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Real School's Top Ten Articles and Videos for 2017

Written by Jim Keenan | December 27, 2017

As we say goodbye to a great 2017, here's a look back at the most popular articles and videos from the Real School blog

With posts ranging from student spotlights and instructor interviews to parenting tips and fun contests, these are our top 10 most read and shared posts of 2017: 

#10: LIVE @ THE BURREN: REALJAMS ACADEMY ADVANCED 2017 SESSION 1

Four outstanding bands with rising star Real Schoolers took the stage at The Burren on Saturday, July 22, 2017, capping off a two-week immersive summer music experience with RealJams Academy's Advanced program. 

 

#9: REAL GUITAR TIPS SERIES: ADDING MELODIES TO STRUMMED CHORDS

This is the first video of a new education video series for called Real Guitar Tips. Featuring Erik Ringstad, Real School's Director of Curriculum and Guitar Instruction, these videos are packed with short, informative, and fun tips to take your playing to the next level. 

 

# 8: REAL GUITAR TIPS: MOVING OPEN CHORD SHAPES

In this video lesson, Erik shows how you can move open chord shapes around the fretboard, leaving strings 1 and 2 open to provide an extra 'jangle' sound.

 

#7: HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD WITH MUSIC LESSONS WHEN YOU'RE NOT A MUSICIAN

One of the joys of parenting is watching your child begin to develop their own interests and branch out in their learning beyond the basic life skills you taught them in their early years. You may be delighted that your child has begun attending music lessons, but if you are not a musician yourself, you may feel somewhat ill-equipped at helping them practice. 

 

# 6: REAL SCHOOL STUDENTS + FACULTY SHINE AT ANDOVER DAY 2017

Estimates of over 10,000 people came out to enjoy Andover Day 2017 on Saturday, September 9th, and the Queen Tribute Band of faculty and select students kicked offf the day with a set of classic Queen songs.

 

#5: STUDENT SPOTLIGHT VIDEO: SINGER EMILY CAMPAGNA

Real School vocal and ensemble student and Burlington High School junior Emily Campagna shares her musical journey, advice for aspiring musicians, and hopes for the future.

 

#4: FACULTY SPOTLIGHT SERIES: GUITAR TEACHER LIAM BLIVEN

Interview with instructor Liam Bliven. Liam teaches guitar lessons for beginners through advanced students. A diverse musician with a strong interest in music technology, Liam also teaches bass, ukulele, and audio production at Real School in Andover, MA. 

 

#3: STUDENT SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: ZACK SAHAGIAN

Real School piano student and Reading High School (MA) senior Zack Sahagian shares some big news about his future, how music has made an impact on his life, and his advice for aspiring musicians.

 

#2: 50 ROCK KEYBOARD RIFFS IN 3 MINUTES

Inspired by Erik Ringstad's 50 Classic Rock Riffs in 3 Minutes (spoiler alert: see the #1 post of 2017 below), Andover Real School lead piano instructor Jim Zaroulis created his own tripped out version for keyboard.

 

and the winner for 2017 (drum roll pLEASE) #1: 50 CLASSIC ROCK GUITAR RIFFS IN 3 MINUTES

50 Classic Rock Riffs in 3 Minutes, from Director of Guitar Instruction, Erik Ringstad, inspired two more '50 riffs in under 3 minutes' and was the the most shared, viewed, and commented video we've ever created. Congrats, Erik! 

 

 So that's it for 2017! Looking forward to a great 2018. Thanks for being along for the ride! 

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