I have been having a well earned break during he school holidays…but now looking forward to teaching resuming on Monday 10th July. This term will go through until Friday 15th September.
New Invoicing Look
During the holidays I have been busy trying to set up some new software to manage my teaching timetable and invoicing. So you will notice a change in the way invoices look! It’s possible that some things might get overlooked in the transition, so if there’s a problem with the invoice, lesson time or term fees, please send me an email and I will resolve it!
Make up lessons
The new system should also make it easier to organise and coordinate make up lessons. My policy on make up lessons is that I am happy to reschedule a lesson if an alternative time can be found…however I do request at least 24 hours notice, so that your vacated slot can be offered to someone else. Up till now, I have coordinated this through texts, emails and phone calls. With the new software, it will be managed through an online student portal! More details when it’s all up and going!
For families with two or more students taking lessons, my practice has been to issue an invoice for each student, with the second one payable halfway through the term. With the new system, this has proved a step too far for my computer skills, so for those families, please feel free to split the invoice into two payments, with the second one due prior to week 6. I will issue you a new statement with balance remaining on receipt of your first payment!
Fees for this Term
Fees are $38 per lesson when paid by the lesson, or $31 per lesson when paid by the term. These fees are very competitive for quality professional tuition, especially if you take advantage of the generous discount for paying up front for the term.
So welcome back to all returning students, and a welcome to new students.
One of the distinguishing aspects of my approach to teaching the guitar is that it is based on playing gigs. I like to give all my students, whether they are interested in playing professionally, or just for their own fun and pleasure, the benefit of my experience playing professionally. In whatever style you are interested, there are fundamentals of musicianship that will set you apart from the scores of wannabe’s, and lift your playing to a level of professionalism that will give you immense satisfaction.
I play in a number of different styles. My next gig will be with my Jazz Trio, accompanying vocalist Amanda Wallace. We play the Retro Bar in Kenmore, on Sunday 19th February, 3pm to 6pm. So come along and say hi…I love talking guitar, so do come and see the show, and have a chat! Click on the photo below to go the the Facebook event with all the details…
Amanda Wallace and the Rob Reeves Trio
After a well earned break over the christmas and New Year holidays, we are all set to begin teaching again for term 1, full of enthusiasm for music and guitar! Lessons commence on Monday 23rd January. So if you are looking for affordable and professional guitar lessons in The Gap or Samford, get in touch. I would love to help you in your journey of musical discovery with the guitar! Rob’s Guitar School will be celebrating its 7th birthday this year, underlying my commitment to providing quality long term tuition in The Gap, Samford and surrounding localities of Brisbane.
So be in touch….
Ph: 07 3289 8020
Mob: 0408 854 077
This practice track is intended for bass players who are getting to grips with there II-V-I progressions. The key is G major, with a basic jazz feel, the backing track contains guitar playing the chords and drums doing a slow tempo swing. The chords are
||: Am7 |D7 |Gmaj7 | : ||
You can try some of the following exercises:
(1) Play the root note of each chord on beat one of each bar. Find as many different root notes as you can in different regions of the neck.
(2) Modify exercise 1 by playing up or down the scale from the root note when you land on the chord Gmaj7. Play one neat per beat.
(3) Repeat exercise 2, but playing up or down from the root note of the other chords.
(4) Try playing up or down from the root notes of each chord in the progression.
(5) Once the first four exercises are going comfortably, try exercise 1 again, but this time land on the 3rd of each chord. Repeat exercise 3 and 4, but playing up or down from the 3rd.
(6) Repeat exercise (5), but landing on the 5th, and again landing on the 7th.
Repeat all exercises using all 5 moveable major scale fingerings, and the open fingering.
Gmajor 2-5-1 Jazz progression without bass
Here is a practice track for working on your E major soloing. It is two chords, a I-IV progression – E and A in the key of E major.
I thought it would be cool for my bass students to play along with a track that I am working on for an album by “The Robert Bloodwood Experience”, which is the name of my blues and groove band. So I have taken out the bass and the vocals, leaving just the drums and guitars.
It is predominantly an E minor groove, occasionally changing to G and then to A. See if you can figure out where by listening. Play along using the E minor Pentatonic scale. Remember that simple with a good feel is often the best option for bass.
New Guitar Teacher Jonathan Shelley is set to start teaching at our Samford Studio at the Farmer’s Hall on Monday August 17th, 2015. Jonathan has studied at the Jazz Music Institute and has performed in many styles of music, including performances with the Rob Reeves Quartet. Jonathan has a full police working with children check, and is able to teach all popular styles of music, including reading music, soloing in jazz, blues and rock styles, and chords for accompaniment. Ring Rob on 3289 8020 to book your spot.
Here is a practice track that works with a blues aesthetic. There are two chords, E7 for four bars, then A7 for four bars. For a straight ahead approach use the E major scale with a flat 7 (also called E Myxolydian, or A Major) over the E7, and an A major scale with a flat 7 (also called A Myxolydian or D Major) over the A7. For a more blues oriented treatment, use the E minor pentatonic scale, bending up to the major thirds of each chord.
Soloing concept for E7 and A7
Here’s the practice track:
E7 – A7 practice track
For bass players, here it is without a bass line:
Exciting news at Rob’s Guitar School is the upcoming Jazz in The Valley afternoon in Samford. I have been working hard with Steve Cowley of the Homestead Restaurant to ensure that it will be a great afternoon. As well as my self, we have one of Australia’s premier Django Reinhardt style guitarists, Ewan MacKenzie, playing, as well as other acts! Ewan is a wonderful guitarist, and well worth listening to! Tickets $25 at the door, or prepaid $20 from myself or from the Restaurant. Music starts at 12PM – but best to arrive early to ensure you don’t miss any of the show! See Jazz in the Valley for full details…
Here is a video of Ewan’s ensemble performing recently at the Brisbane Jazz Club…
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