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When Donnie Schexnayder was just 8 years old, he discovered a prime example of how NOT to teach. Armed with the unforgettable experience and a burning passion to change lives, Donnie has created a life impacting students and teachers alike with zest, ensuring that every learning experience is enjoyable the way it should be.

He is the founder of StartTeachingGuitar.com and the host of the STG podcast. He is very adamant about make a living doing the things that we love and keeping the balance between being creative and attracting clients to market your skills.

Here are the highlights of my conversation with Donnie:

  • His creative bucket list and his ultimate goal in having more guitar teachers aware that there is help available and you don’t have to do it alone (08:30)
  • All about his experience in his younger years which motivated and drove him to do what he does (10:05)
  • Start with teaching for family and friends, asking for feedback and testimonials and all his tips and advice for folks who wants to start teaching guitar (15:15)
  • His methods in attracting new students such as word of mouth referrals and online marketing (18:30)
  • Making the lessons all about you, boring your students to death and the common mistakes people make when they try to teach guitar (20:52)
  • How continually teaching himself with new skills and finding mentors can be habits which can make a difference (26:30)
  • What he would do differently if he could go back in time (29:28)

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Creative Influences

One hour to create something, with anyone…

  • “I would sit down and do an interview with the guitarist Joe Satriani. I would love to pick his brain on how he would advise guitar teachers on how to be successful.”

To defeat Godzilla with his talents…

  • “I would pull out my 100-watt Marshall Plexi Super Lead, turn it all the way up and blast the speakers in his ears.”

Advice…

  • [Tweet “”You’ve got to lay your ego aside and give the students what they came for.” @donnieschex”]
  • “Do not let fear hold you back.  The thing that successful people do that unsuccessful people don’t is they feel fear but they override it. They just walk right on ahead and do the thing that they dream.”

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