What are you thankful for?

This week, we kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving.  While we all know what Thanksgiving is about, do we really take time to understand that this is one of the best feel-good times of the year?  Thanksgiving is dedicated…

Feeling better about ourselves 

Self-esteem is how we stack ourselves up to the world around us.  Self-esteem is important to us as guitarists and as people in general.  If we have high self-esteem, we feel good about our ability to play the guitar and

Risk Taking 

Last weekend here at RCGS, we had several students take a risk and perform on stage for our annual fundraiser show-ending song.  This was a risk on their part.  None of them had ever performed in front of an audience…

Living Life to its Fullest 

In the grand scheme of things, our time here on this earth occurs in the blink of an eye.  Ask any of us who are older.  It seems like yesterday that we were kids acting goofy running around in the…

Performance and Preparation


There is an old saying, the “6 P’s” – “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.”  This is true in many things in life and definitely applies to us all.  Without thoughtful planning and thinking ahead of what we might need…
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Being True to Yourself



Just what is being true to yourself? We’ve all heard that we must be true to ourselves. What does this really mean? If we play with the phrase and turn it around, it can mean “Do not lie to…
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Learning to Improvise


Improvisation? What does this mean to us? Well, improvisation to musicians, actors, singers, comedians, dancers, artists, photographers and many others is the process of reacting to the moment and responding to the stimulus of one's immediate environment and inner feelings…
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Performing and Stage Fright



Performing in front of an audience can be a nerve wracking experience. We can become tense even just thinking about being on stage in front of people let alone when we actually have to perform on stage. This is…
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"Find A Way"



This week’s article was going to be more guitar specific, but with Diana Nyad’s inspiring solo swim from Cuba to Florida over this past weekend, we couldn’t help but include it in this week’s RCGS article. What she did…
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Listening



Listening is something that we all take for granted like breathing. We breathe without thinking about it and we listen without thinking about it. For all of us, if we are more aware of what is happening sonically around…
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Dedication



This article will be our last for a little while in our series on personal development, however while it may be the last, it is no less important than the others discussed (Goal Setting, Practice, Being