How old should I be to play guitar? Hendersonville’s #1 School

We get asked this a lot.  And admittedly, that’s a loaded question.  The short answer is: depends.  The long answer…well, let’s get into that.

Generally speaking, it takes a certain about of coordination and dexterity to physically perform the techniques necessary to play the guitar.

Having said that, for traditional steel stringed guitar the age of seven seems to be a universal starting point.  Fortunately, there are MANY alternatives to steel stringed guitars.  Classical guitars are strung with must softer, and lower tension nylon strings.  This makes the the physical demands of young hands much more manageable.  Another alternative – especially for young students – is to start on the much smaller, nylon stringed Ukulele!  Many ideas and patterns translate from Uke to guitar, so it can be the perfect entry point.

Classical Guitar Example

 

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Drum Lessons get a facelift!

For years, our school has utilized acoustic drums in our drum department.  While this has some advantages, we have often struggled with many challenges that acoustic drums present.

For one, they are LOUD!

This summer, we invested in high quality electronic drum-sets that provide the feel, and response of REAL, acoustic drums without the volume!

Check out our new diggs!

Piano Lessons overtake guitar as our most popular instrument!

When director Jim Beaver started this school, it was he, a guitar, two chairs, and a room. Guitar students were the heart and sole of our little operation, and it was a great way for Jim to impact students with his gift for teaching guitar and passion for teaching the next generation of new musicians!

Fast forward nearly 20 years, and we now have more piano students than anything else! We are so excited to serve Henderson County and the surrounding area as a FULL SERVICE music school, with over a dozen instructors offering a wide variety of instruments!

Drum Lessons at Jim Beaver’s School of Music

Welcome to Drum Lessons at Jim Beaver’s School of Music!

Drum Lessons at Jim Beaver’s School of Music include:

  • Technique
  • grip
  • sticking and sticking patterns
  • rhythmic studies
  • Sight Reading
  • rudimental studies
  • music theory
  • ear training
  • notation
  • much more!

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Beginning classes start with technique and development of fundamental snare drum studies including grip, sticking, sticking patterns, rhythmic studies, reading, and rudimental studies. This class covers the basic elements of music theory, ear training and notation. Basic drum set grooves and techniques will be introduced as the class provides an overview of drumming styles through listening and analysis. Students will examine important musical examples and develop an understanding of the evolution and characteristics of the various musical styles in drumming that are essential to the history of the instrument.

Basic rock, funk, country, blues, Latin, jazz and New Orleans 2nd line styles are all covered as the student advances to achieve a primary level of familiarity and comfort around the drum kit. The application of these styles range from beginner to advanced. Once the basics are fully understood lessons are tailored to the students individual goals and interests.

Books and materials include but are not limited to:

“Fundamental Studies for Snare Drum” Garwood Whaley
“Progressive Steps to Bass Drum Technique for the Modern Drummer” Ted Reed
“Drum Primer” Tim Wimer (For Beginners)
“The Art of Bop Drumming” John Ryley

“On the Beaten Path” Rich Lackowski

What You’ll need:

Students don’t neccessarily have to own a drumset to start.  Often student’s can use a practice pad to start with, and purchase the drumset later on.

Unsure what to buy?  Contact us, we can steer you in the right direction!

Students will need drum sticks and some of the books listed above initially, but schedule your Free Introductory Lesson first to find out specifically what your instructor wants you to get.

Practice Makes Perfect

It is important to understand that success with drum lessons requires consistent practicing.  We recommend students factor into their schedule a 30 minute practice routine, created by the instructor each week,  no less than 5 days per week.

The instructor may request the presence of a student’s parent(s) during lessons to equip them with information to help the student practice effectively.

Please see our Policy Agreement for information about enrollment terms and lesson cancellation.

We offer drum lessons to the Hendersonville, Fletcher, Arden, Tryon, Columbus, Mills River, Asheville, Saluda, and the greater WNC area.

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Piano Lessons gain popularity at Jim Beaver’s

Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons at Jim Beaver’s School of Music cover a wide range of study.  From Classical to Contemporary, and everything in between, our instructors can guide you to attaining success.

Piano lessons include:

  • proper technique
  • sight reading
  • ear training
  • use of method books and other supplemental materials

Piano lessons are offered for students from the age of four through adult. If you are a beginner or are
further along in your piano studies, our teachers will work with you to help your piano skills take flight. During
lessons, students will learn how to play piano in a fun and healthy way. Students will not only learn how
to read and play the notes, they will be trained in style, technique, music theory, and ear-training. Students
also have the opportunity to perform in recitals and competitions throughout the year as they desire
and are able.

Whether it’s Beethoven or Elton John you’re after, we can show you how it’s done.

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Contact Us for more details.

Violin Lessons are a great way to improve confidence and get better grades!

Violin Lessons

Violin Lessons at Jim Beaver’s School of Music cover a wide range of study.  Our instructors can guide you to attaining success!

Violin lessons include:

  • proper technique
  • sight reading
  • ear training
  • use of method books and other supplemental materials

During lessons, students will learn how to play vioiln in a fun and healthy way. Students will not only learn how
to read and play the notes, they will be trained in style, technique, music theory, and ear-training.

Contact Us to schedule a Vioiln Lesson

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Voice Lessons at Hendersonville Favorite Place to play!

Voice Lessons at Jim Beaver’s School of Music

Voice lessons are offered for children through adults. If you are a true beginner or want to improve on

your current vocal abilities, our instructors will work with you to achieve your best potential. Students young and

old alike are taught basic breathing and singing technics that are suitable and applicable to all types of

music, from pop to blue grass to classical to musical theatre and everything in-between. Students also

have the opportunity to perform in recitals and competitions throughout the year as they desire and are

able.

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Guitar lessons in Hendersonville, NC

Here at JBSOM, guitar lessons incorporate a variety of methods and materials.
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Areas of Study include:
Sight Reading
Tabulature Reading
Pentatonic Scales
Diatonic Major and Minor Scales
Modes and altered Scales
Arpeggios
Diatonic Chord Scales
Right hand techniques ranging from pick to fingerstyle
Proper left hand technique
Composition
Critical Listening
Improvisation
Operation of eqiupment, including capos, slides, amplifiers, and various effects for electronically capable instruments
Their Favorite Tunes!
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So….Many….Awards

Jim Beaver’s School of Music is the ONLY music school in WNC using the renown Musical Ladder System, and only the 2nd in the entire state of NC.
Student earn wristbands, certificates, and trophies for various levels and achievements!

Check out these proud MLS achievers!

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livi songbird

lucy musician

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