We had the good fortune of connecting with HappyRon Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi HappyRon, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The shutdown over the virus has made being a musician even harder than it was. Film and TV are some of the few avenues open to people. Even Mozart made money from having students, so if being a teacher is good enough for him it’s good enough for me. In terms of teaching music, it came out of me having had such challenges in learning music that I realized that the challenges of the student aren’t always dealt with by many music teachers. For instance, the process of how to memorize movements (sometimes incorrectly called “muscle memory”) isn’t always taught in a way that It sometimes is “just do it, it was easy for me it should be easy for you. You aren’t doing your homework.” I teach my students how important it is to relax and learn the movements slowly. The slower you move the faster you learn.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a songwriter, performer, and music mentor. My motto is that music is for everyone. I try to get people involved in music by having them sing along to my songs and by mentoring people who don’t think they can do music. I was born with a painful hip problem and am on the autistic spectrum so music was harder for me then most so I love involving people in music who don’t think they can do it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Lestat’s Coffee Shop – until the shutdown a great place for local music. SpaceBar in La Mesa – great place to see shows and get tasty chicken wings. Kate Sessions Park – Get place to be in nature.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Paul Tillery, who is my bass player and who taught me so much about music. He has an Autistic daughter and embracing my own Autistic Spectrum disorder
happyron, rob Garbo, Rob Garbo, joniene chistosa swick, Andy Gallagher, HappyRon