Get to know: Robyn Lallana!

Get to know: Robyn Lallana!

Robyn grew up in South San Jose. Her interest in voice started with summer camps and musical theatre and, before the age of 10, she wanted to be a performer.

Robyn learned to sing and play the guitar in middle school, performed in school musicals (such as The Wiz and Oklahoma!), sang in choir, and went to many musical theatre camps. Up until high school, Robyn was in just about every one of her school’s productions…

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Playing With Great Tone

I was once told, “what gets your attention will get your action.” In other words you will eventually get what you’re looking for.  The problem is, most students are looking to find all the right notes, and play in time, but not thinking about playing with good tone.  The result? Songs learned through hard work and repetition that really don’t sound that good.

Tone is basically musical color. This is how I explain it to students. Imagine you have a box of crayons and a picture to color. Won’t we all take a moment to think of which colors to pick to color our picture? It is the same with music.

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Get to know: Bobby Medcalf!

Get to know: Bobby Medcalf!

Here's a transcript from a recent interview with one of our fantastic instructors, Bobby Medcalf!

Where are you from? Beech Grove, Indiana. So, I'm from the midwest.

And how long did you live in the midwest before you moved to CA? Until I was 12. My dad is a pastor and he was called to lead a church in CA when I was 12 years old; so we drove out to the Bay Area (Redwood City, CA) and I've lived here ever since.

When did you become interested in the drums? ...

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We Sell Guitars!

We Sell Guitars!

When The Guitarist opened for business about 25 years ago, we quickly realized that we needed to stock and have guitar available for sale to our students.  The main reason being that most students do not know what to look for in an instrument.  As a guitarist and instructor, I do know what to look for and can really help make the buying decision simple for my students.  Here are a few thing to keep in mind when purchasing a guitar...

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Get to know: Jim Sturges!

Get to know: Jim Sturges!

Here's a transcript from a recent interview with one of our fantastic instructors, Jim Sturges!

Where are you from? San Jose, California. Actually, not far from here at all. I grew up right on the border of Santa Clara and San Jose.

Does your family have a long history here? My father was from Chicago and my mother was from Angel's Camp, up near Sonora, due east from here.

When did you start playing the piano? ...

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Get to know: Tim Schwalbach!

Get to know: Tim Schwalbach!

Here's a transcript from a recent interview with one of our fantastic instructors, Tim Schwalbach!

Where are you from originally? I was born in Redwood City, but I grew up in Cupertino. 

When did you first play the guitar? I started lessons when I was 11, right down the street from where my parents lived. I walked to my lessons. 

How did you learn to play? ...

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