Student of the Month: Toby

Toby started lessons at Deft Digits one year ago, and he already had some great rhythm guitar chops down. He’d never become comfortable using a pick, so he had built some impressive abilities with just his fingers. My philosophy on …

Student of the Month: Bernhard

Bernhard has been taking lessons at Deft Digits for a few years now. After decades of dabbling, he’s now hard at work learning his fretboard inside out and performing with his son, Peter (drums, bass), every chance he gets. Bernhard’s …

Student Showcase: Fall 2018

Thanks to all those who performed and helped create another magical evening on Sep 15. Individual videos:Caroline S (16): “Hallelujah” – Leonard CohenJoe Walker (21): “Karma Police” – RadioheadLucca B (14): “I Dreamed a Dream” – Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, …

Student of the Month: Wesley

I first met Wesley seven years ago, when I started swapping teaching tips with another Seattle guitar teacher, Rob Hampton. Wesley was and still is one of Rob’s longest-standing students, and he’s since given me the opportunity to do some supplementary …

Student of the Month: Elle

Seventeen-year-old Elle has only been playing guitar for eight months, but she’s already learned a remarkable variety of songs by Vance Joy, Spoon, Of Monsters and Men, Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, and The Shins. She even played and sang …

Student of the Month: Leo

Leo has the most shredding musical tastes of any 9-year-old I’ve come across. Even during his first days on the instrument, he wasn’t satisfied with the main riff from “Smoke on the Water”; he wanted to learn the entire song. …

Scales and Modes Every Guitarist Should Know

First off, I would like to thank DeftDigits.com for this great blogging opportunity. Let’s immediately jump in: scales, what are they and which one should you learn? This short article will spend more time on the latter than on the …

Student Showcase: Winter 2018

Another fantastic showcase at Empty Sea Studios on Feb 3. Individual videos: Caroline C (11): “Let It Be” – The Beatles Caroline S (15): “Hallelujah” – Leonard Cohen Safra C (8): “Firework” – Katy Perry Cooper H (12): “Hedwig’s Theme” …

Student of the Month: Cooper

Cooper is one of my happiest students. Even if he has a decent reason to feel down in the dumps, he never seems to go there. Thanks, Cooper, for brightening my day every week! Cooper is always willing to try …

Student Showcase: Summer 2017

Another fantastic showcase at Empty Sea Studios on Sep 16. Individual videos: Caroline S (15): “Simple As This” – Jake Bugg Ella H (11): “How Far I’ll Go” – Auli’i Cravalho Cooper H (11): “A Horse with No Name” – …