Rick Washbrook offers guitar lessons. He teaches both private and ensemble lessons, in the Aurora area, as well as online lessons . Areas of study include: voice leading, harmony / re-harmonization, finger style guitar, chord melody, country pedal steel simulation, Chet Atkins alternating bass style, jazz and many styles of blues including bottle neck slide, open and standard tunings.
Private Lessons are conducted 1 on 1 in the Aurora area. Both 1/2 hour and 1 hour lessons are available.
Ensemble Lessons are available for groups of people who wish to study and explore blues concepts and playing in a group atmosphere.
Correspondence Lessons are taught internationally. A student will submit a recording of his or her playing along with an explanation of where they would like to progress musically or identify something they would like to learn to play. Rick will then respond with a recorded lesson featuring lectures and demonstrations, along with exact fingerings and positions, to cover the concepts requested.
“if the sign of an artist is the melding of chops, technical profeiciency and soul, Washbrooks tribute to Lenny Breau ‘A Gypsy’s Bed’ is the work of a maestro” – Mark E. Gallo, JazzReview.com
Top Musical Influences: Lenny Breau, Joe Pass, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Chet Atkins, Debussy, Grieg, Ravel, Chet Baker, Miles Davis.
HOW YOU CAN REALLY LEARN TO JOIN YOUR ROCK BLUES LICKS!
How to play guitar is your goal. Learning just one lick really doesn’t cut it.
In my guitar instructions, I’ll show you how to use a few licks in the bars of blues licks
or rock progressions
I CAN POSITIVELY SHOW YOU HOW TO AVOID THE ONE-LICK PITFALL
There is one pit you can fall into after you learn a bunch of separate licks—you won’t know how to apply it in other songs.You can easily get stuck trying to make a musical sentence if you only learn a bunch of licks.
I’ll teach you how to smoothly connect one lick to the next lick. When a musician learns a lick it’s exciting at first, but then you can become very frustrated. Why? Well, it feels like you’re learning so many great licks but you don’t know how join them together to create an exceptionally arranged solo with continuity when you in the future improvise a solo. I show you the techniques to join licks together when you play them on you acoustic or electric guitar.
You may learn licks or parts of your favorite guitar player’s solos, but they still can’t make their guitar talk, or create a guitar tone that makes you feel good. The resulting music licks and phrases sound like they’re wandering around aimlessly. In my 50 lick solos I show you how to use them and be able to apply them for use later in other musical experiences
Royal Conservatory: Rudiments 1 & 2 / Harmony / Classical Guitar
Graduate of Paul Ried, Humber Music Professor: Gordon Delemont Books 1 & 2
Private tutoring from jazz pianist Bob Erlendson
Four published lessons in Canadian Musician Magazine
Upcoming publication in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, USA