Read below for the latest news going on at RGS!  See you in class!

Upcoming Workshop: An Intro to Electric Guitar! 

Workshop Overview: 
When: Sat, 4/27, 11:00am-12:30pm 
Who: Teens & Adults (Ages 13+) 
Where: Groton Grange, 80 Champney St in Groton 
Max: 8 people 
Taught by: Jake Hallett of Rob's Guitar School 

REGULAR ADMISSION: $40 
EARLY BIRD: $30 when you register before 5pm on 4/19! 
STUDENTS: $20 when you register before 5pm on 4/26 

REGISTER & PAY HERE

About this Workshop: 
Are you completely new to guitar and interested in electric? Are you an electric-curious acoustic player? Wherever you are in your guitar journey, this workshop will leave you with a great wealth of knowledge and understanding on the basic nuts and bolts of electric guitar. This workshop will provide an excellent comprehensive into to electric guitars and all of the equipment. 

There will be some opportunity to try out the equipment, however the format of this workshop is mainly informational. 

Come to this essential workshop and learn about: 
- Parts of the electric guitar and how it works, including body types and neck types 
- How amplifiers work, including EQ and pre-amplification 
- Different amp types, like tube, solid state and modeling 
- Different effects petals, such as overdrive, modulation and compression 
- And more! 

Registration: 
Registration will be open until 5pm on Friday, 4/26/19. Please be sure to register and pay in advance in order to secure your spot. If you do not register in advance and show up day-of we cannot guarantee there will be room. Day-of admission is $40. 

To apply the early bird or student discount: simply put in the corresponding amount when you navigate to the payment link at the end of the registration form. 

REGISTER & PAY HERE

About Instructor Jake Hallett: 
Jake Hallett is an instructor at our Rob's Guitar School location in Groton. Jake has a Master Certificate from Berklee College of Music in Guitar and Songwriting. He has been playing guitar for over 15 years and has been teaching since 2010. Aside from teaching, Jake is also an accomplished studio musician. He has done TV spots for Hammerhead Guitar Picks on VH1, and composition for multiple indie video games by Smashplug Games. Check out his website jakehallettmusic.com to learn more about Jake.

Kids Ukulele Workshop in April 

What: Kids Ukulele Workshop 
Level: Beginner + Intermediate 
When: Sat, 4/6, 1:30-2:15pm 
Who: Kids ages 6-12 
Where: New England Mobile Book Fair, Newton (241 Needham St, Newton Upper Falls) 
$10 in advance | $20 at the door (if room available) 
Max 8 people 
Taught by: Rob Compagna, of Rob's Guitar School - Newton 

REGISTER & PAY HERE: https://forms.gle/BujtK1utiC9fwHnU8 

Details: 
This workshop is a great jumping off point for kids who are new to the ukulele or are at beginner or intermediate levels. Don't have a ukulele? No problem! We've got extras. Let us know in advance if your child needs one. 

Your child will have a blast learning to play songs such as: Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin, This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie and more! Your child will also receive a workbook detailing basic ukulele chords and songs covered in the workshop so they can go home and keep having fun with it! 

**Please note that we ask that all parents/guardians remain on the premises throughout the course of the workshop for liability reasons. There will be extra chairs available for you if you'd like to sit. Or you may prefer to get lost browsing all the amazing books that New England Mobile Book has available for your reading pleasure. :) 

Registration will close at 2:00pm on Friday, April 5th. Register today! 

REGISTER & PAY HERE: https://forms.gle/BujtK1utiC9fwHnU8

About Rob: 
Rob has been playing guitar for 35 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. He has taught hundreds of guitar students in his lifetime.

Teen/Adult Ukulele Workshop in April 

What: Teen/Adult Ukulele Workshop 
Level: Beginner + Intermediate 
When: Sat, 4/6, 2:30-4:00pm 
Who: Teens & adults ages 13+ 
Where: New England Mobile Book Fair, Newton (241 Needham St, Newton Upper Falls) 
$10 in advance | $20 at the door (if room available) 
Max 8 people 
Taught by: Rob Compagna, of Rob's Guitar School - Newton 

REGISTER & PAY HERE: https://forms.gle/5dkFDXZT5EKEo5g6A
  
Details: 
This workshop is a great jumping off point for those who are new to the ukulele or are at beginner or intermediate levels. Don't have a ukulele? No problem! We've got extras. Let us know in advance if you need one. 

Have a blast learning to play songs such as: Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin, This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie and more! You will also receive a workbook detailing basic ukulele chords and songs covered in the workshop so you can go home and keep having fun with it! 

Registration will close at 2:00pm on Friday, April 5th. Register today! 

REGISTER & PAY HERE: https://forms.gle/5dkFDXZT5EKEo5g6A  

About Rob: 
Rob has been playing guitar for 35 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. He has taught hundreds of guitar students in his lifetime.  

Upcoming Workshop: Mastering the Seventh Chord with David Cymbala 

Taught by: David Cymbala 
When: Sat, 3/16, 2:00-4:00pm 
Who: Ages 13+ 
Where: RGS Newton (48 Chandler Pl, Newton Upper Falls, MA) 
Tickets: $40 in advance | $50 at the door (if not full) 
Max: 8 people 

REGISTER + PAY HERE

About this workshop: 
Have you ever opened a “fake book” and felt overwhelmed by jazz chord notation or had difficulty figuring out which form of the chord to play? Or do you just want to be more comfortable with the many voicings for 7th chords and other chords that build on them? If so, then this workshop will map out the territory and show you the way ahead. 

This workshop will provide the aspiring guitarist with helpful tools to visualize the fretboard relationships that form 7th, 9th, 13th, and diminished chords. Fretboard diagrams for families of movable chords will be provided in handouts, along with exercises to enhance selection of voicings when playing. We’ll learn tunes full of 7th chords and practice soloing on top of them to get comfortable with that jazz chord sound. Knowledge of the circle of fifths and some knowledge of bar chords will be helpful. Please bring your own guitar. 

Registration will be open until noon on Friday, 3/15/19. Please be sure to register and pay in advance in order to secure your spot. If you do not register in advance and show up day-of we cannot guarantee there will be room. If you arrive without registering in advance and we do not have room, we will extend to you a $10 credit towards a future workshop. 

REGISTER + PAY HERE

About Instructor David Cymbala: 
David has been playing guitar for the last 40 years. He has developed his own unique style, which is heavily influenced by Brazilian jazz. He has broad interests in many different kinds of music and also plays piano, mandolin, and percussion. David has been composing and recording since the early 90’s, with more than 50 compositions to date. 

We hope you can make it!

We're Back at New England Mobile Book Fair for Another Workshop! 

Beginner/Intermediate Ukulele Workshop 
Taught by lead ukulele instructor, Cole Bigonet and Owner/Chief Instructor, Rob Compagna, from Rob's Guitar School - Newton 
When: Sat, 3/2, 2:00-3:30pm 
Who: Ages 13+ 
Where: New England Mobile Book Fair, Newton 
$10 in advance | $20 at the door 
Max 8 people 

Register HERE

We're excited to be back! Learn some easy chords and play some equally easy songs! Work on strumming patterns and technique. 

Details: 
Open to ukulele players of all levels and particularly good for people who have never played. Don't have a ukulele? Let us know in advance if you need one. 

Learn to play songs such as: Yellow Submarine, Something, and Help! by The Beatles, This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie, Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and more. 

Attendees will receive a workbook detailing basic ukulele chords and songs covered in workshop. 

Registration will be open until 7pm on Friday, 3/1. Register HERE

About Cole: 
Cole Bigonet has been playing ukulele for six years. Attended Bennington College for music and art. Cole was recently a featured performer at the Mystic Chorale concert in Boston. 

About Rob: 
Rob has been playing guitar for 35 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. He has taught hundreds of guitar students in his lifetime.

February Workshop! Beginner/Intermediate Ukulele 

Beginner/Intermediate Ukulele Workshop 
Taught by lead ukulele instructor, Cole Bigonet and Rob Compagna, from Rob's Guitar School - Newton 
When: Sat, 2/9, 2:00-3:30pm 
Who: Ages 13+ 
Where: New England Mobile Book Fair, Newton 
$10 in advance | $20 at the door 
Max 8 people 

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/ge4IthXPMZCM13MQ2

We're excited to be back! Learn some easy chords and play some equally easy songs! Work on strumming patterns and technique. 

Details: 
Open to ukulele players of all levels and particularly good for people who have never played. Don't have a ukulele? Let us know in advance if you need one. 

Learn to play songs such as: Yellow Submarine, Something, and Help! by The Beatles, This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie, Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and more. 

Attendees will receive a workbook detailing basic ukulele chords and songs covered in workshop. 

Registration will be open until 7pm on Friday, 2/8. Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/ge4IthXPMZCM13MQ2

About Cole: 
Cole Bigonet has been playing ukulele for six years. Attended Bennington College for music and art. Cole was recently a featured performer at the Mystic Chorale concert in Boston. 

About Rob: 
Rob has been playing guitar for 35 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. He has taught hundreds of guitar students in his lifetime.

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/ge4IthXPMZCM13MQ2

February Workshop! Triads: Their many uses through multiple styles from Rock to Ska 

Taught by: Gary Backstrom 
When: Sat, 2/23 @ 2:00-4:00pm 
Who: Ages 13+ 
Where: RGS, Newton (48 Chandler Pl, Newton Upper Falls) 
$50 in advance | $60 at the door (if spots available) 
Min 3 people | Max 8 people 

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/6g2XHkJnyZGZXsFX2

About this workshop: 
Come explore the world of triads on your guitar and see how they are used across many styles of music from Rock to Reggae to Funk and ska. See how you can learn to build leads as well as enhance your rhythm playing by looking at how triads are used by such artist as Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and many more musical greats. 

All participants will need to supply their own guitars. However we will have amps for you to use. 

About instructor Gary Backstrom: 
Gary Backstrom is a prominent Boston area guitarist who has been teaching and performing for over 30 years. He is a sought after solo guitarist entertaining audiences all over New England and New York alone and with various other celebrated musicians in the area. Gary has performed with bands such as The Allman Brothers, The Spin Doctors and Blues Traveler. For more information on Gary and his band, check out his website at www.garybackstrom.com. 

Registration and payment in advance are required in order to reserve your spot. At-the-door sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis and spots may not be available.

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/6g2XHkJnyZGZXsFX2

All Levels Songwriting Workshop 

Taught by Owner and Chief Instructor at Rob's Guitar School, Rob Compagna 
When: Sat, 1/26 @ 1:30-3:30pm 
Who: Ages 13+ 
Where: New England Mobile Book Fair, Newton 
$30 in advance | $40 at the door 
Min 3 people | Max 8 people 
  
Learn how to write your own songs. Topics covered are song structure, basic music theory, writing musical riffs and hooks, writing lyrics and singing. Students will leave the workshop with having written their own song!  Songwriting workbook included in the workshop. 

Bring your own instrument and/or singing voice. All styles welcome except classical and opera. 

Register and pay here in advance to claim your spot!
Registration will close at noon on 1/25.

About instructor Rob Compagna: Rob has been playing guitar for 35 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. He has taught hundreds of guitar students in his lifetime.  

An RGS New Year's Special You Won't Want to Miss! 

Have you been wanting to take ukulele lessons but you keep pushing it back? Well it's a new year and it's time to act on those intentions!

Plus we've sweetened the pot with a special New Year's deal, valid through January only! Simply mention this offer when you contact us to sign up.