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I set my lifestyle design trajectory in the fall of 2010. I had the idea in mind that I would:

1) Charge a premium for guitar lessons, enabling me to effectively teach less, and make more.

2) Start a blog, enabling me to have a “second chance” as a professional musician, after the slow demise of my rock band.

The power of intent is a crazy thing. If you desire something strongly enough, and you’re willing to reach for it, the universe appears to say, “Fine, have it your way.”

Why you should ask for a raise.

Charging a premium for guitar lessons was the most fascinating of my two-part plan. I am a serious, uber-experienced, in-home premium guitar teacher. Unfortunately, at least in 2010, I didn’t pay myself like one. I charged reasonable rates, just slightly above a guitar store’s fee, because I provided in-home service.

For any number of reasons, mostly fear of angering or losing clients, I shied away from annually raising my lesson fee.

(Note: inflation is roughly 3% per year, so you have to earn 3% more per year to just stay even. Like everything in life, stasis is retrogression. You’ll earn less by not earning more.)

After waking up in cold sweats, consulting with mentors, and rocking back and forth in the fetal position, I finally decided to raise my fees. I mailed a notice to all of my students with my new rate schedule and the effective date. So what happened?

Not only did every single client gladly pay the new fee, but they seemed to just realize what I already knew: I am a serious, uber-experienced, in-home premium guitar teacher. My plan of working less did not happen, as my referrals promptly went through the roof! I now teach 7 days a week, with over 40 students.

My new, slightly higher lesson fee, asserted and separated me as the best option for guitar lessons. People want the best option.

Relearning the lesson.

Even though all the evidence pointed to the contrary, I fretted over raising Intellimusica’s subscription fee like a child about to undergo his first vaccination shot. Insert: cold sweats, consulting with friends, and the fetal position. The outcome? More subscriptions, more users, and my blog traffic went up.

The evidence is clear: charge a premium for your service or product, and your service or product will be more desirable. Does Ferrari really worry about the price of their vehicles?

You’re probably wondering why I would be so publicly candid about this. Sharing this with you doesn’t diminish the quality of my service, or product. However, it might help you make some important decisions regarding your own self-worth.

(Note: Midnight City is my premium material)

How to Play Midnight City (M83) for Classical Guitar

I feel like this song just made it’s way to America a few months ago, even though it’s been around since 2011. M83 is totally my type of music, and Midnight City was really fun to play on guitar.

I’ve drawn up a pretty simple and straightforward tab. The tab itself, is relative to the capo. Meaning: the fret immediately following the capo, is considered the 1st fret.

I consider Midnight City easy to play¬†because there are no difficult chord positions. However, you’ll have jump around a bit, and I suggest visualizing your hands as light and fast. Visualization is key to fret-board agility.

If you’re a beginner, or you would like some really easy songs to play, check out my easiest of easy to play¬†category. These are legitimate guitar pieces — not dumbed-down riffs. My favorite is Amore Perros by Gustavo Santaoalla. Be sure to look for the purple ‘older entries’ link at the bottom of each category page.

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

Midnight City is played in drop-D tuning with a capo on the second fret. Drop-D simply means you’ll tune your Low E string to D. The tuning is as follows, from low to high: D A D G B E.¬†

M83 — Midnight City (Tab)

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Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.