Student of the Month: Markus

I just got some awesome news from Markus this month. He was placed into the top jazz band at Roosevelt High School for the coming school year. This is the band that recently won the Essentially Ellington national competition for …

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 …