Teaching San Diego Youth Art, Culture and a little bit more


Yesterday one of my students, Marco, and I made up a song called “Palo Seco” using the basics of a Rhumba strum. We also learned that sometimes things have two names, like Mi and E, or La and A, or Do and C, etc., etc. I think the best part about all of it was the fun we had and that learning should be fun. Especially while telling everyone present the name of our song. “Paaaaaaaaaalloooooooooo Seeeeeeeecoooooooo!”

There was much fun to be had and I do believe that the young guy taught me more than I taught him. He actually taught me something that I wish I had learned when I first started playing guitar and that something was to be patient, have fun, and don’t sweat the small stuff. Marcos is in kindergarten and sitting with me for more than 15 minutes to learn about music theory can be taxing, especially if it’s not presented in a fun and interesting way. I realize that as rigorous as guitar can be, it can also and should also be fun. So with that goal in mind, I remembered to make that a priority on the list of things to teach while we had our lesson. We probably had a little too much fun, but hey laughing is always a good thing. It also made me realize where I failed with my oldest daughter when she first showed interest in guitar and Flamenco Dance. Plus, sometimes teaching your own kids can be a little trying. There’s so much baggage associated with it, both good and bad, so I’ve found it best to have friends do that and just serve as a sounding board when they need me. I’ve found that to be true with my youngest who is now into Flamenco Dance and is also a pianist. Hey, maybe it’s not too late for my oldest to get out there and do a pataita or two, but I’m just glad that she appreciates music and who knows, she may end up managing her sister’s career. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/519596903/flamenkitos-la-nueva-generacion-the-new-generation