Progress Report

My summer vacation ends today and I report back to school tomorrow. A week ago I finally finished all my extra jobs for the summer and have focused on my guitar tutorials the past week, getting 10 new videos posted online. I now have 19 tutorial videos of my hymn arrangements in the new format, which uses 2 cameras, my studio equipment to record the sound, and video editing software to put everything together. I have also made 3 videos that teach guitar intros for three popular Mass settings.

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Tourette's Syndrome

This morning, I am editing the 5 new tutorial videos I recorded yesterday. I noticed some of my tics and thought perhaps I should mention the fact that I have Tourette’s. My tics are not severe – mostly just facial twitches and throat clearing. I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 50 and doing my student teaching to become a teacher, a midlife career change. I have been ticking since I was 5, but never really knew why. The neurologist that diagnosed me proscribed a strong medicine that would reduce the tics, but it would also have a side effect of flat-lining my emotions.

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The new INDEX page and how to use it

If you have been using my website at all over the past 10-15 years, you noticed a big change occurred in December, 2016. My friend, Juan Carlos Garcia, created a professional looking website to replace the old one I had slapped together myself using a Yahoo design template. Our goal is to make the new website a much improved resource for fellow liturgical guitarists, and we are making significant headway toward that end.

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The Liturgical Guitarist Mission Statement

"My mission is to enhance the status of the guitar as an instrument for liturgical worship by: 1) providing accessible and musical hymn arrangements suitable for use as preludes, postludes and instrumental interludes; and 2) providing video tutorials to support church guitarists in learning these arrangements."

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History of Liturgical Guitarist: Part 2

In June, 2011, I bought a little Zoom HD Q3 video recorder. I wanted to share my first Mass composition called Guitar Mass for Peace on YouTube. The next year, I began teaching some beginning guitar classes after school in my parish school St. Thomas More, where I teach Spanish part-time in grades K – 8. Trying to make the classes the best value I could, I would go home afterwards and make a video reviewing the main techniques covered in each lesson and put it on YouTube for my students to watch.

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