Guitar Lessons – Working with Guitar Music Effects

Why Doesn’t My Guitar Sound Like The Recording? One of the most time-consuming aspects to playing the electric guitar is the different ways you can affect your guitar’s sound.  Don’t get me wrong, I love spending countless hours adjusting and tweaking my guitar’s sound.  But for a beginner, trying to perfect your sound can be … Continue reading “Guitar Lessons – Working with Guitar Music Effects”


In the summer of 2003, Dave Simon took a job waiting tables at Sqwires Restaurant in St. Louis, where he and his wife, Keri, lived at the time. It wasn’t a bad job, but it wasn’t exactly what Simon had envisioned for himself at the age of 36. “I’ll never forget, all these old classmates from Clayton (High School) … Continue reading “WANT TO BE A ROCK STAR? DAVE SIMON CAN TEACH YOU HOW ON ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL”

Guitar Lessons: Guitar Pedal Review with Matt Maher

In this blog I will be reviewing two pedals on my guitar pedal board which I believe make my set-up very unique. These two guitar pedals are the Joe Satriani Time Machine Delay from Vox, and the Super Shifter PS-5 from Boss. These two pedals are very easy to over abuse because of simply how … Continue reading “Guitar Lessons: Guitar Pedal Review with Matt Maher”

VOICE LESSONS: Proper Breathing Techniques for Singing

Every vocalist should know how to breathe correctly, protect their vocal chords, and find correct vowel placements. Breathing is one of the most important things to be mindful of when singing. Be sure to breathe in by expanding your rib cage outward. Creating this space allows you to take bigger breaths. Your breathing determines how … Continue reading “VOICE LESSONS: Proper Breathing Techniques for Singing”

Matt’s Fingerpicking Exercises

Fingerpicking exercises with Matt     This instructional video features one of Dave Simon’s Rock School’s experienced instructors, Matt Maher. During this video, Matt explains fingerpicking exercises that are perfect for beginner guitar students. Fingerpicking is a great way to start to practice playing the guitar with just your fingers and without a pick. Playing … Continue reading “Matt’s Fingerpicking Exercises”


Guitar Lesson with Adam Beck This is a simple and easy lesson for guitarists of all skill levels. The minor pentatonic scale is a 5-note scale derived from the natural minor scale. It is often used in rock and blues as a scale for improvised solos. This is a fun and easy scale to learn. … Continue reading “ADAM’S MINOR PENTATONIC LESSON”

James’ Tuning Tutorial

Guitar Tuning Tutorial Tune a Guitar Don’t Tune-a-Fish with James Shiliday   Tuning your guitar is a must know skill. You can’t always rely on your tuner if the battery goes dead! Tuning also helps fine tune (no pun intended) your ears. This Guitar Tuning tutorial is great for beginner guitarists who have not yet … Continue reading “James’ Tuning Tutorial”

Drum Rudiment Exercise – Keith’s Paradiddle Tips

Drum Lesson on Drum Rudiment Sticking Patterns by Keith Bowman In this instructional video you will see one of Dave Simon’s Rock School’s experienced drum instructors, Keith Bowman. In this drum lesson, Keith Bowman explores this classic drum rudiment/sticking pattern that will add flare and finesse to your drumming. There are multiple sticking patterns but this one is … Continue reading “Drum Rudiment Exercise – Keith’s Paradiddle Tips”

Frequently Asked Questions about Summer Camp at Rock School

Summer Time is Here Each spring we often get asked a few questions: Q: “How do lessons work in the summer?” A. Rock School is open year-round and we do not close during the summer. We are offering 2 options for students who miss their standard lessons time over the summer: 1) Students in band … Continue reading “Frequently Asked Questions about Summer Camp at Rock School”

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