Last Sunday, after some trouble scheduling, I got to meet with my mentor Paul Hendriks. It was really a great learning opportunity getting to learn from such an experienced guitar player. He has taught me some basic chord progressions, and also some really interesting chords, that can’t really be described by word (sound wise). As of now, I have been practicing a lot to learn my first song, Take Me To Church by Hozier. I am really enjoying this song, the more I play it. There was just one thing that I was blown away in awe by, when with my mentor. When I mentioned this song, it was crazy how Paul was starting to play the chords, without looking it up, or previous knowledge. He just hummed the melody, and figured out the chords and notes. I just find that unbelievable and I wish to reach that level where one day I can just play songs by listening to the melody.
1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?
Most of the time, mentors teach from experience, because that is something, we can’t learn from ourselves. One particular part is different strumming techniques, and varying the strumming to give more “life” to the music. It really is difficult to get the timing consistent, but when it does, it sounds amazing.
2. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?
I think with the endless amount of new songs, and different chord progressions, there will always be room to explore new areas of music, and different genres of songs.
3. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?
Other than time, there really is no “shortcut” in guitar. The best way to accelerate learning, is to practice all the time. It is important to practice every day, and not just when you see your mentor.
4. When you get together what do you talk about?
We usually talk about our daily lives, different songs we’re interested in, what kind of music we like, and potential songs to learn for the future.
5. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?
I think we are cooperating very well, and we also don’t really argue. When I ask for feedback or ask questions, he will give me an answer, or tips. I think we communicate very effectively, and get along well.
6. What are you learning about one another?
As of now, we haven’t learned too much about each other’s personal lives, but later on I expect us to know each other very well.