Trained at Berklee College of Music, teacher performer Robert Butler has developed this six week guitar workshop focusing on the iconic melodies, riffs and driving rhythms that have been the foundation of Rock music from the 1950’s to the present. Students of all levels will be guided in a relaxed yet efficient approach to the wide variety of guitar techniques so essential in playing Rock chord progressions, bassline riffs and exciting improvised lead guitar solos that shape this powerful and historic music style. Each session begins with a 30 minute live classroom demonstration. All will receive individual instruction with Mr. Butler addressing your specific questions and musical goals. Everyone, regardless of proficiency, is welcome to participate in class ensemble/jams playing a part that matches your ability and skill level. Students are encouraged to bring to class recordings of their favorite Rock artists which will be used to demonstrate and explain technique, composition and practical applied theory. You need not be able to read classical notation to benefit from this series of informative sessions. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player, you will achieve success as a guitarist with Mr. Butler’s Guitar Rock Band Sessions. Also included: How to choose and set up your instrument , amplification and electronic effects devices to achieve the sounds heard on recordings by The Ventures, Hendrix, Santana, Dire Straits, Van Halen and many more. Each student should have an acoustic or electric guitar or bass, portable amp and a notebook. Optional but recommended, a phone or other device for recording class instruction. Mr. Butler will supply all music charts, lead sheets and texts.
Robert Butler trained at Berklee College of Music majoring in Instrumental Performance of the Guitar and studied Music Theory at Boston University. His students’ personal goals for their instruments and the style that they wish to play is a key part of every lesson. Beginner through advanced players are made welcome with Mr. Butler’s patient mentoring approach to the art.