The Rockschool Grade books are not only a fantastic teaching aid but my students find the songs great to learn. The songs are based on famous songs by the likes of ACDC, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix etc. In each book there are 6 songs in various styles from rock to blues, funk and reggae.
The books all come with backing tracks to play along to and wether you are learning guitar,bass,drums or piano Rockschool has a book for you!
If you wish to take the grade you simply learn 3 of the 6 songs,learn to play a few scales and complete a couple of oral tests and you’re ready to go.
Going from debut grade right up to grade 8 and with the student gaining UCAS points at grade 5 they really are an excellent learning tool for any budding musician!
Thinking of learning an instrument, wondering what you could do with your music once you get to a good standard?
Then, if like me you are a struggling rock star with more emphasis on the struggling than the rockstar you might want to consider joining a wedding/function band.
As with all jobs there are good and bad points. Let’s start with the good….
The money for a start! Being in a wedding band is fairly well paid compared to playing pub gigs.
It can also be a lot of fun playing weddings and parties with your band mates.
Our band also gets to play in many nice venues around the country , many of which are set in beautiful grounds.
Meeting lots of nice people is another good thing about the job and they are normally in good spirits as it’s either their special day or party time (or both)!
There are a few negatives though.
Commitment is essential and you need to be available at weekends and bank holidays as this is when the vast majority of the work is.
Band work can also be unpredictable with the summer months being a lot busier than the winter months, where work can be a little scarce. A negative for my band, however great for those who are looking for a band for a wedding or event in the quieter months as many bands offer discounts including my band Superfuzz!
Then there is the music itself! You won’t be playing your favourite blues or any zeppelin-esque riffs, instead a lot of it is middle of the road cheese but we try to keep our sets as good as possible for a wedding group.
Overall being in a function band is a lot of fun! We have a lot of laughs and the odd beer and if you are committed and have the necessary skill to turn your hand to lots of different styles of music then it might just be for you!
If you’re looking for a wedding or function band then why not consider my band Superfuzz.
Superfuzz are the best function and wedding band in the country, with years of experience and expertise to get your party going!
What Level Freya was at the start of her Piano Lessons.
I have been teaching Freya the keyboard for a year of so now. She was a complete beginner when she first started at the age of 10. The piano lessons take place in her home which saves her parents driving out to me and waiting for Freya whilst she has her lessons! This method of lessons is a real winner with parents!
Where Freya has got to with her Piano Lessons so far…
I started her piano lessons off by teaching her some basic chords and some simple tunes. Freya has done well and is now progressing on to her Grade 1 Rock School exam. Freya is loving the different styles of music in the Rock School grade 1 book.
We have completed a jazzy tune called Ten to Ten in the Rock School book and we are now working on the blues shuffle ‘Choo choo train boogie’ which is a bluesy shuffle in the style of Jimmy Yancey and Clarence ‘Pine top’ Smith.
What’s next for Freya and her Piano Lessons?
Freya hopes to take her Grade 1 Rock School exam early next year.
Looking for Piano Lessons in Rugby?
If you’re looking for song based or Rock School grade based Piano Lessons in Rugby or the surrounding villages then don’t hesitate to give me a call!