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Let’s Rock!

Beginning Rock Band
Mondays, 6:00-7:00 @ the MLE Annex

Beginning Rock Band is a 60 minute weekly class open to students ages 12 and up who have basic proficiency on guitar, bass, vocals, or drums (other instruments considered). Students will learn the basics of playing and improvising as a team in a fun and energetic environment. The instructor for this class is guitarist Thomas Clippinger. Cost is $40/month for students enrolled in private lessons at MLE and $50/month for non-MLE students, plus a one-time registration fee of $10. Limit of 6 students.

 

Advanced Rock Band
Wednesdays, 6:45-7:45 @ the MLE Annex

Advanced Rock Band is a 60 minute weekly class open to students ages 12 and up who are proficient on guitar, bass, vocals, or drums (other instruments considered). Students will learn how to perform and improvise as a team in a fun and energetic environment. The instructor for this class is guitarist and keyboardist Lyndon Thacker. Cost is $40/month for students enrolled in private lessons at MLE and $50/month for non-MLE students, plus a one-time registration fee of $10. Limit of 6 students.

While there are no try outs for Advanced Rock Band, students looking to enroll should meet the following requirements in order to ensure they get the most out of the class:

Guitarists
Be comfortable playing a blues in the keys of E and A
Be comfortable improvising on the pentatonic scale
Be able to play the main open chords (E, Em, G, A, Am, D, Dm, B7, C)
Be able to play E and A type barre chords
Be able to play 2-3 songs all the way through
Be able to name and play all the notes on the low E and A strings
Be able to listen to other instruments and not play over them

Bass
Be comfortable playing a blues in the keys of E and A
Be able to name and play all the notes on the low E and A strings
Be able to play 2-3 songs all the way through
Understand the root, fifth, root shape on the E, A, and D strings
Be able to listen to other instruments and not play over them.

Keyboard
Be comfortable playing a blues in the keys of E and A
Be able to improvise on the pentatonic scale
Be able to play a song based on chord charts
Be able to play a bass line with the left hand and improvise with the right hand
Have a working knowledge of chords and chord structure
Know and be able to play all the major scales
Be able to listen to other instruments and not play over them.

Drums
Be able to keep a strong beat
Be able to play 2-3 songs all the way through
Have a working knowledge of a few different grooves/feels
Be able to listen to other instruments and not play over them
(Basic note-reading experience preferred)

 

 

Lyndon Thacker, instructor, is a lifelong musician and keyboard, guitar, and percussion instructor at Music Lessons Express. In addition to teaching private lessons and rock band, Lyndon is an active performer in the Tallahassee music scene and can be seen playing with Garnet and Soul, Mind Medicine, and HighTest, among others.  Lyndon Thacker, instructor, is a lifelong musician and keyboard, guitar, and percussion instructor at Music Lessons Express. In addition to teaching private lessons and rock band, Lyndon is an active performer in the Tallahassee music scene and can be seen playing with Garnet and Soul, Mind Medicine, and HighTest, among others.

Thomas Clippinger, instructor, is currently the guitar teaching assistant at the Florida State College of Music, where he is pursuing his doctorate in guitar performance. Previously, he studied classical and jazz guitar at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. In addition to teaching private lessons for the past six years, Thomas also taught and led masterclasses at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, CO.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]