On-Line Guitar Workshops – Register today
The Guitar Artistry of Eddie Lang (Int/Adv)
5 weeks – Limit 15 – $225 Register HERE
Eddie Lang, the father of jazz guitar, set the gold standard with his pioneering work through the 1920s and early 1930s. This five-week workshop will study his approach to ensemble playing, duo accompaniment, solo guitar and single note melody interpretation through detailed transcriptions of his recordings of “Singin’ the Blues,” “April Showers,” “Doin’ Things,” and “I’ll Never Be the Same.” Using excerpts from his posthumously published book, “Eddie Lang’s Advanced Modern Guitar Method,” we will deepen our understanding of his style while applying his approaches to new contexts.
Rhythm Guitar Deep Dive (Beg/Int)
5 weeks – Limit 15 – $225 Register HERE
The rhythm guitar is the hub of the wheel that keeps a swing band groovin’. This five-week workshop will dive into the workings of the “job” of the rhythm guitarist. Expect to cover the basics of how to make quarter notes swing, strategies for internalizing solid time, and utilizing efficient chord voicings. We will also examine the stylistic nuances of the great rhythm guitarists including Freddie Green, Al Casey, Django Reinhardt, Danny Barker and others through transcriptions and listening. You’ll immediately apply the ideas to the bandstand and deepen your understanding of the art of rhythm guitar.
Foundations of Swing (Beg/Int)
10 weeks – Limit 15 – $350 – Register HERE
This ten-week workshop will build a solid foundation for your swing guitar playing – a perfect class for the beginning to intermediate guitar player or a more advanced player who is new to swing music. Using repertoire to address each concept, plan to develop a strong foundation in the four cornerstone areas of swing guitar playing: rhythm guitar accompaniment, interpreting a melody, creating a solo and chord-melody – all while improving your tone, timing and technique. All handouts will be will be in standard notation, tablature and chord diagrams so note reading is not required. Mp3 play-alongs will keep you jamming along with the tunes for months to come.
The Guitar Artistry of Oscar Alemán – Choros and Brazilian Melodies (Int/Adv)
5 weeks – Limit 15 – $225 Register HERE
Oscar Alemán is best known for his pioneering swing guitar work that rivaled Django Reinhardt throughout the 1930’s Parisian Jazz scene. He may also be one of the first jazz guitarists to record choros, sambas and other Brazilian music. This five-week workshop will examine his approach, technique and melodic interpretations through detailed transcriptions of his recordings from the 1940s and 1950s of “Tico Tico,” “Delicado” and “Carinhoso.” While these dexterous arrangements can serve as études to improve your technique and musicality, they are also beautiful pieces of music to simply add to your repertoire.
What People are saying:
“Having seen Greg Ruby teach in person for years now, and then watching him teach online at one of my camps last year, confirmed in my mind and those who studied with him, that he is a wonderful educator. Greg is impressively organized, thorough, accessible… and he connects with enthusiasm, humility and humor.”
– Joe Craven, multi-instrumentalist and director of Rivertunes Music Camp
“The first time Greg Ruby taught at Django in June his classes were, by our standards, way overcrowded. I tried to tell the participants that others were much smaller and that they were welcome to switch. Nobody did.”
-Andrew Lawrence, director of Django in June
I’ve been listening to Jazz for about 25 years now, and I started learning guitar about 5 years ago. As a fan of Greg’s music for many years, I came to his classes as a beginner/intermediate guitar player. Immediately I was impressed by three things: First, Greg has developed wonderfully well-thought out systems and written materials that are both logical in their structure, and immediately applicable to PLAYING MUSIC, not just practicing it. Through the PDF handouts, the videos following the classes, and his ability to clearly explain complex concepts, he lays the foundation for guitar players of every level. Second, Greg’s classes are filled with magical nuggets of wisdom – little tips and tricks that advance your playing immediately. These might be exercises, positional tips, or simple ways of explaining rather opaque concepts – the kinds of knowledge that only comes from decades of experience, and it can take a lot of the frustration out of the learning process. Lastly, Greg is able to communicate to the students’ experience in a way that so many players at his level cannot. He loves what he does, and it shows. I feel that he truly wants his students to succeed. The chance to learn from such a gifted performer, historian, and teacher who is generous with his knowledge and materials has been a highlight of my guitar journey.
– Daniel N.
I’ve seen Greg perform at DjangofestNW and taken in person workshops with him there as well. I can safely say his personality and charm carry over to his online workshops quite well. That said, his ability to teach has possibly been raised up a notch by this new world of on-line workshops. I have a feeling that Greg prepares for his workshops now as much as his gigs.
I’ve struggled for years to make sense of how to string together chord melodies and solos. His approach to this concept is well thought out and finally made a number of pieces fall into place for me. I’m not quite ready for solo gigs at the local wine bar yet, but based on the improvements I’ve seen using Greg’s approach, it could happen.
I have made more progress in my playing in 6 months of studying with Greg Ruby than I have in the last 10 years of self-directed study. Coming from the world of Lindy Hop, his Foundations course taught me the fundamentals I needed to play the music I’ve danced to for years. I find myself revisiting the course material several times a week, and each time I come away with new insights and an appreciation for just how much knowledge Greg packed into that course.
Greg offers his students unbridled enthusiasm, kindness, and a willingness to meet you wherever you are in your musical journey. His teaching is rooted in a deep love for and understanding of jazz and swing-era music, and his passion is infectious — thanks to Greg’s mentorship, I’ve never been more excited to pick up the guitar every day.
Greg Ruby is an absolute pleasure to study with! I often refer to him to others as my “guitar guru” because he’s soaking with guitar wisdom. I’ve been playing guitar for 25 years and come from a self-taught, rock’n’roll background, which has caused me to miss out on some fundamental skills, mainly reading and theory.
Before I met Greg I was stuck in a rut, not advancing my understanding or playing, and not feeling confident with reading or transcription. And in just over a year, Greg has deeply transformed my understanding of the guitar. He’s helped to advance my rhythmic sense through transcription, exercises, and reading. He’s helped me to expand my reading abilities (not only in treble clef but also in bass clef!). I now feel confident taking any piece of music and starting to interpret it on my instrument.
Greg’s effortless understanding of the fretboard and harmony is intoxicating to witness. Plus he also knows how to explain it in a way that you can understand and grow through your own playing. He’s helped me map the fretboard so I’m actually aware of what notes I am playing – what a revelation!
Greg has a limitless understanding of music (not limited to jazz and swing) and is eager to help you learn whatever you are interested in. Our lessons have spanned from transcribing pygmy music of equatorial Africa to studying counterpoint with Bach’s interventions to notating my own compositions. I leave the lessons feeling inspired and energized. Greg goes above and beyond for his students, and checks in often to make sure you are meeting your goals. Thank you so much, Greg. You’ve elevated my experience not only of guitar, but all music. I become a better music teacher through you.
– Chris L., music teacher and rock star
I wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying your classes! You are a fantastic teacher. I love your enthusiasm, humor, and knowledge! You’ve thoughtfully outlined what you want us to learn, and you then translate the roadmaps on the pages by explaining it so clearly. This is where I can get lost on my own!
Although you move apace – I get the ideas and ultimately get close to manifesting the moves. It’s wonderful to have all these things to work on. “The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise” has been on my mind since the beginning of the pandemic. I’m so glad you included it in the course.
Good material, methodology, technique, theory, history, musicality, geometry and even algebra – you cover all of it without being overwhelming or tangental.
Thank you so much for doing this. I was really getting bogged down on my own – dying from overexposure to myself!
It’s just been so fun.
As a teacher by trade (college chemistry), I understand what is required for a teacher to be successful. I have taken Greg’s classes both at a week-long summer music camp and online. Based on this experience I can state that Greg is a very successful teacher. That is, I learned from his classes. And the learning has stuck. How does he do it? Greg is highly organized. He creates lessons that fit the class time. He is articulate – both in presentation and in answering questions. In a series of lessons, the information and techniques build on earlier lessons. Learning is not forgotten. His lessons have a good balance of us (students) listening to Greg describe what we need to know and us (students) doing it (or trying to). He is sensitive to students’ appreciation/disdain for “theory”. It is not an emphasis in his lessons, but if you ask, he’ll explain clearly and concisely. Finally, whatever Greg is teaching is taught in the context of songs/melodies. While you learn to play more articulately and interestingly, you are also learning songs!
I have admired Greg Ruby’s musicality ever since I first saw him perform with Pearl Django more than two decades ago, and I have benefited tremendously from taking a series of week long swing guitar courses with him on two occasions. The first was a course on jazz guitar fundamentals, and I still work with the excellent resources he circulated as part of that course. In fact, the packet for that course remains the most useful jazz guitar primer that I own. The second course I took with Greg included a focus on the virtuosic playing of the Argentine maestro Oscar Aleman (1909-1980), and I’ll never forget the joy I felt as Greg walked the entire class of people through the mind-bending runs that kick off Aleman’s classic recording of “I Got Rhythm.” Newsflash alert: Those runs involve using your thumb to fret some bass notes, but fear not, Greg will show you what you’re capable of playing! A world class musician and an enthusiastic teacher, Greg Ruby is an ideal guitar instructor for jazz beginners and accomplished players alike.
Jeffrey A. Keith, Ph.D., Professor of Global Studies, Warren Wilson College