GuitarHouston.Com is the online portal to Houston Percussion Center’s Rock Lesson Programs.
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The Houston Percussion Center offers Rock Lesson Programs in piano, guitar, bass guitar and drums. We’ve created these programs as an alternative to lessons based on popular note-reading method books. And we’ve created them in response to what you, the customer, have told us you want from a modern-day music school.
Rock Lessons are a modern approach to learning modern music.
‘Rock Lessons’ are a visual, conditioning-based, play-by-ear approach to teaching and playing music. We teach the idea of ‘creative interaction,’ a skill set that combines playing, listening and interpretation skills. This is the skill set you need to work in many professional situations. There are not many jobs where you play a part from sheet music someone else has written. There never were very many of those jobs, and their are fewer and fewer every year. Creating modern music requires skills that most music schools neglect or ignore altogether.
We use video extensively. We have many videos in our lesson library. But once you get comfortable with the basics, the backbone of our Rock Lessons library is our audio practice and jam tracks (with charts and tabs). When you’re playing along with music, you’re not looking at a screen, you’re looking at your hands.
Our approach is visual. Not because you spend your time watching someone else play. It’s visual because you learn music in visual terms. We teach theory and hand movements in terms of shapes and distances. Shapes and distances correspond to sounds and melodies. That’s how theory, technique and sound (real music) combine into one.
We are learning to read, interpret and interact with music by ear. Sight plays little or no part in actual playing, apart from learning, unless you’re looking at your hands on the instrument.
We have a lot more to tell you about our one-of-a-kind lesson programs. You can read more about Percussion Center’s innovative approach to training the next generation of creative musicians. You can even record a cover song and sell it on iTunes! It’s called our ‘Cover Song Program,’ and you can read about it below.
Each student in the Rock Program gets his or her own lesson page. Your lesson page has links to all of the lessons you’ve taken.
Music As a Vocation
Reading By Ear
Composing and Arranging Music
Cover Songs on iTunes
The Lab Band Concept