This site is more about you than me, but I want to give you a bit of background on myself – even if for no other reason than convincing you that there’s an actual person (not some computer algorithm or something) behind this site.
My name is Dustin and I live in Burlington, Vermont.
In 20 or so years of playing guitar, I learned in various ways. College courses, private lessons, guitar books, a subscription to Guitar Magazine, printing out page after page of guitar tabs of my favorite tunes, and more. It was a pretty scattered approach, and it took a long time to make any real progress.
When I started learning guitar, I had a lot of time to devote to learning and practicing. Fast-forward to now, with a full-time job, wife, and 3 kids, that free time quickly dwindled.
I knew I had less time to play, but wanted to keep getting better. I wanted to figure out how to continue to make progress, but in short practice sessions.
I started reading books on learning, teaching, productivity, accelerated learning, and effective practice techniques for musical instruments.
Using knowledge based on how we most effectively learn, I started putting together focused practice materials.
After using these techniques, even though I was only practicing often 20-30 minutes at a time, I was making much more progress than when I used to practice a few hours at a time.
Rather than keeping this stuff to myself, I figured other people can benefit from this as well.
I don’t claim to be best guitar player posting online guitar lessons. Far from it. If you’re looking to learn from a shredder playing as fast as humanly possible, there are plenty of videos on places like YouTube for that.
One of the things I think I’m good at is taking complicated topics and distilling them down to their most important parts, and explaining things in a way that is really easy to understand.
My professional career has also been built around this. My day job is working as a Sales Engineer on a web development team at a big software company. A key part of my role is to take complicated technology and explain it to non-technical people. I’ve also had various roles focused on training both employees and clients on using various tools and software.
Lastly, like you, I love music and guitar. You ever get done learning guitar. I still have plenty to learn myself, and continue to try to learn new things all the time. I hope to use this site as a way to help you learn at the same time as me.