SEEKONK â€” Guitar teacher Greg Hodde was amused when the mother of one of his teenage male students told him she didn't mind paying for lessons because it was â€ścheaper than counseling.â€ť Yet, the self-taught musician and teacher can relate to that sentiment, as he is a true believer in the power of music and its role in one's journey toward self-discovery.
Hodde is coming up on the celebration of his 20th year as the sole proprietor of Second Story Music, a studio located on the second floor of an office complex in King's Oak Center at 21 Brook St. in Seekonk (near the intersection with Route 152, just over the Pawtucket line).
Also a professional musician who plays out regularly most nights and weekends with his band, Greg Hodde's Blue Reign, the Seekonk native decided to teach guitar during the day for supplemental income. One day back in 1993, he rented the studio space and put a sign out by the road advertising his â€śgrand openingâ€ť and guitar lessons. â€śThere were many who said I would be out of there in two months, but here I am, coming up on 20 years,â€ť he said, with a smile.
Hodde teaches guitar playing at all levels, from beginner to advanced. He said he tends to have the youngsters and teens during after-school hours midweek and on Saturdays, and also has several older and experienced guitarists who take evening lessons to improve their technique or achieve a new level of playing.
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