• Phoenix Drummers on Fire Tonight

    Posted September 26th, 2012

    Hey, John Davis here! Tonight I had a chance to judge some of Arizona’s finest drummers at the 2012 Guitar Center Drum-off!! The competition was tough! Here are the winners of tonight’s drum-off. Congrats, guys! If you are interested in learning the drums, Scottsdale Music Academy offers private an...

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  • Like SMA on Facebook

    Posted August 22nd, 2012

    Scottsdale Music Academy is on Facebook! Make sure to like us for the latest in SMA events, performances, promotions and music tips. Once we hit 500 likes on the SMA Facebook Page, SMA will be giving away a $100 gift card to Guitar Center! Rock on!

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  • Gibson SG or Gibson Les Paul

    Posted July 16th, 2011

    AND THE BATTLE STARTS HERE!! This is Marc from Scottsdale Guitar Academy, and I’ve always wondered which Gibson is the right Gibson. Because so many people have their own opinion on this subject, I want to know yours as well. The Gibson Les Paul has great style, rocking hardware, and almost perfect tone. The...

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  • Practice

    Posted March 25th, 2011

    I recently had a private student ask me what I currently do for practice when I have limited time as well as a few hours. This is was what I gave him… The first thing I think when I sit down to practice is, “what do I hope to accomplish at the end of the practice session?”  Then, do these things relate ...

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  • Jack Ripper-Gig

    Posted February 16th, 2010

    If your up for seeing great guitar playing one of my students Jack Ripper will be playing at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale AZ February 21st @ 9pm He’s only 13 yrs old!!!  

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  • A Unique Teaching Approach

    Posted December 28th, 2009

    Meet a Scottsdale guitar teacher who takes a unique approach to teaching his young students.

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  • Buying Your First Electric Guitar

    Posted November 27th, 2009

    So you’ve decided to learn how to play the guitar but you have just realized that buying a guitar on some level can be like walking on to a car lot. With literally hundreds of choices in brand, color, and style if you know absolutely nothing about guitar at this moment, playing one is the last thing on y...

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  • Avoiding the “yips”…

    Posted November 11th, 2009

    “The Inner Game of Music” Avoiding the “yips”… I just read or re-read a great book that sent me back to a time where all I did was eat, breath and sleep guitar.  The book is called “The Inner Game of Music” written by Barry Green.  I was attending G.I.T. Guitar Institute of Tech...

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    Posted October 27th, 2009

    NOT INSPIRED TO PRACTICE GUITAR? 5 SIMPLE TIPS ON STAYING MOTIVATED & INSPIRED There are times when most practicing musicians at some point experience a feeling of being off course.  Finding the motivation to practice can be tough, especially when there is not a clear path and motivation to stay on that ...

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