Blogs

Student Profile: Olivia Oschman

Olivia Oschman has only been playing the guitar for six months, but prior to starting she had wanted to learn to play for over two years.  When you consider that Olivia is only nine years old, it means she's had the desire to play guitar for almost a quarter of her life!  Since starting lessons at Music & Rock School, she's wasted no time in setting goals and working to achieve them.  Only a few months into lessons she was already playing some of her favorite songs.  "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat...check.

Drum Lessons Now Available at Music and Rock School

I'm excited to announce that drum and percussion lessons are now available at Music & Rock School in Downtown Apex! I've hired Theous Jones on as the drum instructor, and I think drum students in the Apex area are really going to benefit from his knowledge and approach to teaching drums and percussion.

Stand Up & Rock: The art of playing guitar standing up

How often do you see your favorite rock stars playing concerts sitting down, drummers excluded? Part of learning to rock on the guitar is, well, ROCKING on the guitar. And that means strapping that guitar around your neck, standing up and rocking out! The first time you play guitar standing up though, it can almost feel like you're playing guitar for the first time... period. It takes practice to get comfortable, just like everything else involved with playing the guitar.

News & Observer recognizes Music & Rock School

‘Rock Reborn at Apex School’ — Music & Rock School was featured in the News & Observer today. It features some nice quotes from student Parker Fredrick, and a mention of the new Masters Program. The full article is available in the News & Observer online edition by clicking here.

M.A.R.S Students Rock For Charity

Music and Rock School students have been asked to perform as part of a fundraising event on Saturday, September 26th. The 1st Annual Rock Around Red Robin, held in Apex, NC, is billed as a rock 'n' roll street fair, complete with a rocking chair marathon, Guitar Hero competition, and live entertainment all day. The students from Music and Rock School will be joined by seven other musical acts performing throughout the day.

Dealing With Frustration When Learning to Play an Instrument

At some point everyone gets frustrated with their progress when they're learning to play guitar, or any other instrument. The key is learning the best way to deal with that frustration so it doesn't completely freeze your progress, or worse, cause you to quit playing.

How Do I Choose a Guitar?

Finding the right guitar for a child is sometimes overlooked when parents get their kids involved in music. While a hand-me-down guitar from a sibling or an uncle is easy on the budget, there's a possibility that it could actually hinder the child's progress. First consider the size of the guitar, and if it fits your child, but also think about the type of guitar.

Guitar SIze

Can Guitar Hero Make You A Better Guitar Player?

I realize that Guitar Hero has been around for about 5 years.  However, students and parents still ask me on a fairly regular basis about the video game’s relationship to learning and playing guitar.  First of all, I’m not one of those self-righteous musicians who believe Guitar Hero is an insult to “real” guitarists.  I think Guitar Hero is a video game, and like all video games it’s not meant to be a substitute for reality.  But I also think it’s a fun video game, and there are a few skills used in the game that can apply to playing

The Secret to Faster Fingers

At some point I’m asked by nearly every student how to become faster on the guitar (or bass).  With some students the question comes up related to changing chords and making quicker transitions.  Others want to play faster solos, so speeding through scales is the challenge.  No matter what the goal is, my answer to playing faster is always the same: speed naturally follows accuracy.  From there I usually explain that focusing on speed means breaking your practice down to accuracy and repetition.

Accuracy

Music And Rock School in The Apex Herald

 

Music and Rock School was featured The Apex Herald this week in a piece about Crash Course in Rock ‘N’ Roll, and our partnering with Infinity Ballet to present the summer rock camp.  I’m pretty happy about the coverage, but I’m particularly happy about the quote included in the article.