Archive for the ‘Student Compositions’ Category

Limited Space In Our Free Online Guitar Lesson

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, September 11, 2020

Enrich Your Child’s Life With Music As a new school year gets underway, it is undeniable that this school year will be very different for children across the country. Parents who want to keep their children safe while the effects of the Coronavirus COVID-19) pandemic linger may find themselves wondering how they can ensure enrichment […]

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 […]

New Musical Prodigies Are Born Every Day—Is Your Kid Next?

Posted by Rock Dojo on Monday, April 1, 2019

BEYOND MOZART and CHOPIN When we think of musical child prodigies, most of us travel back 300 years to Mozart. He started playing the piano at three and composed his first composition for a string trio at five. In fact, even when we think of “modern” child prodigies we still go back over a century […]

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 […]

Rock Back-to-School with Four Simple Chords!

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

As atoms are the ‘stuff of life,’ so too are chord progressions the basic building blocks of all music. Chord Progressions From Bach and Beethoven to Rihanna and Taylor Swift, every song you’ve ever heard can be reduced to a set of repeating chord changes known as chord progressions. Although chords can be combined in […]

Celebrate the Solar Eclipse with Two Terrifying Intervals on Guitar

Posted by Rock Dojo on Monday, August 21, 2017

Throughout human history, a solar eclipse was a harbinger of terror. Early civilizations believed the gods were angry, and the world would soon end after a solar eclipse. For today’s guitar lesson, we’re going to capture the horror and terror solar eclipses wrought on early civilizations in sound. The Minor Second Interval If you’ve ever […]

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: […]

3 Weird Tricks for Unleashing Your Creative Genius

Posted by Rock Dojo on Saturday, July 22, 2017

Creativity is a lens through which the every day holds within the spark of magic. Like a conjurer’s incantation, creativity transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a magician—or a genius—to be inventive because the spark of creative genius is inside of you right now. These three weird tricks will help […]

Music Theory for Beginners: The Musical Alphabet

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

      What is Music Theory? Music theory is the study of harmony, melody, and rhythm and how they interact with one another to make the music you love. A thorough understanding of music theory can help you write better riffs, improvise with greater confidence, and deepen your appreciation for the music you listen to every […]

Milo’s Creepy Fun House

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, April 29, 2016

Backing Track: Full Song: Pdf: Milo’s Creepy Fun House of Guitar Horror    

Monster Mayhem

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Would you like to terrify your friends with an awesome guitar riff? Well, Monster Mayhem is so cool, it’s downright horrifying! Written by a 10-year-old URGD student named Milo, Monster Mayhem combines repeating single note lines, whole step bends, and a furious power chord riff. 
If you’re following along with the book, The Ultimate Rock […]

17th Avenue Rock (A Robot Apocalypse)

Posted by Rock Dojo on Monday, December 14, 2015

Today’s riff combines the power and the fury of power chords with the E-natural minor scale on the 6th string and the imagination of a 10-year-old student named Jack who co-wrote this song. If you’re following along with the book, The Ultimate Rock Guitar Dojo for Kids: White Belt Edition, this study correlates directly to […]

Victory: Moveable Power Chords in G Minor

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, December 4, 2015

Although power chords are—well—powerful, they can also be tender and delicate. In this study, co-written by a 9th grade student of mine, you’ll master power chords in the key of G Natural Minor. Just remember to all open 4th string to ring throughout the entire A-section. This technique, known as a pedal tone, is used […]

Halloween Thing: A Riff so Awesome, It’s Scary

Posted by Brian Parham on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Riffs are the short repeated musical phrases that keep you coming back again and again to your favorite songs. From Suzie Q to Poker Face, a great riff can grab you by the tail and pull you in! In today’s lesson, we’re going to check out an awesome riff I composed with the help of […]