Congratulations to August on being selected as our December Student of the Month!
August began his musical journey with SoundLife at 8 years old in March 2023 as a guitar student with our instructor, Ray. Aside from taking basic ukulele lessons when he was just 4 years old, he came into his lessons as a beginner. Typically, students his age, between six and ten years old, struggle with holding full chords, playing/strumming in time, and working their way through entire songs. It often takes a few years to build up the skills, finger strength, finger independence, and muscle memory to feel a sense of command over the instrument. The guitar is not necessarily an instantly gratifying tool. It takes time and discipline. But August is an exception.
In our team meetings, Ray regularly reports tremendous progress, citing August’s incredible work ethic. Ray said, “August has been one of my most enthusiastic students; he is always curious and excited about new chords and repertoire. He is never shy to show his bombastic spirit. He’s overcome many technical obstacles since beginning guitar with me. He has also developed a personal passion for songs based on shonen, Japanese action anime, and we are both excited to see where his unique passion takes us in the future.”
At the time of this writing, August is just over a week away from performing on stage in his very first SoundLife Showcase. He will be performing the song “Rumble” by Link Wray. This classic requires a command of full chords, an understanding of how to switch chords in time along with the recording, and an awareness of song form. And this doesn’t even include the bravery, courage, and excited spirit that comes with sharing one’s skills. August has it all—and in a remarkable amount of time. His hard work is clearly paying off, and we can’t wait to see where music takes him next.
Q&A: Get to Know August!
What do you like most about taking lessons/playing in a band/etc?
August: I like playing the guitar because it allows me to express myself. Music makes me feel good, and I get to wiggle out my fingers! Music is another way to give messages so people can feel better when they are sad. When I listen to music, it gives me a lot of energy, like an energy cord! I love playing music outside on my iPad when I’m practicing baseball off my tee or just shooting some hoops, which makes being outside even more fun. If you want to listen to music outside, just ask your parents to help to set it up, and then just be yourself!
What is your ultimate goal with music?
A: My ultimate goal playing music is to inspire people so that they know if you keep practicing, you can do anything.
Who's your favorite artist/singer/player (and why)?
A: My favorite type of music is alternative rock and hip hop, but my favorite band is Imagine Dragons because I think their music sounds cool.