Things have been moving very quickly with the Corona Virus pandemic, and I have been like many others, taking time to get on top of the advice from the government, as well as other sources.
As a result, I have decided to switch to online delivery of lessons across the board, starting from Monday 23rd March. I apologise for the inconvenience this may cause, but believe it is the right thing to do for community safety. When things have settled down, I expect we will be able to return to lessons as usual.
I realise the this may not suit every student, and if that’s the case, I am happy to hold your remaining lesson payment for this term in credit for future lessons. Otherwise I think the online format will allow us to maintain continuity of instruction while doing our bit to slow the spread of the virus.
All students would have received a communication from me by email, with a text notification where possible as well, giving you the information you need to access your online lesson, which will be at the same day and time as usual. If you haven’t received this communication, please contact me as soon as possible. If you need to change the lesson time, get in touch with me, and we can work out an alternative time, though it’s helpful for me if we can minimise such changes.
I appreciate your kindness and support with this new approach – I will be on a learning curve with it, and hopefully there won’t be too many teething problems. My wish is for everyone to get through the next few months safely and in good health.
Here is a practice track for Bass Players in C major. The Chords are
||:C | |F | :||
Try playing a bass line with just the root notes first, and when you can hear the chord changes well, try putting in some runs with the C major scale. You can also try working off your chord tones… the 1,3 and 5 of each chord. It sounds good adding a 6th or a 2nd to the chord tones as well. Experiment and have some fun!
Here is another practice track for the bass players. It is an E 12 Bar blues. The rhythm part is played with all dominant 7th chords, while the lead guitar plays with the E minor pentatonic scale. Here are the chords:-
|E7 | | | |
|A7 | |E7 | |
|B7 |A7 |E7 |E7 |
Try constructing bass lines from your dominant 7th chord arpeggios. Add in the 6th for a classic blues bass line. For your runs, try the the myxolydian mode from the root of each chord.
This is a practice track for bass players, wanting to practice up their chops in C major with a basic rock feel. The chords are A minor and E minor:-
||:Am | |Em | :||
Use your C major scale to create runs between each chord. You can also use your arpeggio notes for each chord to create interesting lines. You might also like to experiment with using your A minor pentatonic runs on the A minor chord, and E minor Pentatonic runs on the E minor chord.
Rob’s Guitar School is very privileged to be welcoming Libor Smoldas, one of Europe’s leading jazz guitarists, to its guest teaching program. Libor will be conducting a limited number of private lessons, along with a group clinic on Saturday 3rd March 2018. Libor, “Europe’s rising young jazz star” according to All About Jazz, USA, has performed and taught extensively throughout Europe, the USA and Australia, released a number of albums, and won a number of awards for his compositions.
Cost for a private 30 minute lesson with Libor will be $45. Cost for the 2 hour clinic will be $50.
The clinic will run from 2PM to 4PM, Saturday 3rd March, at 39 Kirri St, The Gap. Bring your own guitar and notebook.
A private lesson can be booked between 12PM and 2PM, same location!
As numbers are strictly limited, secure your spot today by booking for the clinic now! Click to book!
Teaching begins again for 2018 on Monday 22nd January. I am looking forward to meeting new students starting this term, as well as welcoming back continuing students. Don’t forget that there will be no lessons on Friday 26th January due to the public holiday. If you are looking for guitar lessons in Samford or The Gap, or surrounding areas, then get in touch by phone or email!
Well another term and another year is drawing to a close. Thanks to all students and their families for another great year of teaching guitar! Regular lessons will finish up on Friday the 8th of December for the holiday season, and resume again on Monday 22nd January. I will be available for casual lessons at various times in January and December – send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book in a time!
Also guitar lesson gift certificates are a perfect gift idea…email me on as above if you would like to enquire!
In the meantime, I wish all students and their families the best of the festive season, and look forward to seeing you all again in the new year.
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…