images (3) One of the many upsides to having a (regularly updated) blog, is that it will establish credibility and authority with your offline job — so long as they’re similar.

Although my teaching schedule is booked to capacity, I have pointed to my blog as a reason why one should hire me.

Telling a prospective client about my virtues over the phone, and showing them my virtues in the form of an impassioned video blog — are two entirely different things. One is an act of faith, another is a display of my authority on the subject.

I prefer to think of my system as the Powell Doctrine of teaching guitar. That is to say, I want my authority on subject to be unquestioned and overwhelming. The only way to do this — is with a blog.

I used to hand out business cards — now I just say Google me. If you’re a musician, artist, or creator — that’s a powerful thing. A prospective client, or employer should be able to Google you and quickly establish that you’re an authority on your subject.

You don’t have to be successful online, to reap the benefits offline. You only have to be consistent and write passionately about your expertise.

(Note: Teardrop is my premium content)

How Play Teardrop for classical guitar

I have sectioned off the tab according to each chord position. Before you begin, you’ll need to do two things:

1) Become comfortable with a low (and underneath) left hand position on guitar. You can see at 0:20 of the video that my left shoulder is dropped, my wrist is underneath the guitar, and even my thumb is low behind the neck.

Don’t be surprised if this position feels uncomfortable and strained at first. I have tiny hands, but was somehow blessed with freakishly long arms — so I can get into this position fairly easily. So far as I can tell, this is the only advantage to looking like a living, breathing version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream.

2) Visualize yourself as a fleet fingered, agile guitar player. You’ll be working one block at a time, so each section will have you somewhat prepared for the next.

Don’t belabor your chord positions, or press the strings too hard. Think of your hands as light, feathery, and fast. Just thinking along these lines (and believing it) works wonders when you’re attempting difficult stuff.

Good luck, the tab is available below:

Teardrop is played in a pseudo open G tuning. The tuning from low to high is: D G D G B E. 

Teardrop (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.