Student Spotlight - Meet SOR Guitarist Isaac R.
What is your favorite thing about School of Rock Vienna?
The best thing for me is the community there. There’s a place for everyone - the beginners and the advanced players.
When I first joined I was honestly surprised by how welcoming everyone there is. Within an hour of arriving I no longer felt like the ’new kid’.
What is one of your favorite things you’ve learned from your time here so far?
At School of Rock Vienna, I’ve learned much more than just music. I’ve learned about what it means to be part of a proper band, and the responsibilities, highs and lows that come with it. It’s reminded me of what it feels like to be part of a team, and to work with others in order to achieve something so much greater than you.
What advice would you give to all the new SOR student musicians?
When I first started playing, I remember clear as day that I never wanted to pick up my guitar. My fingers hurt, my hands were cramping up, and I still didn’t sound like Stevie Ray Vaughan! My advice to new musicians is just to stick with it. If the scales or the arpeggios become too much, just take a break and play something you want to play. Your attitude to playing will set you apart from other musicians, and you will progress such faster when you feel good and enjoy it.The start is definitely the worst, but when you do learn the base blocks to playing, you’re away.(Still do the scales and arpeggios though, playing becomes much more difficult later down the line if you don’t know them.)
Top 5 Bands/Artists You Love:
1. Foo Fighters
2. Green Day
4. The Beatles
5. Guns 'n' Roses
If you could be in any band or artist (past or present) who would it be and why?
If I could be in any band, I would probably go with Queen. There is plenty of variation in their music, no song is the same. Plus, they made some pretty good music!