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Ukulele Workshop in Newton this Friday 

We will be holding a Ukulele workshop at our Newton location this Friday from 7 - 9 PM.  Come and join us!  This will be a lot of fun and will be a great opportunity to learn how to play the ukulele or improve on it and meet other people who are learning to play ukulele just like you!  The workshop fee is $20 and seats must be reserved in advance. 

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The workshop will be held at our Newton location at 48 Chandler Place, Newton Upper Fall, MA 02464

Jake Hallet workshop - Painting a Musical Arrangement 

Rob's Guitar School instructor extraordinaire Jake Hallett will be hosting a workshop at our Newton location called Painting a Musical Arrangement on Saturday, February 24th from 1pm to 3:30pm. Seats must be reserved ahead of time and there are only 8 spots available.  Session fee is $50 per seat. 

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Details:  Learn the stepping stones of Relative Pitch and develop the ability to play what you hear!  Learn how to evoke the emotions you want out of your music.  Learn when it is a good time to break the rules of the major scale.  Bring your guitar and get ready to have fun!  

About Jake Hallett: 

Jake is a senior instructor at Rob’s Guitar School and has been teaching and playing guitar for many years.  He specializes in lead guitar playing and instruction.  See Jake play locally in his group “Finest Hour.” 

To sign up or get more info, click here.

Workshop - Learn to play Ukulele! 

Walk into this workshop not knowing anything about music and walk out playing several easy songs on the ukulele!

In this fun filled workshop, you will learn some easy chords and play some equally easy songs. This workshop is open to ukulele players of all levels but is particularly good for people who have never played. If you don’t have a ukulele, there will be a couple available for anyone to use. Learn to play songs such as: Something, Yellow Submarine and Help! by The Beatles, This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie, Three Little Birds by Bob Marley, You Are My Sunshine by Jimmie Davis and many more.  Attendees will leave with their own song and chord book.

This workshop will be held on Saturday, February 17th from 1 - 3:30 PM at our Newton location at 48 Chandler Place, Newton MA 02464.  The workshop fee is $50 per person. Seating is limited to 8 and you must reserve your seat in advance. Contact us by clicking here to reserve your seat or to ask any questions.

About instructor Cole Bigonet:

Cole has been playing ukulele for close to five years. He attended Bennington College where he primarily studied music. He now lives in Newton where he grew up attending many creative programs in music and the visual arts. He loves to compose his own pieces on the ukulele and he also loves playing pieces that he's learned.  Cole regularly performs on the ukulele throughout the Boston area.

Rhythm and Groove Workshop 

This workshop will be held at Rob's Guitar School in our Newton location at 48 Chandler Place, Newton MA 02464 on Saturday, January 27th from 1pm to 3:30pm. Seats must be reserved ahead of time and there are only 8 spots available. Session fee is $50 per seat.  Click here to reserve your seat.

We all have an innate sense of what rhythm feels like, but sometimes it seems like feeling a rhythm, and playing a rhythm can be two very different things. We know that rhythm is the thing that gives a piece of music its particular pulse, and that makes us want to get up out of our seats and dance, but what are the elements of rhythm and how can I apply them to make my music better and more satisfying? What is groove? What is shuffle or swing, and why do jazz and blues players always say I'm doing them wrong? 

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We may have heard of music theory, but most of the time they're just talking about notes, scales, and harmonies. This is all very good, but is there a theory for rhythm? We look at a piece of music and right up at the top we see 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, or 12/8; there are even some that say 5/4, 7/8, or 7/8+5/8! What does it all mean and how does all of this get applied to make music rhythmic? 

If you've asked any of these questions then I'd like to invite you to join me for my workshop specifically designed to answer them. Whether you've just recently started strumming a guitar, banjo, or ukulele, or even if you've been plucking away for years, this workshop will make you think of rhythm in new ways. You'll learn all about rhythm and groove, and maybe pick up a few new strumming patterns. Maybe you'll even come up with a few patterns of your own! 

Open to musicians of all instruments.

About instructor Joe Compagna:

Joe has been playing bass and guitar for over 30 years and has been in many bands across the U.S. such as the Summertime Trio, G3 New England and many others.  Joe is also a songwriter with many songs to his credit.

Chordal Theory Workshop 

Learn how chords work.  Rob's Guitar School will be holding a chordal theory workshop taught by the owner and chief instructor of Rob's Guitar School, Rob Compagna. 

Ever wondered how chords are created or what exactly is a chord?  Have you wanted to write a song and you just can’t figure out which chord sounds good with another chord?  Do you wonder what 7th, 9th, 13th, diminished and augmented chords are?  How about inversions?  If so, then this workshop is for you!

Where, When and How Much:  This workshop is being held at our Newton location at 48 Chandler Place on Saturday, November 18th. The workshop will be held from 1pm to 3:30pm. Seats must be reserved ahead of time and there are only 8 spots available.  A minimum of four seats must be sold for us to hold this workshop. Session fee is $50 per seat.  

About Rob Compagna:  Rob has been playing guitar for 34 years and teaching for 30 years and has played in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Texas and throughout New England, in bands such as G3 New England, Intercept, Slight Return, C-4 and the Summertime Jazz Band. As a guitar teacher, Rob has taught hundreds of guitar students in his lifetime. 

To sign up or get more info, click here.

Songwriting Workshop 

Have you always wanted to write a song or just learn how songs are made?  Rob's Guitar School will be holding a songwriting workshop taught by the owner and chief instructor of Rob's Guitar School, Rob Compagna.

Leave this workshop having written your own song!

DetailsFor all levels and instruments.  In this fun and informative workshop, learn how to write your own songs.  Topics covered are song structure, basic chord theory, musical riffs and hooks, writing lyrics and singing.  Students will leave the workshop having written their own song!

Where, When and How Much:  This workshop is being held at our Newton location at 48 Chandler Place on Sunday, November 12th. The workshop will be held from 3pm to 5:30pm. Seats must be reserved ahead of time and there are only 8 spots available.  A minimum of four seats must be sold for us to hold this workshop. Session fee is $50 per seat. 

About Rob Compagna:  Rob has been playing guitar for 34 years and teaching for 30 years and has played in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Texas and throughout New England, in bands such as G3 New England, Intercept, Slight Return, C-4 and the Summertime Jazz Band. Rob is a former songwriting student of Emmy award winning film and TV composer Brad Hatfield (Iron Man 2, Borat, Analyze This, The Break-Up, and Cop Land) and has produced, written and recorded many songs.  As a guitar teacher, Rob has taught hundreds of guitar students in his lifetime.

To sign up or get more info, click here.

Jake Hallet workshop - Painting a Musical Arrangement 

Rob's Guitar School instructor extraordinaire Jake Hallett will be hosting his first workshop at our Groton location called Painting a Musical Arrangement:

Details:  Learn the stepping stones of Relative Pitch and develop the ability to play what you hear!  Learn how to evoke the emotions you want out of your music.  Learn when it is a good time to break the rules of the major scale.  Bring your guitar and get ready to have fun! 

Bring your guitar to Rob's Guitar School in our Groton location at 80 Champney Street on Saturday, November 11th. The workshop will be held from 1pm to 3:30pm. Seats must be reserved ahead of time and there are only 8 spots available.  A minimum of four seats must be sold for us to hold this workshop. Session fee is $50 per seat. 

About Jake Hallett:

Jake is a senior instructor at Rob’s Guitar School and has been teaching and playing guitar for many years.  He specializes in lead guitar playing and instruction.  See Jake play locally in his group “Finest Hour.”

To sign up or get more info, click here.

Jim Scott Workshop in Groton in November! 

Fretboard Wizardry Workshop with Jim Scott 

Our September workshop in Newton from Jim was so successful and so much fun for Jim that he said that he'd love to hold one in our Groton location. 

Learn a whole lot about guitar in one workshop! With a unique memory device, guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer and national recording artist Jim Scott introduces a system of visualizing the guitar fretboard and "where the notes are." Focusing on self-expression and collaboration at every step, this improvisational approach will benefit advanced players of all styles as well as novices.  

Bring your guitar to Rob's Guitar School in our Groton location at 80 Champney Street on Thursday, November 9th. The workshop will be held from 7pm to 9:30pm. Seats must be reserved ahead of time and there are only 8 spots available.  A minimum of four seats must be sold for us to hold this workshop. Session fee is $50 per seat

About Jim Scott:  Jim Scott is an American guitarist, singer-songwriter and composer in the genres of jazz, classical and folk music. He has published several music songbooks and guitar instructional books and a number of albums.  He tours the US constantly and has played on stage with musicians Pete Seeger, The Paul Winter Consort, John Denver, Tracy Chapman, Joan Baez, 10,000 Maniacs, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg, The Mystic Chorale, and many others. 

Click here to contact us to sign up or get more info.

Jim Scott Guitar Workshop - Fretboard Wizardry 

Fretboard Wizardry Workshop with Jim Scott

Learn a whole lot about guitar in one workshop! With a unique memory device, guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer and national recording artist Jim Scott introduces a system of visualizing the guitar fretboard and "where the notes are." Focusing on self-expression and collaboration at every step, this improvisational approach will benefit advanced players of all styles as well as novices

Bring your guitar to Rob's Guitar School in our Newton location at 48 Chandler Place, Newton Upper Falls 02464 on Saturday September 16th. The event will be held from 1pm to 3:30pm. Seats must be reserved ahead of time and there are only 8 spots available. Session fee is $50 per seat.

About Jim ScottJim Scott is an American guitarist, singer-songwriter and composer in the genres of jazz, classical and folk music. He has published several music songbooks and guitar instructional books.  He tours the US constantly and has played on stage with musicians Pete Seeger, The Paul Winter Consort, John Denver, Tracy Chapman, Joan Baez, 10,000 Maniacs, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg, The Mystic Chorale, and many others.

Click here to contact us to sign up or get more info.

Groton Community Dinner Performance was a blast! 

On Friday, June 30th our students performed at the Groton Community Dinner.  We had many great performances with our students playing and singing, singing lead vocals, playing lead guitar, playing rhythm guitar, playing the recorder, playing blues, jazz, rock, country and folk guitar.  It was a thrill and an honor for us to contribute to the Groton Community Dinners. 

For more information on Groton Community Dinners, please visit their website by clicking here

Our guitar school will be performing there again on Friday, July 28th at 5:30 PM.  The food is delicious and free and so is the music.  Join us!

Performance Photos from June 30th: