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Music resources and tips from School of Rock Naperville for all musicians. This will help Naperville students improve their musical proficiency and become successful performers.

Etta James

Celebrating Black Artists: Part 2

In this article, we acknowledge rock and popular music’s 11 most influential and significant Black artists and figures who started their music careers from the late 1940s through the mid-50s. We begin with Little Richard and take you up to Aretha Franklin.

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BB King playing guitar

Celebrating Black Artists: Part 1

In this article, we will celebrate some of rock music’s earliest artists and influencers. Many of these artists were inspired by musicians that came from other genres, such as blues, folk, jazz, and gospel. You will find these inspirations in most of the artists listed below. In addition to their biographies, be sure to check out their notable songs and what popular artists or bands they are known to have directly influenced.

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Piano chords for beginners.

Piano Chords for Beginners

When it comes to playing the piano, pianists have thousands of chords to select from, with some chords being more popular than others. In fact, there are very few songs that don’t use chords in some way, especially in rock music!

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Tuning a drum set for performance.

How to Tune Your Drums

Detailed instructions for tuning a drum kit including snare, toms, and kick drum. Plus, learn names of drum parts and how to tune for different music styles.

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guitar amp buying guide

Guitar Amp Buying Guide for Beginners

Guitar amps come in all shapes and sizes, with many options to choose from. In this guide, School of Rock breaks down guitar amp basics so you can find the perfect amp for your needs.

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reading drum notation

Drum Notation for Beginners

Drum notation is a form of writing down music specific to percussion instruments. By learning how to read drum notation, you’ll be able to quickly play a rhythm or drum beat, even if you’ve never heard it before.

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