There is no greater gift. From my experience, both as a student and as a mentor, I think that the student-teacher relationship is one of the greatest gifts life has to offer. I love my students like I adore my kids. I am their fiercest advocate and their biggest fan.
It is a tremendous source of satisfaction for me to watch my students grow and develop, both as musicians and as human beings.
Over and over, and with every student, I have witnessed how becoming a better musician makes one a better person. Music increases our intelligence, it enhances our social skills, it enables us to love more deeply and it connects us with our spirituality. Who ever thought that this kind of magic could happen just by saying, "put this finger here and that finger there." ?
Get better chops!
In the technique classes, affectionately known as Bootcamp, we do drills and right and left hand exercises together.
When I first started Bootcamp, I told my students it was be compulsory, I promised it would be FUN and I guaranteed better chops.
Throughout the year, you will be able to record, using studio quality equipment. You will have a producer to help you get the best possible takes and an engineer who knows how to use the equipment and make the edits for your recording. Preparing for a recording is very different than preparing for a performance. Besides getting comfortable in front of a microphone, you will really develop as a player by making these recordings. And you will have some wonderful CD's to share with your friends and your FANS!