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

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.

Holiday Sing-Alongs Happening This Month! 

Groton
We are so excited to present Rob's Guitar School's fifth annual Holiday Sing-Along in Groton! Be prepared to sing holiday classics like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Let It Snow and many many others. You won't want to miss this! This is a blast every year as we all get together and sing and play holiday music at a beautiful retirement home. The residents love it and friends and family are welcome to join us! 

This event will take place at the Rivercourt Residences in West Groton on December 13th from 6:45pm to 7:45pm. 

All students are asked to arrive 15 minutes early at 6:30pm for setup and tuning.

Newton
We are proud to announce that this year's Newton holiday sing-along will be in conjunction with Newton City Hall's annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony! 

We will gather on the steps of City Hall and play as the ceremony commences. It is an honor to be chosen by the Mayor's office for this opportunity and we hope you'll join us! 

Be prepared to sing holiday classics like Wonderful Time of the Year, Let It Snow and many many others. You won't want to miss this! 

The Holiday Lighting Ceremony will be happening on Friday, December 7th at 6:00pm at Newton City Hall. We ask that all student arrive 15 minutes early for setup and tuning.

We invite you to join us at either one or both of these events!

Red Sox Rally at Newton City Hall! 

We had a blast playing for the mayor at Newton City Hall’s Red Sox Rally a few weeks ago! Rob and another RGS instructor, Cole, played alongside a local ukulele jam group lead by Paula Gannon. Thanks to Paula for thinking of us and inviting us to come out and play with her talented group!

Ukulele 101 Workshop This Saturday! 

Come learn the fundamentals of the ukulele at our Newton location! All ages, beginner and intermediate levels welcome. In a matter of minutes you'll be playing simple chords and easy songs. This workshop will be taught by one of our instructors, Cole Bigonet. Scroll down for his bio! 

Event Info:
48 Chandler Place, Newton Upper Falls, MA
Saturday, 10/13/18, 1:00-2:30pm

Tickets: 
Regular registration: $10/person 
Day-of registration: $15/person 

Don't have a ukulele? Don't worry! Extra ukuleles available (reserve in advance). Sign-up & workshop fee paid in advance required. Go here to register.

About the instructor: 
Cole Bigonet 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. He also loves sharing what he's learned with those who care enough to ask. As Jake shimabukuro says "if everyone played the ukulele the world would be a better place." He looks forward to sharing the joys of ukulele with you. It's easy and fun and you'll pick it up in no time!

Rob's Guitar School at the Newton Harvest Fair! 

Come out and enjoy this fun family event! Not only will we have a booth, but we will also be performing at 11am on Sunday! Come by any time between 10am and 5pm and stop by our table. Or better yet, join us for our 11am performance! The more the merrier :). We will be performing some fun, easy songs suitable for students of all levels. Get in touch with us if you're interested in this great opportunity!

Rob's Jazz Band at the Bull Run This Friday! 

Come and see your favorite band perform at the famous Bull Run! This location has had many, many famous acts perform there: Jefferson Starship, Blue Oyster Cult, Asia, Eric Johnson, Patti Smythe... the list goes on and on and on. 

In this amazing location, we'll be performing to benefit the Shirley Historical Society. The Shirley Historical Society Dinner Dance & Fundraiser is your opportunity to support this local organization that keeps us all connected! The mission of the SHS is to preserve books, photos, papers, stories, and artifacts relating to Shirley, Massachusetts people, places, and history. 

The Society also works to educate the public regarding historic matters, and seeks to encourage preservation of historic sites within the town. 

Your ticket purchase includes Dinner, gratuity, Silent Auction, Music & Dancing with the Summertime Jazz Band! Cash bar.

Event Details:
Friday, 10/5/18 at 6:00pm
Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road in Shirley, MA
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