Quantcast Ryan's Guitars: Robbie Calvo - 2010 Nashville Amp Expo

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Robbie Calvo - 2010 Nashville Amp Expo


The 2010 Nashville Amp Expo was an incredible experience this year. So many wonderful products and awesome builders. Unfortunately, two days doesn't give one nearly enough time to experience everything, so I had to carefully choose which rooms I dove into. Also, this year I felt it would be better if I were to elaborate a little more on each of the vendors and individuals I spent quality time with. The above sub-menu links to full blog posts based on my experiences with each of these fine builders and players.

While at the Expo I got to meet, jam with and get a lesson from Robbie Calvo, who is hands down one of the best guitar players I have ever heard. A graduate of the famous G.I.T. (Guitar Institute of Technology) located in Los Angeles, CA; Robbie went on to teach guitar at England's London Musicians Institute. Robbie has won various guitar competition awards over the years and has even contributed guitar technique articles for Guitarist Magazine. He is currently a sought-after session player and hired gun on the Nashville music scene when not writing and pitching songs by day, and burning up local Nashville clubs with live performances by night. As these impressive credentials suggest, Robbie Calvo is a remarkable player and, as I soon discovered, an equally remarkable teacher.

I don't often get the chance to meet such an outgoing, well-rounded, humble and multi-talented person as Robbie. From the get go he saw that I had some burning questions about music theory and he literally jumped at the chance to share his knowledge with me. We spent practically an hour together going over some of the various points of his excellent "Sweet Notes" instruction method. Robbie has somehow found a way to take the complexity and confusion out of chord and scale theory and boils it down to the real essence of good playing... the sweet notes. I was so impressed with the method that I purchased the DVD. Look for a full review here soon once I have the chance dig deep into it.

Apart from being a great player, it doesn't take long too discover that Robbie is also a great human being. Easily one of the nicest guys I have ever met. I was truly inspired and I look forward to learning as much as I can from his Sweet Notes DVD. As a side note, Robbie is also actively teaching guitar and is currently scheduling lessons. If you live anywhere near the Nashville area, or are planning to visit the city, I highly recommend contacting Robbie to schedule a lesson. You won't regret it and you'll definitely leave him a better player! I can't wait to go back to Nashville to get another lesson.


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