1:47 – Band member introductions, how the band got together 3:00 – Highlights for concerts and song accomplishments, how to put a “songs to learn” list together, and how to work in band members’ different tastes in music and appeal to a wide audience 6:41 – Getting an album together, the tribulations of trying to get studio time, and how the band ended up with the part of a classical Mass setting for its name 10:32 – The musical and personal benefits of playing in a band, the strange feeling of getting your tunes stuck in your head, and the audience getting into songs you’ve played a thousand times 13:57 – Getting merch out to the fans, putting on a performance, and what the future holds for the band 17:58 – Where to find the band online, when to look for an EP, and will “This is Solemnis” be the next “This is Spinal Tap?” 22:00 – The five-part vocal stylings of Solemnis in action to say goodbye to listeners
We’re excited to announce the RGS Podcast relaunch! Subscribe to Richards Guitar Studio on iTunes, Podomatic, CastBox, or wherever you listen! Below is a time-stamped breakdown of what we cover in Episode 3: Discussion with Nate Richards and Colin Ainsworth.
On Episode 3 of the Richards Guitar Studio podcast, the show is back after a 4-year hiatus as owner Nate Richards and guitar instructor Colin Ainsworth discuss the history of the studio and touch on other topics that the series will dive into in upcoming episodes:
1:20 Nate outlines freelance teaching to build up students, finding the RGS’ location in the middle of the 2008 market crash, and interviewing teachers in Borders Books
11:10 Nate talks about his teachers while learning to play and band experiences in high school
19:15 Playing in bands in the ‘90s meant hand-building stages and dealing with the perils of minimum tape/CD orders from recording studios and recording scooped-mids guitar sounds
27:26 Nate and Colin discuss the benefits of buying physical media at record stores and the work that went into taping copies of albums
39:12 Thank your parents for the investment they make in your future; remember to “respect the business” when it comes to music, that joy in music comes from hard work, and that no music is above or below you
47:24 The importance of learning how to read music and basic theory/composition to learn rock music efficiently, the skillsets students tend to miss if they only learn by ear
57:55 How the studio’s music curriculum and business model have developed and finding the “junction of art and commerce,” the importance of keeping all students “speaking the same language” to make band rehearsals smooth
The Richards Guitar Studio Classical Music Recital was a great success today at the Swarthmore Friends Meetinghouse on the Swarthmore College Campus. We had the privilege of hearing piano, voice, classical guitar, and viola performances – music from Bach, Vivaldi, Aguado, Joplin, Domeniconi, Beauty and the Beast, and other beautiful pieces! Our teacher Tatyana and Eric accompanied their students, and Natalie came to support our students.