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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.


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.


Music And Rock School is now on Facebook

Music and Rock School now has a page on Facebook! So students, parents and friends of Music and Rock School, add us to your friends and you can keep up to date on what's happening with lesson specials, events, performances, blog posts, and anything else we might be up to. You can follow the Facebook link under Blogroll in the sidebar or just click here to be directed to the Music and Rock School's profile.

Girls Rock on the Guitar at Music and Rock School

When I was first learning to play the guitar in the early 90s my high school offered a guitar class that I took one semester.  I specifically remember that there were only two girls in the class and at least 15 guys.  In recent years I’ve noticed that my male to female student ratio is much more balanced, and that I have about as many female students as I do male students.  I could guess and hypothesize as to why that is, but I’d rather spend that time encouraging more girls to start playing rock instruments, like guitar, bass and drums!

Joining a band will make you a better player

I started my first band within a week of getting my first guitar.  It was a Friday when my mom took me to pick out the guitar, and my lessons started the following Wednesday.  By the time the weekend rolled around I had found enough guys at school to start a band and have our first practice on Saturday.  Sure, at that point I really had no idea how to play that guitar.  But playing in a band, even that soon, made me a better musician.  Some of the benefits included the following:

How You Practice Can Affect Your Progress

I know how easy it can be to get distracted while practicing.  Maybe you sit down with every intention of working on your lesson material, but frustration, confusion or boredom sets in so you decide to run through your favorite AC/DC song.  The next thing you know, you’ve been playing “Back in Black” for 20 minutes and you haven’t made any progress on your lesson material.