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Dave Carlock - A Day In The Life
WATCHING MUSICAL SEEDS GROW
Originally Posted: 05-04-2012 10:13 AM
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If someone plays or sings music well, it's often said that they have a “gift”. But the real gift is being able to make a living doing it. I determined as a teenager that I wanted to do just that, and teaching music lessons in the various things I could play--guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, and drums--was the start down that road.

Teaching has always been an essential element in my career path and after moving away from traditional lessons in my 20s, I still gave recording trainings in New York and Los Angeles, where I quickly discovered that being the helpful go-to guy with technical answers opened a lot of doors for me. I set up studios in the homes of P. Diddy and Fred Durst, helped Tommy Shaw burn CDs when his system was down, and taught Paul McCartney's guitar player a thing or two about Pro Tools.

The great majority of these tech connections led to session work as a musician or engineer and made lots of great friends that I keep in touch with to this day. Being able to help someone that's struggling to overcome obstacles has always been a real source of soul-satisfaction for me as well as a contribution to excellent karma.

That experience and a desire to modify traditional music education by letting students pick their own lesson material straight from their playlists inspired me last year to start up Dave Carlock's Funkin'-Rock School (FRS). Along the way, I make sure to sneak in important skills when they aren't looking.

At the FRS, we take a somewhat classical music approach toward performing pop and rock music. Students learn to play the songs as authentically as possible, like one would Mozart or Bach.

In any given week, I'll work with doll-faced Junior-High chanteuses with American Idol dreams, kids who don't feel they fit in unless they play music, secret defectors from High School sports cliques, ADHD-ridden potential-wunderkinds, painfully shy teens trying to assert themselves, and even adults who take on their lifelong goal to learn this instrument or that. Those are the things that I'm really there to help with, with music itself being the common language of all of their goals. Teaching and then getting the students to perform music plants incredible seeds of inspiration and confidence.

All of this is forefront in my mind as it's harvest time for the students. We're all preparing for the FRS Spring Concert on May 25th in Benton Harbor. Now the fun part begins. It's time to move the students out of playing in their bedrooms and basements and begin to apply all those moves and licks they entertained themselves with via mirror and hairbrush microphone, or by cranked up guitar amp while no one else was home.

At the FRS, we typically perform true concert style with full concert PA, lights, monitors and staging. I also invite guest artists to contribute as instrumentalists or featured vocalists, giving the students a richer experience while making the music richer for the audience as well.

This time, we feature Adam Jones, a local pro drummer who is inspiring the students with his always rock solid groove. I get involved too and I've discovered I enjoy it more than I ever expected I would. I must admit it's kinda funny watching students flinch when the snare drum hits. We've all been there albeit a long time ago. By the time our show is over, they'll begin to experience how well mixed sound at high sound levels moves people. And the best part: mom & dad won't be tapping on their door telling them to turn it down.

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