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Get ready to take a New York City stage by storm!
Join other friendly, excited and music-loving New Yorkers in a full band, with room for vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass and drums. Choose, rehearse, and arrange songs under the guidance of an expert instructor, and work as a team toward a performance on stage at The Delancey, a New York City nightclub in the Lower East Side. Bands rehearse for two hours, once a week, for seven weeks before the show. We will help place you in a band with people of similar ability and taste, at a time that works for you.
1 - Rock Band 101 - How to Be In a Band
Have you always wanted to strut your stuff on stage in a real rock band, but have no idea how to get there? Now you can! In this 8-week class, you'll learn how to listen to and play with others, how to set up and adjust amps and drums, and how to arrange songs. You'll learn several songs covering the various essential rock styles. If you're a guitar player, you'll even learn to play a bit of both bass and drums (even if you've never touched either) in order to understand their role in the band. YOU WILL NOT PERFORM AT THE SHOWCASE (to allow you simply to focus on getting the hang of rehearsing), but this course will prepare you to join Rock Band 2 - Intermediate Rock Band (which will perform at the Showcase). Spots available for Vocals, Keys, Bass, Drums, and up to 4 guitars. If there is not a bassist or drummer enrolled, guitarists will take turns playing those instruments, with help from your instructor.
Requirements: Completed Guitar V: Advanced Beginners or equivalent. Be able to quickly switch between barre chords. Be able to strum entire songs in rhythm without stopping.
2 - Intermediate Rock Band
You do have experience playing in a group, or have completed Level 1: Rock Band 101. Be comfortable with barre chords, mixed rhythms, single note lines, song structure, band equipment, and rehearsal etiquette. Your band WILL perform at the showcase.
3 - Advanced Rock Band
You have extensive experience playing in a group, or have completed Level 2: Intermediate Rock Band. You are no stranger to the stage, and know how to get a great sound out of your instrument. You are a good listener and play well with others, giving attention to arrangements and performance beyond simply playing the right notes. Your band WILL perform at the showcase.
3 - Vocal Harmony Band
Take a deep dive into the pure pleasure of building and singing harmonies with others. As an ensemble made of acoustic instruments (no electric guitar and no drum set), revel in the creation and performance of 2,3, and 4 part harmonies with all or most members of the band playing their instruments at the same time.
Build your vocal skills in an acoustic ensemble setting. Learn how to stack harmonies, interval recognition, ear training, using scale degrees to identify harmonies, straight tone singing, vowel placement and more!
REQUIREMENTS: the ability to match pitch, beginning to advanced guitar skills. Brief audition may be required. Because this band is acoustic instruments only, it will be in a regular classroom NOT a rented rehearsal room.
- We make every effort to limit Intermediate & Advanced bands to 2 guitarists, although in some cases, we may run a band with 3 guitarists rather than not run it at all (as four people total are needed).
- Rehearse in premium high-end rehearsal studios (such as Ultra Sound) in our building
- Drummers in regular (Non-Custom) bands pay a special low rate
Level 1 - Rock Band 101: Eight 2-hour rehearsals, no performance - $650 ($590 for returning students, $450 for drummers).
Levels 2 & 3 – Intermediate & Advanced Rock Bands: Seven 2-hour rehearsals plus the show - $650 ($590 for returning students, $450 for drummers).
Vocal Harmony Band: Seven 2-hour rehearsals plus the show. This band is held in a regular classroom, NOT a rented rehearsal studio - $422.50 ($383.50 for returning students)
Or get together with your friends and do a CUSTOM* option at $2200 total (split it with 4 or more friends and save). See note below.
*CUSTOM BANDS mean you, not we, select your entire lineup, and you DO have the option to have a teacher play an instrument. If you need us to find players to fill out your lineup, it will be considered a Non-Custom Band.
Rock Bands are driven by three things - current students, friends, and drummers!
* Only one discount per person.
Rock Band was about as much fun as I think I could have. - Nick
Who says dreams don't come true? - Martin
I had a blast! - Bruce
The energy was so positive. Thanks again! What a great outcome, we had a blast. - Liz B.
The rock band program is great. Jon was a solid music director and kept us focused on our goal. He took 5 strangers and turned us into a band. Fontana's provided the perfect venue to showcase our work. - Jim
Rock Band was really so fun! Thoroughly enjoyed it. - Arthur
I still can't believe that I was actually on that stage singing, it was like being in a dream! The whole experience from the first rehearsal to the last song at Fontana's was very special to me and something I will always remember. I was really nervous and scared but not anymore! I am really lucky to be part of this and I look forward to continuing. All my thanks to Jaime, Kyle G. and the staff for your kindness, hard work, excellent music education, behind the scenes efforts and constant support...You guys make it all happen and bring the rock music to life!! - Liz G.
Q: What do I need to bring to class?
A: If you play guitar or bass, please bring your instrument and a cable. If you play drums, please bring drumsticks. Everyone, please bring your fervent desire to rock!
Guitarists and Bassists: You are responsible for bringing your own instruments. We have a limited number of instruments available for you to use for free, but ONLY if your band practice is held within regular school hours (10am – 9:30pm Mon to Thurs and 12pm – 6pm on Sat & Sun) and ONLY if those instruments happen to be available. If you don't bring an instrument and we don't have one, you'll have to rent one from one of the rental studios in our building.
Q: What if my band wants to schedule extra rehearsals with our teacher present?
A: Great! Just contact Dylan, the Rock Band Coordinator, at RockBand@NYCGuitarSchool.com and we'll set it up for you. We'll make sure that your teacher is available.
If you'd like to book extra rehearsals without your teacher present, then you can book it directly with the rehearsal studio of your choice.
Q: Why is there an extra week between the last rehearsal and the show, with no official rehearsal scheduled? Why don't you just run rehearsals right up to the show date?
A: We used to, and it was a disaster! If a rehearsal was cancelled because of bad weather or other emergencies, we were left with no time to reschedule it, and no one wants to hit the stage feeling less than fully-rehearsed. Also, many bands found they wanted to sneak in an extra rehearsal or two in the final week, and without that extra "empty" week, there was just no wiggle room. So it's mainly a buffer to make sure everyone gets their complete 7 rehearsals.
Q: How many people must be registered for a REGULAR (Non-Custom) Band to run?
A: Four. We cannot run a Non-Custom Band with fewer.
Q: How many people must be registered for a CUSTOM Band to run?
A: Any number (integers only), within reason. Hence the Custom bit.
Q: My Custom Band loved having Slash teach us on Sunday nights at midnight. How do we ensure we have that specific teacher and time slot again?
A: A Custom Band gets priority for a specific teacher and time slot for the next consecutive session only. If your band took a break, we can’t guarantee that teacher and time slot the following session. For example, you loved having Slash on Sunday nights at midnight in the Spring session. Your band took the Summer session off. Meanwhile, a new group signed up for that Sunday midnight spot with Slash during the Summer, so that new group will have priority for the Fall session.
Q: I requested a spot in a Regular (Non-Custom) Band and was told I could have it. Then I got news I was bumped and would have to find a different time slot. Not cool! What gives?!
A: We don’t like doing this. However, our reasoning is based in trying to do the greatest good. Custom Bands will always have priority for a given teacher and time slot IF (and only if) there are fewer than 4 people currently signed up. We feel the world is better served by having one band run for certain; than to say no, only to have no bands run because we couldn’t find a fourth band member for the Regular band that was in that slot.
Adult Rock Band at NYC Guitar School is like no other program! Here's how we're able to make it work!
1. We will always try to book five students into a Open (Non-Custom) Band, but it takes at least four including a drummer to rock! Bands with less than four people will be rescheduled one to two weeks later while we get more people signed up. Bands that have been re-scheduled once and are still short on members will be cut and students will either receive refunds or be placed in other bands. Exceptions are CUSTOM bands (where you have your own lineup already and do NOT want us to add anyone -- the total cost is split evenly among all band members).
2. Be open-minded and ready to work with those who may have differing approaches to the creative process. Just like real rock stars, bands are subject to having creative differences! Chilled-out attitudes are welcome.
3. Each band is a one-of-a-kind assortment of people and songs which will never occur again in this time/space continuum--so there are no refunds or credits!
4. Everybody deserves to have a say in the set list! Each student should plan on suggesting three songs they'd like to play, and the band as a group will pick one song from each student. (But the teacher may veto songs based on playing level, arrangement, difficulty, etc.)