The right guitar to learn on

by The Rock Academy on December 13, 2019

What guitar is the right guitar for me? Great question and if you have never played guitar before the information you get can vary depending upon the person you ask. When beginners ask me which guitar is the right guitar to use, I generally reply, ‘the easiest guitar to play’. Nylon strings are very light but sometimes the neck on nylon string guitars can be very wide. Steel-string guitars have smaller necks but the steel strings can feel harder and tough against the fingers to start with.
For a younger beginner (or even an adult) the three quarter size nylon string guitar can be perfect. It has a neck size that is similar to an adult electric guitar and the strings are very light on the fingers. These guitars are also great for throwing into the back of the car for holidays as they are smaller.
If you do go for a steel-string guitar then perhaps you could put some ‘lighter’ strings onto the guitar (or have a music shop do it). Professional guitarists often use ‘.12’ gauge strings on their guitars. The ‘.12’ indicates the thickness of the string. You can decrease the string thickness to lighten the feel and make it a lot easier to play. ‘.11’ or ‘.10’ gauge strings can be a much better thickness to start with. Electric guitars often have ‘.10’ gauge strings so a good idea is to go into a guitar shop and play a few guitars to see which guitar feels right for you and your fingers.

Wellington band concert through music school The Rock Academy

by The Rock Academy on December 4, 2019

Band Concert

The young rock bands at the term four music concert went next level with their performances. Earlier in the year, we asked the band mentors to teach the bands more songs and we asked for more originals, and boy did they deliver. The 7 bands played three songs each during the concert that was held at The Fringe Bar on Allen Street, Wellington.


The manager of the bar was so impressed he suggested that next time we record them during the next concert. What a great opportunity for these young bands. For more information about the next band concert in 2020, please contact us at


The Rock Academy either by phone, 021 565 750 or by email,

School holiday programme buskers are heard…

November 14, 2019

Microphone helps singers busk. Adding the portable P.A and microphone to the busking during our school holiday programmes has been a fantastic revelation. It’s more comfortable for the singers and they don’t have to strain their voices. The guitarists and keyboardists find it easier to follow the songs too. Overall the music sounds a lot […]

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School holiday programmes Wellington January 2020

November 4, 2019

We’re looking ahead to the end of the school holidays in January. By then I’m sure you will be ready for a break and I’m sure ‘they’ will too 😂 We are running two-holiday programmes in the last two weeks of January. JANUARY 2020 Week 1 👨‍🎤 Wednesday, 22nd, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th Week […]

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Young buskers inspire next generation of musicians

October 13, 2019

Buskers during The Rock Academy’s holiday programme help to inspire the next generation of musician. It’s always great having music on the street and having young musicians inspire the next generation of musicians is really inspiring. It won’t be long before this young chap is getting music lessons and joining others jamming and having fun. […]

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Boys jamming with their bass and guitar on the streets of Wellington

October 8, 2019

Omar and Luke had a great 3 days at our school holiday programme last week. Omar played the bass guitar for the first time and fell in love, he is hoping to switch from guitar lessons to bass lessons. It was a great opportunity to try and get comfortable with the bass during the holidays […]

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Ear Health by White Cat

September 12, 2019

We live in a noisy world. 1 in 4 people today suffer from hearing impairment. While some of this cannot be prevented due to genetic or medical reasons, noise induced hearing loss is 100% preventable. We hope that White Cat will be a useful, ever-growing resource that will help make environments safer so that we […]

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School holiday programmes Wellington

September 11, 2019

The Rock Academy school holiday programme is perfect for young Wellington muscians. The activities during the programme are fun and have a great educational value to them. The songs we teach our pupils are modern and very popular. There are daily busking trips, song writing sessions (Kilbirnie, Wellington), beat sessions and much more. All ages […]

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Performers concert – September 2019

August 18, 2019

  The Rock Academy is hosting another Performers Concert on the 10th of September at Fringe Bar. It is a fantastic opportunity for young musicians to perform live on stage. If you have been having music lessons and feel like an extra challenge or you have played on stage already and would like to play […]

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Geoff Day 2019 Release

August 6, 2019

Geoff Day releases his second single onto Spotify. This follows Geoff’s first single which was released on the 1st of May 2019. Recorded in the south of France during his European tour in 2004 tour. The music follows in the vein of one of Geoffs heroes Bob Dylan.

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