Congratulations to Julie! Our VERY FIRST Lucille Project Apprentice!
The Lucille Project - Viva Musica's Guitar Apprenticeship Program.
Viva Musica is looking for the 5 best “Under 20” guitar players. Rick at LaDoten Custom Guitars will be
custom building 5 guitars for our 5 Lucille Project Apprenticeship Grant Winners!
The first deadline was Aug.1st 2013 - and our Winner has been selected!
Julie did an exceptional job on your essay and video. Thank you so much for your love of music and the guitar Julie! It really shows! We truly enjoyed your video, and the part about the name of your guitar and what it means is FANTASTIC! Wylie.. what a great name! We can't wait to find out what you name your new LaDoten Custom Guitar!
Julie will be in attendance to receive her custom made guitar! We hear she has selected a natural colored guitar...
she says.. "I really like rustic and folk looking guitars because it's one of my favorite musics to play
(which is why I like natural). No matter what color it is, I will cherish it."
We can't wait to see what Rick at LaDoten Custom Guitars creates!
Click on the graphic below to download an application and find out more about The Lucille Project application process.
Check out what Julie said the wowed the judges!
(Excerpts from Julie's essay - To view her full essay, click here.)
"... I cherish music so much because it is another language; sure it’s not a flick of the tongue or a verbal language, but its spiritual. You can meet a complete stranger and from music you know them. You understand people on a different level based on the type of style they play, or what instrument they’re involved with. If I’m in a bad mood I grab my guitar and play the minor chords, inventing songs that have slow picking patterns. Or if I’m in a better mood, I strum the happier array of chords or pluck a warm tone. That fact leads on with any feeling, angry, confusion, or anything
"... I admire everything to do with guitar and I am greatly proud to be a musician. I love how the frets feel when I slide my fingers across them or how the strings sound when plucked. It is truly my favorite thing in the universe; every second I can spend playing, I do."
"... Another fact why I adore guitar is that you’re never completely finished learning. There’s always a song you don’t know, or a style or music you’re not absorbed in. I’m exhilarated by the thought that there’s never an end to guitar; I constantly learn new things and boredom never strikes because there’s thousands or tabs, hundreds of artists and millions of notes and chords, it’s fantastic. You can master a sport and be the best basketball player ever and know every shot or move possible, because the sport has rules and limitations to what can or cannot be done. Guitar does not have limits, there’s risk taking individuals throughout history who have created new styles or ways to execute guitar like Merle Travis or B.B King."
"... When I’m alone in my room with my guitar it’s my favorite time of my day. I can escape all the stress in my life, I play guitar before a nerve racking test and in my opinion I excel on my tests because of this. Guitar makes me happy, after I complete a song I’ve been working strenuously for days I am immediately put into an excellent mood. Just hearing guitar heightens my senses and makes my life all the better. Without guitar I picture myself being bored most of the time, majorly tense, and just unhappy."
"... The music I enjoy most is either folk styled music where guitars are featured with interesting finger picking or strumming patterns or the other style I absolutely adore is warm rich jazz with bends and riffs. When I hear a guitar talk or cry I close my eyes and am exported; I like to think of it as a six dimension where emotions of songs tumble over hard edged rocks and fall to a white water pool beneath but the stream out flowing from it is both mighty and calm."
"... I think it is hugely important for music and music education to be taught in the Minnesota School system. The first reason it is important is because I started off in my school. I was given the opportunity to have guitar classes in my middle school, and I was blessed with a very talented and optimistic teacher. If many students have the option to promising music teachers and music theory they can exceed in multiple things. I recently worked on a project in school about how music affects your mind. Studies have shown that music boosts your creativity, happiness, and your language skills. It reduces anxiety and decreases pain. It has been shown that students who are involved with music generally have higher tests scores and earn more academic awards. School systems don’t understand enough how beneficial music is to their students."