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Your lessons are awesome! I love them! I've learned all the New Orleans stuff and I'm craving for more i.e. the likes of Dr. John, Prof. Longhair, James Booker, Jon Cleary etc. Also some soulier/funkier stuff would be great: Stevie Winwood, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and I don't resist some organ filled classics either...Thanks for the great site!
Chuck, thank you from the bottom of my heart for starting irocku. I’ve been getting by with generic style advice I glean from a few books, ... or youtube videos plus a precious few US-released transcriptions, whose difficulty and accuracy are very variable to put it nicely. So many of the melodies, harmonies, and rhythms are just completely wrong, and the ones that get it right are usually so comprehensive that they are better for museums than a gigging keyboardist. Simpler monophonic solos I can pick out by ear, but by and large I’m helpless.
You guys get it right. You integrate learning and general musicianship into the lessons, provide both the specific note-by-note transcription as well as the global groove map so we know where we are in the big picture, and all in a multi-tiered structure for many ability levels. Damn!!!
Chuck-Everything you need to know about Rock n Roll piano is contained in measures 50 and measure 56 in the level 7 transcription of “Jessica”. If you master those motifs in as many keys as possible, and use them as springboard ideas to develop and extend, the you have something to work on for a lifetime. Thanks!!!
I love what you guys are doing and how you're doing it- there's lots of tutorials out there but no one is doing it as well is you guys - Thanks again!
Thanks for the excellent site! I've been practicing like crazy after I got the membership. I especially like the New Orleans type piano lessons like Prof. Longhair and Dr. John...Best wishes!
I'm really loving the lessons. It's really difficult to find a piano teacher out here that will specialize in rock piano. Coming across your site was a blessing. I'm learning so much so quickly and I've never been so motivated to learn scales!
The format of the lessons and scales are great…I love it - can't wait to see what songs will be added next!! Thank you!
I just wanted to say that after years of starting, and stopping learning piano because I couldn’t find a teaching method that worked for me, I am finally making great progress even after just the sample lesson. It really helps that everything is there, the music, the groove chart, the vidoes so you can see the music, hear how it sounds and see where the hands go all in one place, and the song selection is fantastic. Thanks very much for doing this!
I'm really enjoying the lessons and like the fact that they are on 7 levels, so that I can still play great songs even though I have so much yet to be learned... I'm an adult who never learned to read music except VERY haltingly. These lessons have enjoyable material that I can play in the intermediate level with the hope of progressing to a higher level in the future. I think I can hear myself making progress every day. They're the best online option I've found without a doubt...Thanks for making learning so much fun!
Loving your lessons, I have a lifetime job now of mastering the music!
Oh my god, this is such a great site!
I've been following you guys for a while and I'm enjoying every song tutorial very much. Your teaching style and piano material is the best on the web!
I have to say, IROCKU is the best tool I've found to improve my playing and I love the selection of music. In particular, I like the different levels. My level is about level five, but I enjoy taking the same song and working on the level 6 and 7 also. The worksheets are excellent, and streaming on the iPad works great for working at the piano. I've put together a playlist of the songs that you have on the website to listen to while slowly working through the list this next year.
I'm a self-taught pianist who took about 20 years off, and just got back into playing a few months ago. It's been the best decision I've made!
I think the lessons are great, and exactly what I've been looking for - great bluesy rock. I love the song selection and the tiered approach. Thanks!
Hello Chuck!! I love the lessons at IROCKU! Thank you for creating this website.
Just want to thank you for this site. It’s extremely useful. I do the levels 5-7, and they’re great. The whole idea of moving from simple to complex, and the idea of the groove charts – brilliant. Also very nice that you include fingering.
I personally get a lot out of the lessons and transcriptions of the improvisations. For example, the Level 7 improv of "Come and Go Blues", especially when it breaks into the triplets at measure 5. Wow, I have practiced that now in every key until I can do it at speed, and what an addition to my playing.
Same for the Level 7 Improv of "Southbound", and several others.
Anyway, thanks for the site. And congrats on the Stones tour!
Your site is AMAZING! I like all the others am loving your site – so incredibly helpful!
I am loving the lessons...I think I am finally getting better at 16th notes. I am impressed with the way you teach using the different levels. All those funky rhythms are hard for me, but so rewarding when I start to catch on. Thanks!
I am fully enjoying the first lesson!! IROCKU addresses my biggest need (coordinating the left & right hand in a sophisticated manner) through a teaching style that entertains me. I vastly prefer listening to the lesson over reading printed sheet music...For me, Hannon exercises & note-by-note reading offer progress at the expense of fun. Jamming, on the other hand, is great fun but does not always stretch my ability. With IROCKU, there is no tradeoff of enjoyment for progress--the two are coming hand in hand!
I appreciate your time & look forward to buying more lessons.
I am enjoying the lessons. I found the site because I have a 15 year old student who wanted to play "Shine a Light" and she is a beginner, so this is perfect. She is on level 2 and I am plugging away at 6 and 7. I really like your emphasis on rhythm and counting and I think the approach is very pragmatic and doable for the average person , not just the few elite players.
Hi! Love everything you guys do! Chuck got me into playing with his Statesboro blues tutorial on youtube, so when I discovered this I had to subscribe…..Thanks for maintaining such a great site!
Your lesson material is really really good. I'm a big fan of Chuck's.
I love that I can start out on level 5 and progress to level 7. Some of the songs I'm working on level 7 but the improv is more complicated, so, I am working on level 5 until I can progress. It's great!
Thanks that you care what people think and that you give such quick responses to questions and concerns. MUSIC IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL!!!
First, Congratulations on this site.... way back a few years ago I begged you to do another DVD from your site.... and indeed you have done it to the power of 10... I found IROCKU almost by accident via youtube... I just thought it was another talented youngster doing the gospel lesson, I am so glad I clicked over....I am so thankful for you "giving back" to the music community .... They said Oscar Peterson was taken to heaven because God wanted piano lessons... I think there is a special place for you as well..Blessing and be peaceful.
Gentleman you’re all so generous with your hard earned knowledge. I will do all I can to take all of this and use it, but also I'll share it and keep this skill alive and rockin.
Love the site and love the lessons!
The sample lesson sold me. IROCKU is a wonderful way to move ahead musically!!!
Chuck, Just signed up for your lessons. I've been looking for something like this and I feel you're the world's best piano player for the kind of music I like. I'm rockin happy!!
I think your site is brilliant! I love the lessons that I downloaded. Your system of having written, visual, and aural teaching is the most helpful instruction that I've ever had.
Chuck, Thanks for creating this website. There is a severe lack of rock-piano teaching on the web. The Allman Brothers and the Stones always inspired my interest in rock piano. Consequently I've been searching for a teacher that understands the music but it's hard to find anyone qualified - most teachers come from (and stick to) a classical background...While I enjoy classical music, blues/rock piano is a different genre and it deserves more recognition. I have rarely seen this style of music properly transcribed so I shy away from buying transcriptions because it just doesn't sound right. I'm not the greatest player yet so I need some guidance. I'm definitely your target market.
I've been a fan of your music, and thanks to you and your contempories this style of music is permanently on the musical map.
I am so excited about the things I am learning. I play country gospel for a small church in my area, and I am enjoying learning more about rock music... I love the way you teach.
I stumbled across irocku a few days ago. What an awesome website! Great song selection with very helpful lessons and authentic arrangements, particularly the note-for-note transcription of the solo on Jessica. I’m currently working my way through four songs and I’m sure there will be many more.
Hi! I love IROCKU! Thank you so much.
SATISFACTION! I am using IROCKU for the first time and loving it! Learning Rockin' Pneumonia--was trying to learn it from my piano teacher AND on my own and your method just totally put it all together for me. Thanks a million!
Just want to let you know that I am loving the lessons. I really enjoy how they are broken up into different levels that become more and more interesting as you progress. Keep up the good work.
I'm really glad I came to know the IROCKU Project. I find the project idea amazing. Sometimes it's very hard to find good arrangements and tutorials which are really capable of teaching us how to master popular rhythms. The Groove Charts are awesome! Keep rockin'
I write some of my own songs, sing and muddle through a bunch of chords I memorized as a kid. I chanced upon your website when someone mentioned your name. I'm thrilled with all the information you have to offer... I'm excited about it all and will keep moving forward note by note. Thanks for sharing!
I am primarily a sax player but have been teaching myself piano for several years. I love the irocku lessons. It gives me something to strive for. Also love the Groove Charts. Keep them coming. Great Job!
I think you guys have a great site and I really enjoy it. Great selection of songs, and I like the approach – almost like having a friend in your house showing you some great tricks of the trade. Please tell Chuck, I think he has a great thing going with his site.
I am so excited to have discovered your website!! I am 42 … and I have never played an instrument before or read music and am finally realizing a lifelong dream of learning to play the piano and it's great! … I just want to rock that piano… I purchased a membership to work on fun songs I love while continuing my lessons here in Hawaii. It's hard to find sheet music and I have found the stuff online really intimidating. Your website has given me just exactly what I was looking for! I'm gonna start with one of my all time favorite songs- “Aint Wastin Time No More”- so cool.
The Gospel Piano Lesson is Fantastic! Really, amazing ideas.
I am enjoying the lessons very much, finding there is just the right amount of structure to give me the push I need. Syncopation no longer feels like brain damage in the making. I like it that even at the beginner's level there are some catchy riffs to learn, and I look forward to moving upward in a few months.
Chuck… I am a longtime fan of yours through Sea Level, ABB, Stones, and on and on. The irocku method is like having an old friend show you some new songs and licks – it is a comfortable approach with a great vibe and equally great resources and tools. irocku makes it easy for any player to find a learning style that fits, whether it be video, charts, note-for-note, or exercises. You guys have some great song choices….I am enjoying your site very much – just trying to pick up whatever I can to keep improving….
I am classically trained pianist who has wandered into boogie woogie, ragtime and blues. So far, I have explored Professor Longhair's version of Tipitina; I really like the way you have done this. Many of the suggestions on the video are sound pedagogical and piano techniques. The explanation of the duple and triple rhythms and exercises of how to play them against one another is great... Good luck with your wonderful venture in musical instruction!
It doesnt matter how much you know..there is always something new to learn…thanks
Enjoying Honky Tonk Women. The licks I’ve picked up have breathed new life into my band’s cover of this song.
Muito Bom seus vídeos, Deus o abençoe!
Just found your site and it is the best I've seen and I've been a member of quite a few. A great instructor too. I'm genuinely amazed at the levels offered and the sheet music, etc. "Jessica" is a fantastic tune which I am learning now. Dr John, Ray Charles are next on my list to download. Keep up the good work.
irocku has helped take a big step forward as piano student. I am very impressed with your lessons, I learn more than ever.
I think the site is fantastic... These lessons are quite good. The best that I've seen for rock&blues. I think your concept and web design is excellent and well ahead of anything else that has ever been produced. The musician who does the instruction does an excellent job too. Congratulations to all of the work that obviously many people have done.
I am very excited to delve deep into these lessons. I have been playing your solos for about 20 years and have always been "missing" a few notes. Although, I am steeped in the blues, the blues and jazz books don't really cover the classic rock songs in the way that they infuse blues, rock and gospel . I'm very excited to hone these solos and get back out there to perform them.
I just started with irocku and I love the lessons. That guy playing the piano in the lessons is great.
What a great website - best I have ever seen. I am an advanced player and everything I see is either 1) too basic, or 2) too "abstract" in the sense that it doesn't have application to songs that I love to play. You resolve both of these concerns. Keep it up!
“Love the irocku site. --- there's always been a huge void of quality piano tutorials on GOOD music out there on the web, and your website was a breath of fresh air. Don't change a thing about what you're doing… Love the irocku format, love the 7-level breakdown, love the irocku jam chart and the improv charts, terrific stuff.”
“The irocku lessons are simply super and to watch and hear them just adds the finishing touches to a well conceived methodology of teaching techniques which are simply not available anywhere else.”
“I'm very excited about the irocku service. Chuck is absolutely my musical inspiration and hero. I was happily surprised when it worked, and beautifully so, on my iPad!”
“Chuck, Thank you for irocku, its what I need! Stay in the groove !”
“I'm learning “Honky Tonk Woman”. You guys have done a great job with this web site.”
“I appreciate irocku’s tips on starting with the groove charts. My synapses are screaming, but I'm trying to groove them into submission Thanks again!”
“THE irocku SITE IS AMAZING!”
“Totally stoked. The irocku program is awesome!”
“Well dadgum! I've dun an lernt somethin' t'day and the sun ain’t yet up. Thanks irocku. I'm making progress.”
“I love seeing the foundation and structure of the songs. Having the different levels is a great idea…It's nice to find a level that will challenge you without overwhelming you. I wish irocku was around about 40 years ago!”
“The irocku format is terrific and the PDF quality is the best I've seen. You guys have something great brewing. “
“I LOVED the irocku Gospel Rock Rhythm video. Exactly what I've been looking for. It's really great feeling like I'm getting in on the ground floor of what y'all are doing. Thanks again. Loving the “Let It Bleed lesson.“
“The irocku lessons are great. Thanks!---The way you guys have 7 levels with printable sheet music is particularly useful and inspiring to move to the next level.”
“Just wanted you and all the folks at irocku to know how much I am enjoying all of the material that you have placed on your website. The songs you have made available for piano and keyboard players are just fantastic. I had my own band in high school and in those days we developed our cover songs by listening to records over and over again for hours on end to pick out progressions and lyrics and licks. Imitation is a great teacher, but what I would have given to have access to the knowledge and the “how to” that is offered on your site.
I could go on and on, but I feel blessed to have stumbled upon irocku.com. It’s just super.”
“Chuck, I can't tell you how much time irocku saved me in nailing “Southbound” for my 35th reunion with my old bandmates from New York, Uncle Charlies Band. irocku, keep up the great work helping rocker wanna be's sound better and better and most important sooner!!!”
“I am surely excited at what I have found on your irocku site. It may be just the pathway I have longed for to reach higher musically…Thank you! “
“irocku is fantastic baby!! Very, very good!!!!”
“I’ve been a big fan for a very long time. Hearing Chuck’s smokin’ piano was one of the reasons I wanted to play the piano. I’ve been playing for over 30 years now... irocku is GREAT stuff. Love irocku, the stories and pictures. Great Idea...Keep up all the great work!”
"I really enjoy the 2 Professor Longhair irocku lessons. Thanks for the good work.”
“Many thanks to the irocku team for your great work... I am having a lot of fun (& work!) with "Hey Now". Stay in the groove !”
“irocku is great. I like the fact that you work through a song from beginner to advanced level, giving the student an opportunity to play something that sounds good regardless of his/her level of expertise. The $4.99 for 3 lessons is also a fair price for those who can't afford annual membership or those who only want to learn a few songs.”
“Great website…Really enjoy the irocku songs.”
“I am a long time player of many instruments … I am truly impressed with irocku. Although I have played piano for many years and have had a lot of formal training, I've always been a play it by ear and feel musician. Being able to look over the shoulder of someone playing the licks is the way I learn it..... period. So keep the song list growing!”
I'm having a blast with the lessons. I took piano lessons from age 8-13 but they were more like the "rather eat spinach” type. Now I'm 48 and starting to play in band and have been looking for good instruction to get rocking on keyboard. I've got a gig now in a band and needed to get up to speed fast! One of the songs I needed to learn was "Southbound". Couldn't find any good music for it.....UNTIL irocku! I've been working on the level 5 version and I'm having a BLAST! Gradually adding in some of the level 6-7 material as I get a handle on level 5. This is just what I needed to make that song rock with the band! I've also been working on “Sympathy for the Devil”. Again, it has the chops I need to make it rock! Love those mixolydian thirds in the improv section! I've adapted them for the verse sections as well (as well as into other tunes to spice them up!). irocku is really helping me build up my chops for rock piano!
“irocku is the greatest thing since sliced bread for me. I've been working on all of the lessons for all of the songs that have been posted thus far. Keep on rockin'!”
“All the songs you all are putting out are great! Thanks very much.”
“Chuck-I was very excited to discover irocku since I spend a lot of time scouring the Internet for note-for-note rock keyboard lessons and transcriptions. I am a former classical piano player who is now transitioning into rock keyboards.”
I'm enjoying the site. I love the blues and gospel oriented pieces. I know this site will help me improve. Come to Richmond and play. I saw you here years ago with Sea Level as well with the Allman Brothers and more recently with Warren Haynes. Enjoyed every minute of it.
Chuck, THANK you for developing irocku-- the levels are particularly helpful for those of us floating somewhere between beginner and intermediate. Keep it comin'!
“Hello, I wish to convey my deep appreciation for irocku. After viewing my first lessons for “Let it Bleed”, I have to say I am feeling excited about trying to play the music of my heroes… I have always been deeply dissatisfied with the sheet music I could purchase, it frankly sounded nothing like the accompaniment I loved on the records. Your lessons offer me a new approach to understanding music. I feel I may eventually achieve the level of playing and understanding of music that I have until now only longed for. Thanks so much.”
Hey Chuck! I’m a great fan of yours and your website is very, very good and very cool stuff….Thanx!!!
“The irocku experience has been very rewarding for our son in his early piano career! He looks forward to his lessons and practicing everyday which is promising and encouraging! His classmates were so impressed by his playing that his teacher showed the irocku website to the entire class. Our son really enjoys watching the videos, which help him understand about how the pieces are constructed and the meaning behind their sound (rhythm, variations, dynamics, and an occasional historical association)"
Chuck, congratulations on your web site ! It is very professional, accurate, and easy to use. Rock 'n' roll music is rarely written for keyboards on sheet music and amateurs like myself do not have time to search the songs by ear. I really appreciate the groove charts and sheet music that you provide for the lessons. I can't wait to get the next lessons!
“What’d I Say” is absolutely AMAZING. irocku’s arrangement is spot on. All the existing sheet music for this song is horrible….Keep up the good work!!!
“Hey man, finally had my first rehearsal playing keys with a new band I've joined. Here's our first attempt at Southbound from last night. I'm playing mostly the Level 5 version - it's a great arrangement and works well with the band! irocku defiantly made me rock!!"
"I have cheated myself over the years by not learning and using blues and pentatonic scales and all the wonderful licks and riffs that are in the printed music available through irocku. And it is really special to pick up something from one of these songs and use it in other songs that I like or want to play….now it's a whole lot more fun.. Thanks for all that you do. Rock and roll forever”.
I’m really enjoying the music I grew up with. I lived in Atlanta when the Allman’s were starting out and they played for free in the park Sundays – didn’t miss a one. You guys have an excellent product !!!
“I think irocku is a great idea because in Italy the piano courses are for classical music; very few teach jazz. The irocku course is really good and you've chosen great music."
“I have been able to access the irocku site and have easily loaded up several lessons onto my iPad. It fits great on my music stand, making this a fantastic way for me to learn! I can read music, but not fluidly, so watching and listening is the quickest way to learn. A couple of years ago, I purchased Chuck’s instructional DVD and have enjoyed it, although it has been a bit out of my league. irocku is great for getting back into the basics like blues scales, the different rhythms and groove charts, then progressing from there. Pretty exciting stuff!”
“I think the irocku lessons are great for teaching, and great for performing!”
“I am really diggin irocku and didn't realize that this is something that I've been looking for and needed for awhile. I've played keys in the Denver music scene for about 10 years. I've known that there are things I would like to get better at or like to learn overall. This program has really improved my playing and filled in music gaps for me that I was never able to figure out before. Having a teacher doesn't help me so much as my work and play schedule are too unpredictable to keep that going-- so this is perfect. I enjoy the songs that are provided-- some are songs I know but I've wanted to improve, like "Tipitina" or "Southbound". Some are songs that I would have never taken the initiative to learn but I'm glad I was pushed to do so as I have learned alot. Watching these lessons has me itching to go home and get back to my keys!”
“Chuck, I'm enjoying the irocku lessons. I love the song selections and the graduated lessons which allows you to progress from one level to the next. The groove charts, lessons, and exercises are well-integrated and really help you master the fundamentals. You and the irocku team are doing a wonderful job...”
Thanks Chuck Leavell! I'm having great fun with the irocku lessons.
Great site! - Love the songs.
My son Jagger (age 10) was recently in a talent show at his school and performed 'What'd I Say' and 'Joy Boogie'. The crowd LOVED it! They yelled "encore." The more people hear Jagger play, the more they are inquisitive about who, how, and where he is learning how to play these songs and where this selection of songs is coming from ... Jagger's enthusiasm is tremendous and is everyday thrilled about improving and progressing on the piano.
Chuck-Just wanted to let you know that I’m loving the irocku lessons. I love the format; video coupled with written music lessons and instruction. I know working with these lessons is going to fill in a lot of gaps in my rock and blues playing. Looking forward to working with your lessons and enjoying the leaps in my playing that I know are going to come. Thanks again!
The Gospel Piano Groove Chart is very nice--best demo of this style I've seen!
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Thanks for the excellent piano tutorials, I enjoy them immensely.
I love the New Orleans blues by prof longhair ... thanks !
I tried a sample irocku lesson and was quite impressed. That kid is pretty good! Thanks!!
Just purchased "Sympathy for the Devil" today. I just love the videos and the sheet music.
The lessons I have downloaded are really good. The young man in the videos is ridiculously talented! The simple genius of these lessons is that the tougher pieces can be learned at a level 5 and the easier ones at 6 or 7.
Congratulations on the Grammy award. Can’t think of anyone who deserves it more. I feel honored, thankful and smart that I found your web site. I may never play exactly like you but, grateful that you’re sharing your experiences with the world.
I signed up for a membership. I was glad to see a site like this that’s devoted to rock piano! It’s mostly jazz or classical out there. I bought an instructional DVD of Chuck’s a couple of years ago and still use it. Keep up the good work!