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Joe B.
Rockville, Maryland
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Rocksmith Method Music as language
About Joe B.

Fully Vaccinated and ready roll, let's do this together. My method is a fun, energy-packed and safe environment where kids are encouraged to love God, music, their band members, and their electric guitar or bass. My desire is to partner with parents to teach kids (6 and up) basic music skills using technology, rock, blues and worship, and this to serve as foundation for their musical growth and performances in their lives. Music as a language is our priority. _____________________________________________________________ The Method 1) Music is a language...... By: Victor Wooten. Both music and verbal languages serve the same purpose. They are both forms of expression. They can be used as a way to communicate with others, they can be read and written, then can make you laugh or cry, think or question and can speak to one or many and both can definitely make you move. "Music works better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective." In some instances, music works better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective. Although many musicians agree that music is a "language" it is rarely treated as such. Many of us treat it as something that can only be learned by following a strict regiment under the tutelage of a skilled teacher. This approach has been followed for hundreds of years with proven success... But it takes a long time. Too long. Think about the first language you learned as a child. More importantly, think about how you learned it. "You were allowed to make mistakes." You were a baby when you first started speaking and even though you spoke the language incorrectly you were allowed to make mistakes - and the more mistakes you made, the more your parents smiled! Learning to speak was not something you were sent somewhere to do only a few times a week. The majority of people you spoke to were not beginners, they were already proficient speakers. Imagine your parents forcing to only speak to other babies until you were good enough to speak to them! You'd probably be an adult before you could carry on a proper conversation. To use a musical term, as a baby you were allowed to "jam" with professionals. If we approach music in the same natural way we approached our first language, we would learn to speak it in the same short time it took to speak our first language. Proof of this can be seen in almost any family where a child grows up with other musicians in the family. Here are a few keys to follow in learning guitar or bass: In the beginning we embrace mistakes instead of correcting them. Like a child playing air guitar there are no wrong notes. Allow young musicians to play and perform with accomplished musicians on a daily basis. Encourage young musicians to play more than they practice. The more they play, the more they will practice on their own. Music comes from the musician, not the instrument. ____________________________________________________________ 2) RockSmith 2014 becomes your personal accomplished musician or band for you to play in a daily basis as it monitors how you play, dynamically adjusts difficulty to your skill level, then slowly introduces more notes and phrases until you're playing your favorite songs note-for-note. Lead Rhythm and bass lines. Rocksmith 2014 teaches you fast and effectively by letting you plug any real guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC or Mac. The Rocksmith Method will first make sure you can PLAY the instrument. You will play your favorite songs. You will learn a new technique every month. Rocksmith is designed to match the way your guitar is laid out, so there's no need to interpret tablature or learn sheet music to get started. Have strings on your guitar? You'll see strings on the screen.... You'll need a game console, a screen and a electric guitar or bass. It's non negotiable. If you don't have it. I will provide you with a loaner system until you catch up. _____________________________________________________________ 3) A dedicated and passionate Teacher to tie everything together and keep you on track. The early you start, the better. Kids age 6 or up are my best customers. They don't have adjust to anything other than to get their little fingers around a guitar appropriate to their size. For young adults and people that tried play the guitar the old fashion way, here's my advise: You will need to take a step back... or maybe two steps. Let me show you a better way. These 3 things changes everything in how to learn or teach guitar. This is just to start the journey. I won't even mention custom songs or our musician club for you to perform your songs. "If music is a language. You should never stop talking." Remember that a language works the best when we have something interesting to say. Many music teachers never find out what their students have to say. We only tell them what they are supposed to say. A child speaks a language for years before they even learn the alphabet. Too many rules at the onset will actually slow them down. In my eyes the approach to music should be the same. After all, music is a language too. Let's Play & Grow Together. _________________________________________________________ 4) Music is a lifestyle Private guitar and bass lessons are designed for students to progress at their own pace. Private lessons will follow the same RockSmith Journey structure. In a private guitar or bass lesson, the teacher has the opportunity to help the student individually for the entire lesson time, and structures each lesson personally for the student depending on their skill level and goals. 1) Know your instrument​​ How to tune Where is the C note? How many notes Chords Scales | Major / Minor Minor modes (Natural/Harmonica/Melodica) Arpeggios Songs 2) Techniques Tuning Strapping up How to hold a pick Plucking strings Accents Slides Chords Power chords Double stops Barre chords Arpeggios Notes Chords Scales Shifting Fretting Sustains Palm mutes Slides Bends Tremelos Hammer-ons Pull-offs Natural harmonics Strumming patterns Unpitched slides Fret hand mutes Improvising and jamming Vibrato Scales and modes Changing strings Additional Bass Techniques: Fifths Roots Slapping Popping Advanced Players: Double stop, Oblique, and Compound Bends Two hand tapping Articulation and phrasing Pinch harmonics Extended harmonies Hybrid techniques Advanced chords 3) Harmonization 4) Improvisation 5) Read (Staff/Tabs) 6) Repertoire (1 song/ All keys) ​ 7) Perform Live | Rocksmith Free _______________________________________________________ 5) Share your LOVE, GRACE and MUSIC Rocksmithclub will partner with Schools and community leaders to teach kids advanced music skills using technology, Rock, Blues and Worship, and this to serve as foundation for their musical growth and performances in their lives. We map schools and communities in a vulnerable state around the Globe and raise money to cover their essential needs. People and organizations that want to contribute to social transformation find here an effective way to donate. RSC forwards donations to meet the demands of the communities and reports on the resources used. We travel to the location to equip staff, donate equipment and perform a week long event, where American teenagers exchange music and cultural experiences. Join us in the battlefield rocksmithclub com

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Joe is awesome. He has a unique teaching style that makes learning fun for the student. He helps in every aspect, both technically and inspirationally.

Posted Sep 26, 2021
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Kids liked Joe a lot!

Posted Mar 17, 2019
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Joe continues to work with my 7-year-old daughter, she loves his technique and style.

Posted Aug 12, 2018

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DBm PMS analyst support
Dec 2019 - Present
Oracle Hospitality
wIT Manager
Nov 2001 - Nov 2019
Pacific Trade International | Chesapeake Bay Candle | Newell Brands
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Music Theory / MpB Arrangements for Acoustic Guitar
Jan 1987 - Jan 1988
Fundacao Carlos Gomes - Belem - PA Brazil
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Portuguese
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