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Going To College For Guitar - What Every High School Guitar Student Needs To Know

Going To College For Guitar - What Every High School Guitar Student Needs To Know

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Deciding to study guitar at the college level is a big decision, and this little guidebook will help the high school guitar student know what to expect - as well as what is expected of them - when applying and auditioning.

With examples from his own experiences at Berklee College of Music, professional guitarist, composer, and instructor Brett Miller provides a realistic look at what it takes to prepare for, and succeed at, college level guitar auditions.

The competition for limited spaces at contemporary music schools like Berklee, Duquesne, or ASU has never been greater. Get insight into your own preparedness for applying to, auditioning for, and attending the music college of your dreams. "Going To College For Guitar - What Every High School Guitar Student Needs To Know" can help you get there.
Deciding to study guitar at the college level is a big decision, and this little guidebook will help the high school guitar student know what to expect - as well as what is expected of them - when applying and auditioning.

With examples from his own experiences at Berklee College of Music, professional guitarist, composer, and instructor Brett Miller provides a realistic look at what it takes to prepare for, and succeed at, college level guitar auditions.

The competition for limited spaces at contemporary music schools like Berklee, Duquesne, or ASU has never been greater. Get insight into your own preparedness for applying to, auditioning for, and attending the music college of your dreams. "Going To College For Guitar - What Every High School Guitar Student Needs To Know" can help you get there.

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 Going To College
For
Guitar
 
What Every High SchoolGuitar StudentNeeds To Know
by
Brett Miller
 
Introduction
 
I wish I’d had a little guidebook like this fifteen years ago, when I was myself an aspiring
applicant to a music college (Berklee College of Music, in my case).
Because I’ve been down thesame road, I know what it’s like to be in high school, dedicated to music and the guitar, vaguely
excited about pursuing both at the college level, but not knowing entirely what to expect
 –
ormore importantly, what was expected of me.
Let’s meet someone. His name is Dwayne, and like you (and me at the time!)
he is a music
college hopeful. Let’s se
e if this sounds familiar:
Dwayne loves to play guitar, and he’s passionate about learning more. He’s a sophomore in
high school, and
has played in a couple of bands off and on. Dwayne’s not a huge jazz guy, buthe’s thinking about trying out for the school jazz band, just to get the playing experience
but
he’s not too sure he’d know what to play. Dwayne’s got above average technique o
n the guitar,
and he knows he wants to get faster, but that’s about as specific as he could say. He’s also got afeeling that there’s a lot more to learn about scales, chords, etc. –
in fact, his overall knowledgeof how everything fits together is a bit sketchy. But
he’s hungry to learn all there is to know,and is planning on attending music college for guitar after graduation. Problem is, he’s not alltoo sure what he’ll need to know to get in, and he’s a little worried about it. Actually, a lot
worried.
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone
- and this monograph is designed to provide someguidance. This is not an exhaustive and detailed textbook about guitar technique and music
theory; instead, it’s designed to be a short and easy read that will poin
t you in the rightdirection, and force you to think realistically about your current preparedness for guitar studyat the college level.
There’s nothing else
like this out there
 –
and let me tell you why
I’m the
right guy to author it.In addition to havi
ng walked the same path that you’re looking to embark upon, I am a guitar
instructor with over a decade of experience in helping people just like you. In fact, you could
say that it’s my specialty. In addition to having a successful private instruction stu
dio, (includingmy website for live one-on-one guitar lessons, www.GuitarFoundry.com), I am a recording artist who has released several instrumental guitar records (as well as other projects), a composer forvideo games, and the recent founder of an independent record label which releases my ownmusic and the music of an increasing number of colleagues and cohorts. I know quite a bitabout music, the guitar, the industry, and most important for this monograph, what it takes toprepare for music college. So take advantage.
 
The Right Reasons
If you’re really serious about wanting to attend colleg
e for music and guitar - and then making ago at a career in music -
you’d better be doing it for the right reasons. Here
are some of thewrong reasons:1.
 
I want to get chicks/guys.2.
 
I want to be famous.3.
 
I want to make a lot of money.All of the above may in fact happen to you
 –
and if they do, more power to you. But to have asustainable, lifelong relationship with music
 –
one that continues even when the going getstough
 –
 
there’d better be
more behind your desire.
For me, I simply couldn’t (and still can’t)
not 
 do music. The desire to create, to challenge yourself, to deepen your character, and to sharemusic with others is what will fuel a successful and sustainable music career, in college and
after. Do it for the right reasons for long enough, and the three “wrong reasons” above will
most likely happen on their own. Let me share my experience as a freshman at Berklee to giveyou a reality check:First semester, I met a lot of people. Second semester, more
than half of the people I’d metweren’
t there anymore. Why? They were there for the wrong reasons. From a lot of them, I gota real flakey vibe. It was as if I could hear their parents talking about them:
“Hmmm. Billy isn’t really that good at anything, and he doesn’t do too well in school. But heneeds to go to college, and he likes to play some Nirvana on the guitar…let’s send him to mu
sic
school!”
 Needless to say, it was the Billys, the ones who thought that music school was going to be all
about jamming on the guitar and playing rock star, that weren’t there second semester. They
found out that it was hard, hard work and either transfe
rred to a “normal” college, or just
dropped out. They were there for the wrong reasons.
Here’s a wake
-up call for you. Even if you go to music college and decide to major inperformance (in other words, in playing guitar) the majority of work that you do, especially forthe first two years, will
not 
be on playing guitar. You must be willing and able to spend
a lot 
of time away from the guitar learning about
all 
aspects of music
 –
and actually enjoy it. If you
don’t, you won’t last. I’m talking about ear tra
ining, text book music theory, music analysis,conducting, music history, arranging, solfeggio (sight singing), etc. You need to crave knowledge
about all of these things, or don’t even bother. Sound harsh? Not if you’ve got what it takes! If 
hearing that news actually gets you excited to be in an environment like that, then musiccollege is probably a good fit for you. It definitely was for me.

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