206: Your Connection To Music, with Dave Isaacs (The Perpetual Beginner)
Today we are welcoming back Dave Isaacs, “The Nashville Guitar Guru”! We interviewed Dave on episode 60 of the show, where we talked about his own musical journey from aspiring classical guitarist to learning improv, switching to playing popular styles including country rock, teaching. He shared his major lessons learned as a musician and music teacher, which he shares at Nashville Guitar Guru.
Dave is the author of the brand new book, The Perpetual Beginner, A Musician’s Path to Lifelong Learning. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable read that will be relevant and impactful to anybody who enjoys Musicality Now.
We are excited to have Dave Isaacs back on the show to share some of the powerful ideas and stories from “The Perpetual Beginner”.
In this conversation we talk about:
• Why so many music learners find themselves stuck in the "beginner" phase, even after months, years or even decades of learning.
• The painful experience that opened Dave's eyes to the downside of respecting tradition and having reverence for doing things in the most technically correct way.
• Why some teachers discourage students from returning to earlier, easier material - but the two important reasons you should be doing this regularly.
Plus: we’re so keen to get this book into as many music learners’ hands as possible, we’re giving away five copies, shipped to your door, absolutely free! Listen for the details in the episode.
If you’ve ever found your enthusiasm and motivation waning, or you’ve been frustrated not to reach a higher level faster, or you’ve felt torn between doing things “the right way” and doing things “your way” - you’re going to love how this episode helps you.
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Full Show Notes and Transcript: Episode 206
Links and Resources
• Nashville Guitar Guru
• Dave Isaacs - The Perpetual Beginner
• Musicality Now - Follow Your Ear, with Dave Isaacs
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