Posted June 1st, 2013

    LESSONS At SMA CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE Ever wonder what music lessons with an incredible guitar instructor at the Scottsdale Music Academy can do to completely change your life? Native Phoenician and professional guitarist Kurt Johnson did just that when he started taking guitar lessons with John Davis a few shor...

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    Posted April 16th, 2013

    April 20: Come See the Dynamic Duo! Did you happen to catch last February’s Drum Clinic with Joe Costello, drummer extraordinaire and Scottsdale Music Academy drum instructor? Here’s your chance to take part in yet another truly awesome clinic. On Saturday, April 20th from 12-2pm, Scottsdale Music Academy ...

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    Posted April 12th, 2013

      On Sunday, March 3rd, Scottsdale Music Academy rocked out on the stage of Downtown Phoenix’s Crescent Ballroom music venue during our Winter Concert. Seven bands performed, each featuring two to three songs of their favorite covers and originals. The best part is that all band members who performed ar...

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  • Joe Costello Drum Clinic

    Posted March 17th, 2013

    Joe Costello: From Rudiments to Business Basics If you happened to catch our February in-house Drum Clinic with professional drummer Joe Costello, one of the Valley’s most in-demand working musicians and a Scottsdale Music Academy drum instructor, then you know you experienced something truly special. From 1...

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  • Free Drum Clinic – Sat., Feb. 16

    Posted February 8th, 2013

    Scottsdale Music Academy Presents its Free Drum Clinic Sat., Feb. 16 at noon Joe Costello, Scottsdale Music Academy drum instructor and working drummer, will lead the drum clinic by showcasing various styles of music. Attendees will learn — Drum techniques Groove Fills Timing Various Styles Practice...

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  • 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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