ShedFest Lineup Announcement!

Our second annual philanthropy event, ShedFest, will be taking place on June 5th at Steady Hand Beer Co. ShedFest is a benefit concert to raise money for neighborhood non-profit, Lanta Gras, which provides music scholarships and instruments to families in the area. We have a stellar lineup of talented musicians made up of Guitar Shed teachers and their families and bandmates. Here is how the day will shake out:

 

ShedFest Schedule

2:00-2:45 – Vivian Slade

3:00-3:45 – Nichelle & The Young Family Band

4:00-4:45 – Max & Maggie

5:00-5:45 – Zach Judsen Quartet

6:00-6:45 – Drew Spradlin

7:00-8:00 – “Shed Jam” (feat. Brandon Marsolo Trio)

 

The event will end with the “Shed Jam” led by teachers Brandon Marsolo and Dylan Banks with bassist Alex Pound. Other musicians will hop on and off stage for a song or two to turn this final set into a big Guitar Shed family jam session!

 

ShedFest will also feature a free raffle featuring prizes donated by several local businesses. Prizes will be raffled off between each set of music. We want to thank everyone who has donated a prize so far!

-Indigo Wellness

-Heart Happy Organizing

-Taproom Coffee & Beer

-Proof Media Mix

 

We hope to see you all at Steady Hand on June 5th!

Welcome, Matt Raisky!

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest piano teacher, Matt Raisky!

“Matthew seeks to give students a healthy physical and theoretical foundation for their musical growth. He emphasizes the principles of music theory and improvisation, encourages the exploration of electronic music tools, and teaches repertoire from contemporary and classical literature. His hope is to guide students in finding their individual paths.”

Read more about Matt on our Teachers + Staff page – https://guitarshedatl.com/bio/

Matt will have in-person availability on Fridays from 3:00-7:00, as well as virtual lessons on Mondays from 3:00-6:00!

Songs For Kids Foundation Fundraiser 2021

On May 1st and 2nd, hundreds of bands and artists will perform the Beatles catalog in its entirety in an epic livestream fundraiser for Songs For Kids. If your child is interested in playing a song and is willing to put some time into fundraising, we highly encourage you to take part!

Songs For Kids provides free music mentorship for kids with disabilities and illnesses and this is their biggest fundraiser of the year!

 

You can check out www.songsforkids.org for more information or email [email protected]

 

Teen Band Spring Concert 2021

By Nichelle Young

 

It was so exciting to have our Teen Band Concert live and in person on Saturday, March 27th. Our lobby was filled with adrenaline and some nervousness as each band had their sound checks in preparation of their performances.

We kicked off the event with the Crazy 8’s: Evelyn’s vocals moved us as the band’s lead singer (and a little tambourine), Ava & Alex were rocking the electric guitars. With Sully on drums & Ellie on bass guitar, the two were holding down the rhythm section. Avery was picking and grinning on acoustic guitar, & Ryley was tickling the electric ivories.

Next, we had a first-time solo performance on guitar & vocals by Orion who also rocked the vocals for the teen band, The Humans. On keys and vocals was Finnian with his electric personality, Noelle was jamming on electric guitar, and we had Nyla banging the skins on the drums.

Last up, we had the Tween band (full of no-longer tweens, teen boys) with Heath on the cool, low vocals and playing guitar, Laird thumping the bass guitar, Axel shredding the rhythm guitar, and Luke & Ben showing their skills on dual drum kits.

What a beautiful day for a live concert and each band with their own energy and style did not disappoint! If you are wondering why you didn’t hear about the concert until now, we kept it small for safety purposes as unfortunately we are still in a pandemic. However, there is light at the end of this year-long tunnel! If you haven’t heard, we will be opening up for in-person lessons on May 1st and planning for more live performances in the near future! Congratulations to all the bands on a job well done!

 

*NEW* Guitar Shed Spotify Playlist

At Guitar Shed, we have focused on putting together a team of not just great teachers, but great songwriters, performers, and recording artists. Many of our teachers have released music over the years and we have decided to combine all of these great songs into one Guitar Shed Playlist!

The playlist currently features music from Parker Smith(& The Bandwith), Desmond Myers, Miss Gail & The Jumpin’ Jam Band, Christo Case(Somatoad, Samadha),  and Brandon Marsolo and we will continue to add to it as our team of talented rockstars continues to release new music. Check out the playlist below and follow the individual artists to support our Guitar Shed teachers!

What We Learned From Going Virtual

As we prepare to return to the Shed for in-person lessons, we look back at the last year and what we have learned.

First and foremost, we learned that our students and parents are incredibly dedicated and adaptable. We switched to a completely virtual operation in a matter of days and our students responded with understanding, compassion, and appreciation to help make the best out of an unfortunate situation. There are a few things from our virtual stint that we should all take with us for the rest of our musical journey, whether as teachers or as students.

Communication Is Key
Many teachers and students have been much more communicative with eachother this year. Students have sent mid-week updates, videos of practice sessions, and even just “Hey, check out this band I discovered today!” This communication is very effective in not only building a relationship with your teacher, but receiving feedback and tips during the week in between your lessons.

Parent Involvement
With lessons taking place at home, parents have had a chance to get a closer look at how a lesson works and to be more hands-on in their child’s learning. The life of a parent is a busy one, but a little time spent helping with music practice can go a long way. One of the best ways to reinforce learning is to teach someone else what you’ve learned. Having your child teach you what they learned in their lesson can be fun and a great way to develop a more complete understanding of the material.

External Resources
Not being in the same room for lessons led us to adapt our teaching styles and include the use of many external resources like metronome apps, online music theory games, different method books, sheet music PDFs, YouTube videos, and so much more. There are 10,080 minutes in a week and your lesson takes up 30 of them – use some of the remaining ones to explore some other outlets and then discuss with your teacher and ask questions about what you have learned. Remember, if you have internet access then you have access to the collective recorded knowledge of the entirety of human history, inlcuding that of the greatest musical minds to ever live – use it!

While we can’t wait to get back to the Shed and see your faces(or at least your eyes, for now) in person, we will still be offering virtual lessons for the foreseeable future. We have “Hybrid” lesson times that can be in-person or virtual, as well as some “Virtual Only” lesson times. Remember to reach out to the front desk about whether or not you’d like to return to in-person lessons in May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep Shedding!

 

In Person Lessons Resume 5/1

We are VERY excited to announce that all of our teachers will be fully vaccinated and returning to in-person lessons on 5/1! There are two exceptions, Drew will be spending time with his family during May and returning on 6/1, and Hoberdan will continue to teach virtually from Brazil indefinitely. 

Please let us know if you would like to return to in-person lessons by 5/1. You are welcome to continue with virtual lessons as long as you want, and some of our teachers will have dedicated virtual teaching days. You can view our current availability on our website here.

One year ago today, we transitioned to entirely virtual lessons, and we can’t thank you enough for your patience and dedication during this period. The decision to return to in-person lessons is not something we take lightly, and we are doing everything we can to ensure your safety when we return. Things will look a little different, and we will be taking the following precautions initially.

Masks required for all teachers and students

Temperature checks at the door 

Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in each room 

No students or families allowed to wait in the lobby 

HEPA Air filtration machines in each room and lobby

Plexiglass shields for voice students

We look forward to seeing you soon back at Guitar Shed! Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Keep Shedding!

Parker chats with Chris Ladd from ChordBank on the “Top Teachers” Podcast

Parker sat down with Chris Ladd last week to talk about music, teaching, and running a business. Watch the interview below!

 

Record Yourself!

Getting the most out of practicing goes beyond the time spent playing your instrument. Recording yourself and watching afterward can be a very eye-opening experience! Playing an instrument occupies a lot of mental bandwidth. It’s hard to truly assess yourself when you are trying to pay attention to your technique, your posture, your tempo, reading music or tabs, playing the correct notes, playing the correct rhythm, playing with beautiful tone, using the fingering your teacher taught you even though it’s harder than playing it “your way”, that impossible section that’s coming up that you mess up every single attempt, your neighbor’s dog that has been outside barking for the last hour, and everything else that our brains focus on besides the task at hand. When you watch a recording of yourself you get a much clearer picture of what you actually sound like, what your technique looks like, if your rhythm is steady, etc. because you get to sit and analyze from a third-person perspective.

Tom Brady watches game film, because it’s hard to focus on your throwing mechanics when a 300-pound behemoth is trying to take your head off. Jerry Seinfeld listens to his live sets after doing stand-up, because it’s hard to focus on your pacing and delivery when you’re in the middle of entertaining a room full of people. When you allow yourself to take a step back and evaluate your own work after the fact, you get a more complete picture of what you do well and where you have room to improve.

Attached is a short clip from a practice session where I work on a G Major Scale/Arpeggio run. I noticed right away that my left-hand pinky finger was being a little unruly(what else is new) and I got off tempo from the metronome a few times. Take a look!

New Original Music From the Guitar Shed Family

One of the proudest moments a music teacher can have is to hear a student come into their own as a musician and compose original music. This past weekend, two long-time Guitar Shedders, Jillian Loux and Jeremiah Andrews, released a collaborative EP titled, this is it. Jillian’s voice meets Jeremiah’s production to create a unique blend of songwriting styles and musical genres. Both young musicians shared a role in the songwriting and instrumentation. You can listen to the EP here on Spotify under the name ‘Jillian Loux’.

Another long-time student, Sean Farrell, also released a solo EP a few months ago under the name, ‘Sean Jane’. Sean’s first release, Departure, incorporates his blues guitar influences along with hints of pop and rock. Check out the EP on Spotify here.

 


 

 

Teachers, Desmond Myers and Brandon Marsolo have recently released singles of their own, and Parker has a full length album on the way. Stay tuned for a Guitar Shed Playlist featuring the music of our students and teachers!