Music theory is often disliked by students due to its academic nature, but this is where students learn the building blocks of music. This helps them develop important skills to communicate instructions to fellow musicians, compose for an ensemble, understand and adapt to what other musicians in the band are playing, etc.
What is the minimum age to start learning any instrument?
Minus 9 months. Start in the womb! NOT!
Rockfarm takes admissions of children above 9 years, since we have programs for learning to play instruments and singing. Programs for children below 9 years generally include listening to music and music games for which training is not available at Rockfarm as of now.
Also, children below the age of 9 are not equipped to learn the language of music (staff notations). Plus, physical growth of the children also plays an important role in learning instruments like guitar, violin, piano, drums and even singing. Hence it is recommended not to enrol children below 9 years of age but rather expose them to different kinds of music at home or bring them regularly to Rockfarm’s Weekend Jam. This will prepare the children for effective music learning and also help them choose an instrument.
I/my kid want(s) to learn music, but do not know which instrument to enroll for?
Lock your kid in a room of instruments and wait to hear “noise” coming from one particular instrument. There you go. Bingo!
Choice of instrument is often difficult to make. It is recommended that you choose an instrument which you/your child has a liking for. This will make sure the interest level remains while learning. Often choice of instrument depends on you having seen your friend play a particular instrument or it enabling you to be a part of the school performance/band; and there is nothing wrong with that if the student remains interested in learning the instrument. If you do not have any preference, we can have a counselling session with the staff and take a tour of the academy, or attend the Weekend Jam where we have regular student performances of all the instruments. This will help attract you/your child to a particular instrument.
If I am absent for a particular class, will I miss the topic?
Yes! Mortal loss!
No. We deliberately have smaller batch sizes so that the Teacher is able to focus individually on each student. We understand that no two students can learn at the same pace and hence our classes are not scheduled topic wise. If you miss a class, you will be taught from where you left in the previous class. The only thing we stress upon is practice! So that you don’t waste your entire class revising what was taught last.
I don't have an instrument at home,will that affect my learning? How often do I need to practice?
Go steal one coz you need one!
Practice is definitely needed and without practice you are getting nowhere. We recommend a minimum half an hour of practice every day. Rockfarm facilities are open 7 days a week and we encourage our students to come down and practice on the available instruments every day of the week. All you need to do is call us and book a practice slot for yourself.
Is one class a week sufficient?
Sure! You will only take 2561956 years to learn the basics! No dude!
We find that students who are working professionals or college goers find it difficult to cope with even one class a week since they are not able to dedicate enough time to practice. Even if we arrange for 2 or3 classes for you in a week, you will be learning and practicing almost the same thing in every class. Instead, we recommend a model where your one class in the week is where you learn a new topic and in the remainder of the week you practice the exercises that are given to you. And as mentioned above, we encourage you to come to Rockfarm every day to practice.
How soon will I be able to perform? Does Rockfarm provide performance opportunities?
In xyz years you can play with Mick Jagger!
If you are an absolute beginner, you will need a minimum of 3 to 6 months of learning with dedicated practice to be able to put up your first performance. Rockfarm organizes weekly performances at the premises itself called the “Weekend Jam” where you either perform solo or with a group of students/teachers. The platform provides you with “outside of classroom” learning opportunities like:
• Playing with accompanying instruments
• Playing in front of an audience
• Connecting your equipment to the sound system
• Importance of balancing volumes
• And more
What do I learn in a guitar hobby course?
The course involves a 3 fold teaching method: Theoretical (what to play and why), Practical (how to play) and Musical (how to listen to what you are playing). Song learning comes as an application of what you have learnt in theory and practical. Note: Hobby course does not include reading staff notations. It is imperative that you dedicate a minimum of 30 minutes daily to practice exercises at home. Doing this will ensure that the course turns out to be a result-oriented one.
Will I be taught songs, or techniques, or a combination of both?
As a general principle we refrain from teaching you songs at an early stage. You need to understand that these are baby steps that you are taking so it’s best to leave the songs to later on. Song learning comes as an application of what you have learnt in theory and practical, and mostly begins after completion of Level 1(2-3 months).
I already know a few chords, so do I still have to join level 1?
Level one is a very important level in the course; it teaches you the absolute basics, which includes guitar theory, as well as the exercises involved in making your finger muscles smooth and flexible. So this course, if practiced properly, can take you ahead of playing just your basic G, C, D chords.
Do I need to purchase a new or 2nd hand guitar for me to practice at home?
Yes, you need a guitar to practice your exercises at home. You can either borrow one from a friend, or just go ahead and purchase one from a store. Rockfarm is tied up with a couple of music stores through which you can enjoy a discount of 5 - 10% on instruments. Note: Do not rely only on the class in order to learn the guitar; the homework and exercises are a must too.
My fingers are not very long and flexible; will that affect my guitar playing?
A rare but ever so present complaint among guitar beginners is that their fingers are not flexible, or they’re too fat or too stubby, that’s why they will never learn the guitar well. Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth, because, the size or thickness of your fingers has nothing to do with you learning the guitar. In fact, a lot of really famous guitarists out there do not have long and slender fingers. Just believe in yourself and practice, and you will learn the instrument.
What is the difference between a bass guitar and an acoustic guitar?
Bass guitars are low frequency to midrange frequency instruments, whereas, acoustic guitars are midrange to high frequency instruments. The theory and the string tunings are the same in both cases, but they are played in a different way. Generally, a bass guitar has 4 strings and an acoustic guitar has 6 strings. But, 5 and 6 string bass guitars are also available. A bass guitar is also slightly larger in size (longer fretboard, thicker strings) than a normal acoustic guitar, and it is generally used to play the low frequency notes in a musical piece. It completes the frequency spectrum of the music being played, leading to fullness and more wholesome sound. Also, it needs a trained ear to hear the bass guitar in a musical piece
Is it necessary to learn guitar theory and chords before learning the bass?
Yes, it is mandatory that a student learn the acoustic guitar before he/she picks up the bass, to get familiar with chord theory, scale theory, harmony, etc. It builds a strong foundation to play the bass.
How long will it take me to get comfortable with the bass guitar?
It entirely depends on the practice and the grasping power of the student. But, on an average, it takes a good 8 months to 1 year to get comfortable playing the bass.
Can I play a song on a bass guitar?
Yes, you can play a song on the bass guitar. But, the bass guitar is more of a supporting instrument than a solo instrument. No song can be complete without a bass guitar.
How often do I need to change the strings of a bass guitar?
It again depends on the amount of practice on the instrument. Rigorous playing or practice make your strings sound damp and dull within 6 months of playing. Light playing may make your strings sound dull within a year or so. So, it is recommended that you change your strings every 6 to 12 months, depending on when your strings start sounding dull. Bass strings are more expensive than guitar strings, so you just might want to keep your old stock of strings.
What is the price range of a bass to practice at home?
For practice, you will get a good, decent sounding bass guitar for around 10k to 15k depending on the brand. Please consult your faculty before buying one.
Do I need an amplifier/speaker in order to play my bass, if yes then what kind?
Depends on whether you are playing an acoustic bass or an electric bass. Acoustic bass guitars do not need any kind of amplification unless you want to mic them. Electric bass guitars need amplification since they work on electronic pickups, and have some kind of electronic circuitry involved. A Marshall MB 30 watt bass amp is a good amplifier. You would also want to try a Laney 30 or 60 watt bass amplifier. As far as possible, try to avoid electric guitar amplifiers for bass guitars, since the low end frequencies won’t cut through and, eventually won’t be heard as clearly as on a bass amplifier.
Can I play the bass with a plectrum?
Yes, you can play the bass with a plectrum. It is generally not recommended to play a bass with a pick/plectrum. But, again, there is no hard and fast rule as such. It all depends on the kind of music you are playing. Heavy/speedy music would demand that you play the bass with a plectrum. Music like Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Funk, Soul, Country, Pop, R & B, Gospel, etc. will always sound better if played with fingers. Playing the bass with fingers brings about much more versatility than playing the bass with a plectrum.