Learning it Right


Yesterday I had a late night guitar lesson with my long-time friend and now guitar instructor Tyler. I must preface, Tyler is absolutely amazing at not only guitar, but music in general.

Recently he has decided to get into teaching on the side and I have the great privilege of being one of his first students. For our first lesson I told him that I would like to learn how to play “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin.

Now I had learned this song in the past with a previous guitar teacher of mine, but it never really sounded that good. This was because my past teacher was simply taught me the basic notes, and not the nuances necessary to make it sound how Jimmy Page makes it so.

Tyler set me straight.

Time and time again I would play the lick to which I would get the same response, of either

“no that’s not quite it,”


“you’re rushing.”

By the end of the night, not only did I learn how to play it correctly, I have been so excited that I have not been able to put my guitar down. I even bought an extension cord so that I can place my amp on my balcony and play it for everyone outside to hear.

I am having too much fun with this.

But the real lesson here is that if you want to learn something, do it right. Don’t do it a half-assed way where I learned how to play some of the notes, but not in the correct rhythm that was necessary to make it sound just as it was written. If you can, find a great teacher and stick with him or her. Listen to what they say and you will be impressed with the results.

I have always been a huge fan of the teachers in my life as I have seen so many times again what they have done for me.

Having Tyler teach me last night was simply amazing and I am looking forward to many more lessons in the future. Hell, soon with the progress that he is helping me achieve I may be on a stage sometime.

And that would rock.


Keep Smiling,



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