This Welcome To Paradise cover by Green Day was performed live by my guitar students at a venue in Long Beach, CA. I put together this small kid rock band to get kids to work and play songs together. Welcome To Paradise is a difficult song for kids to do a guitar cover of because there are so many different parts to it, and many of them require intricate picking and rhythm techniques.
Here is my Clocks piano cover and vocal cover of by Coldplay. This version of Clocks is arranged for beginners, and thus simplified. Overall, Clocks is a great song for beginners to learn because you learn the basics of patterns and arrangements.
This live jam of Creep by Radiohead was recorded at a student performance. The young kids here both take guitar lessons through Lessons That Rock and worked hard at being able to play this song form start to finish, as well as how to play in front of a large crowd, and with other musicians in a live setting. It might not seem like a lot, but those are big steps to take when you’re just 12 years old!
In this beginning piano lesson, we will learn how to play Clocks on piano by Coldplay. Clocks is a great piano song for beginners to learn as it incorporates a few basic elements that repeat over and over throughout the song. It can also be simplified for beginners and made more difficult for more advanced piano players.
This electric guitar cover and vocal cover of The Middle by Jimmy Eat World was recorded live at a Recital That Rocks at a home. The kids in this video worked hard at playing their songs from start to finish for their friends and family in the audience.
This live jam of House of the Rising Sun by the Animals was recorded by my guitar students and myself at a home performance. The performance, known as a Recital That Rocks aims to put together groups of students to help them learn how to play together with each other, and gain some experience performing live in front of an audience.
This full band, guitar and vocal cover of Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones as recorded live at a student performance featuring a kid rock band I helped put together. Our kid rock band focuses on playing easy guitar covers to help them gain experience and confidence as young musicians. Each of the kids in the band has taken both private music lessons, and group music lessons to help them prepare by learning songs from start to finish, and learn how to work, play and cooperate well with other musicians.
This live vocal and guitar cover of Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison was recorded at a student performance. The students in this video hadn’t met until the day of the performance, which is a great testament to how much they practiced, considering how well the song came off.
This live full band cover of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen was recorded by two guitar students and myself playing cajon. My students prepared for a couple of weeks to help them learn how to work with other players, play in front of an audience, and of course, learn how to continue playing through the song no matter what happens.