Save Music Education for Kids. One Kid at a Time. Your Kid!

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, January 1, 2020

  Music education is usually the first target when it comes to deciding what to cut. 2008 saw the biggest cut in music education and it has continued to drop over the last decade. While the debate among policymakers spans several interests and arguments, most agree that music is important. Music lessons and specifically Rock […]

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Your First Five Guitar Chords for Kids: D Major

Posted by Brian Parham on Sunday, December 29, 2019

  Welcome back to Rock Dojo guitar lessons for kids. During the first three installments of this series, Your First Five Guitar Chords for Kids, you learned how to read chord diagrams and play the E & A major chords in open position. In today’s lesson, you’ll learn the D major chord. Ready? Okay, let’s […]

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ASK BRIAN | Who is the Fastest Guitarist in the World?

Posted by Brian Parham on Friday, December 27, 2019

ASK BRIAN: Every Saturday we post actual questions from real Rock Dojo students. Today’s question comes up a lot. It turns out, kids love fast guitar players! For that reason, I put together a list of the world’s fastest guitarists. These guitar players race, they blaze, they take shred to a new level!     […]

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Ask Brian | Can You Teach Me to Play Jingle Bells on Guitar?

Posted by Brian Parham on Friday, December 20, 2019

Saturday is ASK BRIAN, where we post actual questions from Rock Dojo students. Today’s question: “Brian, Can you teach me how to play Jingle Bells on the guitar?”   Jingle Bells History Jingle Bells is one of the best-loved and well-known songs in the world. It was composed by James Lord Pierpont under the title […]

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5 Actors Who Rock on the Guitar

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, December 19, 2019

  We all know Kevin Costner rocks the big screen, but did you know he also rocks on the guitar in real life! And yet, he’s not the only famous actor who plays guitar in real life. Many famous actors play the guitar and credit the hard work and dedication they acquired while learning to […]

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Rock Dojo Student of the Month | December 2019

Posted by Brian Parham on Monday, December 16, 2019

  Each month, we choose one Rock Dojo student who rocked the hardest! Think of it as a digital fist bump to the students who practiced their guitars the hardest, helped others the most, and set a positive example for the rest of the students during our after-school guitar lessons for kids. As you can […]

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Your First Five Guitar Chords for Kids: A Major

Posted by Brian Parham on Sunday, December 15, 2019

  Welcome back to our latest series: Your First Five Guitar Chords for Kids. Over the last few weeks, you learned how to read chord diagrams for guitar and how to play the E major chord in open position on the guitar. During this guitar lesson for kids, you’re going to learn your second open […]

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Ask Brian | Who is Your Favorite Band?

Posted by Brian Parham on Friday, December 13, 2019

Saturday is “Ask Brian”   Saturday is ASK BRIAN, where we post actual questions from Rock Dojo students and provide answers right here on the Rock Dojo blog. TODAY’S QUESTION: “Who is Your favorite band?”   Brian’s Answer   That’s a really challenging question because my favorite bands are evolving all the time depending on […]

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Your First Five Guitar Chords for Kids: The Mighty E Major Chord

Posted by Brian Parham on Sunday, December 8, 2019

  Welcome back to the Rock Dojo newest series of guitar lessons for kids: Your First Five Guitar Chords for Kids! You’ve already learned five of the greatest guitar riffs of all-time, now it’s time to tackle guitar chords. Over the next few weeks, you’ll learn five must-know guitar chords for kids. Before we dive, […]

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Guitar Lessons for Kids: How to Read a Guitar Chord Diagram

Posted by Brian Parham on Monday, December 2, 2019

  Welcome to a new series of guitar lessons for kids! Over the last five weeks, you learned some of the greatest guitar riffs of all time! Now, it’s time to tackle another important musical concept: chords. Over the next five weeks, we’ll teach you 5 must-know guitar chords for kids! Before we teach you […]

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Your First 5 Guitar Lessons for Kids | Riff #5: I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll

Posted by Brian Parham on Sunday, November 24, 2019

Over the last four weeks, you’ve learned some classic rock riffs for guitar. From the Peter Gunn Theme to Iron Man, you now have a handful of songs you can play on the guitar to impress your family and friends. In the final lesson of this series of guitar lessons for kids, you’re going to […]

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Rock Dojo Student of the Month | November 2019

Posted by Brian Parham on Friday, November 22, 2019

At the Rock Dojo, we love rewarding students for their hard work and achievements. That’s why we choose one student per month who worked hard in the practice room, helped others in the classroom, and set a positive example for other students! In other words, meet the student who rocked hardest on the guitar and […]

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Your First 5 Guitar Lessons for Kids | Riff #4: Iron Man

Posted by Brian Parham on Sunday, November 17, 2019

Welcome back to your first five guitar lessons for kids. In today’s lesson—the fourth installment in this series—you’re going to learn a riff that sounds like one of the most iconic guitar anthems of all time: Iron Man by Black Sabbath! What’s a Guitar Riff, Anyways? A riff is a short, repeated musical phrase. Riffs […]

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Your First 5 Guitar Lessons for Kids | Riff #3: Seven Nation Army

Posted by Brian Parham on Monday, November 11, 2019

  In this series of guitar lessons for kids, you’ll learn to play your first five guitar riffs. Each one of these five riffs is easy to learn and fun to play. Most importantly, each riff represents a small win. With each victory, you’ll begin building momentum for success. After all, success is built on […]

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Your First 5 Riffs on Guitar | Riff #2: Smoke on the Water

Posted by Brian Parham on Monday, November 4, 2019

    In this series of articles, you’ll learn to play your first five guitar riffs. Each one of these five riffs is easy to learn and fun to play. Most importantly, each riff represents a small win. With each victory, you’ll begin building momentum for success. After all, success is built on creating and […]

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Rock Dojo’s Refer-A-Friend Pickbandz Wristband

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, November 1, 2019

    Do Your Friends ROCK? Refer A Friend & Get A Pickbandz Wristband! Tell a friend about the Rock Dojo after-school group guitar class. After they register for the class, both students receive a FREE Pickbandz wristband! *offer valid for new students only Affordable After-School Group Guitar Lessons The Rock Dojo is an award-winning guitar program […]

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Your First 5 Riffs on Guitar | RIff #1: The Peter Gunn Theme

Posted by Brian Parham on Monday, October 28, 2019

    In this series of articles, you’ll learn to play your first five guitar riffs. Each one of these five riffs is easy to learn and fun to play. Most importantly, each riff represents a small win. With each victory, you’ll begin building momentum for success. After all, success is built on creating and […]

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Rock Dojo Student of the Month | October 2019

Posted by Brian Parham on Friday, October 25, 2019

  At the Rock Dojo, we love to reward our students’ hard work, positive attitude, and musical progress on the guitar. Whether they’re helping other students during the Rock Dojo after-school group guitar classes in Portland, OR, or meticulously tracking their progress in the practice room, our students of the month have excelled in the […]

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How to Leverage the Power of 1% Better for Astonishing Results

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

  Learning to play the guitar can be downright daunting at first because there’s just so much to learn. For example, every guitarist needs to learn chords, right? Therein alone is a lifetime of study including open chords, barre chords, power chords, triads, seventh chords, inversions, progressions, yikes! We haven’t even begun talking about scales, […]

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Rock Dojo Founder, Brian Parham, Joins the D’Addario Brand Ambassador Team

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, October 17, 2019

  Rock Dojo founder, Brian Parham, recently joined the D’Addario team of Endorsing Artists & Brand Ambassadors. When we think about brilliant artists like Gary Clark Jr., Nita Strauss, & Guthrie Govan who are part of the D’Addario team, we’re filled with gratitude & humility to represent a brand we love so much!   What […]

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