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November Student of the Month

Congratulations to our student of the month, Miss. Phoebe Tillemans!

Name: Phoebe Tillemans
Age: 12 
How Long have you taken lessons: 3 years
Favorite Singers/Bands: I love great singers from Aretha Franklin to Carrie Underwood. I also love all types of bands and music. From the Beatles to Journey to Lorde. There is always something to appreciate.
Tips for other students: Never pass up listening to music of all types! Keep your mind and heart open and the sky is the limit!
Next Gig: I just participated in the Miss Arkansas pageant in Hot Springs October 19th. 

Winner - Best Music Lessons in Central Arkansas

Thanks to everyone that voted for Little Rock Jams in the 2013 Savvy Awards!!!

We won the "Best Music Lessons" category.

As a way of saying thanks, we have a special back to school offer for Guitar/Bass lessons that can't be beat!

ONE MONTH of Guitar or Bass lessons (including method book) - $65.00 

PLUS - after your first month, we'll knock 10% off our regular tuition price for you if you want to take additional lessons.

You just need to do two things to get this deal:

  1. Go to our facebook page and give us a like -
  2. Click on the offer from our facebook page (it is the first post you will see). You'll be taken to our online registration where you register and pick the day and time that works best for you.
We also offer lessons for voice, piano, drums, banjo and ukulele. If you're interested in one of those instruments, give us a call at the studio and we'll schedule a free lesson for you to come out have a lesson with us and see what we're all about.

September Student of the Month

Our student of the month for September is Lynn Ewbank. Lynn has been taking lessons for a little over a year and has made great progress during that time. She's always a joy to teach and works hard every week to prepare for her lesson.

Check out her Q&A below ... great stuff!

Student of the Month

1 – Name
Lynn Ewbank

2 – Age
61, a sexy-generian

3 – How long have you been playing?
I started taking guitar lessons from Jason summer of 2012 with the goal of adding original comedic songs to my repertoire of true, funny stories ripped from my life.

4 – Favorite Bands
I love the music of my youth, don't we all??? For me that means artists like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Dylan, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, Levon Helm and the Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Fellow women inspirations include Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Carol King, Linda Ronstadt, Phoebe Snow, Karla Bonoff, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Adele ...

5 – Favorite Songs
If you sneek a peek at my iPhone you'll find a lot of classic rock peppered with "surprises" that range from classical (Pachelbel's Canon in D by Hilary Stagg) to Memphis crunk (It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp - Oscar winner from the movie, Hustle and Flow) to Southern Gospel (Yahweh by the Hoppers) to country (Keith Urban and the Pistol Annies) to comedy (Sandler's Chanukah Song). 

New-ish songs that speak to me are Little Talks (Of Monsters and Men),  I Will Wait (Mumford and Sons) and Skyfall (Adele). 

Fav personal discovery of the month:
Tedeschi Trucks Band

We all have songs that have stood our personal test of time. Here's my top 15 classics: 

Hotel California (Eagles)
Presence of The Lord (Clapton)
Both Sides Now/Help Me/Free Man in Paris (Joni)
Imagine (Lennon)
Respect (Aretha)
Like a Rolling Stone (Dylan)
Gimme Shelter (Stones)
Light My Fire ( Doors)
In My Life (Beatles)
Proud Mary ( Tina or Creedence)
Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple)
Purple Haze (Hendrix)
California Dreaming (Mamas and Papas)
The Weight (Levon)
Good Vibrations (Beach Boys)

6 – What do you like best about playing guitar?
Playing guitar will hopefully give me a leg up over the multitude of rising comedic storytellers in the storytelling boom live and across all media. Unexpectedly, I've become a better listener!

7 – Do you have any tips/suggestions for other students?
My "mantra," that I capsuled from storytelling guru Ira Glass of NPR's This American Life, is "persist until your ability becomes equal to your great taste."

8 – when is your next gig?
I am in the final rewrite of a group of true, comedic stories from my life, one of which is a story song I'm working with Jason to polish. Watch for details on my new blog 

Learn More About Us!

Thanks for checking us out!

Little Rock Jams opened in July 2006 in Trellis Square in Little Rock. In 2008, we moved to our current location in Breckenridge Village. Our facility has 8 lesson rooms and a full size performance venue for our recitals, workshops, jam sessions and Rock Star Birthday Parties.

Our mission is to offer quality instruction and performance programs to students of all ages and levels. We currently offer lessons for Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Voice and Banjo. We offer a free lesson to give you a chance to visit our studio, meet the teacher, discuss your goals and show you how we teach.

In addition to your weekly lesson with us, we also host monthly workshops and jam sessions to provide ample opportunities to learn, perform and meet other students with similar interests.

Our staff is made up of both degreed and professional musicians that have a passion for teaching and helping you become the musician you want to be! Check out our teacher bios below for more information on each instructor.

We also have Little Rock's only Luthier, Justin Kinchen, who can handle all your instrument service and repair needs. Check out his business website, Guitar Repair Inc. for more information on his services.

Teacher Bio's coming soon

May Workshop - Complex Chords Made Easy

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May Workshop 
05/31/13 6:30 p.m. Instructor - David Dunavant 

Our workshop this month is designed for intermediate - advanced students and will cover topics ranging from basic triads, extensions, slash chords and chord scales. 

Plus, you can save money by coming to the workshop! By knowing how to build chords yourself, you'll never have to spend money on a chord dictionary again. 

 Feel free to bring your instrument, notebook/recording device and any questions you may have on voicings, voice leading, etc.

 p.s. this is our last scheduled workshop until August, so make it out if you can.

Check out our studio and teachers on Facebook!

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As I mentioned on our last post, we've focused on our social media sites over the past year rather than posting on our blog.

We have our main studio facebook page that will keep you up to speed on the monthly events like our workshops, student showcases, jams sessions and more. 

Our teacher pages provide a ton of cool lesson material, upcoming gigs, radio/tv appearances, etc.

So, if you're into learning how to play, definitely check us out on facebook! And if you're looking for music lessons in Little Rock, check out our teachers and give us a call for a free lesson to see if we are a good fit for your musical goals! We offer guitar lessons, piano lessons, bass lessons, drum lessons, voice lessons and banjo lessons.

Brian Goins facebook page

Anyone still out there?

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It has been a year since we posted on our Blog! We've been focusing on our social media updates on Facebook and Twitter more over the last year since those are much easier to post/update compared to a blog.

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We are still teaching at Little Rock Jams! We offer private and group guitar lessons, bass lessons, voice lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons and banjo lessons for Little Rock and the surrounding area. And as always, we have monthly workshops, jam sessions and student performance programs.

We had our 2013 student appreciation day a few weeks ago. Check out this video of our Band Factory kids performing. Their band is called Seven Eves and they are awesome!

Summer Camps at Little Rock Jams

Looking for something fun and educational for your kids this summer?

Check out our music camps!

Camp Rock!

Open to student playing at least 6 months or more.

Learn how to play in a Rock Band this Summer! This camp will include classes on Music Theory, Song Writing, Band Rehearsals, Stage Craft and more. We'll wrap up the week with the kids getting on stage to perform their songs.

Requirements: Students must provide their own instrument and tuner.

06/25/12 - 06/29/12 and 07/23/12 - 07/27/12
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $375.00

Play Guitar!

This camp is for anyone who is interested in learning how to play the guitar. No experience required. Kids will have a fun time learning about the guitar, how to read music, tablature and chord diagrams, exploring different styles of music and playing!

Requirements: Students must provide their own instrument and tuner.

06/18/12-06/22/12 and 07/16/12 - 07/20/12
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $130.00

Introduction to Music

Does your child sing all the time? Use mixing spoons to drum on the pots and pans? Play the best air guitar solos this side of the river? If so, this camp will introduce them to the wonderful world of music! Kids will get to learn about different instruments (guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice), learn music fundamentals such as rhythm and reading music and much more.

06/18/12-06/22/12 and 07/16/12 - 07/20/12
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $130.00

Top 3 Posts from 2011

Happy New Year to all!

Another year is past. I hope everyone out there made a lot of progress over the last year. If not, now's the time to get started on making 2012 a great year for your music!

Here are the highest viewed posts from 2011...

Backing Tracks

Here are the backing tracks we posted in 2011. By far, these were viewed (heard?) more than any other post when viewed as a whole. If you jammed to these in 2011, I know you had a good time. If you missed them, grab your guitar and enjoy!

My Life and Music Series

Last year, I asked several people who make their living through music write about their career path. For many people, music is a hobby (to some, a passionate hobby), for others, they've been blessed to be able to do what they love for a living. 

Check out the series if you've thought about doing the same!

DIY Tube Amplifier Build

Last year, I decided to finally bite the bullet and build a tube amp. I've always been interested in how tube amps work, how to mod an amp, add new components, etc. So in 2011, I build a Gilmore Jr. 1/2 watt tube amp. 

We're about half way through the video posts, so get up to speed on the build and watch for upcoming videos.

Bonus Articles

Those were our Top 3 for 2011. Here are a few more personal favorites that I want to show some additional love!

Yoda was a Jedi Master. I think if you applied his Jedi teachings to learning a musical instrument, well they serve you young padawan!

Music Lessons are what we do at Little Rock Jams. And as much as we would prefer to have students attend every lesson, we know life get's in the way sometimes. Here is a great post on what to do if you miss your music lesson.

Guest Post on Deft Digits - Discover a Guitarist Series.

Practice monster, and all around cool guy, Joe Walker started a great series in 2011 called "Discover a Guitarist". Guest writers share their love for their favorite guitar players. I had the pleasure to write about one of my favorites, Prince. Check it out!

Good Luck in 2012!

There you have it. Hope you have a great year! 

If you are in Little Rock and are thinking about music lessons in 2012, give us a call. We have great teachers and programs for Guitar, Bass, Drums, Voice, Piano and Banjo.

DIY Amp Build - Video 1

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Be sure to check out all the articles in the DIY Amp Build series!

The amp Gilmore Jr. 1/2 watt is finished and I love it! In fact, I haven't played any of my other amps since.

I have about 20+ hours of video that I've edited to bite size portions. The videos will document the amp build and some of the troubleshooting I had to do when it was blowing fuses.

In this first video, I'm mounting the power and output transformers, both Mercury Magnetics. If you haven't looked into Mercury, check them out. I heard nothing but good reviews about them and I can confirm them. The amp sounds great!

To save time, the videos will have sections that go into overdrive as I do some grunt work. Throughout, you will see comments and tips related to the build and sometimes, just funny thoughts I have during the build (especially after I shocked myself).

Thanks for reading and viewing! Let me know what you think.