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
Get Started Now. I am in love with New York City. I always thought that it was just meant to be…that NYC was perfect for me and that I was perfect for NYC. But I just heard an alternate explanation in the form of a scientific study concluding that danger increases attraction. In other words, if potential lovers meet in a hazardous situation, such as in the middle of a narrow footbridge twisting in the wind, they are more likely to fall in love than if they meet in a safer setting, such as in the middle of the toothpaste aisle at the pharmacy.Early one morning I left Moscow, Idaho. Late that evening I arrived at LaGuardia Airport, New York City. I brought an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar, and a banjo. I had some clothing. I had a tuning fork. I even had fifty dollars to live on for the first few weeks until I got signed to a major music label. I felt more than prepared.I heaved my canvas rucksack into the back of the yellow cab and settled into the back, attempting to exude an air
Get Started Now. I have been a guitar player and singer in my and for about a year now. Our lead guitarist is sort of our…..leader. She’s got it all. She can write, she can sing, and she can organize like no one I have ever seen. It is my strong belief that every member of a band is an asset and a liability. My liability is that I am more of a beginner/intermediate than an intermediate/advanced player. My asset is my voice. I am no Aretha, but I work really hard and my voice has gotten so much better within the last year of working with my vocal coach. My lead guitarists asset is her songwriting. Like most music fans who have never written a song, I looked at her in amazement thinking…..How does she do that? How DOES one do that? Write music and lyrics and collapse them all into a meaningful, yet catchy song. I began my research. I read articles in RollingStone. I looked up how-to books. I searched for advice videos on youtube and blogs. Do you know what I found to be the answer? You s