Should my child sign up for the Select Rock Band?

Here are a list of skills students should possess to consider auditioning for the Select Rock Band

Guitar Players

1. Students considering the Select group should know how to play "open" and "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. Select players should know the names of the notes on the 5th and 6th strings.

3. Select 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 Dr. Rock and have them play it with the audio recording.    If this is something they can play, then they may be ready for the Select class.

Keyboard Players

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

2. The ability to read the treble and bass clef will be very helpful.

3. Select players should be able to follow a rhythm chart with chords written above the measures or a lyric sheet with chords.  

4. Give your child the music Dr. Rock and have them play it with the audio recording.    If this is something they can play, then they may be ready for the Select class.

Bass Players

1. Students considering the Select group should know how to create bass lines to songs with a chord chart.  ie. This might be the root or 5th of the chord or a "walking bass" line.

2. Students should know the names of the notes on the all 4 strings.

3. Select 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 Dr. Rock and have them play it with the audio recording.    If this is something they can play, then they may be ready for the Select class.

Drummers

1. Students considering the Select group should be able to play several basic "grooves" on the drum set.

2. Students considering the Select group should be able to play several some fills while keeping a steady beat.

3.  Select players should be able to follow a rhythm chart with chords written above the measures or a lyric sheet with chords. 

4. Give your child the music Dr. Rock and have them play it with the audio recording.    If this is something they can play, then they may be ready for the Select class.