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Welcome to Part Four (the final post in this Mission Statement Series). Here you'll discover what I'm all about, why I'm a different kind of teacher and what makes me a passionate teacher and coach. I'm excited to meet you! I would love for you to leave a comment below leaving me your thoughts and your own introductions!
Definition: "advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague)."
Synonyms: trainer, teacher, tutor, instructor
Mentoring to me is a crucial part of developing the skills to become the musician you want to be. You can certainly learn on your own, as there are plethora resources available to new beginners, but your ability to grow as a musician will be limited.
Star Wars and Mentoring
Star Wars made its debut in 1977 and since then the franchise has made $37 billion in the past 40 years. With video games, toys and other collectibles, the series has won the hearts of millions of fans all over the globe.
One of the reasons why it has connected with so many is the main character, Luke Skywalker, a young man living with his aunt and uncle, overcame adversity and began learning under the tutelage of the famous Jedi Obi Wan Kenobi. This relationship set the foundation for the rest of the franchise and I believe was the integral part in making it so successful.
Not only did Luke learn under Obi Wan Kenobi, but there was also another Jedi named Yoda, whose personality and wisdom connected with millions of fans. Yoda taught Luke the skills and techniques to become an amazing Jedi, but Obi Wan taught Luke how to have the right mindset to become a successful Jedi Knight. Without the right mindset, motivation, determination, none of the skills and techniques matter.
How on earth does STAR WARS and the MUSIC relate?
Around the same time that Star Wars came out, a guitar player named Joe "Satch" Satriani began to study jazz guitar and because he surrounded himself with other like-minded guitar players, he quickly excelled and even developed his own style that was unique to him and his own playing. He decided to teach guitar lessons and due to his mentoring and training, many of his students became famous musicians as well.
His students included Kirk Hammett of Metallica, David Bryson of Counting Crows, Kevin Cadogan from Third Eye Blind, Larry LaLonde of Primus and Possessed, Alex Skolnick of Testament, Rick Hunolt (ex-Exodus), Phil Kettner of Lȧȧz Rockit, Geoff Tyson of T-Ride, Charlie Hunter, David Turin and Eric Kauschen.
What if you could find a mentor like Joe Satriani or Obi Wan Kenobi? Would you submit to their teaching and learn as quickly as possible?
There you have it! I urge you to find a mentor! Specifically with a real person and who is willing to be your accountability partner. Don't have one? I would love to walk with you in this journey!
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Question: Have you ever had a mentor? What are you looking for in a mentor? What are other examples of a mentor/pupil relationship in our society?