Hey Pete Krebs

Pete Krebs. Musician. Portland, Oregon.

individual lessons

I’ve worked with hundreds of students from beginners to seasoned professionals over the past 25 years on everything from songwriting to improvisation, basic nuts-and-bolts fretboard knowledge, useful music theory for the self-taught, as well as more focused, style-based instruction in Gypsy jazz, western swing, American folk music and punk rock skronk. I’m located in Portland’s scenic and convenient Cully neighborhood, near 60th and Killingsworth.

1-hour lesson: $65  
4-pack lessons: $240
Gift certificates available.

Sunday small group lessons

Guitar Fundamentals: Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28 (four Sundays) • 1-2pm • $160

This weekly session will get you up to speed and help you build your basic guitar toolbox. Perfect for beginners, or folks just getting back into playing the guitar after taking some time off. Topics covered will include basic and barre chords, finding the chords in a key, making sense of the neck, right hand rhythm, and playing along with a group. We'll also learn some cool tunes from artists like Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, Wilco and Woody Guthrie.

Swing Guitar Boot Camp: Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28 (four Sundays) • 3-4pm • $160

Ever wanted to strum along with the music of Django Reinhardt, Bob Wills or the music of the Great American Songbook? This primer on swing guitar will help you get moving forward! We'll be looking at building a basic swing-style chord vocabulary, the all-important right-hand rhythmic feel, group dynamics, as well as learning some common swing chord progressions. While we're at it, we'll learn a few classic tunes that'll give you a leg up in a jam session and become cornerstones of your repertoire. 

Gypsy Jazz Intensive: Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28 (four Sundays) • 5-6pm • $160

The music of Django Reinhardt has been an inspiration world-wide for over 75 years, yet the style he created has only recently come into the spotlight here in the US over the last 20 years (or so). This weekly session takes a closer look at Gypsy Jazz and will help you build some fundamentals. We'll learn a basic chord dictionary, how to nail the style's right-hand rhythm feel, basic arpeggios for soloing, as well as ensemble playing. We'll also learn three Django Reinhardt originals that will be welcome at any campfire or jam session. 

Gift certificates available.