Online Video Lessons: A Great Companion

Online Video Lessons Fresh Meadows, NY Video lessons this day and age are abundant and everywhere. From Guitar World to your everyday blog, there are plenty of video how-to’s to supplement anywhere your one-on-one lessons with your instructor isn’t up with you. Not to say this is just limited to guitar, there are so many resources for a variety of instruments. Here are a few that you wouldn’t expect:

1. Trombone & Euphoneum:

The owner of the presentation here has a site that could use some updating, but gives some solid basic info.

2. Piano

Staying in line with our experience, it’s mainly best to have a one-on-one lesson for piano in person, but these tutorials are a great beginners paradise.


Tired of doing all the crazy vocal warmups in front of other people during lessons? Do them at home in the privacy of your own bedroom with an online video.

Finding the right instructor for any instrument takes time and patience. There are so many options to choose from and many resources on the web. Online learning coupled with private lessons can be a very strong tool for expanded learning and exponential growth as a student.

Daniel Powers Jr is the founder of Real Brave Inc and After School Rocks. Follow him on twitter, instagram & Facebook @danielpowersjr and the studio @realbraveaudio

Learning Guitar, Solo

Guitar Lessons Fresh Meadows, NY Learning guitar has never been easier. With a simple google search “learn guitar” (with the quotes), it comes back with 751,000 results. Without the quotes and more generalized, it comes back with 42 million results. There are plenty of resources out there. I wonder who makes the cut for best “learn guitar” sites out there? And which ones are free or mostly free

I am not a huge fan of online lessons but can be converted. All it will take is some innovation before it’s the only thing out there but until that, here is the 5 best sites I could find after searching “learn guitar” :


Chordbook was the first one to pop up that had a small free database that gave a decent amount of information. This is definitely an example of quality information that can be easily had at your fingertips.


Great information, somewhat easy to find. Just hidden on page 4 of my google results. Videos, lessons and technique. Music theory? Sure.


Coming up on the first page, with engaging information and free information for users, this seems like a pretty decent way to kick the tires on guitar and get going. In addition, there aren’t too many sales links that are obvious amidst the content that can help users.

Learning guitar without a teacher is possible but be picky (pun intended). There are a ton of great free resources like and even

Daniel Powers Jr is the founder of Real Brave, inc a music lesson studio in Queens, NY. Find him @danielpowers jr (twitter, insta)

Children Are Individuals. Music Instruction For All.

Music Education Fresh Meadows, NY Music education in schools has been steadily declining and thankfully non profits such as After School Rocks and others that care about children, music education and delivering quality affordable instruction, music education is back on the rise. It’s up to us as individuals to tell educators and the establishment what our children need. We need to invest in ALL people.

Programs that offer after school music instruction have really filled in the gap for many arts gaps here in New York City. “Little Kids Rock”, according the blog , has really made a splash. “Little Kids Rock’s biggest reach is in New York City. In 2014, the city Department of Education partnered with Little Kids Rock and Berklee College of Music to form Amp Up, a $4.5 million initiative that has reached nearly 600 schools”. Similiar to the mission of our nonprofit just with a bigger megaphone and gigantic reach, they are bringing simplified, targeted and highly effective instruction to schools. Little Kids Rock, After School Rocks and The Harmony Project as well.

The Harmony Program, a well-funded after school music program based in NYC that is helping underserved communities achieve a well rounded music education diet with incredible programs. Led by funding from NYC and donations, they are making a huge difference in music education.

Real Brave has a non profit like I’ve mentioned before and the foundation is called After School Rocks. The mission is simply bring the joy of creation to students that do not have access to music. It started back in 2009 after the world’s finanical implosion after the housing crisis fell and the general economy almost fell off a cliff. In NYC, Real Brave was front line on the economic meltdown as parents stopped paying lessons, children stopped coming and arts programs began to be dropped due to a lot of factors. Parents began to call to see if we could help.

Years later, we began to start progams in school and have had a huge impact in helping communities get access to the arts. It’s something we are proud of and will continue to fight for. With all the sweeping changes and reforms throughout the years one thing is for certain:

We are raising adults, not children.

If the above is true, which it is, then this must be true as well:

People are individuals. The definitiion of Individual is: of or for a particular person.

I am of the opinion that every person learns differently and for every person that learns a bit differently from another, there are certain sets of interests that sets their brain afire with possibility. Individuals with arts education have a better shot in life and a better shot to find themselves ! I’ve concluded over the years personally that music was the vehicle for my own personal growth. It ended up being that it didn’t totally define me rather creation defined me. Creation of programs, creation of methods to teach students, creation of… well anything.

All of us, parent, facilitator, school administrator, school PTA, parent coordinator, volunteer, politician… all of us have the responsibility to make sure that children just get a well rounded education. A well rounded education that includes the arts. If it means that all school in NYC need to outsource their education to non profits, let’s do it! It’s a crime that inner city youth and others do not get the access to a quality care that they deserve.