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Why Portland Kids Are Signing Up For These New Award-Winning Guitar Lessons

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Portland, Oregon is no different when it comes to loving music. Portland also does not have a shortage of kids who want to learn guitar. What Portland does have are unique guitar lessons that are exclusively taught at 10 local Portland schools. Children who learn and graduate through the Rock Dojo method graduate with skills […]

6 Surprising Celebrities Who Also Play Guitar

Posted by Rock Dojo on Thursday, February 7, 2019

Learning to play the guitar is not just for a career in rock! Many famous successful people learned to play the guitar and credit the skill to their success in other areas. Here we list some famous personalities you may not know played the guitar. Some of these famous people are current headliners while others […]

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 […]

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 […]

The 4 Greatest Challenges Facing Guitar Teachers

Posted by Rock Dojo on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The music education industry is rapidly changing. Online learning tools like YouTube are reshaping the industry. In the coming years, independent guitar instructors unable to adapt to these changes will be out of business while those teachers savvy enough to adapt to the changing landscape will win big! In this article, I’ll overview the greatest […]

The Guitar Can Save the World: A New Type of Hero is Born

Posted by Rock Dojo on Saturday, October 28, 2017

The guitar can save the world. I know this because the guitar saved me, and it can save you or members of your community too. A Kid Without a Guitar I grew up in Exeter, PA, a modest coal miner’s town nestled on the banks of the Susquehanna River. While the winters were frigid, springtime brought the […]

The Guitar Can Save the World! Here’s How.

Posted by Rock Dojo on Saturday, October 21, 2017

“Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” ― Jean Paul Friedrich Richter It’s no secret the world is in some trouble. Climate change. Inequality. Mass shootings. The rise of neo-fascism and the threat of nuclear war. These days, the headlines read like a recipe for the apocalypse. As a result, people are […]

Grow Your Teaching Studio with Group Guitar Lessons

Posted by Rock Dojo on Monday, October 16, 2017

If you’re a guitar instructor interested in leveraging your time, reaching more students,  and maximizing your impact, then this article is perfect for you! Private Lessons: A Flawed Business Model When I first started teaching guitar, I followed the usual path filling my schedule with private lessons. As my reputation grew, my student roster quickly ballooned. […]

The Guitar is a Vehicle for Success

Posted by Rock Dojo on Saturday, October 14, 2017

  Learning to play the guitar is about much more than mastering a few chord grips, memorizing some music theory concepts, or playing popular songs. Rather, I believe the guitar is a vehicle which can teach anyone learning to play it the skills he/she need to be successful in music or in life. This belief […]

Rock Hard on the Guitar in 5-Minutes or Less

Posted by Rock Dojo on Monday, October 9, 2017

  Let’s get one thing straight, mastering the guitar is a lifelong challenge. There’s an endless array of scales to discover, songs to learn, and skills to master, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock hard on the guitar in five minutes or less if you learn a  few tricks. In this easy guitar lesson for […]

Write a Great Guitar Riff in Two Minutes or Less!

Posted by Rock Dojo on Saturday, October 7, 2017

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been playing the guitar for 10 days or 10 years, you can write a great guitar riff if you follow this simple guide to writing great guitar riffs! 1. Choose a Rhythm for Your Guitar Riff A great guitar riff begins with a great rhythm. If you’re beginning guitarist, I […]

80/20 Guitar Part Two: Minimal Practice for Maximum Results

Posted by Rock Dojo on Saturday, September 30, 2017

  I. 80% of your practice time leads to 20% of your total progress on the guitar. & II. 20% of your practice time leads to 80% of your total progress on the guitar. Believe it or not, you can get more results playing the guitar with less effort in the practice room! I know […]

Harness the Power of Leverage to Grow Your Teaching Business

Posted by Rock Dojo on Monday, September 4, 2017

When I first launched my guitar teaching business as a student in 2012, I was just like every other private guitar instructor. I filled my schedule with one private lesson after another. I buckled under the pressure of my students’ requests and subsequently spent all my time learning songs I didn’t like for students who […]

Apply These Three Secrets from Project Management to Get Crazy Sick at the Guitar

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, August 25, 2017

      A few weeks ago, I picked up a copy of Dan Roam’s The Back of the Napkin, and it blew my mind. In it, Roam provides a complete toolkit for solving complex business problems. So I did what any guitar geek would do, I immediately borrowed the lessons I learned from The […]

Three Power Tips for Super Music Teachers

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The school year is about to kick off. The kids are ready to rock, and you’re on the starting blocks, rested, relaxed, and ready to change the world one music class at a time. But even everyday heroes need strategies to maintain their super powers during the school year, so I put together three tips […]

Rock Soloing 101: Chuck Berry Style Guitar Lick

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, August 18, 2017

In this lesson, you’ll learn one easy guitar lick for kids in the style of legendary rock guitarist Chuck Berry. At the end of this series of rock soloing lessons for kids, I’ll show you how to combine these licks to create compelling guitar solos. What in the World is a Guitar Solo? Let’s be honest: […]

Interstellar Overdrive – For Group Guitar Classes & Private Lessons

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

  In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to play all four guitar parts of Interstellar Overdrive. If you’re  a guitar instructor interested in leveraging your time and reaching more students teaching group guitar classes for kids, this lesson is perfect for you! Interstellar Overdrive: A Group Guitar Study for Kids Interstellar Overdrive features a simple […]

Rock’s Secret Super Power: The A Minor Pentatonic Scale

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Just like every superhero needs a super power to beat up the bad guys, every guitar player needs a musical scale to belt out rockin’ riffs! The minor pentatonic scale is the secret super power of rock ‘n’ roll!  The A Minor Pentatonic Scale Consisting of just five tones (A, C, D, E, & G), […]

Three Flow Principles for Teaching Effortless Group Guitar Classes

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, June 30, 2017

Imagine for a moment you’re teaching a room full of guitar students paying rapt attention to your every word. The students are buzzing with curiosity and enthusiasm, and joy is clearly written in the smiles on their face. You lose yourself in the moment, and time melts away. That state of consciousness is known as […]

Guitar for Kids: Learn a Riff So Awesome It’s Terrifying!

Posted by Rock Dojo on Saturday, June 17, 2017

In this lesson,15-year old Luke is going to teach you the infamous guitar riff from Halloween Thing. What’s a Riff Anyways? Riffs are the short musical phrases that keep you coming back again and again to your favorite songs. From Suzie Q to Seven Nation Army, a great riff can grab you by the tail and pull you all […]

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