-Hard-Metal though. I know all of "Santeria" by Sublime and also a song by Andres Segovia. I would like any advice I could be offered though. Thanks so much! =)
Seek~&~Destroy wrote on Apr 12th, 2010 at 3:53pm : I'm self-taught, but I'm not too bad. I know some solos like the one in "Over the Mountain" by Ozzy, "Fade to Black" and "Enter Sandman" by Metallica, and I'm learning "Cowboys From Hell" and "Domination" by Pantera. I'm not only Super-Hard-Metal though. I know all of "Santeria" by Sublime and also a song by Andres Segovia. I would like any advice I could be offered though. Thanks so much! =)
When you say you know these solos, you mean the guitar solos, and not just the main riffs of the song? Those are some pretty advanced pieces especially for a beginner. How have you gone about learning these, and what inspired you to do these songs? How often do you study and practice on the guitar? Do you have any formal instruction from guitar teachers etc? This is an impressive list of abilities.
Tell me a bit more about your playing background, your chord knowledge and I'll see what I can do to help.
It seems you have been touched by a selfless act and are willing to do upon others as they would do unto you. Living by the Golden rule is honorable feat, and I commend you for that. Of course, I myself would like a Mentor to help me out :P I sent you a PM for more details.
7grant2 wrote on Apr 19th, 2010 at 5:19pm : It seems you have been touched by a selfless act and are willing to do upon others as they would do unto you. Living by the Golden rule is honorable feat, and I commend you for that. Of course, I myself would like a Mentor to help me out :P I sent you a PM for more details.
Hi, I'm a guitar teacher of 3 years but I am new to UG. I teach in a music store where I constantly get frustrated with other colleagues' methods and attitudes about how to teach(i.e. "winging it"). I am in the process of developing and refining my own lesson plans and hope to achieve owning my own lessons studio some day soon. Is there any mentoring you can give me at all in this area? What were your major issues in opening a studio? From locating a suitable space, parents, makeup policy, hiring other teachers or any other speed bumps you can apprise me of. Thank you for this, and for what you do for your students.
I think it's awesome that you do this Not many people offer free advice these days! you recently posted on my thread regarding improvisation.. I hope you can point me in the right direction.. I have a fairly decent knowledge about pentatonic/blues scales and want to explore further but i'm not sure what to delve into next! I'm mostly self taught and pretty much everything I know, can be credited to youtube videos! some people have suggested learning solos which I think is a good start but I would also want to simultaneously learn something scale related that could provide a stronger theory base for me to build on. If there are any books/videos that could give me a head start I'd be really grateful
Honestly, I couldn't recommend a single theory book or video. I hope one day to find the exception to that. I think the thing about learning theory is to look at your short term goals, and tell me what they are and build upon those in a systematic fashion to address your need for theory! But to me the first order should be learning your notes on the guitar first, that way you can apply everything else as you come to understand it.
I am kinda in a slump with learning new songs and stuff and when I play, which is like 2-3 hours everyday, I usually try to learn songs but I can only learn parts because I don't really have the long tedious desire to learn the whole thing. So, what I want to know is (1) if you would help me and (2) how?
hiya man ive been playing guitar for a while and i want to take my playing to the next level ive been told theory is the best way to do this but i dont even know where to start i need to know exactly WHAT to learn thanks
I've been playing for a bit over a year now and I keep getting more and more interested in playing this wonderful instrument! I've only recently started caring/learning about the theory and so far I feel I'm getting a better understanding and it's helping me greatly. When I read about your mentor post I was excited and still am to have a guitar mentor. I would be forever grateful to have someone who can answer my small questions about theory and such! I don't know if I'm supposed to ask a question here or what not but what are relative majors and minors for?
SkittlesR wrote on Sep 16th, 2011 at 1:57pm : Where can I find your online courses?
I've replied you in your PM. Please dont use this comment area to get in touch with me, I rarely look here. This isnt a place where I'm looking for comments, but its for you guys to understand how the Mentoring works. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the sentiments, but that's not why I post.
Hi Sean, I don't know if this offer is still available, but I would like some advices. I try to practice and play as long as I can, sometimes up to 6 of 7 hours a day, and usually takes a day off once in a while. I've been playing for little more that 3 years, and I play mostly metal and classical on my electric. I've been progressing fine. My goal is to develop as much as I can in terms of technique and composing. I split my practice into metal rhythm (downpicking, gallops, etc) and lead (alternate, sweep picking, tapping, legato...). Can you give me some tips to make my practice more economical? How often should I push myself beyond my comfort zone, in order to upgrade my technique? On what speed to finish practice session? How does conditioning helps my technique (playing for 3, 4 minutes ex. downpicking on comfortable speed? and stuff like that. Thanks!