“Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers sure can play the music—listen to his ‘Stella Blue’ and you'll know what I mean. Better still, he can teach it.”

—Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead publicist

and author, A Long Strange Trip:

The Inside History of the Grateful Dead

"As a two-year guitar player at the beginner's level, I found Jeffrey's workshop to be most helpful. Jeffrey's excellence in both teaching and performance made the method clear, comprehensible, and playable."

—Dave Bollinger

“Your ideas were inspirational for all who attended. Accessible, fun, and pretty darn exciting things to do on acoustic guitar.”

—Chris Broadwell, Ithaca Guitar Works

Jeffrey comes armed with tons of insider information and informed insights on a wide spectrum of the music world.”

—Dick Ward, Guitar League


Read a news profile on JPR’s teaching and music: Press & Sun-Bulletin Nov. 2012.pdf

Watch the JPR Trio perform “Uncle John’s Band”

Online guitar and songwriting lessons

Workshops on Songwriting Basics for Guitarists

Dead to the Core album: solo acoustic Grateful Dead

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2-4 pm

Ithaca Guitar Works

215 North Cayuga St. Ithaca, New York


Bring the music of the Grateful Dead to life on your guitar in this workshop based on the best-selling video series Learn Seven Classic Grateful Dead Songs for Acoustic Guitar (Homespun). Jeffrey shows you not only how to play the chords and create powerful grooves behind your singing on songs like “Friend of the Devil,” “New Speedway Boogie,” “Althea,” and “Casey Jones,” but also how to add cool embellishments and lead breaks inspired by the Dead’s live and studio performances.

Jeffrey, the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, interviewed both Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir in depth about their guitar and songwriting styles, and draws on insights from those conversations to capture the soul of their timeless songs. The workshop is designed for intermediate players but is also accessible for beginners with knowledge of basic chords.

Tickets for the two-hour workshop are $25. To register, call (607) 272-2602. Questions? Email Jeffrey.


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Ithaca Guitar Works, Ithaca, NY

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Guitar League, Syracuse, NY

Union Music, Worcester, MA

Chincoteague Island, VA


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