My name is Kevin DePew and I am the creator, writer and teacher here at www.relaxandlearnguitar.com. I am a husband, friend, step dad, son, brother and grandpa. I am an empty nester and music enthusiast.
I have created this website to help you learn to play the guitar. You are never too old to learn and playing the guitar is an excellent way to relax and de-stress. Music has enriched my life and I am sure it will enrich your life too. Whether you want to feel the excitement of learning a new chord progression, or the joy of playing for your family and friends, or the satisfaction of writing your own song, you can find what you need here.
I help others achieve their lifelong dream to learn to play guitar so they can experience the joy and relaxation that comes along with getting lost in the flow of playing the guitar.
Now that you have some time to yourself, spend it doing something that you have always wanted to do. Or pick that guitar back up that has been collecting dust all these years.
I started playing the piano when I was 10 years old. I used to dread practicing, but loved going to my lessons. Thank goodness my mom made me stick with it.
I discovered the guitar at the age of 15 and it has been a passion of mine ever since. I played in rock bands in high school and college. That was a long time ago. Life gets in the way and time flies. But I have always enjoyed writing and recording my own stuff. I always go back to the guitar for its therapeutic effects.
You can check out some songs I have written on my youtube channel below:
Now I have more time to spend with music and want to share it with you to help you relax, learn and enjoy music too. I have also been getting into percussion lately and love learning new things. I have given lessons to friends and family over the years. I know I can help you learn to play the guitar and enjoy the journey along the way.
I am not a guru. I am not going to tell you that this will be fast and easy. But if you do it right, it will be immensely rewarding. Just 15 minutes a day and you will be well on your way to opening up a world of musical possibilities.
When I first began this website and the Relax and Learn Guitar Membership back in 2016, I started out by looking at guitar lessons on YouTube and I realized that there were lots of others out there creating lesson content, some of it good, some of it not so good. I realized that there were not a lot of folks helping teach “second halters” like me how to play and enjoy the benefits of playing guitar. I realized that there are no requirements or qualifications necessary to be a great guitar teacher. You just have to be a good at communicating and breaking down the complicated to make it understandable. I do that with my lessons and the support that I provide my members.
Our focus will be on the acoustic guitar because I think it is the most accessible.
My musical tastes are varied. Everything from Bob Dylan, The Carter Family, Johnny Cash, to Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, and Tom Petty. My favorite artists from the nineties are Nirvana, R.E.M. and The Police. I also like some “contemporary bluegrass/country” bands like The Avett Brothers, Nickel Creek, WiIco, and Iron and Wine.
A blend of folk, rock and singer/songwriter vibes with some bluegrass thrown in. Anything with acoustic instruments and a good rhythm.
Whatever your taste, you will find the lessons and foundations here for the beginning guitarist. And some things for the intermediate level musician as well.
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Learning and playing the guitar is so much better when you are doing that as part of a community with other musicians. You can get encouragement and ideas from others and talk to me directly in the forums and in the private Facebook group. Feedback, mentorship and accountability and a place to share your success stories are all a part of the Relax and Learn Guitar Membership.
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When I am not working, creating content for www.relaxandlearnguitar.com and helping others, I enjoy playing guitar, writing music, producing videos , using apple technology and spending time with our twin grandsons.
My wife Vicky and I have been married for over 25 years and make our home in Cincinnati Ohio.
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