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There is a lot of prep and work to nailing a performance, but you can do some simple things. Thanks to award-winning singer/songwriter and veteran voice teacher Mark Bosnian, we have a few tips for a better performance that can take you to the next level. —Wednesday, November 16th Know Your Song Always memorize the words and have 2 or 3 emotions you want to evoke when you sing. Trying to sing with emotion is hard when you don’t know which emotion(s) […]
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No matter your age, experience level, or goals, learning music is a powerful way to enrich your life. However, this doesn’t keep misconceptions about music lessons from convincing some people they’re not worth the time and effort. If you’re on the fence, read up on the realities of taking music lessons.  — Thursday, November 10th “I won’t have time to practice” It is one of the main reasons people don’t take music lessons. However, if you want to bring the […]
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Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party for the kids, taking your music trick or treating, or having Halloween at home, the celebration’s finishing touch is a great Halloween playlist full of spooky songs for the kids. — Friday, October 28th 1. ‘The Monster Mash’ by Bobby Boris Pickett 2. The ‘The Addams Family’ theme tune 3. ‘Ghostbusters’ by Ray Parker Jr. 4. ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson 5. ‘I Put a Spell on You’ by Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus 6. ‘This is Halloween’ from The […]
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Guitars come in right-handed and left-handed varieties. But, most people, when they pick up a guitar, don’t immediately show a strong tendency for either right-handed or left-handed playing. That’s because playing the guitar is complex, and it is not clear which hand plays the dominant role until you’ve spent some time practicing.  Today, we’ll review a few indicators to help you choose the right guitar (and hand) for you! — Tuesday, October 18th If you are right-hand dominant, it’s probably […]
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Being in tune is one of the quickest ways to make you sound better and is the first thing that should be addressed when using a guitar. Today, we’ll share a few tips on how to tune your guitar! — Wednesday, October 12th  TUNE THE SIXTH STRING FIRST The sixth string, or low E, has the most tension. It can affect the pitch of the other strings when changed because of the added or decreased tension it creates on the […]
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How many types of instruments are there? There are five instrument families: strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, and keyboards. Now let’s get into exactly what they are and which instruments are in each instrument family. — Wednesday, October 6th The five main types of instrument families: Strings Brass Woodwind Percussion Keyboards Strings Instruments under the “strings” category produce sound by employing a vibrating string or strings. The strings can be plucked, bowed, struck, or touched in other ways to make them […]
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A strong inner ear is essential for understanding music composition, so nearly every music school requires students to take ear training lessons. This skill is essential for music students or anyone who wants to get better at listening, understanding, and performing music. — Wednesday, September 28th Ear Training Techniques Ear training practice is an excellent way for musicians to enhance their listening skills. Dedicating a small amount of time per day can be enough to keep your inner ear strong: […]
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At 123 Rock, we bring you fun and easy-to-follow Chord Charts with Lyrics as well as sheet music to some of your favorite songs. These accurate chord charts will help you play your favorite songs and help you get familiar with chord changes in different keys. These chords can be used for Guitar, Piano, Bass, Ukelele, or any other instrument of your choice. We strongly suggest that you practice playing along to the original track and practicing it on your […]
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To become a great improviser, you need to unleash your inner musical instinct and then learn to control it. Learning to improvise is a long-term mission; you’ll need to be armed with some tips, tricks, and strategies to help you continually improve. — Thursday, August 22nd Today we’ll share three essential tips for developing your skills as an improvising musician: Know the basics Before you can make use of tactical advice, you need to have covered the basics. Hence, you […]
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Musical instruments can be significantly affected by the climate, from minor tuning issues to potential long-term damage – and every instrument responds in its way.  — Thursday, August 18th Temperature can affect the sound of an instrument in a variety of ways, which are different for each instrument. It also influences the abilities of a player. Cold Weather Generally speaking, cold weather has the tendency to be harder on your musical instrument compared to hot weather. In times when it is raining, […]
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Getting your kids interested in music is not always easy. But, if you have a young musician at home, there are many things that you as a parent can do to contribute to that passion. Here, we go over a few tips that will help you guide your child into the wonderful world of music-making. — Friday, August 12th Choosing the right instrument First things first, you need to choose the right instrument! Ask your child what sounds they like […]
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No season inspires songwriters quite like the summer. If most music is ultimately about conveying a sense of freedom, there’s no time of year that better represents that feeling. From surf-rock anthems to sweaty hip-hop bangers, these are the greatest summer songs ever made, according to Timeout.com  — Wednesday, August 3rd 1. ‘(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay’ by Otis Redding 2. ‘Under the Boardwalk’ by the Drifters 3. ‘Summertime’ by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince 4. ‘Summer in the City’ […]
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Ready to find out what songs are trending on TikTok? According to recent research done by  Bystesights, the following 10 songs are all the craze right now! — Thursday, July 14th 1. About Damn Time – Lizzo Spurring a viral dance challenge, the newest track from American singer Lizzo is one of the fastest-growing sounds this summer.  2. As It Was – Harry Styles Ex-One Directioner Harry Styles dropped his latest single, As It Was lately, and safe to say, it’s a bop. It includes a […]
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If you want to learn to play guitar, you might not know where to start. Your mind may be brimming with questions, and it can feel intimidating. You might also wonder if you’ll be good at guitar. Unfortunately, in some instances, new players don’t always give themselves enough time to learn the basics and unfairly put a lot of pressure on themselves to “get good” right off the start. Relax! Learning to play guitar should be a fun experience more […]
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Rhythm is a vital aspect of learning music. But, often rhythm can be the hardest bit to learn! Students usually enjoy playing the chords, but it is the rhythm of the melody that most of them struggle with the most. More so, reading rhythm and feeling rhythm are two separate things.So, we’re going to look at four techniques you can start using today to improve your sense of rhythm and timing when you play music. — Tuesday, June 14th 1. […]
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I love how Marcos lets me learn so many songs, not just one!

I love how Marcos lets me learn so many songs, not just one! I like how he gives me compliments.…

Julia, age 8

2016-10-06T01:13:27-07:00

Julia, age 8

I love how Marcos lets me learn so many songs, not just one! I like how he gives me compliments. It’s really fun when Marcos does the bass clef with the left hand and I get to make up my own song that goes with it for a warm up. It’s fun because I get to make up my own songs. I love the sound of the piano!

I really like that we get to pick what songs we want to learn in Marcos’s guitar class

I really like that we get to pick what songs we want to learn in Marcos’s guitar class. I also…

Mikey, age 12

2016-10-06T01:19:06-07:00

Mikey, age 12

I really like that we get to pick what songs we want to learn in Marcos’s guitar class. I also love that he is compassionate and lets us progress at our own pace. Marcos knows EVERYTHING about instruments, and I’m glad he can share some of it with me. I’m glad that I get to learn how to read, write, and play music for the guitar. It is a lot of fun when Marcos and I play the guitar together!

I highly recommend 123 Rock to anyone looking for a music teacher!

Both of my children love their music lessons with Marcos. They look forward to their music lessons each week and…

- Angie, parent

2016-10-06T01:20:25-07:00

- Angie, parent

Both of my children love their music lessons with Marcos. They look forward to their music lessons each week and come home eager to practice their new pieces. I especially love that he teaches them to compose their own pieces and inspires their musical creativity. Marcos is always positive and encouraging with my children, and he has a knack for bringing out their best. I highly recommend 123 Rock to anyone looking for a music teacher!

123 Rock studio is an inspiring place to make music

Marcos Moscat is a talented musician and instructor. His approach to teaching is kind and respectful. He encourages his students…

Nancy-Jean Pement, parent

2016-10-06T01:21:23-07:00

Nancy-Jean Pement, parent

Marcos Moscat is a talented musician and instructor. His approach to teaching is kind and respectful. He encourages his students to study music that appeals to them. By attending to the interests of each student, Marcos is a master at nurturing student engagement. Our son, Jackson, has been taking lessons for over two years. Jackson is proud of his accomplishments at the piano and he enjoys the time he spends with his teacher. Both Marcos and Isabel are warm and […]
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