Should my child sign up for beginning or intermediate Rock Band?

Choosing the correct class for your child is an important consideration.  We have a beginning class as well as an intermediate class.  The information on this page should help determine the correct placement. 

Guitar Players

1. Intermediate players should know how to play "power chords" and be able to shift them around the neck quickly and in time with the music.  Click here for an explanation of "power chords."

2. Intermediate players should know the names of the notes on the 5th and 6th strings.

3. Intermediate players should be able to follow a rhythm chart with chords written above the measures or a lyric sheet with chords.  Click here for an example.

4. Give your child the music to Louie Louie and have them play it with the video in the video section.  If this is something they can play, then they are likely ready for the intermediate class.

Keyboard Players

1. Intermediate players should know how to play all major, minor and dominant chords in root position and understand inversions.

2. While it's not essential that the student knows how to read the treble and bass staff, it is helpful since some melodic lines are written in standard notation.

3. Intermediate players should be able to follow a rhythm chart with chords written above the measures or a lyric sheet with chords.  Click here for an example.  In this example your child should be able to play the chords along with the recording.  (see Youtube for a recording)  If this is something they can play, then they are likely ready for the intermediate class.

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