School of Rock in Cherry Hill is more than just music lessons. It's a music culture. My sons will be celebrating their one year anniversary as "students" of the School of Rock this May and they have loved every minute of it. When my boys started, the most they could play was a recorder. Before I knew it not only were they playing the keyboard, and reading music but they were up on stage with the help of Vince and Charlie H. in the Rock 101 jam sessions. If you told me a year ago my oldest was going to play in front of a crowd I would have said, "You've not met my [very shy] son." Al gives my oldest the support and patience he needs and John helps my youngest stay interested by letting him play the music he wants to play. He sneaks in the fundamentals before my son even knows what happened. The school is full of talented, accomplished musicians who approach learning an instrument and music in a way that creates excitement, love, and appreciation for the entire craft. More importantly they give my boys the extra boost of confidence they need while making rockin' out FUN, FUN, FUN. School of Rock is as kid-friendly as a school can get!
CLAY STILES' TIP OF THE WEEK ENCORE Ok guys, if you checked out my last post about bass effects then you know that it was essentially urging you to experiment and explore new sounds for your instrument. With that being said, I can't stress enough that having a grasp on the basic techniques and functionality of the Bass guitar will only make use of effects that much more interesting.
CHARLIE STROUP'S TIP OF THE WEEK ENCORE If you've been following along this week, you should by now have practiced about 8 hours. Ideally, about 6 of those hours were spent grinding away at a new mode or getting the feel of an odd time signature.
CHARLIE STROUP'S TIP OF THE WEEK
While expanding into different genres is important, there are other expansions you can make to broaden your musical horizons as well. For one thing, don't get stuck on your own instrument. Young musicians, especially, tend to get hyper-focused into their one musical area.