Student Impressions & Guitar Making Demonstrations

The 2016 Fall Session at Roberto-Venn was truly unique and will be remembered and revisited by future students for many years. This class served as the backdrop to the start of our official Youtube channel, featuring public content including interviews with some of our students, graduates and contemporaries. Additionally, we established R-V’s first collection of demonstration videos, 100 and counting, over 21 hours of educational content available in our private student library.


You can watch guitar-making on video or online and learn a few things, but nothing compares to being there in the moment, asking questions that might take you into unexpected areas. That’s why, hands-on instruction is our preferred method. We’ve created our private video library to help prepare and assist our students during their time at Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery. Along with our textbook, these videos make great reference material. They keep our students informed in and out of the shop.


For the most part, I capture, edit and post these videos using my iPhone, iMovie, and my Macbook Pro. At times an HD camera, tripod and Final Cut are utilized, but to keep my workflow efficient, the simple stuff works the best for this type of online content. Though I enjoy hovering over the instructors with a selfie-stick (mono-pod), eventually we’ll up the production value for certain pieces. I’ve found, when you wear several hats in a fast paced environment, sometimes quick-draw and candid work best. Below are a few examples of this approach from Roberto-Venn’s Youtube Channel:



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John "Juano" Lippi

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