PRIVATE * GROUP * SKYPE * WORKSHOPS
Expertise 'Best Guitar Teacher in Portland, Oregon' pick for 2017 & 2018
Robbie Laws is a multi-award winning master guitarist, voted 'Best Electric Guitarist' in the Pacific NW nine years in a row.
Twenty Years Teaching Experience
Teaching all skill levels w/ a wide range of musical styles
Professional Studio - centrally located in Portland, OR
Online Educator at Truefire.com
Adjunct Professor - Clark College, Vancouver WA
Professional Touring Musician and Bandleader
Former Director of Blues in the Schools - non-profit educational program - Cascade Blues Association
PRIVATE LESSONS - in studio/skype
Robbie greatly enjoys sharing his music and teaching others how to play guitar and to witness the benefits and growth his students demonstrate each and every day. He uses state of the art technology and customizes his lessons for the individual student's goals and level of playing with a focus on keeping the lessons fresh, fun and interesting.
Private lessons are available on an ongoing month to month basis (weekly or bi-weekly) as well as the occasional booking. The private professional studio is located in the inner SE Portland area on SE 9th & Hawthorne Blvd.
Private Lesson Rates: 30 minutes - $35 / 60 minutes - $65 / 90 minutes - $100
*Weekly and bi-weekly lessons are scheduled, invoiced and charged by the month. Lesson payments are due before the first day of each month. Electronic invoicing and easy online payment options are provided.
*Pre-paid Package Discount: Buy 8 @ 10% off OR Buy 12 @ 20% off
*Cancellations/Makeup Lessons: A courtesy notice of cancellation at least 24 hours in advance is requested to receive a makeup lesson option. Credits are not given for cancelled lessons. Please contact our office to notify your instructor of a schedule change or makeup lesson request. A 30 day courtesy notice to stop monthly enrolled lessons is required and greatly appreciated.
Performance development WEEKLY GROUP CLASS - $150 mo.
Thursdays - weekly at 6:00-7:30 pm- This is an ongoing weekly class - jump in anytime
This longstanding weekly group class consists of a TON OF JAMMING. Learn cutting edge, skill building techniques that are applied in a fun, relaxed jam setting. Subjects covered are jam etiquette (so important), rhythm, dynamics, chord vocabulary, scale knowledge and application, strum patterns and picking techniques.
The first half hour is a review of the charts that you will be working on for that class. For example, the key, the feel, the arrangement, solo order and dynamics. The last hour will consist of jamming to the selected tunes. Your instructor will facilitate, offering critique and guidance where needed. Jammers Etiquette is hugely important when playing in an ensemble and we will frequently review etiquette do’s and don'ts so that each student fully understands. Knowing and implementing proper jam etiquette will give you a great advantage in any jam situation.
As part of the class, a LIVE JAM with actual stage experience for the Band Performance class members is held every first Thursday at a nearby local venue in SE Portland. Robbie Laws has been hosting long running and very popular local jams for many years and has a lot to share to get you comfortable and confident at any jam.
You can start the jam class at any time by contacting our office. Class size is kept minimal to maintain plenty of individual attention and coaching.
SIX WEEK guitar courses
RHYTHM CENTRAL 6 WEEK COURSE - $125 NEXT SESSION: JANUARY 5 TO FEBRUARY 9 - SATURDAYS @ 12:30-2:00 PM
This course is a complete in-depth study of rhythm for guitarists based on our popular Groovology course. Rhythm Central takes you beyond the basics to a deeper level of understanding in rhythmic concepts. All rhythmic examples are charted out in musical notation as well as tablature and chord form, along with a brief history of each of the example’s origins and applications. All examples will be broken down with explanation and then played through in class.
All course material will convey a clear, concise understanding of the varied styles and applications of rhythm. The student will be able to explain different time signatures and count them out. Learning to play all rhythmic figures covered in this course will allow the student to develop various rhythmic concepts and styles of their own. The class will also learn how to apply the cadences and chord comping concepts in various time signatures for original compositions.
RHYTHMIC EXAMPLES COVERED:
Afro-Cuban: Afro 6/8, Bell Patterns, Rumba Clave
Blues: Shuffles 2/4, 4/4, 6/8, 12/8, Swings, Jump Swing, Rumbas
Brazilian: Calypso, Samba, Bossanova
Country: Two Beat, Train Beat, Second Line, Country Rock
Funk: Old-School, Urban, Uptown, Funk Rock
Jazz: Straight Ahead, West Coast, Cool Jazz, Bebop
Latin: Clave Patterns, Mambo, Rumba 6/8, Salsa
Application for various syncopation
Chord comping concepts in cadence
Counting out time signatures
Counting out in subdivisions
Syncopated strumming patterns
GROOVOLOGY 6 WEEK GUITAR COURSE - $125 NEXT SESSION: January 9 to February 13 - Wednesdays - 6:30-8:00 pm
This course is a dedicated study of groove. We will take you through the rhythms and grooves, chord progressions and time signatures used in every style and aspect of modern music from shuffles to rumbas, funk to swing and all points in between. You will learn from examples of various styles what goes into a particular groove. You will also learn how to create monster grooves by breaking down the rhythmic elements. The framework is laid out for you to build your own grooves and compositions. Are you ready?
OBJECTIVES: To be pocket player puts you in the position of thinking like a drummer. You will learn time signatures, knowing how to count properly, how to subdivide and to know how to develop a creative rhythmic them or pattern. For example, pocketing an 8th note rock groove or a syncopated 16th note funk groove.
Creative Themes and Rhythmic Patterns
Vamps & Grooves
Left Hand Technique/Right Hand Technique
Syncopated Strumming Patterns
THE JAMMERS LOUNGE SIX WEEK GUITAR COURSE - $125 NEXT SESSION: February 16 to March 23 - Saturdays @ 12:30-2:00 pm
Jam in the Lounge under the guidance of nationally acclaimed Robbie Laws.
Discover new strategies for musical application and performance in a group or band environment.
GET THE INSIDERS GUIDE TO JAMMERS ETIQUETTE
Be Prepared - Magic happens when preparedness meets opportunity
Communication is Key - clear verbalization, body language & proper cues
Listening - when to solo and when not to solo
Naming Your Chord Progressions
Know Your Equipment
The Art of Self-Control
Chord Shapes: The CAGED Sequence
Triads, Dyads and Extended Arpeggio Forms
Chord and Scale Vocabulary