Community is Key!
Thursday, April 12, 2018 by Warren Backer | Learning Guitar
One of the greatest lessons I learned when I studied with Minneapolis jazz guitarist Paul Renz was the value of community. Paul took great pains to establish a community of jazz players in the Minneapolis area. People play together in ensembles, they get to know each other, and in many cases they establish life-long friendships.
There are so many benefits in playing with other musicians. These benefits are both social and musical. I have really taken that lesson I learned from Paul to heart. At BGS, I will actively look to structure opportunities for students to play together.I am planning two performance opportunities each year. Whenever possible we will have students perform together at those venues.
At this point, community is an intention, but once I get to know my students, I’ll start building!
By the way, you can check out Paul’s website here. And get to one of his performances if you can; he’s an awesome guitarist!That’s all for now!