I help the guitar player driven by a desire to become a better player, but feeling blocked by the frustration of not knowing where to start.
PRIVATE * GROUP * ONLINE * WORKSHOPS
Expertise 'Best Guitar Teacher in Portland, Oregon' pick for 2017 & 2018
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
Professional Touring Musician and Bandleader
Former Director of Blues in the Schools - non-profit educational program - Cascade Blues Association
PRIVATE LESSONS - in studio/online
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 ‘Drop-in’ booking.
Most available lesson spots are provided on a face to face online platform (Zoom). Private studio availability is limited. If you prefer in person studio time, please check with the office to see if there are any open times available.
The private professional studio is located in the inner SE Portland area on SE 12th & Madison Ave. (near Hawthorne Blvd.)
*Weekly and bi-weekly monthly lessons are scheduled, invoiced and charged by the month. Lesson payments are due by the 25th each month. Electronic invoicing and easy online payment options are provided.
FALL SPECIAL! DISCOUNTED ONLINE MONTHLY LESSONS:
One hour weekly - $200 mo. / One hour bi-weekly - $100
Half Hour Weekly - $140 / Half hour bi-weekly - $70
PRIVATE IN STUDIO LESSON PRICES:
One hour weekly - $275 mo.
Half-hour weekly - $150 mo.
One hour Bi-weekly - $135 mo.
Half-hour Bi-weekly - $75 mo.
*20% OFF PACKAGE DISCOUNT OFFER (in studio only):
BUY 12 ONE HOUR WEEKLY LESSONS - $624 (you save $156)
*CANCELLATION/MAKE UP LESSON POLICY: A notice of cancellation at least 24 hours in advance is requested to receive a makeup lesson option. Extra make up lessons are rescheduled and limited to one per month and are provided face to face online with your instructor. Payment Credits will not given for cancelled lessons. Please contact our office to notify your instructor of a schedule change or makeup lesson request. A 30 day notice to stop monthly enrolled lessons is required and greatly appreciated. Notification less than 30 days will be charged the full monthly rate.
Performance showcase 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 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.