Get Started Now. Daniel Coyle has spent time in the world’s most talented places. A Moscow tennis club which had, over three years, produced more top 20 women players than the entire united states, a ski academy in Vermont which had produced over 50 olympic skiers in the past 40 years, a Dallas vocal studio which has produced millions of dollars in pop-music talent. What do these places have in common? More than you might think! The biggest take away is that talent is the result of hard work, study and general determination – not something that you’re simply born with or without. If you’re like me, that’s extremely comforting! We can change our destiny! Here are some random tips from the book, which is organized into short, digestible chapters. #1 “Stare at who you want to become.” Coyle points out that observation makes up a huge percent of time spent at these talent hotbeds. For a beginning guitarist that can mean going out to shows but it d
Get Started Now. You may have seen the 2009 Axis of Awesome video demonstrating that thousands of songs use the same chord progression. This particular progression, the most popular of them all, is called the I – V – vi – IV (one, five, six, four). In the key of G that’s G, D, Em and C. So without further ado, here are 39 songs in chronological order from 1969 – 2013, that you can play using those chords in that order. Many of them are not in the key of G originally but they can be! Click on any title for a link to a chart from somewhere on the interwebs! *hint: Can’t play all of the chords? Try messing with the “transpose” button until the first chord is G! –Oh Darling Beatles, The 1969 –Let it Be Beatles, The 1970 –Country Roads Denver, John 1971 –No Woman No Cry Marley, Bob 1974 –Beast of Burden Rolling Stones, The 1978 –So Lonely Police, The 1978 –Don’t Stop Believing Journey 1981 –
Get Started Now. How a nice simple chord of the week? Am7 is a two finger chord that can be played in place of a regular Am anytime you feel like adding a little James Taylor style flavor to your chord progression (see Fire and Rain). You can also use this one to start off Rocky Racoon by the Beatles. Have fun!
Get Started Now. Once again, hundreds of guitarists invaded Union Square on the longest day of the year to celebrate music, summer, and fun! The Spanish Channel kicked off the party! Guitar World, Guitar Mash, and Guitar Center co-hosted…and we had a guest appearance from members of Judas Priestess. ROCK. The massive jam was truly the highlight of the day. We saw old friends and made new ones, too! THANK YOU to everyone who came out and made it such a wonderful event! Here’s what people were saying about this year’s Mass Appeal: “This was the most fun I’ve had in years. I thought that I wouldn’t be able to participate much because it had been so long since I played the guitar, but everyone was so welcoming and friendly, that I felt like I had come home. Thank you!”–Marguerite “I had a great time. Saw friends I made last time and made new friends this time. Of course I leaned new songs to play. I can’t wait til next year.”
Get Started Now. We have exciting news!! This is our first ever guitar intensive for adults and we have officially confirmed our guest seminar teacher for the camp. Alex Skolnick, the lead guitarist of well-known metal band Testament (and a jazz guitar enthusiast) will be teaching a guitar seminar as part of the program! We have also confirmed Arlene’s Grocery as the venue for the final concert on Friday night August 16th! This sounds cool! ..but what exactly is the Summer Guitar Intensive for Adults? It is a five day program from August 12-16th for the advanced guitar player who is looking to radically improve their playing. In this 25 hour program, you’ll study in daily group classes and clinics, jam with fellow students in daily ensemble classes, and experience personalized coaching from an expert instructor in one-one lessons. To sign up or learn more, check out Summer Guitar Intensive Details or call 646-485-7244! Program Details -Daily guitar clinics and classes on le
Get Started Now. Have you always dreamed of recording your music, but aren’t sure where to start? Learn the basics of studio and home recording in this intensive hands-on training course. You’ll cut your teeth in a fully equipped professional recording studio under the expert guidance of a professional sound engineer. You’ll cover the basics of the equipment–how it works and how to make it work for you. You’ll also get an introduction to Pro Tools, MIDI, and the fundamentals of digital audio. Your class will culminate in a hands-on recording experience. Musical experience or background is helpful, but is not required. The 10 week class starts Tuesday, March 28th from 7-8pm. Click Here to Sign up!
Get Started Now. Come on out and support your fellow students! Our Rock Band students have been working hard in the rehearsal studio, and now it’s time for them to ROCK!!! We have so many bands this session that we’ve split the Rocktacular into two separate evenings of awesomeness. Winter Rocktacular: 2013 Rock Band Show Saturdays March 9 & 16 Fontana’s (http://fontanasnyc.com) 105 Eldridge St (btwn Broome & Grand) FREE – NO COVER. *Children under 21 cannot stay later than 8:00pm.
Get Started Now. “To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?” -Michael Jackson Feel. Groove. Pocket. Tightness. These are words often used to describe the quality of drummers, but strong rhythmic sensibility is a skill all great muscians need to hone. When I first started learning guitar, sometimes I would have the tab for a song but forget how the rhythm went. When I tried playing it, what came out sounded nothing like the song I was trying to play. Even when I learned the rhythm correctly, it still did not evoke quite the same feeling as the original. Something crucial was missing. I needed to truly internalize the beat and stop counting so I could focus on delivering the emotion of the music. So how do you go about harnessing your inner drummer? Here are some great rhythm exercises to help you become a master of the beat. 1. GET A METRONOME! Use it for everything you practice. Start s
Get Started Now. NYC Guitar School student Philip Abrams has been secretly learning to play the mandolin for two years in order to surprise his wife for their anniversary! Read on for his story…and his wife’s reaction. My wife accepted a job offer in New York, so we packed up our belongings, and moved here from San Francisco . This provided me with the perfect opportunity to take advantage of my time in New York by finding activities that continue to help me grow, even as I age. I decided that my learning to play an instrument would be a terrific surprise for my wife. I loved the sound of a mandolin and it was small enough for me to hide in our apartment. I called NYC Guitar School and was more than welcomed by that first phone call. I perceived the task ahead to be daunting, but the idea that I had a team behind me led me to believe that music could actually become part of my life. Learning to play a mandolin would be the last thing on earth my wife Jennie would expect
Get Started Now. In a city of intense work and play, endless options are presented daily in the search of the perfect after work hang out, extra activities, a life of your own outside the office.For those with a little guitar knowledge, or even proficient at the instrument, a fantastic blend of practice and entertainment has arrived; Happy Hour Guitar has been created and the buzz is building up around the city’s guitar community. Professional adults leave the office eager to hang out with other guitarists and improve their playing while having an amazing time. Here is the scenario.It is 5:31pm…the doors of the elevator shut close and you descend into real life, it is Friday. Instinctively reaching for the tie, loosening up face muscles into a relaxed grin, it is time for a beer. Holding the pick in your pocket you think to yourself:”I’ll play Hotel California even better today”, and the grin widens. “Last week’s practice was so much fun, I wonder if Jessica (is that her name?) will co