Little Kids Rock with Slash at East LA Middle School
Students Surprised by Celebrity Delivery of Free Instruments, Puts Media Spotlight on Value of Music Education
NAMM Foundation-grantee, Little Kids Rock, brought rocker Slash, world-famous guitarist from Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver—and free instruments—to the students at Belvedere Middle School in East Los Angeles, with the goal of putting music back in underserved public schools. The famed guitarist held a jam session with the students and feels a personal attachment to the group effort.
“I think that what Little Kids Rock does for children is critically important," Slash says. "Kids need, want and deserve music education. Being a musician is really good for the soul.”
During his time in the kids' music class, Slash answered the kids' questions about his bands, how he writes his melodic guitar solos, how he produces his unique sound and even how he got started playing music.
"Initially when I started playing guitar, I didn't know anything about it. I didn't know how many strings were supposed to be on it, what a guitar pick was or the difference between a guitar and a bass. But I just had this thing that I wanted to do. So I went to the neighborhood music school and I didn't have an instrument. And I went in there and told them I want to do that. And he had a guitar and so that's basically how I started. He started teaching me basic notations, etc. But he could pick up any song I gave him and learn it right in front of me and teach me how to play it and that's how I wanted to do it. So I quit the lessons and started teaching myself to play by listening to records."
"Playing with people who have more experience than you is the best way to learn music," Slash continued.
ABC-7, CNN and The Los Angeles Times covered the event. Click the links below to see the media coverage. (This page will be updated as media coverage appears)