Rock Class 101 Teaches How To Play Ukulele
About Rock Class 101
Rock Class 101 began as in idea in the Summer of 2013. At this point in my life, I had graduated from music school 2 years earlier and was currently completing my first year of corporate. I was employed as an Admissions Recruiter for a For-Profit college. You know, one of those school's that charge ridiculous amounts of money for a degree. Essentially, I was selling a product I didn't believe in to students who weren't aware of cheaper alternatives (i.e. Community College). Ethically, this was depressing to me. I was working to make the greedy corporate wigs richer and putting students into too much debt, all while I rotted away in a cube. This was the start of my escape. My whole life I knew music was what I wanted to do. I just wasn't sure what it was that I would do. After all, music was the one thing in my life that never got old, that I never quit, that never stopped being exciting.
One night I met up with my friend Dan Holloway. With the help of his kids, they launched a very successful online lessons site for fingerstyle guitar in 2009. I was amazed by how many members he had, how he was able to focus solely on his business, and how he enjoyed what he did! That night a dream of mine began. I had finally realized what I was meant to do. A lessons site provides a way for me to compose, perform, and teach. 3 aspects of musicianship that defined who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. So, I handed in my 2 weeks notice to corporate and launched the site as AndrewHardel.com in October of 2013.
Initially, it started out as a solo guitar instructional website. A few months later, I recruited the help of 2 friends from college. I expanded the site to offer bass and drum lessons, and we re-branded as RockClass101.com. Together we shot awesome video lesson arrangements of Katy Perry covers. Unfortunately, nothing happened. I was resilient though, I kept producing lessons. While our drummer bowed out, our bass instructor Stephen Cox stuck it out with me. (You may know him as the guy who did the ukulele arrangement for 'I See Fire'. Stephen continues to be a part of the site, he is a great guy!)
Fast forward a year. In the summer of 2014, I met a young girl who wanted to take ukulele lessons. Her sister was taking guitar lessons at the store I teach at, but she wanted to play something different. So, I bought my first ukulele. I figured, if she quits after a month, at least I'll make enough to cover the cost of a cheap uke. Well, she didn't quit, she actually still takes lessons with me! But something else happened too. I really enjoyed playing ukulele!
About a month later, I thought it would be fun to write an arrangement for 'Here Comes the Sun' and post it on the site as a freebie. So, I did! But, I could have never imagined what happened next... People were watching and learning the arrangement; and not just a few people... a lot of people! A few months down the line, I launched the ukulele lessons section for the site. With just a few songs up, we had multiple members in the first month. After over a year of trying, and trying, and trying... I had finally seen success. I was ecstatic! In January 2015, the site transitioned to 100% ukulele lessons.
Fast forward to today, the community at Rock Class 101 continues to grow everyday. It makes me so happy to be able to help so many people learn how to play ukulele around the world. There are currently over 250 lessons (which include complete tabs and typically 30-45 minutes of video content per lesson) with new arrangements added every Friday. This is only possible because of your support. Thank you so much for believing in this site and helping to make my dream come true.
If you ever have any questions about the site, or just want to say hi, you can contact me directly at: Andrew@RockClass101.com.