SECOND STRING MUSIC was honored to host Tom Clippert of Chicago for a free fingerstyle guitar workshop Monday. We had 17 people show up and Tom, with his friend Jesse Mazzoccoli of Quincy University, was amazing.
My method of teaching guitar is pretty simple - here are the notes, the chords, the technique, and let's play. Tom and Jesse are real musicians who delve far more into theory and why things work. But Tom's real genius is being able to relate to different people of different abilities - he made the class easy and fun.
Tom took a song he wrote called "Guitarrazolla" and broke down all the parts, then had the class participate in a big jam session. He gave sound advice about practicing and technique. Everybody stayed for the two-plus hours and nobody was bored, the sign of a great workshop.
Tom teaches in Chicago and is a guitar instructor at Interlochen Fine Arts Center. I hope he can come back again to Second String Music. Geesh - who knew learning was such great fun!