Rock School

I'm qualified to teach...
I'm probably not qualified to teach.

But I have people on staff
with music degrees, for those parents...

I'm self-quali...
I mean, I'm a really good teacher.

I just say that 'cause I am.
I mean, I just...
It comes naturally to me.

And I've honed my craft
over the years.

You know... Some people can just play.
I can just teach.

And I'll teach all day.
I'll teach you somethin' right now.

Okay? I'll teach you
how to take a punch.

It started out with just 17 kids
coming over to my apartment every week.

I thought they gettin' real good.
I had a practice space
when I was with my band.

So I said, "Okay, kids,
let's get together on Saturday and jam. "

And we did, and the kids were awful.
All those scales and chords and songs
they learned were useless.

I'm a stubborn son of a bitch.
So I said, "Okay, we're gettin' together
every Saturday until you guys get this. "

Then it was only three
or four Saturdays later...

where the kids I was bringin' to the thing
were so much better.

All the strings...
Big ideas I was able to express in
concrete terms that kids could understand.

So... And I loved it.
It wasnÂ’t just like,
"Since my band didn't make it...

I'll teach guitar,
and I'll be all bitter. "

I was like, you know, "This is cool.
And I don't have to carry equipment. "

It was only a matter of time from there
that a friend of mine...

who had heard us jamming
and working on things said...

"Why don't you guys play
at my art opening?"

Let's do it!
And the kids were amazing.
There were, like, 200 people there.

There was, like, glass windows outside,
and people were six deep outside.

At that point, I was like,
"Okay, this is somethin' here. "