Learning to the play the guitar, and learning to play the guitar with a band are two different things, according to Daniel Wilson.
Playing in a band is “definitely 100% more fun,” said Wilson, 15, from Hyde Park, a guitarist in our Rock School program.
Wilson and his band will be performing in this Saturday’s Rock School Blowout concert on the Riverwalk, along with 9 other bands.
“When you practice by yourself, if you mess up, you correct yourself and restart,” he said. “But when you play with a band, you can’t stop.You have to keep going and act like nothing happened. It’s a whole different skill set.”
Having been in the Rock School program since 5th grade, he’s had all three of our Rock School instructors.
“They’re all great,” said Wilson. “You pick a song, and they’ll have you playing the full song in an hour. All the parts, all the sounds, it’s amazing. I don’t know how they do it.”
Over the years, Wilson has picked up some bass and drums, having to wear different hats according to what the band needs.
Chris Kelly, 16, a junior at Jesuit High School, has also been in Rock School for years, starting with guitar and picking up some drums and bass along the way.
“Lee [Ahlin] is great. He can teach you pretty much anything you want to learn,” said Kelly, who’s also performing with his band His Boy Elroy this Saturday.
“I actually can’t wait [for the concert], it should be a lot of fun,” he said.
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“It’s a full blown concert with the mics, amplifiers, full sound team on the mixing board, said Wilson. “It’s definitely something you have to experience as a musician.”