Breathing & Visualizing (Guitar Lesson)


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Jessica Baron

Breathing & Visualizing

Jessica takes a moment to share a breathing technique. Then, she asks you to envision who you want to be as a musician.

Taught by Jessica Baron in Basic Guitar with Jessica Baron seriesLength: 5:30Difficulty: 0.0 of 5


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Boodoe84Boodoe84 replied on January 21st, 2017

This helped to get my mind in a position to be able to play. I am my own worst enemy, because no one else has the power to delay my progress. I appreciate the positive start, and will try to pass on this method in how I am connecting with my children.

foxy123foxy123 replied on April 13th, 2016

your the most inspireing teacher ive seen yet

Fiona-LaceyFiona-Lacey replied on April 9th, 2016

very inspirational!

cougarladycougarlady replied on March 12th, 2016

I really like your style Jessica. Great start!! Lisa

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on October 14th, 2015

This is great, I hope that wherever you are everyday, you are breathing in the most beautiful air from a beautiful day. I know I do, each and every day.

vbadbrianvbadbrian replied on May 27th, 2015

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vbadbrianvbadbrian replied on May 27th, 2015

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thewellbeingthewellbeing replied on March 5th, 2015

Tears pouring down my face...as soon as you asked us to go back to when we were young and first inspired by music. I couldn't believe how much emotion flooded out of me...so many years of denying myself the gift of music :)

Vickie56Vickie56 replied on January 14th, 2015

I am so relaxed and so siked.

Botticelli BabeBotticelli Babe replied on December 31st, 2014

I love the care Jessica takes with one's emotional readiness to learn and to avoid the pitfalls of negative thinking and emotional stress about performing and learning. Thanks Jessica! I joined Jamplay because of you. I need this kind of approach to learn. I'm very grateful to you!

daronpowersdaronpowers replied on January 2nd, 2014

I played your first two lessons for a friend I've been coaching on acoustic guitar. Your first two segments are essential to enjoy the learning process. You set the stage for meaningful learning. I am appreciative of your profound knowledge and ability to deliver it with grace, beauty and precision. I've got to expose my 14 year young daughter. It's the setting she should have had before learning any instrument. The quality your represent is a feather in Jamplays cap and teachers like you add tremendous value for us aspiring musicians.

apmehta5apmehta5 replied on September 10th, 2013

yes if mind is stress free and happyy , everything is so sweet aroung you!!!!

apmehta5apmehta5 replied on September 10th, 2013

yes if mind is stress free and happyy , everything is so sweet aroung you!!!!

apmehta5apmehta5 replied on September 10th, 2013

yes if mind is stress free and happyy , everything is so sweet aroung you!!!!

kammhronkammhron replied on August 19th, 2013

Just what the doctor ordered! I like the peaceful feeling....Thanx.

gayathrigayathri replied on August 11th, 2013

Hi, I have never played guitar, nor listen to music. I was just browsing, saw you, heard your holistic approach. Decided to be your student. You are so open minded, non judgmental, just looooved yr style /approach. Thanks .

pedrodelafatimapedrodelafatima replied on June 4th, 2013

i am in love with this lady.... Fantastic!!!!

inspiredinspired replied on May 10th, 2013

Jessica,when I found you...I found a DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH! I had enrolled in a COURSERA class a week before and what I hated was called "PEER ASSIGNMENTS". Where students grade students. That made no sense to me because the student is looking for knowledge from the teacher...and I hate being graded by someone who was looking for the same knowledge I was looking for...So I cancelled the class and got discouraged and thought I was never going to pick up my guitar again. Then I remembered JAMPLAY and I decided I want a woman teacher and you were the first i picked...and when I watched your introduction-tears started rolling down my face- because what you said...and that's the way i wanted to be taught. You have inspired me to pick up my guitar again...So I named my self INSPIRED on the count of you.Thank you again Jessica.And I am proud to say "YOU ARE MY TEACHER!"

chyritachyrita replied on November 29th, 2012

I love your teaching style. I'm a raw beginner and you are just what the doctor ordered :). I love music and learning to play the guitar has been on my bucket list for some time. I'm 54 years young and ready to strum....lol. Thank you for being here!

melmorgmelmorg replied on September 29th, 2012

Just like woody2020, I'm new to JamPlay and was somehow inspired to check out your lessons. As much as I've always wanted to learn guitar (and other instruments), my goal is to be a lifelong student and practitioner of music. Your holistic approach, emphasizing the mind, body, spirit connection, reminds us that music truly emanates from within.

miguelangelmiguelangel replied on August 18th, 2012

I like her

technorattechnorat replied on August 5th, 2012

I've seen enough. This isn't the right instructor for me.

liberalliberal replied on August 4th, 2012

Back in 1961 or 62, when I was 5 playing with my Tonka trucks in the backyard. A surfer who lived across the wall had a radio out while he and his friends talked about surfing, worked on their boards, etc. When "I Want to Hold Your hand" came on, I would rush into my room, turn on KHJ and listen. Thanks - Taking me way back.

grasshoppergrasshopper replied on July 15th, 2012

This is another supportive step, still on board!

kelsey2899kelsey2899 replied on June 19th, 2012

I really do like how you do not get started with the guitar right away! I enjoyed you in the first two lessons and I can't wait to see you teach me how to be a great guitar player and I will always remember you!

dazedkrautdazedkraut replied on May 16th, 2012

I have really enjoyed the first two lessons, I am looking forward to learning from you, Jess! As a self-taught player, there is always self-doubt when playing with others, I am looking forward to building a great foundation from which to build, both playing-wise and singing! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

mj74mj74 replied on June 29th, 2012

I agree - also self-taught, and this is a wonderful starting point!! :)

woody2020woody2020 replied on February 20th, 2012

Hi Jessica I am new here to jam play and I wondered which teacher to begin with ...........somehow I was moved by God to choose your lessons to begin with and I am glad I did, you are awakening the reason why each of us picked up a guitar years ago and for a number of reasons stopped playing.....now many of us want to pick up where we left off and you are here to remind us of the reasons we started to play .........thank you to your teaching style

guitar4thegoddessguitar4thegoddess replied on October 12th, 2011

borught tears to my eyes as I remembered the music that was my first love, and to know that the melody and songs came back to my mind in an instant, like an old friend from whom I have been apart from for so long, and am now reunited, I can picture, myself playing and singing for my special somone, as we enjoy the companionship of one long lost, and now reunited friend together, the as the music welcomes me, and engulfs her.

shecutessshecutess replied on September 18th, 2011

Thank you for the encouraging words. I picture myself playing in any space i can. On the beach, in front of a crowd, everywhere! lol playing music has always been a passion of mine and i have grown to love it even more over time, especially when i meet people like you who have such a great love for music. Thank you.

lexzbuddylexzbuddy replied on August 5th, 2011

There is a 1.8% chance that none of the molecules you are holding in your lungs came from Caesar's last breath. And there is a 98.2% chance that at least one of the molecules in your lungs came from Caesar's last breath.

Jessica.BaronJessica.Baron replied on August 21st, 2011

You are really smart and funny and I hope you make other comments in my lessons! Thanks, Jess

FolkYogiFolkYogi replied on July 24th, 2011

Jessica - great lesson. As an Iyengar Yoga practitioner for a number of years, I thought that you might want to include the concept bringing the back of the tongue away from the roof of the mouth while doing what is essentially yogic breathing or basic Pranayama. Even softening the eyes helps with opening up. Keep up the great work.

Jessica.BaronJessica.Baron replied on August 21st, 2011

Folk Yogi, I meant to comment earlier....your advice is much appreciated. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!! Jess

medic 215medic 215 replied on August 11th, 2011

Been playing for several years and I must say I really find your approach refreshing and different.Looking forward to the rest of the series

Jessica.BaronJessica.Baron replied on August 3rd, 2011

FolkYogi, YES! Anyone reading my post, please scroll down and see this yoga practitioner's advice. You know I feel like I am taking a step into the non-traditional when I integrate ideas from outside music education, so thanks for the additional instructions!

miski1miski1 replied on August 2nd, 2011

I hope you'll take us from beginner to advanced: you're amazing!!!!

stratmusicstratmusic replied on July 22nd, 2011

I just love her attitude and philosophy! Very inspiring!! Thank you to Jess for being here and thank you Jamplay for bringing her to the site.

garybridghamgarybridgham replied on July 27th, 2011

Ditto for me also.

krazyfngazkrazyfngaz replied on July 22nd, 2011

i'm already past the phase 1 lessons but I have to say your approach definitely has my interest. Very unique!

francricfrancric replied on July 22nd, 2011

I have to agree with you. Interesting...............

jboothjbooth replied on July 22nd, 2011

The nice thing about Jessica's philosophy is that it can be applied to every aspect of your playing, and even things non guitar related. She has a SUPER good attitude.

jj90jj90 replied on July 24th, 2011

Yeah that's very true! I love this, truly inspirational!

raggedladraggedlad replied on July 23rd, 2011

hi jess I like your style a bit of Zen guitar it's got to be good I shall be with you in your next lesson

ktyevolsktyevols replied on July 23rd, 2011

looking forward to more..............what a great addition to jamplay

nash24nash24 replied on July 22nd, 2011

Enjoyed both lessons and a very enlightening personality. This is a very good addition to jamplay. Kind of like when Hawkeye teaches... it's more than just learning theory or a song. great stuff.

krazyfngazkrazyfngaz replied on July 22nd, 2011

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Basic Guitar with Jessica Baron

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Jessica Baron, founder of Guitars in the Classroom, brings her very own unique series to JamPlay. In this highly interactive, easy to follow set, Jessica invites students of all ages to journey through fun, song-based instruction taught in ways she feels we best learn.



Lesson 1

Introduction to Gentle Guitar in G

Jessica kindly introduces herself, her background, and her approach to this series.

Length: 6:48 Difficulty: 0.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Breathing & Visualizing

Jessica takes a moment to share a breathing technique. Then, she asks you to envision who you want to be as a musician.

Length: 5:30 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Finding Rhythm

In this lesson, Jessica starts talking about the first building block of making music: rhythm. Using yourself as a drum, you will feel the beat and find the rhythm within yourself.

Length: 9:46 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Rhythm & Your Guitar

In the first part of this lesson, Jessica takes some time to explain all the parts of your guitar in detail. She then flips it upside-down and makes a bongo out of it! Grab your guitar and enjoy drumming...

Length: 14:36 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

The Right Guitar

Jessica takes some time to talk about finding the right guitar for you. She explores different sizes and talks about the correct and most comfortable sitting position.

Length: 10:03 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Why G Guitar?

Jessica Baron discusses "Gentle G Guitar" and explains why it is such a great learning method for beginners.

Length: 9:12 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Tuning to Open G

In this lesson, Jessica Baron explains how to tune your guitar to open G with or without an electronic tuner.

Length: 12:31 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Guitar Stringing Part 1: Steel String

In this lesson, Jessica Baron shows how to string a steel string guitar.

Length: 11:34 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Guitar Stringing Part 2: Classical

In part 2 of Jessica Baron's restringing lessons, you will learn how to string your classical guitar, which is a little different from a steel string.

Length: 9:36 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Ear Training & Singing in Tune

Jessica Baron delights in sharing a fun lesson that is all about ear training and singing in tune.

Length: 21:24 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Vocal Warm-up Part 1

Jessica Baron shares some fun and effective vocal exercises to get you warmed up before singing. This is very important for those of you who would like to sing while playing.

Length: 14:15 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Vocal Warm-up Part 2

Jessica Baron shares part 2 of her vocal warm-up lessons with some fun new exercises to prepare you for singing.

Length: 16:07 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Strumming

In lesson 13, Jessica Baron introduces you to strumming technique.

Length: 15:03 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Your First Chord

Jessica Baron introduces your first easy chord, Gsus4.

Length: 2:47 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

All About Chords

Jessica Baron talks about patterns and chord charts. She also provides more exercises for the C note you learned in the previous lesson.

Length: 19:57 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

Simple D

Jessica Baron introduces a new chord she calls the "Simple D" and provides a song exercise for practice.

Length: 9:07 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

The Old Chisholm Trail

Jessica Baron teaches techniques in the context of "The Old Chisholm Trail." Learn about the pluck-down strum, practice changing from "Open G "to "Simple D," and learn about capos.

Length: 29:51 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Simple C

Jessica introduces the "Simple C" chord and incorporates it into two fun songs, "Camptown Races" and "The Green Grass Grows All Around."

Length: 21:33 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Fun Strums

Jessica takes some time to show you a variety of different strums to use in your playing. She teaches the song "I'll Fly Away" to demonstrate the different feel of each strum.

Length: 19:37 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 20

Two Finger C Major

Jessica Baron teaches the C major chord using only 2 fingers and provides some fun song exercises for practice.

Length: 9:21 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 21

Your First Minor Chord

Jessica Baron introduces your first minor chord! Learn the beautiful E minor chord and play along to "This Little Light of Mine."

Length: 17:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

The Earth Is Our Mother

In this lesson, Jessica Baron provides some good, fun practice using a traditional Native American chant called "The Earth Is Our Mother."

Length: 6:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

3/4 Time

Jessica Baron explains time signatures with a focus on 3/4 time. She uses fun and interactive song exercises for practice.

Length: 11:11 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

I'm On My Way

Jessica Baron teaches one final song in open G tuning called "I'm on My Way" before moving on to standard tuning.

Length: 8:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

Standard Tuning

Jessica Baron introduces standard tuning in this lesson! Be ready to tune your guitar and learn "You've Got to Move" for practice.

Length: 19:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 26

A Minor

Jessica Baron introduces the A minor chord in standard tuning and invites you to play along to the fun song "Drunken Sailor."

Length: 9:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 27

A Major

Jessica Baron introduces the A major chord in standard tuning. Practice it with the catchy song "A Tisket, A Tasket."

Length: 11:35 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 28

D Major

Jessica Baron teaches the D major chord and "Down By The Riverside" for practice.

Length: 14:32 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 29

Over the River and Through the Woods

Jessica Baron is excited to provide more practice changing from D to A7 with the fun song, "Over the River and Through the Woods."

Length: 8:29 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 30

The Crawdad Song

Jessica Baron teaches a new chord, B7, with "The Crawdad Song" for practice.

Length: 7:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 31

G Major

Jessica Baron helps you play the full G major chord by using the song, "I've Been Working on the Railroad."

Length: 12:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 32

Full C Major

Jessica Baron is excited to finally teach the full C major chord with the bluesy song "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" for practice.

Length: 16:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 33

Composing Part 1

Jessica Baron takes all the knowledge you've learned throughout her series and helps you express yourself through your own compositions.

Length: 8:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 34

Composing Part 2

Jessica Baron continues her discussion on composition with a songwriting exercise. In addition, she also takes a closer look at finger picking with one last picking pattern.

Length: 11:46 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 35

Yoga for Guitar Players

In this unique lesson, Jessica presents some fantastic tips on how to prep your mind and body to be fully relaxed and ready to play and learn guitar. She provides breathing and self awareness tips as well...

Length: 16:09 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 36

Guitar Yoga - 90 Second Prep Routine

This lesson is essentially a compressed version of Jessica's 35th lesson, but presented in a way that will allow you to prep yourself using "Yoga for Guitar Players" within about 90 seconds.

Length: 4:26 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 37

Proper Fret Hand Positioning

Proper positioning of the fret hand is key to developing correct technique and playing clean and clear chords. Jessica explains how the angle at which the guitar neck is positioned affects left hand technique.

Length: 6:07 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 38

Understanding Chords: Finding the Notes

Jessica starts a mini series on understanding chords by explaining how and where to find the notes needed to build a certain chord.

Length: 14:35 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 39

Understanding Chords: Where's the Root Note?

Jessica continues her "Understanding Chords" mini series by explaining how to find the root note within commonly used chord shapes.

Length: 15:26 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 40

Understanding Chords: What Is Voicing?

This lesson will link all the past lesson content into one by helping you understand how to find alternate voicings of chords on the guitar neck.

Length: 13:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 41

Nashville Number System

Using the song "Down by the River to Pray," Jessica explains what the Nashville Number System is and how it is used to quickly learn a new song.

Length: 13:46 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 42

All About 7th Chords

What are 7th chords? How and where can they be used? Jessica answers these questions and demonstrates some popular 7th chord shapes.

Length: 10:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 43

Mole in the Ground

Using the song "Mole in the Ground," Jessica applies the Nashville number system and demonstrates how to create new, unique lyrics that compliment your chord progression.

Length: 9:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 44

Choosing Accent Chords

Utilizing Major 7th chords and a song called "The Ashgrove", Jessica will demonstrate some great tips on how to chose the right accent chord to spice up your playing.

Length: 13:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 45

Adding a Sus 4

Jessica will demonstrate how to add a Sus 4 to a chord to change its tone. This can be used to spice up and get creative with standard chord positions.

Length: 7:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 46

To Pick or Not to Pick?

Jessica discusses the difference in tone between playing with the pick and playing with the fingers.

Length: 21:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 47

Bass Runs with No Pick

Jessica now presents the option of adding bass runs while utilizing the fingers to pluck and strum the strings.

Length: 11:18 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 48

Tricky Chord Changes - F Chord

Jessica taps into a mini-series that demonstrates how to navigate tricky chord changes. This first lesson focuses on the F chord.

Length: 7:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 49

Tricky Chord Changes - Partial Barre F

Time to learn the tough partial barre F chord! Jessica covers many of the basics needed to help train your fingers for the shapes needed to complete partial barre chords.

Length: 11:33 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 50

Tricky Chord Changes - B Minor Chord

Jessica continues to demonstrate tricky chord changes by moving on to the B minor chord.

Length: 11:58 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 51

Power Chords

Power chords can be utilized up and down the entire fretboard. They achieve full bodied chord voicings that are neither major nor minor. Jessica demonstrates a few of the positions in which power chords...

Length: 13:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 52

Full Neck Movement with One Chord Shape

Jessica demonstrates how easy it is to play a full I, IV, V song by only moving the familiar E major chord shape up and down the fretboard.

Length: 9:01 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 53

Accents in Blues Music

A lot of the techniques Jessica shows in this lesson can be applied within any genre of music. However, she demonstrates hammer-on and pull-off techniques and how they are applied within blues.

Length: 33:53 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 54

Fingerstyle Folk Blues

Jessica now dives into fingerstyle techniques, specifically Travis picking.

Length: 14:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 55

Basic 3 Finger Picking

Jessica now works on picking hand techniques. She starts with the basics of using 3 fingers to create arpeggio patterns.

Length: 11:16 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 56

Quick Chord Changes

Still working within finger picking techniques, Jessica now demonstrates how to navigate more chord changes while still keeping a steady picking rhythm.

Length: 13:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 57

6/8 Fingerpicking

Continuing along with fingerpicking techniques, Jessica now adds the unique time signature of 6/8 into the picking rhythm. This requires adding extra finger strokes. Jessica demonstrates how to make this...

Length: 7:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 58

6/8 Picking Part 2

Jessica continues her 6/8 fingerpicking techniques by adding yet another step in the full picking progression. However, she will still utilizes the same song from the previous lesson.

Length: 8:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 59

Travis Picking

Demonstrating yet another widely popular fingerstyle picking technique called Travis Picking, Jessica breaks down this technique and applies it to a very catchy song that is easy to play.

Length: 13:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 60

Song Arrangement

It's time to apply the techniques that have been taught so far to understanding and creating a song arrangement. In this lesson, Jessica discusses how to create a song beginning and ending.

Length: 17:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 61

Find Your Voice

Jessica presents a lesson with tips and techniques on how to find the ideal key for your voice when performing a song. From discovering your lowest note to opening a new world in higher octaves, Jessica...

Length: 35:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 62

Creativity within Song Arrangement

It's now time to learn some creative tips on how to spice up how songs are arranged. Jessica gives pointers on both singing and playing along the lines of improvisation and tempo alternations.

Length: 24:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 63

Travis Picking Applications

Still within the topic of song arrangement, Jessica now delves into Travis picking and how it can be applied in a creative manner to compliment other techniques that Jessica has already taught.

Length: 22:50 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 64

Time to Write a Song

Jessica creates a song in front of your eyes. She guides you through the steps from starting with a catchy riff or progression to developing a full song idea.

Length: 9:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 65

Develop Lyrics Using Chord Colors

Jessica lays out a great tutorial on how to listen to chords and the emotions they evoke. This technique can easily help transform an atmosphere or mood into a full song with lyrics.

Length: 8:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 66

Composition: Musical Contour

Jessica demonstrates how you can combine the discovery of writing a song with chords and the playfulness of creating possible lyrics over those chords. Let your mind run free with this subject!

Length: 17:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Jessica Baron View Full Biography

Jessica believes in making your introduction to the guitar easy and pain-free. She is a developmental educator who understands how positive early experiences can motivate us to keep learning. Jessica Baron founded and serves as Executive Director for Guitars in the Classroom, an organization that brings music making to education by integrating singing, strumming and songwriting with learning throughout the school day and across the curriculum. Jessica created the first developmental guitar instruction method and she has written six groundbreaking books in the field of music and guitar education. She believes that we are each unique musical and creative beings with individual pathways we can choose to discover and follow if we are given instruction in the ways we best learn. This vision informs and fuels her dedication to service through teaching.

Jess spent several years in California teaching music in public and private schools; she also worked for a long time as both a human development educator (at Crossroads School of Arts and Sciences) and as a private educational therapist treating children and teens with learning disabilities. These experiences, combined with Masters level training in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University helped her develop an approach to teaching music that creates access to musicality through people’s dominant learning styles while helping them strengthen the others. This, combined with her philosophy that musical learning can be fun and stress free, define her work as an author, teacher, and non-profit leader.

In addition to her years teaching in the classroom and counseling young people, Jess co-authored the highly successful MusicMakers curriculum for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, as well as the International House of Blues Foundation’s Make an Impression guitar program. Her best-selling guitar method, SmartStart Guitar as well as her parenting book, YOUR MUSICAL CHILD: Inspiring Kids to Play and Sing for Keeps (Hal Leonard, 2004) are soon to be followed by The Green Songbook & CD from Alfred Music Publishing. This compilation of music for living lightly on the Earth is now available at www.greensongbook.com.

Jess lives in Encinitas with her teen-age son, Elias, their three birds, two lizards, and one ridiculously adorable dog named Homer. You might have known Jess by her published and formerly married name, Jessica Baron Turner, a last name she went by during her marriage to Eli’s dad, luthier, Rick Turner. These days she goes by Jessica Anne Baron. Jess is also an incidental songwriter, an enthusiastic gardener, a vegetarian, and lover of literature.

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Brent-Anthony Johnson Brent-Anthony Johnson

Just like with the plucking hand, Brent-Anthony shows us the basics of proper fretting hand technique. In addition, he shows...

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