Dieter Ulrich Peise, April 2012, Founder and Webmaster
Alright, so let me take the opportunity to tell you a little bit more about guitaringenuity.com, how it all started, my vision and who actually the person is behind all this: myself.
If you’re not into reading lengthy prosaic bios, here is a short video that will give you an idea what this website is about:
I was born on September 18, 1972, exactly two years to the day after one of my all time favorite guitarists, Mr. James Marshall Hendrix, had passed away. I wish there was any significance to this fact, well, there isn’t. Unfortunately, I cannot claim that he passed a bit of his talent on to me. However, he will always remain an inspiration and he is one of the reasons why I picked up the guitar some 25 years ago or so.
I’m not going to bore you with my life story, but here is a little bit of background information around me. I was born and raised in Germany. When I turned 33 in 2005, I relocated to the United States after successfully negotiating a permanent relocation with my employer. Speaking of employer, I work for a global Pharma Company in their Ethics & Compliance department. And yes, I actually like my job.
I’m married to a New Jersey girl with two beautiful step daughters. My family comes first, always. But when time allows, I try to get as much table tennis in as possible. I’ve been playing for over 20 years competitively, and yes, we are talking about strenuous physical exercise, not garage ping pong. Well, and last but not least, there is music and guitars.
Back in Germany – I must have been 16 years old – I was intrigued by the guitar skills of a good friend of mine. He introduced me to a whole new world of music I had not been exposed to yet, namely Blues, Rock and Hard Rock. I do remember hearing Eric Clapton’s, or I should say Cream’s “Sunshine of your Love” and “Crossroads”, the Royal Albert Hall Concert. I couldn’t believe it. It was absolutely fantastic. My friend was also a huge Hendrix fan, learning his songs note by note with the help of a little tape recorder – CDs, DVDs and the Internet weren’t even existing yet.
So I eventually decided to learn guitar. I quickly realized how hard it was for me. I didn’t seem to have the same “talent” as other people. It looked so easy when they played, and I struggled even with the easiest things. I also wasn’t ready to put in the time practicing which in hindsight was a major mistake of course.
Despite all the hassle and struggle, I got to a level where an untrained ear couldn’t distinguish my modest guitar playing from somebody who actually could play well. Money was tight back in the days so I thought I might as well make a few extra bucks teaching guitar. I put an ad in the newspaper and it actually worked. 3 nights a week I was teaching students. I came to realize that me teaching others actually improved my own playing. I also learned that you simply cannot apply a general approach to everybody, as everybody learns things at a different pace. In addition to that, it became clear that most of my students needed more time and hand holding to improve their playing, and I was able to provide exactly that. While I made sure that they were kept on track, I allowed them to establish their own pace in which they learned new things. Lastly, one of the most important lessons for me was when I realized that the devil is in the detail and it’s the little things that people struggle with when they pick up a guitar.
Unfortunately, as life went on, there was a whole period of several years where I almost completely gave up playing. Thinking about that time makes me really sad. But things got better eventually and playing guitar has since been another very important part of my life again. Now that I’m 40 years of age, I can honestly say that I enjoy it more than I ever did.
In 2009 my wife and I both got diagnosed with cancer. Our lives were turned upside down within the matter of a few months. The financial hardship and the emotional stress we went through was brutal. I felt the urge to explore new ways of generating additional income, cancer is a very expensive “hobby”. So I looked into Internet Marketing, basically creating websites and applying certain techniques in order to generate traffic to these sites, hoping that people will buy products for which I would then get a small commission on. My “success” was rather modest, if you want to say it positively. However, I did learn a lot – I’m inclined to say that I acquired a complete new set of skills.
In early 2012 I finally made the decision to dump my 30 websites (I only kept a handful for nostalgia) and create a new one dedicated to everything around guitars, including product reviews, news, lessons, tutorials and so forth. I can honestly tell you that I’m having much more fun now than I ever had before with my other sites. This is a topic I know, it is something I feel comfortable writing about and I can’t wait to grow guitaringenuity.com into one of the best resources around guitars and music. That’s an ambitious goal, but I also decided to survive cancer – so far it’s seems that I’m on track.
I’m not a good guitar player by any means. In the age of youtube and talent shows, I’m intrigued by all the talent that’s out there. But based on the feedback I get, I think it is fair to say that I am a solid guitarist with teaching background. I know that I am a good teacher in general, and I also know that I love explaining things to people if they ask me for help. With that being said, guitaringenuity.com will not revolutionize the world guitar playing – or teaching, for that matter. But what I will do is putting the best beginners guitar course together that you can find online. This is my vision and I am very confident that I will achieve that goal. Don’t get me wrong there are many good courses out there (and many more horrible ones on top of that!), but they all follow the same cookie cutter approach. And I know for a fact that this is not the most efficient and fulfilling way to teach the guitar – I’ve been there, done that. I want my online courses, lessons and tutorials to be as close as possible to a person to person teaching session.
Alright, enough talk, I will have to get busy now. I hope you enjoy your stay here at guitaringenuity.com. There is much more to come and I hope you will stop by frequently to check out all the new stuff. As I mentioned, aside from the lessons, there will be plenty of guitar and guitar gear product reviews, guitar news, tutorials and tons of information around music in general.
If you want to get in touch with me, please use the contact form. I look forward to your message and I promise that I will get back to you in a timely fashion.
Thank you and Hail Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll!