Wednesday, October 1, 2014

That is Why We Teach Music

Not because we expect you to major in music
Not because we expect you to play or sing all your life
Not so you can relax
Not so you can have fun

BUT --- so you will be human
              so you will recognize beauty
              so you will be sensitive
              so you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world
              so you will have something to cling to
              so you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good ---
               in short, more life.

Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?


(author unknown)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pride and Joy

Worked on learning TAB version of Pride and Joy by Stevie Stevie Ray Vaughan.  I was pleasantly surprised to see blues turnarounds in the key of E that I had just practiced in one of my lesson books, 100 blues lessons by John Heussenstamm and Chad Johnson.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spontaneity - My Biggest Hit Back in 2008 on MySpace

This is a link to Spontaneity, my biggest hit back in 2008 on mySpace.  I was into recording jam sessions with just a few takes.... everything is improvised, chords, melody line, etc... drums are MIDI of course!

TAB-ONLY Guitar Teaching Method

I've looked at a few books for a TAB-ONLY approach .... the book I was planning on using

Basis Guitar, The Tab-Only Guitar Method By Alex Davis seems to be out of print

Hal Leonard Guitar Tab Method

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hal Leonard Guitar Tab Method - Books 1 & 2 Combo Edition Review

Just finished  reviewing the Hal Leonard Guitar Tab Method Books 1 & 2.

I think I'll use this book for young adults and "young at heart" students.  The song index of well known pop, rock, metal and TV melodies is extensive (over 100!).  That's what makes this book so much fun!  It minimizes the need to know music notation, just rhythms and time signatures.  But, it does teach the "names" of notes as a secondary learning event.  The primary push is to get hands on the guitar and PLAY!  It will bring up a new student fast and teach TAB to a  more experienced student even faster.  It has a CD so you can hear how it should sound but it becomes unnecessary except for the more complex rhythm licks/melody lines or for songs that you don't already "know".  There's even entire songs at the end when standard chords are introduced.  By that time, your hands should be use to holding down single notes and 2 or 3 note chords.  A much better way to introduce full up chords (all 6 strings), wait for the hand strength and pick coordination to develop first.

A great book series!

Set Up Public Profile on Facebook

You use your personal site as the "base" then you "add" a page to manage.....

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

100 Rock Lessons - Awesome Guitar Instruction Book

Wow!  Just listened to 80 out of the 100 lessons, straight thru, back to back, from this instruction book.  The depth of coverage for different rock styles / methods was impressive.  I especially liked the mixture of TAB and standard notation.

Monday, August 25, 2014

It's Official - Music Studio Open for New Students

Hey everyone, it's official, I'm looking for guitar, voice or keyboard students.   Just leave a voice message at the Google Phone number below and I'll call you back.   I didn't want to put my cell phone on the web due to spammers.    I live in the New Carlisle, Ohio area and am willing to drive to your home or provide private music lessons in my home studio.    

I can teach many different styles.  My background in voice is extensive since that was my instrument in college.   I also sing and play guitar at a local coffee house so that type of music is also very strong for me (pop, folk, acoustic rock, Irish).   I teach both acoustic and electric (i.e.; think rock/metal) guitar methods. 

If you are just a beginner, I can teach TAB or teach standard music notation.  In the past, I taught many students to read standard notation in Guitar First Position...... it comes in handy when picking out melody lines for new songs to sing.  

As a church organist for over 12 years, I can teach both traditional keyboard reading or playing keyboard via "Jazz Chords".  Some Sundays I would just jazz chord the hymns and improvise the left hand, so much more relaxing!   Jazz keyboard playing fits well with Praise Music and I have extensive background in that style as well.  

Give me a call, let's get the music started.  

Guitar - Voice - Keyboard

Private Music Lessons


B.A. in Music
3+ Years Teaching Experience
Active Performer

937-679-9669 (Google Voice - Leave a message, I'll call back)

New Carlisle, Ohio & Surrounding Areas
Bill Jones
Private Music Teacher

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New Effects Processors For Christmas

I've been playing acoustic guitar and singing at local coffee shop in New Carlisle, Ohio over the past couple of years. I haven't really been using any effects processors except reverb.  So I thought it would be fun to put together a series of effects processors and put it in a Electro-Harmonix Pedal Board with Bag.  As Christmas gifts I got the bag, the TC Helicon Harmony Singer Vocal Effects Processor and the TC Electronic Guitar Ditto Looper Effects Pedal.  I already had a four channel stereo Alesis mixer with on-board effects, a Boss CS-3 Compressor/Sustainer Pedal,  a Danelectro DJ-14C Fish & Chips 7 Band EQ Mini Effects Pedal, and a Boss TU-3 US Chromatic Tuner, Convenient Pedal-Based w/21-segment LED meter.  I added a power strip.  The guitar inputs into the EQ then to the Looper, then to the Sustainer, then to the Harmony Singer, then to the tuner, then to the mixer which connects to the sound system.  The microphone connects to the Harmony Singer,  then to the mixer which connects to the sound system.  The Harmony Singer functions much better when the guitar input is "leveled and smoothed out"  with the Sustainer.  This makes chord recognition better to trigger the additional vocal harmonies....

     The finished product looks like this:

 I spent the last six weeks getting used to turning on the harmony singer and the looper.  That's why they are positioned to the far right so my right foot can control them.   I will write additional posts describing what I've learned.