At only twelve years old, James L. is one of Music & Rock School’s most seasoned performance veterans. Since he started taking guitar lessons here almost two and a half years ago, he has participated in every winter and summer concert, and performed at Relay for Life, Common Grounds, PeakFest and the Apex Jazz Festival. He also just completed his third Studio Session with his band, Zombie Truckers Stole My Wheelchair!
“I really like doing something with the songs I learn, like playing concerts or recording,” he says. “I like hearing how the parts come together. Plus it’s fun coming up with band names and designing album covers!” He cites the Relay for Life performance back in May 2010 as his favorite that he’s played in. “We got together a lot to practice before the show and we just felt really good about the song.”
James currently lists his favorite artists as Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold and says that his favorite song he’s performed live so far is AFI’s “Miss Murder”.
When we asked what it is about guitar that keeps him so dedicated, he admitted that he doesn’t like playing by himself much. “I like playing with other people. Sometimes it takes a concert or some other deadline to get me practicing!”
“James is similar to many students in that finding his motivation to practice can be a struggle,” said John, his instructor. “He’s really found his niche though in performances and Studio Sessions, and it has really had a positive impact on his playing. Keep up the great work, James!”
Check out a clip of James playing here!