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5 Things We Learned About Kurt Cobain from Montage of Heck

This month, HBO released a new documentary about Kurt Cobain's life called Montage of Heck. Unlike past documentaries on the legendary guitarist and singer, this one highlights his humanity and shares perhaps the most intimate look at his life that his fans have ever had.  Director Brett Morgan worked with Cobain's family, including his daughter Frances Bean Cobain, who provided home movies, photographs, and journals. At times funny and at other times deeply sad, Montage of Heck manages to gi … Read More
5 Things We Learned About Kurt Cobain from Montage of Heck
This month, HBO released a new documentary about Kurt Cobain's life called Montage of Heck. Unlike past documentaries on the legendary guitarist and singer, this one highlights his humanity and shares perhaps the most intimate look at his life that his fans have ever had.  Director Brett Morgan worked with Cobain's family, including his daughter Frances Bean Cobain, who provided home movies, photographs, and journals. At times funny and at other times deeply sad, Montage of Heck manages to gi
5 Easy Acoustic Guitar Songs Everyone Should Know
New to the guitar, and not sure which songs to learn first? These 5 easy acoustic guitar songs, as compiled by Greeley, CO teacher Andy W., are a great place to get started...   Can you play these five famous and easy acoustic guitar songs? If not, then why not learn today? The following songs are timeless classics for a reason. I promise that regardless of whatever stage of musicianship you‘re at, you can learn a wealth of information from these five songs alone. If you’re a
The Ultimate Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright
Stage performance is a challenging art form. Whether you're acting out a role in a musical theatre setting, giving a speech in front of a crowd, or even playing a solo at an open mic night, the experience can be nerve-wracking even for seasoned performers. It can be even more anxiety-inducing if you're a perfectionist, as that can breed a fear of failure... and from there, performance anxiety can feel even stronger. Performance anxiety (commonly referred to as stage fright) can devasta
7 Female Guitarists to Watch in 2015
Many dubbed 2014 "the year of the woman", and in 2015 women show no signs of slowing down. Whether you spent last year hooked on Taylor Swift's 1989, freaking out about St Vincent, buzzing in the Bey-hive, or feverishly anticipating Sleater-Kinney's reunion, women dominated much of our cultural conversation about music. With International Women's Day coming up this weekend, it's a great time to appreciate the talents and ferocity of these amazing guitar-slinging women! Check out these awesome
How to Translate Guitar Tabs to Piano Chords (and Learn All Your Favorite Songs!)
Curious about how guitar tabs translate to piano chords? Learn how to convert your favorite songs in this guest post by Greeley, CO teacher Andy W...   Why should guitarists have all the fun playing classics like "Stairway to Heaven" and "Hotel California"? Just because a song is written in TABS doesn't mean that piano players can't read it also. So, here's how to translate guitar tabs so you can play piano chords! First, let's establish a basic understanding of the guitar. The

Guitar in Charleston

By Christopher A. - Charleston Guitar Teacher

Charleston, South Carolina is one of the busiest music cities in the South. As a guitarist, you have the opportunity to see many styles of music in some of the nicest settings. If you’re eager to try your hand at materials you’ve been practicing during your guitar lessons in Charleston, there are ample places to showcase your skills with other musicians. You'll have the chance not only to apply what you've been working on, but also gather insight into live performance with other musicians. The receptive environment of these venues can take your learning to a whole new level.

Whether you’re checking out local Darius Rucker at the Charleston Music Hall or watching up-and-coming acts at the Music Farm, there are venues of all sizes within Charleston that bring you live music from different genres to give you a taste of what you can learn as a student. Downtown offers rooms with local cover artists playing in both solo and band settings. Wet Willie’s Charleston, Molly Darcy’s and Queology all have live music on the weekends and are within walking distance of one another on East Bay Street. If you’re on upper King Street, you can stop in Silver Dollar or Charleston Beer Works to hear local bands bringing their blend of covers and originals. For the jazz aficionado, there’s The Mezz; or, one can check out the Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Charleston Music Hall.

West Ashley has the local blues jams on Wednesday evenings at Home Team BBQ. Show up early, and put your name on the list to sit in with some of the area’s finest bluesicians. A short walk next door to the Tin Roof affords you the chance to hear all original bands in an intimate setting. The Tin Roof and Pourhouse both host original bands and are great places to meet the next generation of music makers.

Mount Pleasant has several smaller rooms ranging from The Shelter, The Black Sheep and Art’s Bar & Grill, all of which have bands Thursday through Sunday. If you venture north of Mount Pleasant to Awendaw Green, you can hear loads of original acts. Or, come down on Wednesday evenings for the barn jam, where you’ll have an opportunity to meet and network with other local musicians in the acoustic vein.

As you cross the Isle of Palms connector from Mount Pleasant, you can check out regional and national acts at The Windjammer. Local heroes Drivin’ and Cryin’ and Cowboy Mouth both hold court at the Jammer. Coconut Joe’s has live music outside on the roof and has a great menu to fill yourself with tasty treats while watching the folks on the beach below. The Dinghy, located across from the Windjammer, has live music in an intimate setting. These venues give you access to the musicians, so you can speak to them and get some tips and tricks on what inspired them to learn and be successful.

In the three years I’ve resided in Charleston, I’ve seen national acts at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, opened for national acts at the Windjammer on the picturesque Isle Of Palms, performed at weddings under the 100 year old live oaks at Boone Hall Plantation and shared music with over 40,000 runners at the Cooper River Bridge Run. The city is bustling with chances to hear other musicians and grow as a guitarist and musician.

So, if you’re interested in taking guitar lessons in Charleston, then you are in a great place with a thriving music scene that is sure to inspire. Start your lessons today, so you can play "Wagon Wheel" or some beach music and join in on the fun. From beginners to pros, the Holy City has ample chances to implement what you've gathered in your lessons, affording you the chance to mature as a musician and student of guitar.

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