My name is Paul Daron. I have been teaching guitar lessons in Baton Rouge for the last thirty or so years. I’ve been fortunate enough to teach thousands of very nice people during that time. Many are still friends today. This blog is about teaching guitar lessons and taking guitar lessons. Hopefully some people who play guitar will read it and find it interesting.
Sir Isaac Newton is quoted as saying, “If I have been able to see farther than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants.”
When I first started playing guitar, I was lucky enough to take guitar lessons from a giant. Kenny Gill was a world class guitarist in those days. He had played all over the world and recorded two records that went to number one on the Billboard charts. He only taught for two years, and I got to be one of his students during that time. Since then Kenny has gone on to be even more widely acclaimed. Check out his website ---http://www.kennygill.com/
A few years later, Kenny hired me to teach guitar lessons in his music store. It was the first store in Baton Rouge that catered to professional musicians. All the other stores sold pianos and horns. Kenny sold huge drum sets, monster guitar amps, light shows, Hammond B-3 organs, and the finest guitars made. It was like Guitar Center is today. I taught there for three years and was constantly surrounded by giants. All the best musicians in town hung out there, and every time a touring band would play a concert here, they would stop by to chat and buy what they needed. For three years in addition to teaching my students and writing a guitar lesson book, I got to hang out with incredible musicians, hear their stories, and ask them questions.
If I had never met Kenny or taught in his store, I probably would have become a guitar player and teacher anyway; but I doubt if I could have gotten as far or as fast as I have.
My first bit of advice to guitar players is this: find a teacher who plays really well and who teaches really well; some one who plays the kind of music you want to be able to play: some one who has been doing these things for many, many years. Stand on the shoulders of giants, and you too may become a giant.
This is my first blog, and I plan to make other entries soon.
Meanwhile if I can help you with your playing, please call.
Paul Daron (225) – 292-1044
Thanks for reading,