Tales of a Traveling Guitar Teacher | Getting Started With Guitar
Dragging my wheelie suitcase through the snow at 3 a.m. in order to drive the hour and a half to the nearest airport to catch my 6 a.m. flight was not fun. With my guitar and ukulele slung over my shoulders, my poor feet in sandals and socks gathered snow that would soon melt between my toes as I settled into the car and cranked up the heat. Brrr. Ok, so the journey started out cold and dark and sleepy, but all that would be quickly forgotten upon arriving many hours later on the island of St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Instant summer! Off with the socks! We were even greeted by a full rainbow on the ferry boat to the island, on the final leg of the journey. My partner, Julian, and I were there as part of a special educational program co-sponsored by our local New England Youth Theater, and the Gifft Hill School on St. John. Task: in 6 days, produce a Broadway musical starring middle and high school age kids. My job: teach the student band to play eleven 20's-era-styles songs,