37 episodes

The TopMusicGuitar podcast is a weekly show where you can learn about how to teach great guitar lessons, how to expand your studio, and how to build your dream job teaching guitar. Our host, Michael Gumley, has built one of Australia’s top guitar schools, and developed a best-selling curriculum. Michael interviews guest experts from the industry each week to share tips and advice about teaching guitar. Find us online at topmusic.co/guitar.

TopMusicGuitar Podcast Michael Gumley

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The TopMusicGuitar podcast is a weekly show where you can learn about how to teach great guitar lessons, how to expand your studio, and how to build your dream job teaching guitar. Our host, Michael Gumley, has built one of Australia’s top guitar schools, and developed a best-selling curriculum. Michael interviews guest experts from the industry each week to share tips and advice about teaching guitar. Find us online at topmusic.co/guitar.

    #037: What Happens When a Computer Scientist Becomes a Guitar Teacher with Keith Martin of Fret Science

    #037: What Happens When a Computer Scientist Becomes a Guitar Teacher with Keith Martin of Fret Science

    In today’s podcast episode, our guest Keith Martin of Fret Science shared his journey with us from being a computer scientist to becoming a guitar teacher. He goes into detail about how he applied some concepts from his computer science background to learning guitar and teaching, as well as some of the ways that he applies this knowledge on his lessons. He also tells the story of how he quickly grew his YouTube channel from 0 subscribers to 14,000+ within just 2 months through using data-driven lessons and helpful content creation tools.
    Keith shared an overview of his journey and how he started as a guitar teacher. His perspective as a computer scientist and applying it to the fretboard and learning guitar. Keith shared his success on YouTube, from having 0 followers to 14,000 subscribers in two months. How to get great results with less practice and repetition from a computer science perspective. His interest in cognitive science or learning psychology and applying that into his teaching. Bridging the gap between cognitive science and the actual lesson itself. Keith’s one piece of advice: Practice the things that are hard for you. Why guitar hasn’t really evolved that much in the grand scheme of things. Some of the things that people are missing out on by sticking to older ways of doing things. The 3 notes per string system for learning guitar. Keith shared how he creates his YouTube videos using Keynote. Exploring improvisation and teaching creativity to his students. One piece of wisdom for the listeners. Guest Links Fret Science Website Fret Science YouTube Channel Keith Martin Facebook Page Guitar Teaching Resources Mentioned Free Guitar E-book Resources Today’s Guest Keith Martin earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. By day, he’s an engineering manager at a leading science/engineering software company. His website and YouTube channel, Fret Science, is dedicated to reducing the amount of memorization and repetitive practice needed to fluently navigate the guitar fretboard. He uses insights from cognitive and computer science to teach the building blocks of music – triads, arpeggios, and scales – in ways that can be understood in minutes and easily recalled from memory, so that you’ll never need to look at a scale or chord diagram again.
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    • 50 min
    #036: Finding Joy in Teaching Without the Business Hassle with Rich Constable & Josh Gillis of Guitar Boss

    #036: Finding Joy in Teaching Without the Business Hassle with Rich Constable & Josh Gillis of Guitar Boss

    In today’s episode, we’re chatting with Josh Gillis and Richard Constable of Guitar Boss, an all in one system for guitar teachers. Listen in and get some insights and how this program will help you stay organized as you get busier and you get more leads in. They also shared the importance of using a funnel and the misconceptions around it. If you’re looking for some great advice on how to be successful as a guitar teacher, while still being yourself and without worrying on the business side of things, this episode is for you.
    Richard shares with us what Guitar Boss Program is all about. Is Guitar Boss only for guitar teachers? The importance of a funnel and why we should use it. What’s the biggest misconception about funnels? Advice for guitar teachers who are either struggling with the business side of things or want to get more into marketing. Josh shares his interest on NFT’s, Crypto and Blockchain. How to protect your intellectual property with NFT’s. One piece of wisdom for guitar teaching or business. Guest Links Josh Gillis Website Instagram – Josh Gillis Facebook – Josh Gillis 
    Guitar Teaching Resources Mentioned
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    Today’s Guests JOSH GILLIS Josh Gillis is a musician and guitar teacher from Columbus, MS. He has been playing guitar for over 25+ years and has been teaching for the past 10+ years. His primary focus is helping beginners and teaching the basics. He enjoys good coffee, outdoor adventure, and learning more about Crypto, AI, and NFT’s.
    RICHARD CONSTABLE Richard Constable from Guitar Journey has been playing guitar for 20+ years. He has been running Guitar Journey for 5 years and has taught over 200+ people. He also has 20 years of gigging and recording experience, including doing a BTEC in Music Technology and a degree in Recording Arts. His teaching style is relaxed and easygoing with lots of encouragement. He can teach all levels from Beginner to Advanced across all exam boards. Whether you would like to learn classical, jazz or rock, Rich got you covered.
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    • 46 min
    #035: How to be a Great Music Teacher in 2023 with Rob Garland

    #035: How to be a Great Music Teacher in 2023 with Rob Garland

    Our guest in today’s episode is Rob Garland, a guitar player and a great music teacher in a very notable institution. Rob is going to share his thoughts on how to be a successful guitar teacher in 2023 and beyond. This interview is a goldmine of information for any teacher looking to take their guitar teaching skills to the next level.
    Rob shares a brief background about his career, both as a musician and teacher. The story of how he got a contract with Cherry Lane or getting involved with publishing companies. Why he took the plunge and relocated to the USA. The importance of human connection in building a career in music. How he ended up in LA and teaching in a notable institution. His thoughts on the younger generation of learners coming up less experienced in their ear training. His experience in teaching intermediate and advanced students. Why you need to teach your students something that will set you apart. Tips for teaching your students. One thing that is overlooked in guitar lessons. Advice for teachers in teaching students within 30 minutes Top things you need to do to become a great music teacher in 2023. Guest Links Rob Garland Website Rob Garland Instagram Guitar Teaching Resources Mentioned Free Guitar E-book Resources Today’s Guest Rob Garland grew up in England, worked in a diverse array of bands, and later played hundreds of gigs at festivals and clubs in the U.S. with his band The Blue Monks, opening for artists such as B.B. King, Booker T. and Chuck Berry. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to write and record his original music, available to stream/download. He regularly performs at clubs such as The Baked Potato and Alva’s Showroom, and has recorded sessions at studios such as The Village Recorder, Revolver and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot.
    Rob has been teaching guitar for 25+ years and has taught hundreds of private students across all ability levels and musical genres. He has taught group classes, private lessons and masterclasses for Musicians Institute (G.I.T.) in Hollywood, CA, where he serves on the faculty and has created numerous instructional courses for TrueFire & JamPlay, including the best selling ‘Chord Navigator: CAGED’ series. He has written instructional books for Cherry Lane/Hal Leonard, and is currently writing for Fundamental Changes.
    Musicians Rob has performed with include Steve Vai, Jimmy Haslip (The Yellowjackets), Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani), Gus Thornton (Albert King), Joel Taylor (Allan Holdsworth) and Tony Newton (Gary Moore). He is endorsed by Bogner amps, Xotic guitars, Curt Mangan strings, ChickenPicks and Moody Leather straps.
     
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    • 51 min
    #034: How to Expand Your Guitar Teaching Business Online in 2023 with Jamie Slutzky

    #034: How to Expand Your Guitar Teaching Business Online in 2023 with Jamie Slutzky

    In this episode, we chat with Jamie Slutzky about how to expand your guitar teaching business online. Jamie has built an incredibly successful online business and hosts the Expand Online Podcast. In this episode, she shares her guiding principles for helping other music teachers pursue an online teaching business and gives specific examples of what it takes to get started in 2023.
    In this episode, we discuss:
    Jamie’s background and how she found her niche helping music teachers. The reason why you should create an online business or course. Tips on how to start your online business. Advice for people who want to put all their eggs in one basket or switch 100% online. Kinds of courses that are already saturated in the online space. How to grow a following on social media. Things you need to start building your mailing list. Recommendations for picking social media platforms for your business. Secrets for growing an online teaching business in 2023. Common mistakes of teachers when building an online business or course. Book recommendation of Jamie: Ask – Ryan Levesque Guest Links Jaime Slutzky Website Jaime Slutzky Instagram Expand Online Podcast Guitar Teaching Resources Mentioned Free Guitar E-book Resources Today’s Guest Jaime Slutzky is an experienced and knowledgeable online technology strategist who works with music teachers who have caps on their income and time to create scalable online products and services. With her degree in Computer Science, 11+ years in corporate IT and over a decade supporting online businesses, she has the expertise, insight and grit to help you expand your music studio business online. After about 8 years working with anyone who wanted to hire her, she chose to work exclusively with music teachers because of the opportunities that they afford their students. The biggest thing that comes up time and again is a visible disconnect between what her clients want to achieve and how to get there. She fills in that gap with coaching, consulting, group programs and online courses.
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    • 35 min
    #033: Making It Easy for Your Students in Learning Guitar Chords with Francesco Barone

    #033: Making It Easy for Your Students in Learning Guitar Chords with Francesco Barone

    Learn a different guitar methodology of teaching students, children and adults, with our podcast guest today, Dr Francesco Barone. Dr Barone is a classical guitar teacher turned author who shares distinct characteristics of his methodology and interesting information on his books with us today. He also gives us great ideas, advice and tips for teaching guitar chords and publishing a book under Amazon.
    His journey from a guitar player to teacher, and now author. The genesis of his book, Guitar Chords and Context. The Suzuki Method, its components and aspects, and how students learn using this methodology. The new book he’s writing about the methodology he uses for teaching adults. Unique characteristics of his teaching guitar methodology for adults. Ideas on sequencing that contemporary players can learn from and reflect upon. Distinct topics discussed in his book, Guitar Chords in Context. Examples of easy pieces people can play with the simple guitar chords. The story of what pushed him to rebrand and re-write his book. Advice for people who want to release a book under Amazon and its difference from traditional publishing. Deciding between releasing an ebook and a physical book. Tips for promoting your book and putting it out in the market. Recommended books for guitar players and teachers Art & Technique of Practice – Richard Provost Classic Guitar Technique – Richard Provost Pumping Nylon – Scott Tennant Words of wisdom on investing in your education for music and guitar teachers. Guest Links Guitar Chords in Context – Amazon Francesco Barone Website Guitar Teaching Resources Mentioned Free Guitar E-book Resources Today’s Guest Award-winning guitarist Francesco Barone has performed throughout the United States as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been presented at guitar festivals and societies in New England including the Connecticut Guitar Society, New England Guitar Society and Hartt School Guitar Festival. He has also performed nationally through the classical music startup Groupmuse.
    Dr. Barone was a prizewinner in the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Guitar Competitio. He was featured on a La Bella Strings sponsored concert and has had performances broadcasted on NPR. He received a DMA and MM from The Hartt School, University of Hartford where he studied with Richard Provost. His treatise on the Russian guitar composer Nikita Koshkin was the first to analyze his music and discuss one of the composer’s chamber works.
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    • 51 min
    #032: How to Become an In-Demand Session Guitarist, Gigging Musician & Music Producer with Michael Flanders

    #032: How to Become an In-Demand Session Guitarist, Gigging Musician & Music Producer with Michael Flanders

    Michael Flanders is the go-to guy in the Queensland music scene. Listen to this podcast to learn how Michael started from scratch and rose to become a professional musician, a gigging and in-demand session guitarist and a music producer. He shares his story of how he started out and what it’s like working in the music industry. He also shared some great tips and advice for players who want to make it big in the music scene.
    How Michael started in music. The story of how he became to go-to guy in the Queensland music scene. How the music industry works in terms of publishing and songwriting. Tips for building better timing and rising to the standard of world-class players. Michael shows us the Nashville Number System. The importance of regular practice for musicians. Michael’s advice for musicians who want to take the leap and make the move to cities with bigger music scenes. Mistakes you need to avoid as guitar players or session musicians. Advice to rapidly accelerate your success as a musician. Guest Links Michael Flanders Website Michael Flanders Instagram Buddy Emmons: Steel Guitar Icon by Steve Fishell Guitar Teaching Resources Mentioned Free Guitar E-book Resources Today’s Guest Australian award-winning producer and writer Michael Flanders and co-founder of Pacific International music publishing moved to the USA in Feb ‘07 to head up Pacific International Music. During this period, he has built a healthy publishing catalog of over 1,100 songs and having administration on 12 other existing catalogs with high profile names attached. His production credits include Josh Arnold, Nik Phillips, Jill King, Garrison Starr, and American Idol Semi-Finalist Siobhan Magnus and Multi-Platinum selling artist Nikki Webster to name a few.
    In the 1980s and 1990s, Flanders achieved acclaim in his native Australian market; first as a staff songwriter with Warner/Chappell Music, then as a producer for Alternative and Pop acts in Australia. He received ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) recognition for his work with the Australian pop artist Chaise, producing a string of hit singles album that spawned a number one hit song for her, Only Be Me. Flanders’ trademark as a producer has been his experimental and hook heavy approach to creating organic-sounding records. He is known for his involvement in a project from conception to finished product.
     
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    • 55 min

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