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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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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