How to Read Guitar Tab

Posted by Brian Parham on Monday, February 19, 2018

Guitar tablature—more commonly known as guitar tab—is a simple way for guitarists to learn how to play chords, melodies, and songs. If you write original music, it’s also a great way to communicate your musical ideas to other musicians. The Numbers Represent the Frets The frets are the thin metal bars embedded into the fretboard […]

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How To Sing And Play Guitar – Learning Your First Song

Posted by Brian Parham on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

  So you have bought your first acoustic or electric guitar. You know how to play chords. And deep down, you know you want to be able to sing and accompany yourself playing your first cover song to an audience. So what happens now? How do you actually learn your first song, and be able […]

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How Often Should I Change My Guitar Strings?

Posted by Brian Parham on Friday, February 2, 2018

When it comes to rocking out on the guitar, few things sound—or feel—better under your fingertips than a new set of strings!  While you can always squeeze more life out of your guitar strings, you’ll still need to routinely change them.  So how do you know when you should change your guitar strings and why?  Why […]

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Five Guitarists Every Kid Should Listen To: #4 Albert Lee

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, February 1, 2018

  When it comes to legendary rock guitarists, most kids know about the big three: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards. But there has been a pantheon of gifted and innovative guitarists contributing to the evolution of popular music over the years. From blazing bebop and country soloists to soulful blues and jazz players, here […]

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Becoming a Black Belt Musician

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, February 1, 2018

Becoming a Black Belt Musician Using martial arts motivators to get kids to practice. By David Aldred – October 5, 2015   Brian Parham If you’re like me, you may have occasionally asked yourself “What do music and martial arts have in common?” . . . or not. Fortunately for aspiring young guitarists, a local Portland Community […]

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Chords & Strumming: Guitar for Beginners

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, February 1, 2018

Chords are the basic building blocks of all songs, so once you’ve learned a handful of chords and a few simple strumming patterns, you can easily play thousands of songs! In this lesson, you’ll learn the I IV V (A, D, & E) chords in the key of A major. What is a Chord? A chord […]

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Rock Dojo Guitar for Kids with Anytune

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, February 1, 2018

          Rock Dojo is proud to be a Music Education Partner with Anytune. You can download the songs and any of these Anytune markers files for Guitar for Kids: Rock Dojo The Complete Belt System.    Interstellar Overdrive Interstellar Overdrive Anytune File Heavy Riffin’ Heavy Riffin’ Anytune File Sunny Day Sunny Day […]

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Guitar Lessons for Kids: How Much and What to Practice?

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, January 30, 2018

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ―Aristotle If you want to extract the most value out of your child’s guitar lessons, then you’ll need to know what and how much he/she should practice. Before we dive in, there are some basic rules of thumb to follow:  […]

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A 12-Bar Blues Study for Group Guitar: Frosty Ice Cream

Posted by Brian Parham on Monday, January 22, 2018

Frosty Ice Cream is a 12-bar blues written in the style of ‘Green Onions.’ It’s the perfect guitar study for kids, beginning guitarists, or guitar teachers teaching group guitar classes. In this blog post, you’ll learn the bass part. In the next installment, I’ll add the organ part, the chords, and the guitar solo. The […]

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Music is the Ultimate 80/20

Posted by Brian Parham on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

If you’re familiar with Pareto’s Principle, then you know that 20% of your efforts produce 80% of your results and vice versa. However, you may not know that 20% of the 20% of your efforts produces 80% of the 80% of your results. Pareto’s Principle: also known as the law of 80/20 80/201 = 16:1 80/202 = […]

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After-School Group Guitar Lessons at Forest Park Elementary

Posted by Brian Parham on Friday, January 12, 2018

The Rock Dojo is now offering group guitar lessons at Forest Park Elementary! About Forest Park Elementary  Serving 450 students from kindergarten through fifth grade, Forest Park Elementary School is located in the heart of Forest Heights neighborhood in NW Portland, OR. In addition to its core academics, Forest Park Elementary School also offers classes […]

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Rock Dojo The Complete Belt System: Get Started Teaching Group Guitar Classes

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Guitar for Kids: Rock Dojo The Complete Belt System is NOT your granddaddy’s guitar method book!  In fact, The Complete Belt System is probably not for you if: You think Old Susanna rocks harder than a runaway Crazy Train! You believe modern music predates the Civil War! Your idea of hard rock is a roomful […]

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Squeeze More Life Out of Your Guitar Strings | 3 Easy Tips

Posted by Brian Parham on Friday, January 5, 2018

A fresh new set of guitar strings feels better, plays better, and sounds better than a set of rusty, old strings. Unfortunately, the time and money it costs to routinely change strings can quickly add up. That’s why I put together a list of three easy tips to help you extend the life of your […]

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1 Must Know Musical Formula for Guitar: The 12-Bar Blues

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, January 4, 2018

  If you want to rock your guitar, you got to learn to play some blues!  The History of the 12-Bar Blues The blues was born in the Mississippi Delta and made famous by legendary guitarists like Robert Johnson, Son House, and Mississippi John Hurts. It’s hard to overestimate the vital role these early bluesmen played […]

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The Rock Dojo is a 2018 RACC Grant Winner!

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, January 2, 2018

  I am so proud to announce the Rock Dojo has been awarded two Regional Arts and Cultural Council (RACC) grants! Who is RACC? Based in Portland, OR, RACC raises money and awareness for individual artists, non-profit arts organizations, and schools who share their core mission to “enrich communities through arts and culture.”  Programs and Services […]

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5 Great Gift Ideas for Guitar Teachers

Posted by Brian Parham on Saturday, December 16, 2017

  If you have a loved one in your life who teaches guitar for a living, these five holiday gifts are sure to put a smile on his/her face this holiday season! 1. Beat Buddy Mini: Personal Drummer For under $150, the teaching guitarist in your life gets a personal drummer in a stompbox. Featuring 100 […]

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Gamify Your Guitar Lessons for Maximum Impact

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Harness the power of games to reach more students, improve student engagement, and grow your guitar teaching studio! The Struggle: Music Theory Like most guitar teachers, I struggled to teach kids basic concepts like how to tune their guitars and how to read guitar tab in large group guitar classes. After a few unsuccessful attempts […]

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Rhythm Guitar vs. Lead Guitar

Posted by Brian Parham on Friday, December 8, 2017

The Role of the Guitar in a Rock Band Typical rock band lineups feature bass, drums, vocals, and two guitarists. As a matter of fact, a handful of iconic rock bands like Lynard Skynard, Guns N’ Roses, and the Eagles featured three guitarists! So, when you’re ready to play in a rock band, chances are […]

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5 Great Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love Guitar

Posted by Brian Parham on Friday, December 1, 2017

  What in the world do you get a kid who loves to play the guitar for the holidays? Well, the Rock Dojo has got you covered with 5 gift ideas you’re little guitar star is sure to LOVE! 1. Electric Guitar Starter Kit Well, you got your kid an acoustic guitar. It’s not for […]

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Three Steps for Being Totally Awesome at Playing Guitar or Anything Else

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Believe it or not, you can be awesome at anything you do! Whether it’s math and science, Minecraft, or playing the guitar, simply follow Dr. Tasha Eurich‘s three steps for radical improvement, and you will make the leap from ordinary to extraordinary! Know Thyself According to Dr. Eurich, “most people are completely delusional about their […]

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