2 Tips For Buying Your Pre-Schooler The Perfect Guitar

2 Tips For Buying Your Pre-Schooler The Perfect Guitar

True life: Thom Yorke's guitar isn't built for a 4-year old.

Just for a minute, picture yourself going to an art class. You wouldn't bring your No. 2 pencils to a pastels class, right? No way, Jose - you need some pastels!

If you brought the wrong materials, it would be useless. Even though pastels and No. 2 pencils are related, they are used in two totally different settings, with two totally different methodologies.

The two art tools are just not the same thing. And the same goes for guitars. And this is exactly what young students (and their parents) do with their guitars. 

My 48-Minute Morning Routine For A Creative Day

 

1. Write in a gratitude journal (5 minutes)

Tim Ferriss swears by The 5-Minute Journal, and so do I. Using this thing transforms my day. It has 3 prompts for the morning: (1) List three things you are grateful for, (2) List 3 things you could do today that would make the day great, and (3) Who are you as an affirmation. Then in the evening, you quickly review what worked and didn't work. As an over-thinker, training myself to focus on the wins has been massively effective at empowering me during the day. It's the first thing I do when I wake up. I urge you to get the paper version, but there is an app available.

2. Create empowering affirmations (15 minutes)

Let's get real: your thoughts become your word. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your results. Every morning I listen to at least 1-3 audio recordings from Abraham Hicks. Abraham is "source energy" channeled by a woman named Esther Hicks. Out of the hundreds of thousands of free recordings on YouTube, every single one of them charges you with the mission to feel good above all else. Start with this morning affirmation: Today Is Going To Be A Very Good Day.

Your goal? Be as amped as Jessica by the end.

3. Create an action plan for the 3 things you want to accomplish today (7 minutes)

You started to create this in your gratitude journal, but actually sit down and flesh out the literal action steps you are going to take today. Usually I do this while sipping on a cup of Bulletproof Coffee.

The important thing:  never have more than 3 action steps. I often break this rule -- but when I keep it to only 3 actions, I always feel accomplished. More than that, then I'm overwhelmed and disappointed in myself.

4. Move my body (20 minutes)

This is just common sense. Don't be chained to the computer or your instrument all day. Make sure you're moving. It will clear your head and keep you focused.

5. Turn off my phone (40 seconds)

Don't let anyone interrupt your deep work. Seriously. You've committed to handling 3 things today, and your phone cannot dominate the workspace. This is sacred time to create. People, Facebook, and Snapchat can wait. A friend of mine doesn't even accept calls until after 3PM every day. Why? Because 7AM-2:45PM is his sacred time to create.

If you have any tips that have transformed your morning, leave them in the comments. I'd love to hear them all!

 

A Songwriting Crash Course for Kids and Parents

A Songwriting Crash Course for Kids and Parents

Music theory is a complex language. It often left me cross-eyed all through high school.

Despite being the first chair flutist, lead vocalist in the jazz choir, and bandleader of a 7-piece funk band, I had no freakin' idea how to unpack the depths of Music Theory Land. 

Now that I run Free Spirits Music, I've devised a super-easy way to deliver this information to my students in our first lesson together.

The Busy Parent's Guide To Getting Your Kid To Practice

The Busy Parent's Guide To Getting Your Kid To Practice

For five days straight, I tried to get my boyfriend's son to practice the drums.

Oh dear god, it was like pulling teeth. And this is my job.

By Day 5, he was rockin' his drum part like nobody's business.

Mammas and pappas, I feel your pain. Parents flock to Free Spirits Music, desperate for coaching around getting their kids to practice at home.

I've spent some time exploring the psychology of practicing and what I've realized is: it starts with you.