The Electric Guitar: Wichita’s Instrument

Wichita has a storied history with the electric guitar, and it is on full display through June 5, 2016 at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum . The first public performance of an electric guitar was arguably right here in Wichita, Ks by Gage Brewer fronting his orchestra on Halloween in 1932! It was manufactured by a company RoPatIn that eventually became the company we now know as Rickenbacker.GRW Gage Brewer RoPatIn Display Case 01

The museum recently hosted a weekend-long Guitar Symposium with presentations by notable historians and collectors Here is noted guitarist and music historian Deke Dickerson playing the original RoPatIn guitar with museum director Eric Cale looking on.

GRW RoPatIn Deke Eric Guitar Symposium 01

On the evening of Friday May 6th, during the Guitar Symposium hosted by the museum, Deke Dickerson hosted a jam at Barleycorn’s and was backed up by Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives (Kenny Vaughan, Harry Stinson and Chris Scruggs)! What a treat! They were passing through town to see the exhibit at the museum among other things, and made time to stop and jam on some Merle Haggard with Deke as well as treat the crowd to some tracks from their upcoming Hillbilly-Surf album. It was great stuff! In the following picture, Marty Stuart is playing Clarence White’s Tele… 🙂GRW Marty Stuart Band with Deke Guitar Symposium Jam 01

The exhibit is open at the Wichita-Sedwick County Historical Museum through June 5th, 2016. Visit for more details. Well worth checking out in my opinion!

Here is a link to great article by Denise Neil recently published by the Wichita Eagle that offers some further background.  Wichita Exhibits to show why the guitar rocks

2013 Winter/Christmas Recital!

Guitar 2013 Winter Christmas Guitar Recital FlyerThe 2013 Winter/Christmas Guitar Recital is set for this Sunday, December 15th. at 6PM! It will be held in the beautiful sanctuary at University Congregational Church (9209 E. 29ht St. North, 67226) Participating students should plan to arrive starting at 5:30 to check in and get tuned up, earlier (closer to 5pm) if a sound-check is required so we can start promptly at 6pm.

Casual dress is fine. Invite whomever you want, no cover charge or tickets to sell. But we are asking that everyone bring a canned good or staple food item to benefit the Kansas Food Bank. Please be sure to hang around for the Group Picture and the Grab Bag giveaway (sponsored by Midwest Drum & Percussion) for the participating students afterwards. It should last about an hour.

I have a blast conducting the Mini-Recitals. Students are doing a great job gaining experience while playing songs by artists that they are interested in studying. It’s great to give students that are motivated to perform a chance to do so in an encouraging setting. It is a fantastic way to hone performance skills, enhance repertoire, prepare for auditions, meet some fellow students & parents and see results from your guitar lessons as you progress.

Over the years we’ve had a wide variety of music performed at each recital from beginner melodies, solo guitar pieces, singing and playing contemporary songs and jamming along with backing tracks. Students often pick a pretty wide range of music to perform: Steely Dan, Bob Dylan, Cream, Jason Mraz, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Jimi Hendrix, Kerris Dorsey, Radiohead, Megadeth, The Beatles, REM, and Lynryd Skynyrd just to name a few…check out some of the most recently added highlights !

Be sure that your plans for this Winter and Spring include participating in the new series of Mini-Recitals! We plan to offer more opportunities like this throughout the year, so keep practicing and be ready for your chance. Looking forward to doing more in 2014!

Learn How To Play Guitar! Back To School/Fall Schedule Starting Now!

Robert White Guitar Instruction

Experienced, professional and comprehensive music lessons
for electric guitar, acoustic guitar and electric bass.
Lessons for adults, teens and children, from beginner to advanced, since 1989.
Accepting students of all ages for any style.
An individual approach for each student
with lesson plans designed to put the fun in fundamentals
and to meet each students unique talents, abilities and musical interests.

Private Lessons with group workshops and optional recital opportunities throughout the year.

Lesson topics can include (but are not necessarily limited to): Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, Singer/Songwriter, Praise & Worship Band songs, School Jazz Band songs and related skills, Classic Rock, Folk, Finger-style, Gospel, Metal, Hard Rock, Technique, Chords, Rhythm, Lead, Soloing, Improvisation, Accompanying, Playing and Singing, Recording, Digital Audio Basics, Reading Music, and much more…

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Lesson studio conveniently located at Midwest Drum, with some in-home lessons available within a limited area.

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Let’s get the jams started!