|Kent(on right) performing with me at my debut CD Release |
at Mellow Mushroom Fleming Island
For me, the first person who comes to mind is Florida guitar instructor Kent Smedley. Not only is Kent an amazing teacher, but he helped me record a demo to a song of mine that helped me place in my first music competition when I was in high school. And I went to an arts school, so they are hard to impress.
He also performed with me at my first CD release, and shows up to my live performances as much as he can to show his support. He is not just a teacher I used to go see once a week to work on scales and different types of chords, he's a type of musical father to me.
In the tough industry that is the music business, you need someone you can call on when things get confusing. You need someone with experience to tell you not to succumb to pressure, and to keep doing it your own way because that way is unique and will pay off. That's Kent in a nutshell.
I could write pages about all of the things Kent, and his family, has done for me, but for now I'll stick to telling you about his new E-book, 'What To Look For in a Guitar Instructor,' out now.
During the first month my family and I moved to Florida when I was around 13, my mom found me a guitar instructor. From day one, Kent gave me the tools I needed to write songs, which is exactly what I wanted to do. His instruction is one of the blessings I count when I look back on all of the positive things I gained when I moved to the Sunshine State.
We heard about Kent through a friend; by the luck of the draw, and word of mouth, we found an incredible guitar instructor. But not everyone gets that lucky. Some sort through a few different instructors until they find the one that's a good fit.
In Kent's new E-Book, he gives you all of the knowledge you need to make an informed decision when finding an instructor, and his book is based on nearly thirty years of hard work and experience. Not only will he tell you all the things to look for in an instructor, but he will give you a better look into yourself as a musician. Whether you're a budding guitar player, or professional one looking to challenge your skills in new ways, Kent allows you to reflect on your own preference through out the book so you better know who to look for.
If you want a book that gives you the know-how on the search for a guitar instructor, a book that stirs reflection in your own self as a player, or one that offers a look into the music education world, pick up his E-Book, 'What To Look For in a Guitar Instructor.' You won't be disappointed.