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Giving Away Guitar Lessons for Free!


--by gipsysoul, posted Oct 27, 2008

I have dreamed of playing guitar for years and recently decided to try it out!  While I was roaming around the web a few nights ago, looking for some "how to" books and simple songs for beginners to play, I discovered a fabulous website (www.justinguitar.com) developed by a young guitarist in London.

Justin's site is truly a dream come true for any beginner eager to learn. There are over 100 five minute long YouTube videos where Justin covers different aspects of learning how to play the guitar. It turns out he is a really great teacher and I'm having the best time "taking his classes." It's kind of amazing to be sitting here in Cape Ann and learning how to play an instrument from someone who is several thousand miles away and whom I have never met!

The reason I'm writing about Justin though is that there is something special and inspiring about the way he approaches teaching.  Here is what he says on his website about the extraordinary labor of love that he is making available to anyone who visits the site, "You will find lots of useful guitar lessons and information here - it's all free, but works on an 'honour system'.  If you can afford to pay for the lessons then please donate for what you use so I can continue developing this site and making it rock.  If you can't afford to donate it is no problem at all! :) " I just love it that he's choosing to just give his gifts away, trusting that his own needs will be taken care of one way or another.  Justin does not know what huge difference he's made to my budding guitar adventures, but I plan to let him know about it with a smile card and a donation!

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BedBug wrote: There's a lesson there for all of us. If we would just all give what have in the categories of time, talen and treasure, there would always be enough of each of these to sustain everyone. It's so simple. Why do we insist on making it so hard? Thank you for sharing this.
katrina wrote: Very cool. To the site owner, you rock! Thnk u
lovebug wrote: I think we are really entering the final stage of creation. The natural law of god has always been,"give and you will receive". It encourages me to see so many like justin steping out on faith. I have hope for this future generation. Thanks for sharing that you have already taken the leap yourself. Peace
makesomeonesmile wrote: Thanks for sharing that gypsy. I agree with you that it is great that is how he is approaching payment. That is wonderful and I hope he is truly rewarded as he should be for believing!
AURELIA wrote: Terrific...I may log on and give my old guitar a try along with Justin!!! He is an Angel in Disguise and will be rewarded for his unselfishness. ~Aurelia
lmil1954 wrote: Thanks for telling about Justin, gipsy. It takes someone special to acknowledge someone special. Linda:)

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