West Cobb Magazine

Learn to Play Online

Learn to Play an Instrument Online   by Roger “Hurricane” Wilson

How many times did you ever say, “I always wanted to take up a musical instrument, but I could never find the time!” It was always a matter of scheduling a suitable time with the teacher. Then there was the possibility of something suddenly standing in the way such as traffic delays, bad weather, business or doctor appointments that couldn’t wait, not to mention family emergencies. Of course, the teacher’s time would usually have to be reserved by paying in advance, usually by the month. If you didn’t, or couldn’t show up without proper notice, the opportunity for a music lesson, the money, and the time slot was lost.  The list of excuses for not practicing or missing a music lesson is endless, not to mention somewhat unbelievable. You can be assured that I heard them all. I once made a list of them and lost count at a hundred and one.  

In this day in age, we all know that computers and the internet have really taken over how we live, work, and play. Everything we do or touch is now somehow tied into what has become a digital world. We shop, bank, pay bills, order pizza, and do just about everything online. Our cars and phones run on, or are actually computers themselves. We can go to college on the internet, learn another language, administer first aid, or who knows what! That “what!” includes those music lessons that kept getting put off for years. The beauty of it all now is that any and all of these activities can be accomplished from the comfort of your home or office, and at any time of the day or night. 

There are many internet outlets offering music lessons online these days. Music teaching aids have evolved over the years from Cassette tapes, to VHS, to DVD. And now instruction catering to the student’s interest is available via downloads, eliminating all of those other formats.  What a world!

Here is a sample guitar lesson that will give you an idea of what is available. Check it out. http://www.freeguitarvideos.com/slide/standard-tuning-lick.html

Additional information and lessons can be found at http://tinyurl.com/hurricanewilsonguitar

About the Author: Roger “Hurricane” Wilson originally owned and operated the Roger Wilson Guitar Studio in Buckhead from 1973 to 1985. For several years after into the early 90’s, he taught guitar lessons at the former Marietta Music Emporium aka Dirt Cheep Music on Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw. In addition to teaching and broadcasting, he also spent many years working in the Atlanta radio market, as well as 10 years at CNN. He has been performing, touring, recording, and writing fulltime since 1995. He has been a resident of Cobb County and Kennesaw since 1981.

See the Hurricane Playing locally in Cobb County in February

Saturday, February 13: Roger “Hurricane” Wilson and his band at Scooter’s Pub on Cobb Parkway across from Lowe’s

Friday, February  19  from 8 to 10PM at The Daily Grind at Acworth Due West & Kennesaw Due West

Saturday, February 20 from 6 to 9PM at  Sam Huff’s BBQ1 on Lower Roswell Road in East Cobb..

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