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Skype Lessons Now Available!

Learn Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin or Ukulele With Skype

Take lessons in the comfort of your own home from anywhere in the world with the use of free Skype video calling. To set up your Skype lesson you can 248-217-5976 or
for more details. Payments accepted: Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express.

First lesson is FREE!

If you are a new student and have never taken a lesson with Nathan the first Skype lesson is free. This allows you to meet Nathan and get initiated with his style of teaching with no risk to you. This also allows for time to make sure that all equipement is set up and properly configured. The first lesson should allow for an additional 15 minutes for set up and introduction period.

About Skype Lessons

Skype is a great tool for music lessons. By using Skype you can save money on gas and time from travel. It also allows you to take lessons from anywhere with an internet connection. Just log onto your computer, sign into Skype, initiate a video call with Nathan, enjoy a lesson almost as if you were in the same room. This is great for:

  • individuals with a heavy work schedule that dont have time to go to a lesson
  • people in isolated areas without access to music teachers
  • people without transportation or who have difficulty getting to and from lessons
  • families with many activities that find it hard to fit them all in the schedule

For more information about Skype Lessons Click Here

Michigan Marrow 5k Walk

Get ready to help save lives by putting on your walking shoes and participating in our inaugural Michigan Marrow 5K Walk or Donating to Team Taylor! The walk will be held at Stony Creek Park in Shelby Township on Saturday, August 13 at 9:00 a.m.

My wife Jen and I have just register to be on Team Taylor for the Michigan Marrow Walk. If you would like to join the team visit:

If you would like to donate visit

My personal goal is to raise $1,000. We understand that times are hard on everyone right now but we would really appreciate any donation that you can spare. There is a really easy form on-line. It will only take a minute.

My involvement in this race is in support of a student of mine, Taylor, an incredibly brave young woman who is fighting for her life. Help her and the thousands of people of all ages that are diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases.

The Michigan Marrow 5K Walk that unites communities across Michigan in support of helping patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. With your support you can help us cover the cost of adding new potential donors to the Be The Match Registry, increasing the chances of saving more lives. You will also be supporting patients with financial hardships through My Friends Care Cancer Fund.

Party For The Planet

Party for the Planet: Michigan Green Living festival

May 13-15th – Downtown Rochester, Michigan

Join the party to help keep Michigan beautiful. Many of us take for granted the big beautiful planet we live on. I know I do. This event will help build awareness of the MI Green Team and all the ways they are working to improve the health and prosperity of our community and our great state. Learn about the local businesses and local people striving to help thru the use and production of green products, services and practices. Get information on how you can Green Your Life or Your Business. Join the celebration of the beauty of our planet and those dedicated to keeping it that way. There will be music, dancing, food, drinks, games, prizes, exhibits, awards, a parade and so much more.

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Party for the Planet will include performances by:

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Ear Training Continued

This tip is a continuation of my post Ear Training For

Beginning Guitar Players.

Another way to expand your ears ability to hear is to further define the chords that you know on the instrument. For example you may know how to play an Emajor chord but can you recognize an Emajor chord in a song without having the guitar in your hand? In other words your listening to a song and all of a sudden you hear an E, C, D, A, or G major chord and know without a doubt that you are hearing that chord? If you enjoy listening to music then this ability can be developed.

The first thing you need to do is to take every chord that you can currently play on guitar and give it a definition. Play an E major chord and then play an E minor chord. If they were both colors what colors would they be? The choice is yours and no one can say that you are wrong! Play the two chords again only this time decide what they smell like. A little more difficult you say, well give it some time and use your imagination! Play the two chords again and try to think of what they taste like, feel like, sound like, etc. By thinking of the chords in new way you will be accessing parts of your brain that you don’t usually use when listening to sound and this alone will help you to define what those chords mean to you. If you absolutely can not think of what a chord smells like, move on and don’t force it to happen it may take a little time. Maybe just stick with color until you have given numerous chords a color definition.