So you want to learn to play the guitar? You dream of being able to strum your favorite songs. You watch in awe and envy as others seem to be able to play so effortlessly. You ask yourself, "Why can't I do that?"
Well if you are reading this, you can. And not just because of some fancy blog post. But I am telling you that I have seen all sorts of beginners succeed at this instrument. Here are 3 tricks to help you see to it that you join the club of guitar players, worldwide.
1.) Get in and stay in.
100% of the people who succeed at the guitar don't give up. They keep on strumming even if their fingers hurt. They keep coming to GUITAR LESSONS even if they had a bad week. They understand that it is a long-term relationship. Not a sprint. At the same token, 100% of those fail end up quitting the early phases or they never try at all. Let us encourage you and keep you accountable with GUITAR LESSONS right here in LITTLETON!
2.) Keep realistic expectations.
Many people who take guitar lessons see others on television playing flashy things and want to do the same thing. Who can blame you? Just remember - flashy comes with repetition. The more you repeat the right things, the better you get! The better you get, the more fun you will have! Just don't set it down if you find yourself playing basic songs to begin with. Keep those expectations real and enjoy the ride.
3.) Listen for songs you love.
There is not ONE way to learn the guitar. That's why there are thousands of opinions online. What you need is a great guitar teacher to help you find out what YOU want to play. If you have song titles in front of you that excite you, you will get better on the guitar. It's always true! Not sure what songs to learn? Start listening for them. Imagine yourself playing them as you listen to the radio or your favorite playlists. Write them down. The more you listen for them, the more you will realize you can do it, too.
Like what you read here? Feel free to comment below. Also, contact us today for more information about GUITAR LESSONS right here in Littleton, CO. We have a staff of patient and friendly teachers waiting to cheer you along!
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Let's face it. You are busy. You jump between soccer, lacrosse, baseball, or all of the above. You have school, homework, dinner (snuck in somewhere), and a few seconds to pet Wuffy the dog. Life can be hectic for you to say the very least. So when you are looking to fit MUSIC LESSONS into your lively mix, how on earth do you decide where to go?
Cover the house in foam and padding. Bust out the professional-grade ear plugs. Give up the idea that your kid will ever learn to "play music." Because you are doomed. Your kid wants to play the drums.
Ok. Slow down. I understand that there are a lot of pre-conceived notions about playing the drums. I won't try and sugar-coat the volume thing, either.
But, you can take a sigh of relief for just a moment as I can promise you one thing. Learning to play the drums is every bit as good for your kid or teen (or even YOU as an adult student) as learning to play the piano. In fact, if you walk with me for a moment, I will try and make that very case to you.
Drums don't HAVE to be loud.
Yesterday I spoke with a mom who was calling about drum lessons. I could hear in her voice the concerns with cost but also the worry about having to go out and get a "full-scale" drum set. This could perhaps be one of the biggest barriers in the minds of parents who want to play drums themselves or their kids do. But not to worry! We can explain what a practice pad is and how we encourage drummers to start easy. For less than $50 you can buy a quality practice pad and a pair of drum sticks and play drums at home after DRUM LESSONS. Click here to see an example of a practice pad AND drums sticks available for purchase online. You can also browse a wide selection of these items at many music retailers nearby.
We have the kits here.
But what if my kid wants to try to play a full drum set while we wait and see if he/she is really "into it?" We've got you covered. Here at LITTLETON SCHOOL OF MUSIC we have EIGHT drum kits that we use in our DRUM LESSONS. Depending on the day, we have adult and kid students playing in rooms with (2) drum kits so they can play with their instructor side-by-side. Also, we have rooms set up with the full band experience including guitar amps, keyboards, microphones, and more. Come in for lessons and we promise you even if just your kid wants to play drums, you can bang a bit, too!
Earplugs are a staple item here as well.
We want you and your kid to be able to enjoy hearing music for decades to come. That's why we insist on keeping a steady supply of FREE ear plugs here for every student and teacher. But how will I hear my drums with ear plugs in? Not to worry! You can still hear the drums very nicely without the damaging effects of loud volume. Also, we provide them for you and your kid to take home with you. So you can rest easy, we have your ears in mind too.
Drums are good for the brain.
PIANO LESSONS are very popular here and for good reason. But so are DRUM LESSONS! In fact, we are proud to be the #1 spot for learning to play the drums with a great staff, many kits, and tons of space to stretch out. But that's not all.
Scientific studies have proven year after year that Music Lessons are so good for your kid's brain. They help with test scores, memory, and confidence. And there is no distinction between piano and drums here. Students who learn to play the drums are also learning to read music, understand rhythm, grasp high levels of coordination, and...let's not forget...LOOKING SO COOL while doing it.
So please give us a call if you have more questions. We understand if you are hesitant to jump into the deep end with drums. But if you are also a parent who can't wait to hear the ROCK...give us a shout. We look forward to hearing from you.
And don't worry about foaming up the house just yet.
To learn more about our LITTLETON DRUM LESSONS the next step is easy. You can either:
1.) Call us today at (303) 972-7625 and someone friendly and patient will answer your questions. OR...
2.) Click HERE to REQUEST INFO and we will reach out to you.
Parents of kids and teens in Littleton, Denver, Highlands Ranch! I am writing to you. This is your chance. This is the chance to not just get your kids out of the house and doing something FUN this summer, but also to get them learning! Every year new and returning students come to our SUMMER CAMP to learn how to play in a band for the first time, or for many times over. But that's not all.
What better way to treat your kid or teen to something exciting than signing up for this? Have they wanted to be in a band but weren't sure if they could be? Now is your chance! What about wanting to help improve your kids grades and confidence? It is a scientific fact that MUSIC LESSONS help improve brain function and confidence for kids and teens...and they have fun at the same time!
There is only one problem four our Littleton Summer Camp.
We only let in (25) kids this year for the week of June 18th - June 23rd. That's it. We have TONS of activities planned like never before including guest artists, a brand new venue downtown for the final show and a field trip to DART WARZ. All of this is included in your registration cost, payments plans are available, and it is all easy to do!
So do you have a kid or teen that is learning SINGING, GUITAR, BASS, PIANO, DRUMS, or all of the above? Then you owe it to them to call us today so you don't miss your spot! Follow the link below to register or call us today to learn more. It's just entirely too exciting to pass up!
We hope see YOU for SUMMER CAMP 2018 before it fills up.
As promised, here is the link to signup : HERE. or...
Call Today! (303) 972-7625.
You are busy, we get it. You have a family. You have a job. You play golf, you travel, or you read every Harry Potter novel in rotation. Whatever has got your time, has got it good. But you just want to learn to play the GUITAR!
So how do you fit your bucket-list item into an already packed schedule? Well, I am here to tell you the top (3) reasons adults love taking GUITAR LESSONS here at the wonderful, LITTLETON SCHOOL OF MUSIC.
1.) We are patient.
Because you are so keen on becoming a wizard on your free time, we know GUITAR LESSONS are not the #1 priority in your life. At least not right now anyway. But that's ok! We can't tell you how many times we have heard adult students enrolled say with a heartfelt sigh, "I just didn't have time to practice this week."
Don't worry. Don't give up! You are playing the guitar arguably MORE when you come to PRIVATE LESSONS, right? You're on the right track.
So come get yourself on our lessons calendar and take as long as it takes to learn to play your favorite songs. It took patience for us to learn to play the guitar so we get it. We have that patience for you.
2.) Our MUSIC LESSONS are catered to your exact wishes (almost).
You get to order your meals at a restaurant just how you like them. You can program your television and radios just the way you want. Why not have some say in how your GUITAR LESSONS go?
Hold on! We are still experts at teaching MUSIC LESSONS. So we don't leave the direction entirely up to you. But we do have an easy, step-by-step way of getting you to your goals. However, if you don't want to learn the same songs everyone else likes, we will listen. We will teach you those songs instead.
Whatever your flavor in GUITAR LESSONS including ACOUSTIC GUITAR LESSONS, ELECTRIC GUITAR LESSONS, or if you like to alternate...we have the capacity. So let's go "un-plugged" like Eric Clapton. Or let's plug in and wail like Brian May.
3.) You can join a band here! (if you want)
It's one thing to play along with your favorite records in your basement. It is another thing entirely to live out your dream in FULL with other learning musicians around your same age and skill.
This is where we help you shine. Check out our Pop and Rock Band Program to learn more about this unique opportunity that few music schools can offer or even try to offer. Also, we have been coaching bands of all ages since 2006. With 12 years of experience, we have seen a LOT of what can happen in a band.
The bottom line is, we help you look good. Whether it's in a band, in GUITAR LESSONS only, or if you want to combine them with other lessons like SINGING LESSONS...we are here for you. You can also click HERE to see an example of a great beginner's acoustic guitar package available to purchase online. There are many pricing options to choose from so if you get lost or have questions, we can help you decide.
So stop wishing and call us now! Registration is easy and lessons are first-come, first-serve. Click here to: REQUEST INFO.
We can't wait to meet you and show you around!
As we approach 2018, we are so grateful for so many things. We are grateful to see the best and highest increase of enrollment in our 11 year history. We are thankful for more and more qualified and patient teachers who are joining our team. Overall, we are just thankful. We were asked recently by a parent to post about our Littleton Voice Lessons more. We heard you loud and clear! But instead of just telling you what we think about our voice classes, we thought we would tell you what others are saying instead.
We Are Patient.
Singing is a very rewarding thing to do. In fact, of all the instruments we teach at Littleton School of Music, Singing Lessons are by far some of the most interactive and engaging. But with all of that, they can also be the most nerve-racking. Students realize early-on that without the aid of another instrument, singing can feel very "vulnerable" or more "risky" to do in front of other people. That's where our patience comes in. A Vocal Student recently told us, "you know what I love about taking Voice Lessons here? The fact that you are patient with me. You let me sing my stuff and don't rush to correct every single note."
We Teach Songs You Want to Sing.
Many of our Voice Teachers have studied in high level institutions and continue to take Private Lessons themselves. They have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. In other words, they know how hard it can be to learn certain styles of music.
Classical Voice Lessons for example are extremely different than pop Vocal Lessons, and nothing like rock or heavy metal Singing Lessons altogether. While our teachers have had to learn these different styles of singing to become the best teachers possible, you don't have to. Come in with your iPod, phone, or "device" and let us hear what you like to sing. Don't have a device? Don't sweat it. We do! Recently a student left her setlist at home but a teacher was ready to use our own wifi connection and devices to pull up the song right away. She said, "I just love that you don't force me to sing songs that I don't want to sing like other teachers I have had."
We Host Several Recitals and Shows Every Year.
Students love singing for us in Music Lessons. They even like to combine their Voice Lessons with Guitar Lessons, Piano Lessons, Bass Lessons, or even Drum Lessons. The point is, they enjoy sharing their passion for music in general. But eventually it becomes time to show others what they've got.
Our students can decide anytime to participate in our recitals and open mics and sing. In these shows, students can sing for a smaller crowd. And for the more ambitious students, they earn their way into our larger rock music showcases like our upcoming Pink Floyd show and sing as a solo act or in a band. How cool is that? We recently registered a Voice Student who was too nervous to even think about singing in front of a crowd. She then bravely signed up for a show at a local coffee shop that we hosted. She was blown away. Afterwards she said to more than one teacher, "I love that you host these shows so my family can come and take pictures and cheer me along!"
There you have it! We are so honored to be serving Littleton, Colorado for more than a decade with fun, patient, and engaging Music Lessons. Give us a call today at (303) 972-7625 or request more info here. We would love to see what style you want to learn. Who knows? Maybe we can help you join a band in our band program, or you can sing as a solo artist at a local show. If you can dream it, we can help!
With Black Friday just a few days away, you may be searching for a new guitar, or keyboard, or just more music gear. If you are, cool! Here are some helpful notes when you step into the local guitar store this Friday specifically to look for a new or used guitar.
Recently I found myself in the market for a new guitar. I’d known for months that I needed a new acoustic guitar. The music I love to play just wasn’t working with what I had. I found that the guitar I had was great for singer/songwriter music, but not optimal for instrumental pieces.
I’d finally talked myself into looking for a new guitar. But when you’re looking for a new instrument, you’ll find yourself playing the game "20 questions" with yourself. Maybe some questions are more technical like “what type of pick-up(s) does the guitar have?” or "what type of wood was used to make it?" But the fun questions can include: “How cool does it look?” or "Is it my favorite color?"
Here are a few things I learned in my most recent endeavor!
What type of music are you playing?
Of course if you’re playing acoustic music, you’re probably not looking for an electric guitar! Each genre of music tends to have their guitar standards. Metal tends to lean towards Jackson or Schecter guitars. Blues and rock players like Gibson and Fender. While Martin and Taylor guitars rule the acoustic sound.
What do your top 3 favorite artists play?
You might find that your favorite "guitar gods" all favor the same type of guitar. That really helps your search! In my case, I found that Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, and Joe Satriani all play Ibanez guitars. Sold! Find out what your favorite artists prefer and that’ll help you find the sound you’re looking for!
Pick up a few guitars
On paper they all look great! Maybe you’ve already got your eyes set on “the guitar”. Play it first! Each guitar has a different neck, weight, bridge. There are so many factors into what makes a guitar feel good and your guitar should feel perfect! Once you think you’ve found the one, don’t be afraid to checking out another guitar or two… just to be sure.
Give it time
If you’re anything like me, you’ll walk into a guitar store and want to buy seven guitars right then and there. I’m always far too eager to add a new guitar to my collection. From this though, I’ve learned- take your time! Don’t rush any decisions. You want to be sure this is the guitar that’s right for you in the way it sounds, looks, and feels.
Keep these tips in mind next time you go check out a new guitar and I’m sure they’ll help narrow it down to the perfect guitar. Once you've picked up the new axe, visit us at Littleton School of Music and we'll help you learn to play to your potential! Come see why we are a great choice for Denver Area Music Lessons in Guitar, Voice, Singing, Drums, Piano, Bass, and more!
We all know that being a musician is a labor of love. There is no magic potion that takes you from barely knowing an A chord to shredding Van Halen in a day. There are no shortcuts! So why am I offering ways to “instantly” get better? Is it even possible to help you play better by reading this article? Why, yes it is.
Playing better doesn’t mean skipping steps. It doesn’t mean going from beginner to advanced in 3 short days. "Better" means using what you have as a musician currently and making it sound the absolute best that you can. These “tricks” can be adapted for any level of musician and work!
Take 2 minutes to warm up to your instrument. Take a moment to get in the game and get ready to perform or practice. You’re not going to play your best the moment you pick up a guitar. Go through an exercise or hit a few chords. Once your hands have warmed up to your instrument you are ready to play better than if you had just grabbed it and started jamming.
Often times we forget about dynamics. You control the volume more than your amplifier does. Generally we start crushing the drum kit or play chords as loud as we can as soon as we start learning to play. But your accent notes can get lost in the loudness. If you want people to hear your chord changes, you can make them louder but also make the other notes quieter. Put yourself in control of the volume and you’ll add so much more to your playing.
No. I am not asking you to play at 1 beat per minute. It’s just a natural tendency to speed up once you’re grooving, especially if you’re with a band. One person speeds up, and everybody else does. Another person speeds up and a song that started at 120bpm is now 150bpm. That sure is a huge difference! Pace yourself and let your songs "breathe"... so to speak. Nobody wants to hear the faster, 3-minute version of Stairway to Heaven.
Play With Emotion
No matter how technically proficient you are, if you’re not feeling the song, you are missing the point! A sad song never sounds better than when you are sad yourself. Be in the moment with your song. Try and learn to feel the emotion the song calls for...and play into that feeling.
Let that last note ring out
Whether you’re just practicing or you’re on stage, let the last note ring out. That last note means you’ve accomplished something! It’s the last note in your scale exercises or the last chord of a song. Let it sing long as a victory! If you end a song too quickly it may be jarring for your audience. Even if you think you let songs ring out, give it another few seconds to sink in.
So from here on, every time you pick up drum sticks or your guitar keep these in mind and you’ll instantly hear a difference. What’s stopping you? Go grab a guitar now and start rocking! And of course we always love to mention that if you are looking for Guitar Lessons and general Music Lessons in Littleton, CO we are a great place to look! Call us today and we can help you secure your spot. (303) 972-7625.
Drummers have a reputation for being… well, just plan wild! It’s no mystery that drummers tend to be the loudest and craziest musician in your group. If you’ve ever jumped behind a kit it may baffle you how one can move all four limbs at different times and make it music. In our Littleton Drum Lessons we see all kinds of amazing things. So before you go buy a drum machine, here are a few things that make drummers so cool!
Got a problem?
Drummers have been scientifically proven to be great problem solvers! After playing various beats, researchers then gave drummers a quiz of 60 questions that required problem-solving skills. The drummers who kept the steadier beats scored higher on the test.
Even in a band of shoe gazers the drummer has to keep their body moving. A touring drummer is shown to exert the same energy as a football player during a game. Any instrument will isolate certain muscle groups, but drummers work out more muscles, as they use more of their body for their instrument. Also, unlike most instruments, drums require you to get that cardio going!
Playing drums can increase your focus and even your memory. Students who have had a hard time focusing in classes have increased performances when introduced to drumming! In many cases, patience with Alzheimer’s that were introduced to drum therapy, have maintained memory and in fact, regained function of their memory.
If your band is one arm short of a Def Leppard cover band, start looking for a drummer! Drum machines don’t have souls or that wild personality to keep your band on your toes. If you’re looking for a rocking drum instructor, come visit us at Littleton School of Music and meet some of our great instructors. You can sign up and start lessons today! Come see why we are such a great option for Denver Area Music Lessons.
Let’s face it- we’re on our phones more than we’re on our instrument. Maybe that’s because you can’t particularly take your drum kit into a classroom, or break out playing the guitar solo to “Free Bird” on the train.
Here are a few handy apps to keep your musical brain running and learning even when you can’t practice your instrument!
Guitar Tuna is the best tuning app for guitars. If you’re new to guitar and don’t know how to use a tuner this is perfect! The first app I’ve known to tell you if your pitch is too high or too low. Once your string is in tune the app will notify you with a little “ping” sound- which is a great audible notification. Guitar Tuna also has a chord library to help any level of musician. Check out multiple voicings of chords from C major to a C7#9!
The best website for looking up charts, and tabs to your favorite songs, on multiple instruments is an app! What makes this app awesome? Guitar is in the name but you can also find drum and bass tablature. Also, the charts you find- you can transpose them to different keys just with a click- how amazing!
Finally, a metronome app I can hear over my drums! With past apps, I could never hear my metronome when playing drums. The clicks on this metronome are very bright so you can hear every beat. The layout of this app makes it simple to adjust your tempo with a tap feature, dial, or typing in your BPM. Adjust your time signature and accent notes too! It’s a great app that’s easy to use.
Music Tutor is like flash cards for sight-reading! Want to get better at reading bass clef? Treble clef? Ledger lines? The range of learning with Music Tutor is fantastic. You can start with just a few notes on treble clef, or challenge yourself to read sharps and flats on any given clef!
Just because you can’t play your instrument every moment of the day like you want to, doesn’t mean you can’t practice. If you have a favorite music app that you like to use- please comment and let us know!
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