Rock’s greatest frontmen

Rock’s greatest frontmen

In today’s blog The london guitar school wants to take a look at some of the greatest rock performers of all time

First up

Freddie Mercury

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Freddie Mercury initially found success with Queens second album “Queen 2” and their hit single  “seven seas of rye.”

Along with guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and  Queen went on to become one of Britain’s most successful bands.  Their most famous hit, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ remains the longest running number one for 20 years.

Mercury’s solo work included material for the soundtracks to ‘Electric Dreams’ and ‘Metropolis’. His version of ‘The Great Pretender’ was a hit in 1987. He recorded an album and single, ‘Barcelona’, with opera diva Montserrat Caballe, for the Barcelona Olympics.

Freddie Mercury eventually passed away due to AIDS in 1991,  he didn’t admit he was dieing of the virus until the day before his death.

In 1995, the last Queen album, ‘Made In Heaven’ was released, which made use of some of the unfinished work Mercury left unused before he died.

 

Ozzy Osbourne

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Long before his hit reality Tv show that made him famous even with moms around the world Ozzy was the crazy frontman of the most influential metal band that ever lived, Black Sabbath.  So many bands have been influenced by Black Sabbath it’s hard to imagine heavy metal without them.  Ozzy then fronted his own extremely successful solo career with guitarist ‘Zakk Wylde’ joining him, what a team!!

Also often known for biting the head of a living bat, lets just remember him for stuff like this in the video below

Robert Plant

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Robert Plant left school in 1966 to pursue music.  It has payed off as he is now one of the most successful rock singers of all time.  Along with drummer ‘John Bonzo Bonham Plant formed ‘bands of joy’ without much success.  He was eventually recruited by Jimmy page and along with bassist John Paul Jones ‘The yardbirds’ were formed.  They eventually went on to become…..you guessed it Led Zeppelin.Robert Plant won over fans with his raw and powerful vocals and Jimmy Page won over fans with his famous rock riffs including ‘whole lotta love’, ‘heartbreaker’, and ‘whole lotta love’.

The group’s fourth album was untitled, featuring only a set of runic symbols on its cover. Some view it as their best work, and it features the legendary “Stairway to Heaven,” one of the most requested rock songs of all time. The 8-minute song drew inspiration from Celtic mythology, and its musical and lyrical complexity have helped its longevity.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuW3_C5Xmfs

 

 

Axl Rose

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Known for his work with Gun n Roses Axl is certainly a controversial frontman.  Praised for his unique voice and range but often criticised for being unprofessional, and late to gigs.Axl has become notorious for some stopping gigs whenever the crowd become unruly or do anything to his un liking.

When Guns n Roses eventually disbanded, all be it unofficially Axl Rose became secluded and didn’t do much for ages until 2004 when he toured sporadically.  In 2008 the much anticipated Chinese documentary album was released with new band members.

Guns N’ Roses was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, but Rose did not attend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-qx47-C2Q0

 

 

How to play Seven nation army on guitar with London guitar school

How to play Seven nation army on guitar with London guitar school

Seven nation army

http://vimeo.com/88148358

  One of the most popular riffs and a firm favourite hear at The London guitar school Learn how to play it in this great video

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Rock guitar lessons at London Guitar School

Rock guitar lessons at London Guitar School

 Ready to Rock?

So are we!

Here at The London Guitar School we pride ourselves in providing teachers who play all genres and styles to a top level.   If your looking to improve your rock guitar playing whether  it be learning some Bon Jovi and foo fighter songs or learning advanced sweep picking and legato licks we can cater for your needs.

We can help you in the following area’s –

  • Legato technique

  • Alternate picking

  • Sweep picking

  • Bending

  • Vibrato

We can teach you how to compose your own solos and lead lines.

In no time you will be like this guy

http://youtu.be/sOwFkTGndGk

Beginner Guitar lessons in London with The London Guitar School

Beginner Guitar lessons in London with The London Guitar School

 

Many guitarists begin their musical journey here at The London guitar School.  We have students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels come to learn with us.  Often people are nervous during their first lesson but soon settle down straight away as our friendly teachers put them at ease and show them just how fun and easy it can be to learn your favourite tunes.

Here is one of our most requested songs by our younger students, some may say it is the best song ever………

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Here is another really popular song to learn

 

We pride ourselves in giving first class tuition and seeing our students have fun and learn exactly what they want at a speed suited to them.

 

Why do our students keep coming back to us lesson after lesson?

Kids Guitar Lessons

  • They have fun lessons, as relaxed or intense as they want and geared towards their goals
  • Flexibility of home lessons or at our fully equipped studio
  • Constant progression on their instrument
  • They learn their favourite songs week after week
  • High exam pass rate (Rockschool ect.)
  • Teachers provide great feedback, tips and encouragement and are always engaged to help the student
  • Gig nights and summer camps, great for networking and performing
  • Free material handed out after each lesson
  • Guaranteed FUN!!!

Win Guitar lessons worth £150 with The London Guitar School

Win Guitar lessons worth £150 with The London Guitar School

We have a great competition going right now.  You or someone you know could win £150 worth of lessons.  Pretty cool huh?  How do you win? Read on to find out

How do I enter?

We are looking for you to send us a video of one of your songs or of you playing anything of your choice.  It can be a solo piece, you jamming a track or one of your favourite songs by Beyonce! 

We will then pick our favourite video.

Why should I enter If I can already play and sing well?

As musicians we can always learn new things, in fact we never stop learning.  You might be a singer songwriter stuck in a rut and need some motivation or song writing help.  You might be a great rhythm guitarist but want to develop your solo skills or you may just want some general guidance about your playing.

What are we looking for in your video?

We are looking for someone who loves music and can make that come across in their playing/singing.  Whether you showcase your own song or do a cover it doesn’t matter.  We will be looking for that X factor so to speak.  

Please send good quality videos, they can be recorded on anything you wish but we want to hear and see your beautiful faces!

What are the benefits of entering

The free guitar lessons of course!! But that’s not all,  you will get exposure to all our followers on Twitter, Facebook and on the website and get feedback from musicians/songwriters who have been in the music industry.

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Guitar Teacher in London Guitar Tuition London Guitar Lesson Electric, Acoustic and Bass

Guitar Teacher in London Guitar Tuition London Guitar Lesson Electric, Acoustic and Bass

Guitar Teacher in London Guitar Tuition London Guitar Lesson Electric, Acoustic and Bass

Guitar Teacher in London Guitar Tuition London Guitar Lesson Electric, Acoustic and Bass

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Richie Kotzen

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London guitar school

I remember the first time I heard Richie Kotzen.  He was in the spotlight column in the Guitar Player magazine, the premier magazine of the day.

He cut his first album for the shrapnel label, showcasing his explosive and melodic guitar playing.

Later he was chosen to replace Cc Deville in the glam rock band poison.

Remember Richie Kotzen

Richie Kotzen Co wrote two of the bands biggest hits “stand” and “until you suffer some”.  Eventually he was kicked out of Poison for having an affair with the drummers wife (not endorsed by The London Guitar School)

In 1999 Kotzen replaced Paul Gilbert as guitarist in the mainstream rock band Mr. Big, performing on their album Get Over It.

Richie then left Mr Big and reelected hs first solo album “Shine”.  He has found great success in Japan but iisn’t often regarded as highly as say guitarists like Slash, Eric Clapton or Paul Gilbert yet he is an immensely talented songwriter, singer and musician.

He is fast, unique andoriginal.  He has recently begun playing without a pick for his latest tours…..incredible.

After numerous solo releases, Richie eventually formed a supergroup with Billy sheenan and Mike Portnoy, The Winery Dogs seen below.

http://youtu.be/fnMBix9Zq5o

So Richie Kotzen is highly recommended here at LGS.

 

 

The benefits of using a metronome

The benefits of using a metronome

Mention using a metronome and most people either go “what’s that” or “That isn’t for me.   It’s true it’s not for everyone but the benefits it can bring to you as a guitarist and musician are really worth while.  let’s have a look at some below.

1. Improved timekeeping 

Playing with a metronome will help increase yourrhythm skills.  For a lot of people keeping in time solidly is a problem.  If you have never played with a band before using a metronome before hand is good practice.

Using a metronome will point out any weaknesses in your timekeeping.

2. Increased speed

By using a metronome you can assess how fast you can play certain licks and riffs.  As the weeks go by you should increase the tempo.  The metronome will ensure you can constantly challenge yourself by reaching new speeds.

3. Helps motivate

By using a metronome you can set yourself goals.  For example as mentioned before, speed goals getting faster each week.  or rhythm goals getting harder rhythms faster and tighter.  Strumming pattern- getting those strumming pattern faster.

4. Improve listening skills

Using a metronome forces you to listen to something other than yourself.  Often as guitarists we try and get as flashy and fast and fancy as possible but what’s the point if we don’t keep in time!!!!!!!!

But keep smiling and see you all soon

 

Aaron

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Best beginner guitar riffs at London Guitar School

Let’s have a look at the riffs our students enjoy most here at The London guitar school.  Below are the most popular and are great for the first few months of playing guitar

Smoke on the water – Deep purple

Smoke on the water

Seven Nation Army

seven nation army

Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Chasing cars

Eric Clapton Wonderful tonight

Wonderful tonight

 

So there you go.  Have fun with these ones.

 

Aaron

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learn those guitar terms you never knew!

learn those guitar terms you never knew!

Let’s have a look at what those

learn those guitar terms you never knew! Guitar Lessons in London

learn those guitar terms you never knew! Guitar Lessons in London

 

Action.

A term referring to the height of the strings above the fretboard.

 

Arpeggio

When each note of a chord is played separately, For example a C major 7 arpeggio would have the notes C, E, G, B.

Blues Curl

A term used to describe a quarter note bend by blues guitarists.  Really good for expression

CAGED system

A system of identifying patterns of notes on the fretboard by using a repeating sequence of chords.

Chromatic

Ascending and descending by semitones

Divebomb

A technique in which thetremolo bar is depressed in order to create the sound of a bomb being dropped.

Economy picking

A style of playing that combines alternate picking and sweep picking.  Alternate picking is used when playing notes on the same string and sweep picking when.changing strings.

Double stops

A chord of two notes that are on adjacent strings and similar frets.

Gauge

Refers to the thickness of guitar strings.  Light gauges are easier for bending while heavier gauges are better for sustain

Ghost Note

A note that is physically acted upon but not heard for example the first note of a pre bend.

Hybrid picking

Using the fingers and pick to play the.strings

Intonation

The ability of a guitar to be in tune with itself.

Inverted Chord

A variation of a chord with the notes in A different order.  For example C Majors notes of. C, E and G would be played G, E and C.

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Knowing the notes on your guitar

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Knowing the notesof you’re r guitar is very important if you want to progress on your instrumunderstand thew are just a few of the benefits of knowin. Notes.

1. Understand what you are PlayinG better

As you learn your favourite songs, riffs and solos, knowing what notes your using will help you undetstand the theory behind those songs.  You will begin to see why certain chords go together well and how riffs are made up.  You will see what makes chords minor, major and more.

Create you own music better

As you begin to know your notes better the easier you will find it to write and create your own music.  You wont Be relying on just visual shapes anymore.  You will also find working with other musicians alot easier and they will love working with you more as you quickly find notes when jamming/improvising

You will be able to read music and play it

If you know your notes then you can.learn to read music.  A valuable skill for any professional musician or developing musician.

Move your riffs and ideas to other parts of the guitar

When you know your notes you can start to movie riffs and melodies to other parts of you guitar.  This will increase your freedom and expression on the guitar.

So I highly recommend learning the notes above on your guitar.  You will be able to quickly play power chord riffs and play barre Chords quicker.

Try taking it in steps.  Learn the notes on the E string one day.  Then the A string the next and so on.. Your guitar teacher will explain about sharps and flats and how things work and show you patterns and shapes and ways to remember the notes easy.