Tag Archives: Guitar


My results are clear, and I am so thankful. However, it seems almost irrelevant against what is going on in the world. I thought we were in lockdown before. Apparently not. Just restrictions. Now South Africa will be in lockdown … Continue reading

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All Things Come to an End

I’ve been teaching guitar for more than 30 years. I teach at home, and was asked to teach at a local school in 2005. Pupil numbers do tend to cycle – when money is tight, people cut ‘luxuries’ like music … Continue reading

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Left, write, left, write…

My writing is still going steadily. Despite Titch’s efforts to the contrary. 😀 Just putting one word after the other. Not that I don’t have bad days, and even on a good day I often end up with less words … Continue reading

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Silence of the Guitars

Sunday 18th January. I mentioned in a previous post that I have been teaching at the same school for 9 years. I started out one day a week, then two and for a couple of years I’ve been there three … Continue reading

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Resolving Resolutions

I have a nasty tendency to tuck things away to ‘keep them safe’. This means that cleaning out cupboards can resemble an archaeological dig. Of course it also means that a lot of time gets wasted with ‘Oh goodness, I’d … Continue reading

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The Dog Ate My Homework…

One thing you hear a lot of as a teacher are excuses. Many, many excuses! Most of them are along the lines of ‘I forgot’. This does not fly very well because I write down the homework, plus write the … Continue reading

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Works not in progress anymore…

Finished up two of my Works-in-Progress. This Flower Bookmark is based on a pattern by Bina Madden, but I don’t know who did the adaptation! I found it somewhere, but it doesn’t have the name of the person on the … Continue reading

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Happy New Term

Been back at school for a week or so. There are a lot of new pupils, so I have to go in for an extra day a week. While this does mean some extra money, it also means extra driving. … Continue reading

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Taking the Easy Way

The most efficient way of doing something isn’t the easiest or the most obvious.  My great love is classic guitar. It isn’t what all or even most of my students want to do. I’m the first to admit that it’s … Continue reading

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How to practise, Guitar

They say practise makes perfect. Well, not so much. Sloppy practise doesn’t do anything but reinforce bad habits. There is a tendency to work on a new piece by just going through from beginning to end. This means the sections that have … Continue reading

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