Everybody Speaks Music

Kris Schulz, Mojo Kemp

Have you always wanted to learn an instrument but feel you’ve waited too long and now it’s too late?

Are you frustrated with your lack of progress and feel like giving up?

Or maybe you loved to sing, until somebody told you, “You can’t sing”.

If music was meant to be played, why does it feel like work for so many of us?

Please join us as we share weekly stories, lessons and interviews from people just like you who are overcoming challenges and obstacles in their own musical journeys. Musicians of all levels and ages are welcome here because, Everybody Speaks Music!

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Ep 117- The Return of Rocky Riobo
Jan 24 2024
Ep 117- The Return of Rocky Riobo
Mojo welcomes Kris back to the show and discusses his upcoming presentation at the NAMM Show. They talk about the powerful team of tech companies supporting their efforts and the adaptive technology for music, specifically for students with motor-scale issues. They also mention the possibility of recording the presentation. The conversation then shifts to the Heroes of Music Fundraiser and an interview with Rocky. They emphasize the importance of supporting local music and wrap up the show with a discussion about the snowstorm in Vancouver.In the show's interview, Mojo interviews Rocky Riobo, a professional musician, about his new music. They also discuss the impact of cancer on Mojo's life and how Rocky's teaching style has evolved over the years. They talk about the benefits of having a professional musician as a teacher and the importance of students attending their teacher's performances. The conversation concludes with a discussion of Rocky's new tracks and a reminder to check the show notes for links to his music.TakeawaysHaving a professional musician as a teacher can provide unique insights and experiences for students.Attending a teacher's performances can be inspiring and motivational for students.Personal experiences, such as overcoming cancer, can lead to unexpected positive outcomes.Memorization techniques, such as using numbers, can be helpful in learning music.Here are Rocky's links....https://www.rockyriobomusic.comFacebook @rockyriobomusichttps://www.facebook.com/rockyriobomusic?mibextid=LQQJ4dInstagram @rockyriobomusichttps://www.instagram.com/rockyriobomusic?igsh=NDVuZzYxZGFqaHVs&utm_source=qr@rockyandthegemshttps://www.instagram.com/rockyandthegems?igsh=aGhxbTYweHJrcWUw&utm_source=qrTikTok @rockyriobomusichttps://www.tiktok.com/@rockyriobomusic?_t=8j4HqzM5HNO&_r=1YouTube @rockyriobomsuichttps://youtube.com/@rockyriobomusic?si=h-dst_0gOhTTdDt3https://linktr.ee/therelevatorsofficial
Mariah Mennie - Pianist, Teacher, Composer and dealing with Imposter Syndrome
Dec 21 2023
Mariah Mennie - Pianist, Teacher, Composer and dealing with Imposter Syndrome
In this conversation, Mojo Kemp interviews Mariah Mennie, a musician and composer, about her musical journey and experiences. Mariah shares her background growing up in a creative family and her early exposure to music. She discusses the importance of learning to read music and the challenges she faced in developing this skill. Mariah also talks about her first performance with an orchestra and the impact it had on her. She shares her thoughts on dealing with mistakes and imposter syndrome as a musician. Finally, Mariah discusses her decision to pursue music education and composition. In this conversation, Mariah Mennie, a composer and music teacher, discusses her journey in finding her creative strengths and pursuing a career in composition. She shares her experiences with imposter syndrome and the challenges faced by women in the male-dominated field of composition. Mariah also talks about the importance of music education and her passion for teaching. Throughout the conversation, she emphasizes the need to overcome self-doubt and embrace the creative process.TakeawaysLearning to read music is an important skill for musicians as it allows them to access a wider range of musical knowledge and learn from different composers and styles.Mistakes are a natural part of the learning process and should be embraced as opportunities for growth and improvement.Comparing oneself to others can be detrimental to one's musical journey and it is important to focus on developing one's own unique voice and expression.Music education and exposure to different music cultures can broaden one's understanding and appreciation of music.Imposter syndrome is common among musicians and artists, but it is important to recognize one's own accomplishments and value as a creative individual. Acknowledge and embrace your unique creative strengths.Persistence and determination are key to achieving your goals.Imposter syndrome affects even the most accomplished individuals, but it can be overcome.Promoting music education is essential for nurturing future musicians and composers.If you want to check out Mariah's website, here's the link:https://www.mariahmennie.ca/
Effective Practice Habits, Yo-Yos, and Impactful Education with Jeremy McKay
Sep 20 2023
Effective Practice Habits, Yo-Yos, and Impactful Education with Jeremy McKay
In this electrifying episode of Everybody Speaks Music, Kris sits down with a true Renaissance soul, Jeremy McKay. A Canadian yo-yo champion, lifelong musician, and dedicated educator, Jeremy's story is as unique as it is inspiring. From the get-go, this episode delves into Jeremy's multi-faceted world. A master of multiple disciplines, Jeremy and Kris explore the essence of great teaching. What does it take to inspire and educate? Jeremy shares his insights, honed not only through his music but also his yo-yo mastery and decades of experience as a public educator.Hear what Jeremy learned from studying under five different vocal teachers and how he was able to rehabilitate his voice.Jeremy's story takes a remarkable turn as he opens up about his resilience in the face of career-ending injuries. How did he bounce back? What lessons did he learn along the way? For those balancing the worlds of athleticism and music, Jeremy's insights are a goldmine. Navigating the paths of both an athlete and a musician can be a challenging tightrope walk, but Jeremy offers relatable perspectives and strategies . Jeremy McKay's story is a testament to the boundless possibilities of human potential. Tune in, get inspired, and join us as we dive into an extraordinary mind.Jeremy's Links:Free learn to yoyo coursehttps://www.mryoyothrower.com/Use "Musicismagic" for a 15% discount to buy one of my yoyoshttps://raincityskills.com/My books and Coloring books including my latest "Music is Magic"https://www.jdmckay.com/Harmonica Recommendation  - I suggest starting with a Honer Special 20 (get them anywhere online) or Kongshen Amazing 20 (Aliexpress and a few others) in the key of C. Then dive into youtube for beginner lessonsTea Party "The Badger" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQHcD3ChVHUADHD Understandings - This professor is brilliant.I recommend him to every parent that brings a child with ADHD into my classroom.https://youtube.com/@russellbarkleyphd2023?si=0dk1nowXi-jFJQ0h
Striking the Chords of Resilience: Why Jared Rose’s Two-Month Piano Revelation Is A Gift To Us All
Aug 30 2023
Striking the Chords of Resilience: Why Jared Rose’s Two-Month Piano Revelation Is A Gift To Us All
In this episode of Everybody Speaks Music, we sit down with an extraordinary guest, Jared Rose, whose inspiring journey from a new piano student to unlocking new levels of musical mastery within just two months will leave you astounded. Join us as we delve into Jared’s story of perseverance, passion, and the transformative power of music.Episode Highlights:•A Journey of Highs and Lows: Jared takes us through his rollercoaster experience as a novice piano player. He candidly shares the moments of frustration, determination, and the breakthroughs that have kept him motivated throughout his journey.•Frustration as a Positive Sign: Learn how Jared interpreted a break from playing the piano due to frustration as a positive signal. Discover how these moments of pause can fuel a deeper connection with your musical journey.•Lessons from Tiger Woods: Jared draws parallels between his piano learning and the advice from the Tiger Woods documentary. Discover the wisdom in focusing on a limited number of “shots” in your practice and making each one count.•Optimizing Practice Space: Explore Jared’s insights into optimizing his practice environment for maximum efficiency and enjoyment. Learn how a well-structured practice space can significantly enhance your musical progress.•Structured Routines and Scales: Jared emphasizes the significance of structured routines, including scales and patterns, in his practice sessions. Uncover how these elements contribute to accelerated learning and growth.•Music as a Healing Force: Jared opens up about how music became a powerful tool during his struggles with serious medical issues. He discusses the positive impact of music on his brain function and overall neurological well-being.•Overcoming Challenges through Music: Discover the profound connection between music and overcoming life’s challenges, disabilities, and difficulties. Jared’s personal journey highlights the universal potential of music as a source of strength and resilience.Join us for an insightful and uplifting conversation that showcases the deep link between music and personal transformation. Jared’s story is a testament to the boundless possibilities that emerge when dedication, passion, and the harmonies of music come together.
Resonating Hearts: J.J. Caithcart's Music Therapy Mission From Record Store Owner To Becoming A Musical Healer In Care Homes
Aug 2 2023
Resonating Hearts: J.J. Caithcart's Music Therapy Mission From Record Store Owner To Becoming A Musical Healer In Care Homes
In this inspiring episode, we delve into the incredible passion of J.J Caithcart, an inspired and dedicated individual who aims to connect with seniors, specifically those who have experienced brain injuries or have dementia. Through his volunteer work, J.J. has found a profound interest in bringing the healing power of music and music therapy into their lives.We explore J.J.'s transformational journey, starting as a volunteer and learning from exceptional music therapists. His desire to create a positive impact in the lives of seniors through music shines through every step of the way.Another significant aspect of J.J.'s life is his entrepreneurial spirit. At the age of 24, he opened "Scrape Records" in Vancouver, BC, an iconic record store that nurtured a vibrant community within the Vancouver hard rock and metal scene for nearly two decades.https://scraperecords.com/During the episode, we discuss the fascinating world of music therapy and the use of adaptive instruments like the Orba, Kalimbas, and GarageBand on iPads. Kris provides a training session, enabling our listeners to embrace these exciting tools and infuse harmony and joy into their own lives, as well as the lives of their families and loved ones.We also delve into J.J.'s new podcast, where he continues to share his passion for music and its potential to transform lives. Don't miss the special mention of his upcoming August 7 BC day special - an event not to be missed!https://differentstagesradio.com/Join us on this heartfelt journey as we learn from J.J. Caithcart's experiences and get inspired to make a difference in our communities through the power of music and music therapy. Tune in now for a dose of inspiration and connection!
Unlocking the Guitar: How Open Tuning Works, Overcoming Frustration and Embracing the Universal Language of Music
Jul 19 2023
Unlocking the Guitar: How Open Tuning Works, Overcoming Frustration and Embracing the Universal Language of Music
Episode 111 Details:  - Solo episode announcement, with a shout-out to co-host Mojo Kemp.  - Mention of significant transformation at Horizon School of Music  - Teaser for a future episode on school updates.Visiting Bradford Elementary School:  - Recap of recent visit to Bradford Elementary School in Burnaby, BC.  - Jeremy McKay's summer school course on using GarageBand.  - Emphasizing the universal language of music and "Everybody Speaks Music."  - Sharing personal struggles to inspire the students.  - Curiosity of the students about music from different countries.Exploring the Frustration of Guitar:  - Acknowledging common frustrations in learning the guitar.  - Lack of musicality when striking open strings.  - Introduction of open tuning and its benefits.  - Explanation of tuning to "DADFAD"       (D-A-D-F#-A-D).  - Strumming the open strings to unlock rich and inspiring sounds.Unlocking the Melody:  - Understanding the concept of melody and its connection to singing.  - Describing a scale as organized sound.  - Demonstrating the "do re mi fa so la ti do" scale on the thin, treble string.  - Exploring melodic and harmonic possibilities in open D tuning.  - Suggesting open D tuning as a helpful alternative for beginners or those with hand problems. Creating Melodies:  - Encouraging the exploration of melodies through numeric patterns.  - Using random numbers to create melodies in the class.  - Highlighting the creative and enjoyable aspects of generating melodies.
The Business Of Groove With Bassist, Drummer and Keyboardist Tim Parent
Jul 5 2023
The Business Of Groove With Bassist, Drummer and Keyboardist Tim Parent
Welcome to Episode 110 of Everybody Speaks Music! In today's captivating episode, we had the pleasure of interviewing the immensely talented bassist and multi-instrumentalist, Tim Parent. With a prominent presence in the West Coast music scene, Tim has graced the stage with renowned bands such as Five Alarm Funk and Ninja Spy, leaving audiences in awe.During our interview, Tim delves into the core of his musical motivation, which revolves around self-exploration and following his creative muse. His insatiable curiosity leads him from one instrument to the next, constantly pushing the boundaries of his musical expression. Tim's passion for music runs deep, stemming from his upbringing in an incredibly musical family. As the youngest of three brothers and one sister, he shares the invaluable support and advantages that come with being immersed in music from a young age.In many ways, Tim's journey mirrors that of other music luminaries such as Victor Wooten who emphasize the universality of music as a language. This theme aligns perfectly with our podcast's mission, and we are thrilled to bring you this inspiring interview.Join us as Tim shares his remarkable stories, explores the power of music as a language, and reminds us all that the groove is ingrained within us. We are born with it; we don't have to overthink it. It's a feeling that resonates deep within our souls.Groove to the heart, because everyone's got it—you just have to feel it.
Taking Your First Drum Lesson, How Rudiments Develop Neuroplasticity and How To Find Your Inner Groove With Drum Teacher Ricky Sanderson
Jun 7 2023
Taking Your First Drum Lesson, How Rudiments Develop Neuroplasticity and How To Find Your Inner Groove With Drum Teacher Ricky Sanderson
Welcome to Episode 108!In this episode, we are joined by special guest Drum Instructor Ricky Sanderson. Join us as we dive into various topics related to drumming and gain valuable insights to enhance your drumming journey.- Developing Timing and Rhythm: Our guest shares their expertise on how to develop timing and rhythm, even for those who feel they have limited knowledge in this area.- Teaching and Learning Different Styles: We explore their approach to teaching different styles of drumming, ranging from jazz to metal and everything in between. Discover how to expand your musical horizons and embrace diverse drumming styles.- Overcoming Perfectionism: Ricky identifies perfectionism as a significant obstacle for many students. Learn why letting go of perfectionism is crucial for growth and improvement as a drummer.- Playing with Other Instruments: Discover the value of playing with other instruments and how it can enhance your drumming skills. Our guest emphasizes the importance of diversifying your training by collaborating with fellow musicians.- Improvisation and Musicality: We delve into the art of improvisation and discuss strategies to enhance your musicality on the drums. Our guest offers practical tips to explore your creative side and elevate your drumming to new heights.- Fulcrum and Molar Technique: Understand the differences between these drumming techniques and their respective advantages. Ricky breaks down the mechanics of each approach and highlights their unique applications.- Demystifying the Paradiddle: Ever wondered what a paradiddle is? Ricky sheds light on this fundamental drumming rudiment and explains its significance in building dexterity and coordination.Join us for this enlightening episode where we unlock the secrets of drumming, whether you're just starting your drum journey or have been playing for decades. Gain valuable insights and take your drumming skills to the next level!
Why Do We Quit Music Lessons? Part 3
May 24 2023
Why Do We Quit Music Lessons? Part 3
In today's episode, we cover the final chapters (7-13)of our 13 chapter series aiming to understand the reasons behind students quitting music lessons.We also recommend a resource that inspired today's episode, offering a deeper dive into the subject.https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272886402_Students_who_quit_music_lessons_recent_research_and_recommendations_for_teachers7:Teacher Characteristics 8:Family Socioeconomic Status9: Parental Support & Home Environment 10: Self-Efficacy, and Self-perception11: Practicing and Achievement12: Research Based Recommendations for Teachers 13: Additional Ways To Support A Positive Outcome For Music Students Part 7:Teacher Characteristics Adults who quit lessons as children or teenagers often mention not getting along with the teacher or having a bad experience with a teacher who did not relate well to them.A 1984 study of 22 outstanding pianists found that different types of teachers were important at different instructional stages: a warm and stimulating teacher for the first stage, and more structured and strict teachers for the next two stages.It is important to match teacher characteristics to the changing requirements of learners as they reach higher levels of musical expertise, with a focus on establishing a relaxed and friendly relationship in early stages and increasing emphasis on professional dimensions at later stages.Part 8:Family Socioeconomic StatusFamilies with lower socio-economic levels are often unable to support their children's musical endeavors due to lack of time or resources.Studies have found that a family's socio-economic level can accurately predict high school students' retention in music programs, with students from lower socio-economic levels being less likely to re-enroll.Despite the challenges posed by lower socio-economic status, building a safe, nurturing, and inclusive environment for these students can lead to transformative and positive experiences for both the student and teacher.Teachers who take extra time to listen and connect with struggling students can impact their lives in profound ways.Part 9: Parental Support & Home Environment Parental involvement and attitudes towards music have a significant impact on students' music achievement, motivation, and attitude towards learning.Continuous parental involvement, which is supportive without being interfering, has a positive impact on students' progress and attitude towards music.Providing a structured home environment for practice, communicating with the teacher, and remaining an interested audience can enhance learning outcomes such as enjoyment, motivation, satisfaction, and self-concept. Part 10: Self-Efficacy, and Self-perceptionStudents who possess a low sense of self-efficacy or have low self-perception and self-esteem are more prone to quit.Self-efficacy is defined as people's judgments of their capabilities to organize and execute courses of action required to attain designated types of performances.Part 11: Practicing and AchievementThe students who continued, interestingly, were not “perfect practicers” either. Their commitment to practicing varied during their 20-month period, but in general, they showed a stronger commitment to practicing, higher levels of reflection and self-evaluation during practice, more awareness of their progress, and a better understanding of the purpose and importance of practice than the others.
Why Do We Quit Music Lessons? Part 2
May 17 2023
Why Do We Quit Music Lessons? Part 2
In today's episode, we cover chapters 5-6 of our 13 chapter series aiming to understand the reasons behind students quitting music lessons.We also recommend a resource that inspired today's episode, offering a deeper dive into the subject.https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272886402_Students_who_quit_music_lessons_recent_research_and_recommendations_for_teachersOur goal is to inspire individuals to continue growing as musicians in a way that best suits their needs, tastes, and artistic desires.Todays episode covers sections 4-64: Teachers Point Of View 5: Students Point Of View 6: Motives and Motivation Future episodes in this series will cover:7:Teacher Characteristics 8:Family Socioeconomic Status9: Parental Support & Home Environment 10: Self-Efficacy, and Self-perception11: Practicing and Achievement12: Research Based Recommendations for Teachers 13: Additional Ways To Support A Positive Outcome For Music Students Part 4: Teachers Point Of View Teachers often identify loss of interest, lack of perseverance, unwillingness, or lack of time to practice, scheduled demands, and parental attitudes as important factors for quitting.Teachers also believe that valuing of music and personal interest in lessons are significant determinants of lesson retention.Dropouts frequently underestimate their ability and possess low self-confidence.Despite close contact with students, teachers may not be aware of other important environmental, social, motivational, and personality factors that can influence the decision to stop lessons.Part 5: Students Point Of View Studies have focused on the students' perspective to understand reasons for attrition in music lessons.Students enrolled in lessons for personal enjoyment and for attainment of skill.Loss of interest and not liking the practice had the strongest impact on withdrawal, Adults who quit lessons as children cited not getting along with the teacher, dissatisfaction with the music studied, lack of fun, and lack of interest in practice as reasons for quitting.Enjoyment of music and supportive teachers were cited as reasons for lesson satisfaction among adults who had only taken piano as children.Demands of other activities and interests were important factors for discontinuing lessons, affecting equally those students who rated themselves as less and more skilled at the keyboard.Further studies have tried to look at deeper aspects underlying these general causes by focusing on motivation, self-concept, social environment, parental support, and parenting style.Part 6: Motives and MotivationPremature attrition in music lessons can be linked to the motives that prompt students to begin lessons.The presence of "the wrong type" of initial or continuing motivation can lead to more dropouts.Intrinsic motivation (doing something for the pleasure of the action) is found to be favorable and leads to fewer dropouts in music lessons.Extrinsic motivation (doing something for an external reaction) is linked to more dropouts in music lessons.Studies suggest that students who rely on extrinsic motives for initiation and continuation of music lessons are more likely to stop. those who quit music lessons had extrinsic reasons for starting (such as to join friends), with limited enjoyment beyond getting approval from others.
Why Do We Quit Music Lessons? Part 1
May 10 2023
Why Do We Quit Music Lessons? Part 1
In today's episode, we cover the first three chapters of our 13-chapter series, aiming to understand the reasons behind students quitting music lessons.We also recommend a resource that inspired today's episode, offering a deeper dive into the subject.https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272886402_Students_who_quit_music_lessons_recent_research_and_recommendations_for_teachersOur goal is to inspire individuals to continue growing as musicians in a way that best suits their needs, tastes, and artistic desires.Todays episode covers sections 1-3 1: Why Do Students Quit Music Lessons 2: The evidence  3:Benefits Of Music LessonsFuture episodes in this series will cover: 4: Teachers Point Of View  5: Students Point Of View 6: Motives and Motivation 7:Teacher Characteristics 8:Family Socioeconomic Status9: Parental Support & Home Environment 10: Self-Efficacy, and Self-perception 11: Practicing and Achievement12: Research Based Recommendations for Teachers 13: Additional Ways To Support A Positive Outcome For Music Students  1: Why Do Students Quit Music LessonsMusic teachers recognize that most students will eventually stop taking music lessons.Reasons for stopping can include achieving primary goals or quitting prematurely.Premature dropouts can have financial implications for the teaching profession and prevent students from experiencing the full benefits of music learning.Researchers have identified several factors that contribute to student dropouts, including:Initial and continuing motivationPracticing habits and strategiesTeacher and family characteristicsParenting stylesStudents' self-concept and expectations for success.The article aims to review research studies on why students quit music lessons prematurely and how teachers can identify at-risk students and prevent attrition in their studios.2: The evidence Two large-scale studies conducted more than 20 years ago documented a clear trend in student dropouts as they grow older.One study conducted by Daniel Stino gathered information from hundreds of independent music teachers and reported a sharp drop in students taking private lessons as they grow older.Another study conducted by Music Teachers National Association in 1990 documented a large decline in studio enrollment between elementary and secondary school.While there are no recent large-scale studies on lesson dropout rates, anecdotal evidence suggests that this trend still exists today.It is important for music teachers to be aware of this trend and consider strategies to retain students as they grow older.3: Benefits Of Music LessonsPrematurely dropping music lessons prevents students from reaping the benefits of music study, which have been researched and found to be numerous.Personal benefits of studying music include skill acquisition and development, personal growth, fulfilling a dream, and personal pleasure.Children and parents perceive benefits such as development of discipline, concentration, and self-esteem from music study.Studies have shown academic achievement, civic engagement, and personal benefits of music study for children and young people.Arts and music education in childhood predicts the rate of participation and attendance of cultural events in adulthood, making it a vital element in the sustainability of a healthy and diverse cultural ecosystem in the nation.
The Curse Of The Intermediate Guitar Player
Apr 26 2023
The Curse Of The Intermediate Guitar Player
What is the curse of the intermediate guitarist, you ask? The curse of the intermediate guitarist refers to the common habits and beliefs that hinder the progress of guitar players in the intermediate stage. These habits include learning many songs but struggling to perform them in public, taking lessons from multiple teachers without committing to one approach, avoiding jamming with others, blaming gear for lack of progress, relying too heavily on apps and tutorials, and believing that musical ability is innate rather than developed through practice.And most importantly, having unrealistic expectations.How to break the Curse.If you're an intermediate guitarist and you've hit a wall in your progress, you're not alone. Many guitarists find themselves in this frustrating position. However, there are steps you can take to ensure you reach your goal of becoming a musical guitarist. Here are some ideas to help you break the curse of the intermediate guitarist:•Follow the Old Zen AdageThe old Zen proverb states, "Master one thing, master 10,000 things." This means instead of focusing on 100 songs or 100 different skills, narrow your focus down to one song. Focus on that one song until you have mastered it, until it becomes a part of you. This will teach you musicality and the skills you learn from this one song will be invaluable when you play other music.•Pause Or Stop Reading About Music theory Focus on actually practicing What You've Already LearnedStop buying books and learning different scales and things. Focus on the things you've already learned until you've mastered them. In this case, less is more. One scale properly utilized is infinitely more valuable than 20 scales where the player has no idea how to implement them. •Play Everything SlowlyPlaying slowly at a speed that allows the fingers to find their place is critical. When intermediate guitar players play too fast, they often create gaps between the transitions. These gaps are referred to as tailgating. It's equivalent to watching someone weave through traffic at rush hour, hoping that their excessive tailgating will forge a path ahead of all the other drivers so they can get where they're going faster. But, more often than not, this type of player slams on the brakes because they're going too fast and creates a whole bunch of problems. Tailgating is the enemy and it must be avoided at all costs. Play with a metronome, drummer, sheen or some form of rhythm device at a slower tempo until you gradually scale your playing up to the appropriate pace•Consider Learning Other InstrumentsIntermediate guitarists should also consider learning other instruments. Taking drum lessons for a month and learning how to read eighth notes, 16th notes, and triplets would enhance your guitar rhythm abilities. Sitting down at the piano for a month and learning how harmony works, or picking up a bass guitar so you can learn how arpeggios work, or taking a singing lesson so you can understand what melody really is and how to breathe properly are all great ideas. Learning other instruments will enhance your musicality and make you a better overall musician.•ImproviseDon't forget how important it is to improvise. It could quite possibly be the single most important thing you do to enhance your musicality. Improvising is about feeling the music and expressing yourself. It's about letting go of inhibitions and playing with passion.Remember, there are no shortcuts to becoming a great guitarist. However, by following these steps, you can have a great time, a productive time, and an efficient time. Stay away from the snake oil salesman and focus on things you love to play. Play them every single day and watch as you break the curse of the intermediate guitarist.