Nils Lofgren charges $20 for an hour music lesson for beginners.  Who is Nils Lofgren?  At age 17, Nils played with Neil Young and Crazy Horse.  The multi-instrumentalist had a successful solo career and later joined up with Mr. Bruce Springsteen and the East Street Band beginning with the Born in the USA tour, and rejoined with Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt after the band broke up and reformed.  Nils mentioned that one of his lessons might be good for 2 weeks for some, or one week for another, when you are ready, you book your next lesson whenever.  Could you imagine having that opportunity to work with an artist like that.

There is a reason music teachers charge what they do for lessons, whether it’s $20 per hour, or half hour, or even free.  Sometimes, it’s to earn their living, other times they charge for their credentials and experience.  Generally, it’s a passion, and other times, it’s not about the money, but for the opportunity to share with their students the joy of making music.

At 8va Classical Guitar Studio, I believe in a balance.  I have qualifications and I like to earn a living.  That’s why I have established the programs and fee schedules that I have.  I’m not Nils Lofgren, but I do enjoy sharing the power of learning, and I believe that barriers of cost, time and ability should not restrict any person, youth or adult from the opportunity of learning to play an instrument.  Especially for classical guitar.  To get people started, I have free seasonal lessons to introduce classical guitar for the absolute beginner.  It’s for classical guitar only though, so please leave your steel string axe at home.  If you want some lessons on the steel string guitar, try Nils if you have the opportunity, or I could recommend a local guitarist that specializes in steel string acoustic guitars.

By the way, Nils also studied classical music as well as jazz and seriously learned accordion when he as young.  I’m sure for your $20, he could show you some pretty serious musicality, but since he’s teaching to beginners, you’ll probably learn G, C and D.  Once you have those down, who knows where he would take you! Boy what a lesson that would be.

My surgery went really well, and my recovery is progressing faster than I had expected. I have found during this time off, that guitar never sleeps, and after all this rest and limited mobility and pent up energy, I find I don’t either. Not very well at least. As for the guitar, there is so much happening to be excited about. Guitar conventions, camps and workshops are blooming everywhere, even though we are still covered in snow. Guitar recitals, and correspondence are ripe, as too are inquiries into the classical guitar programs here at home! It’s hard to settle a restless mind when there is such excitement and activity around!

The Regina Classical Guitar Society is starting back up for the spring community guitar class and preparations for that are underway. The CNIB guitar class will be starting up in the next few weeks, after I get settled into my regular day to day and other work routine. Until then, I will be working on audio lessons for the students to brush up and make ready for our heavy work load. I’m very impressed with that class, they don’t need any pushing or prodding, they work hard on their own credit and are an inspiration for me. I’m really looking forward to being back with the group, especially with the snow gone! Seeing that the CNIB is just a hop skip and a jump from the park, I’m thinking that over the summer, we may have a few BBQ / Picnic classes which will be very exciting. Tough to think about that when again, we are buried in snow.

Other exciting things to look forward to is the next RCGS board meeting. I had a short visit with some of our members this last week, and it sure is good to touch bases with these folks and to share some great music together. I’m currently working on the agenda for the meeting, and there are a lot of things to work through. Updates on programs, new logos, and the most exciting aspect is our participation with guitarcurriculum.com. This is a program developed by the Austin Classical Guitar Society and their Executive Director, Dr. Matthew Hinsley. This educational program delivers high quality education for classical guitar development in the classroom. It’s a spectacular program and the impact it will have on Regina will be phenomenal!

Remember, 8va Classical Guitar Studio and the Regina Classical Guitar Society are always looking for new ways to get guitars in kids hands and promote music. If you know of a group, organization, individual adult or youth that would benefit from classical guitar education, please contact us so we can make the necessary arrangements.