Saturday, 20 October 2018

Rock school takes away the complications

Rock school takes away the complications

CHRIS Coppel was raised in the UK and USA.

His love of rock music started at an early age and by 16 he was playing at the Marquee club in London during the epic Sixties and Seventies.

Since then Chris has worked for the Crown Jewellers, Warner Bros, Universal Studios, UCLA Film School, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Though following a very strait-laced career path, he has stayed passionate about his music.

While at UCLA, students began asking for lessons. Initially Chris only taught rock drumming but after some persistence started offering instruction on electric guitar.

He is adamant he does not teach “music” — he teaches the skills needed for a student to immediately get enjoyment from the instrument.

Chris’s parents sent him to formal guitar classes twice — once at age nine and once at age 11. On both occasions he gave up after a few weeks. Formal training including music reading drove him crazy. He just wanted to know how to play!

Chris believes that repetitive rhythms, scales and reading are a mind-numbing way to start playing rock drums or guitar.

Have fun with the instrument first, then if you want to get more out of it and develop your skills to a higher level, sight-reading and scale work end up being much easier and more enjoyable.

Chris wants it understood that he’s got nothing against the traditional way of learning to play an instrument — just not for rock!


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