September 29, 2012
10:00 amto5:00 pm
September 30, 2012
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Two Day Seminar

(September 29th & 30th, 2012)

Location: Roberts Music Institute

Level: Minimum of two years playing experience

Cost: $350


-Revolutionary Learning Techniques

-Proven Curriculum

-Applies to All Styles

-Take Command of the Fingerboard


In 1970, legendary guitarist Howard Roberts (“H.R.”) created a revolutionary and intensive seminar series for guitar players of all levels. For the first time, one of the world’s top professionals traveled to many cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, spreading the word on what it really takes to be a working, professional guitar player. Howard’s vast music knowledge, warm humor and incredible guitar playing were an unbeatable combination that brought thousands of students of the guitar to the weekend seminars. One of those students was Seattle’s Don Mock, who later joined Howard Roberts to start the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood in 1977. The popular vocational school (it’s parent name, “M.I., Musicians Institute”) has become one of the leading music training schools in the world and owes it’s legacy to the original Howard Roberts Seminars.


With the passing of Howard Roberts in 1992, his son has taken up the torch in high level guitar education. Jay Roberts has become one of the leading teachers in the Pacific Northwest, founding a school for guitar, bass and keyboard players in Bellevue, Washington in 2004. Joining Jay at the newly formed Roberts Music Institute was Don Mock, the 20-year veteran of teaching at GIT who also co-taught promotional seminars with Howard Roberts throughout the 1980’s.


Inspired by Howard, Don and Jay have re-created the famous H.R. Seminar and plan to visit select cities in 2012-13. The new two-day version of the Roberts Guitar Seminar will feature many of the same teaching materials written and used by Howard. Students will also receive audio CDs with recordings of Howard lecturing and demonstrating at his seminars. In addition, the CDs will include play-along practice tracks and demonstrations by Jay Roberts and Don Mock.


Over the 12+ hours during the two days, students will learn modern theory and participate in discussions on sight reading and ear training. Attendees will also experience hands-on workshops on chords, scales and arpeggios as well as plenty of playing and just plain fun!


The main goal of the seminar, though, is to make the connection to the incredible insight of Howard Roberts. “Learning How to Learn” was a powerful theme taught by Howard that echoes so true today when it comes to learning the guitar and dealing with the overwhelming amount of books, videos and information online.


Two days is not a long time to learn to play an instrument like the guitar. But thanks to Jay Roberts and Don Mock, the lessons taught to a generation of guitarists by Howard Roberts in that short period of time will not be forgotten.


Seminar materials include the following booklets:

*    Applied Harmony and Theory

*    Chord Symbols and Chord Construction

*    Reharmonization and Making Your Own Progressions

*    Sonic Shape Combinations

*    The Guitar Fingerboard, A Complete Study of Scales, Arpeggios, Intervals, Position Playing and Linear Playing

*    Ear training, Sight Reading, Chord Progressions

*    Guitar Playing Is …

*    Basic Harmony and Theory

*    Chord Construction and Chord Symbols

*    Fingerboard Harmony

*    Chord Substitutions

*    Improvising with the Diatonic Scale

*    Improvising with Arpeggios

*    Improvising with Intervals

*    Chord Progressions Standard & Unusual, Finding the Key Centers


See what Dave Raynor says below about the experience.

Dave is a grammy winner and was music director for Deniece Williams (“Let’s Hear It For The Boy”, “Free”, “Silly”)
Dave also is finishing up a 2 year stand holding down the guitar chair for Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers fame as well as Andy Williams and Ann Margret:

In 1980 at American Music in the district of Fremont/Seattle, WA I spent
350.00 dollars of the best money I didn’t have on two of the best days of
my musical guitar career ever. Myself and approximately 30 other guitar
players in Seattle took a guitar seminar from the late great
Howard Roberts and Don Mock.

One of my favorite Seattle guitar players, the late and also
great Rich Dangle sat next to me and we went through this incredible
experience together. On the second day of the seminar Howard
asked for a volunteer to play a chord pattern while he physically showed how
he develops a solo. I was the one chosen to play the pattern and the rest
was history. For about three minutes I got to sit next to the man himself and
make music. He started out very reachable. About 1.5 minutes later it was
as though I was dropped into the middle of a top New York jazz club. To be
in his presence and experience the knowledge and power he had was worth
the tuition alone. I still feed off of things I learned at that seminar. He was
truly a great player, great guy, and generous as a teacher. Most players of
Howard’s caliber prefer NOT to teach. They just want to play. He did both at
the highest level.

-Dave Raynor