Why do you call your studio Motivique, anyway? Is that even a word?

Hi everyone!

First and foremost, to keep everything focused, “Motivique” is the name I chose for my teaching studio after we moved out of area and my prior name made no sense. But for me it goes a bit deeper, because I like for things to be connected. :)

You’ve probably heard expressions like “the journey of a thousand steps begins with the first” or “can’t see the forest for the trees. That gives you an idea about what “Motivique” is, and what it means: the appreciation of the larger from an understanding of the small.

Motivique references the musical idea of a “motif” – the smallest passage that can be called music, which is how I want people to be able to break things down as they learn. Seeing the component parts (theoretically and mechanically) of a vast, complex piece or solo makes us feel like we can manage it, even perhaps master it, and play the way we want to play.

A couple lesser reasons that I choose to call myself and mystudio Motivique are that it’s not a word, really. When you Google it, it’s generally just me – meaning, unique. Another is that it sounds a bit “boutiquish” (for obvious reasons), and that’s how I think of myself: a boutique for things that represent my “Motivique” view and approach to life – my MP3s, my art (which is detail oriented), and a collectibles store (which highlights my love of detail in miniature.)

Here, you’ll also find my practice routine, my mental dialogue for walking through the realm of music theory, and my various photo blogs. What do all these things have in common? The appreciation of the large by appreciating the small – they are all in that sense “Motivique”, and, of course, you can be too!

I hope you are having a great day, and look forward to seeing you soon – either online from one of our potential social media connections, or perhaps in a guitar lesson? That is, after all, what I do.

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