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.
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.
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.