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Your First 5 Melodies on Guitar | Melody #2: Frére Jacques

Posted by Brian Parham on Sunday, August 23, 2020

  Welcome back to the Rock Dojo’s latest series of free online guitar lessons for kids: Your First Five Melodies on Guitar! Last month, you learned how to play Beethoven’s classic anthem of peace and brotherhood, Ode to Joy. This week, you’ll learn how to play Frére Jacques by Jean-Philippe Rameau.   Can you remind […]

Your First 5 Melodies on Guitar | Melody #1: Ode to Joy

Posted by Brian Parham on Monday, July 20, 2020

  Welcome to our latest series of free online guitar lessons for kids. In the past, we covered your first five chords and your first five riffs. This time, we’re focusing on five classic melodies kids know and love. First up: Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven.   What’s a Melody, Anyway?  A melody is a […]

Top 5 Reasons Why Band-in-a-Box Rocks!

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a guitar teacher or a student guitarist, Band-in-a-Box (BIAB) is must-have software to take your teaching practice or your playing to the next level!  Since BIAB boasts a jaw-dropping number of features, we decided to put together our top five reasons why we love Band-in-a-Box and why we think you’ll […]

Three Must-Know Strumming Patterns for Guitar

Posted by Brian Parham on Sunday, April 19, 2020

  If you want to play the guitar, then you have to learn how to strum. It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting around the campfire or performing for your classmates, strumming is a must-know skill for every guitarist. For that reason, we put together three must-know strum patterns to help you master this essential skill. […]

5 Practical Tips for Integrating Music Education into Your Homeschooling Routine

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Most parents are familiar with the benefits of music education. For example, they know that children who study a musical instrument have better language and reading skills, higher standardized test scores, and improved math skills. What they may not know, however, is how to integrate music lessons into their homeschooling routines. For that reason, we […]

5 Reasons Why Zoom Online Guitar Lessons for Kids Rock!

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, March 26, 2020

    As millions of kids across the country and around the world are stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents are turning to online classes for their kids. So do how online guitar lessons for kids compare to in-person guitar lessons? We spent hours testing out Zoom’s features, scouring their support pages, […]

Online Group Guitar Lessons for Kids are Now Available!

Posted by Brian Parham on Sunday, March 22, 2020

  High-Quality Online Guitar Lessons for Kids are Now Available in Group Classes Since public officials closed the public schools in Oregon due to the coronavirus pandemic, we set one simple goal: to make our award-winning, introductory-level rock guitar program for kids available to students across the country. For that reason, we pulled all of […]

5 Easy Tips to Help You Homeschool Your Child

Posted by Brian Parham on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

  Nearly half of the nation’s school systems have closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, parents across the country working from home will see themselves in a new role: homeschool teachers.  For that reason, we’ve put together five tips to help you homeschool your kids during the coronavirus pandemic.     Tip […]

5 Steps for a Great Online Guitar Lessons for Kids Experience

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on everyday lives, many public schools have closed across the country. On Monday, the White House recommended parents to work from their homes and to homeschool their children as much as possible. As parents scramble to provide educational activities for kids, it’s more critical than ever to […]

Online Guitar Lessons for Kids

Posted by Brian Parham on Saturday, March 14, 2020

  As the coronavirus sweeps across the United States, public schools in twelve states including Oregon have shut down. As a result, all Portland Public School after-school activities have been canceled effective March 12th through April 13th.   Educational Activities for Kids As the public school systems are shutting down, it’s more critical than ever […]

Meet the Rock Dojo Student of the Month | February 2020

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

  At the Rock Dojo, we love celebrating our students’ hard work in the practice room, leadership skills in the classroom, and their musical progress on the guitar. That’s why we choose one student each month who rocked the hardest!     Meet the Student Who Rocked Hardest this Month | Zoe    Zoe was […]

The 750-Hour Guitar Practice Challenge!

Posted by Brian Parham on Wednesday, February 26, 2020

  If you follow this blog, then you know there is only one sure-fire way to improve your guitar playing: practice. In fact, your guitar playing skills are directly proportional to two factors: the quality of your focus as you practice and the quantity (or the total number of hours) of your guitar practice. Since […]

Your First Five Guitar Chord Progressions for Kids | Power Chord Progressions

Posted by Brian Parham on Monday, February 17, 2020

  Over the last three weeks, you learned some classic rock guitar chord progressions using the open A, D, E, & G chords. This week, you’ll learn the most mighty chord shape of all: the power chord! Buckle up because this rides about to get bumpy!     What’s a Power Chord? What’s a power […]

Your First Five Guitar Chord Progressions for Kids: I bVII IV

Posted by Brian Parham on Sunday, February 9, 2020

Over the last few weeks, you learned how to play the most popular chord progression of all-time on the guitar: The I IV V chord progression. Then, we taught you how to play a common variation, the I V IV chord progression. Combined, those are the two most common chord progressions in all genres of […]

Rock Dojo Students of the Month | January 2020

Posted by Brian Parham on Monday, February 3, 2020

  Each month, we highlight one or two students who rocked the hardest during our after-school group guitar classes in Portland, Oregon. Think of it as a digital fist bump to those students who practiced hardest, helped others the most, and set a positive example for their classmates.   Student of the Month Criteria Academic […]

The Ultimate Guitar Practice Guide for Kids and Parents

Posted by Brian Parham on Monday, February 3, 2020

Your child’s guitar skills are a result of the quantity and quality of their practice routines. For that reason, we put together the ultimate practice guide for kids & parents to help you and your child establish a rock-solid guitar practice routine! QUALITY OF GUITAR PRACTICE   Let’s begin with deliberate practice. According to James Clear, […]

Your First Five Guitar Chord Progressions for Kids | I V IV Chord Progression in A

Posted by Brian Parham on Sunday, January 26, 2020

  Last week, you learned your first guitar chord progression, Congratulations! The I IV V chord progression is probably the most common chord progression of all-time! The I IV V chord progression is found in all styles of music including country, folk, blues, rock, and even classical. It’s the foundation of famous songs including “Louie […]

Your First Five Guitar Chord Progressions for Kids | I IV V in A

Posted by Brian Parham on Monday, January 20, 2020

  Welcome to our latest series of free guitar lessons for kids. Over the last five weeks, you learned how to play a handful of guitar chords including the E, A, D, G, & C chords. Over the next five weeks, we’ll teach how to combine those basic chords with common rhythmic patterns to create […]

Your First Five Guitar Chords for Kids: C Major

Posted by Brian Parham on Friday, January 10, 2020

  Welcome back to the final lesson of Your First Five Guitar Chords for Kids. Over the last six weeks, you learned how to: To read chord diagrams. Play the E major chord. Play the A major chord. Play the D major chord. Play the G major chord. In today’s guitar lessons for kids—or beginners […]

Your First Five Guitar Chords for Kids: G Major

Posted by Brian Parham on Saturday, January 4, 2020

  Welcome back to Your First Five Guitar Chords for Kids! Over the last few weeks, you learned: How to read chord diagrams. Play the E major chord. Play the A major chord. Play the D major chord. Today, you’re going to learn how to play one of the most popular guitar chords of all: […]

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