Wow! I'll let Peter tell the story, but briefly—Peter's parents knew the great Louis Armstrong. Here are a few pictures from many years ago that Peter has shared with us.
Learning a fancy pants turnaround to Kansas City. This was our first crack at it and we did great. We'll keep poking away at it. I'm thinking that maybe there should be an alternative to that lick for those who are struggling and need to practice more at home—like just playing the E7 and B7 while others play the lick. We'll try that. I'm always aiming towards a balance of fun and work, so maybe we'll lean in the direction of more fun next week. Don't worry—there will always be new stretches and new things to discover…
What a fun class! There's no stopping these guys. Of course the hardest stuff happens up front: the chord shapes, the strums, the waiting for the teacher to count off the exercise. And they're figuring stuff out at home. Astute teacher that I am, I quickly sensed that "Row Row Row Your Boat" was going to have a short life span. So we'll be learning some tunes from 21 Pilots, Vance Joy and Jonah and the Whale. Oh yeah. Jonathan's already pretty seasoned, so he'll no doubt be helping out.
Chunking, stopping, Kansas City, a David Bowie tribute song...that fascinating intersection of focus and fun. Isn't it an amazing feeling when the music starts coming alive under your fingers? Great work, everyone!
Intermediate and Advanced class:
Off we go. What a great beginning! Something old, something new, something borrowed, and we almost got around to something blue--Kansas City. As usual, the classes were filled with laughter, good cheer, and renewed focus. Welcome back, everyone. You sound great!
And bless your hearts—some are already practicing at home…