Savannah Guitarist, Bassist Peter Hennes
There is a wide range of styles represented below for you to listen to. To get a full understanding of the kind of player I am, please listen to some tracks in each category. These are taken from some of the albums and commercials I have done, as well as some of the bands I've been in. I play all the guitars and guitar related instruments as well as bass on some of the tracks. - Peter
Savannah Guitar and Bass Lessons - Beginners Through Advanced
Peter taught the Jazz Program at Georgia State University from 1982-1988, including Guitar, Bass, nine levels of Improvisation, Jazz Theory, Guitar Lab, and small groups. He originated the Jazz Guitar Program at GSU for both Bachelor's and Master's degree levels, and has taught students of all levels privately for many years.
He plays and teaches most styles, including Jazz, Rock, Fusion, Folk, Blues, Country, Funk, Pop, etc. and is available for private lessons in Guitar, Bass, or Jazz Theory. He evaluates each student's strengths and weaknesses and customizes their lessons to help them gain a thorough knowledge of their instrument and the musical concepts involved in whatever style they desire to play.
About Peter-Professional Musician, Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher in Savannah
After graduating Cum Laude from Boston's Berklee College of Music with a degree in Arranging and Composition, Peter Hennes began his career in Atlanta, playing guitar and bass with pop artists Del Shannon, the Shirelles, the Coasters, the Diamonds, and Herman's Hermits, as well singers Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, Bernadette Peters, Nancy Wilson, and many others. He was also guitarist for the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Fox Theater Orchestra, Theater of the Stars Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony, and played with the touring productions of Broadway shows Evita, Grease, My One and Only, La Cage Aux Folles, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Pippin, and Big River. For six years, Peter co-led the progressive jazz group Future Reference, which included Dan Wall on keyboards, Rick Bell on sax, Neal Starkey on bass, and Billy Degnats on drums.
Peter later moved to Chicago and enjoyed a thriving career as one of the city's top studio musicians, playing electric and acoustic guitars, bass, dobro, mandolin, slide guitar, lap steel, and banjo on hundreds of national and international commercials. He also played with jazz sax great Richie Cole and rock musicians bassist Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones/Sting), guitarist Jeff Baxter (Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan), and drummer Todd Sucherman (Styx). For fifteen years, Peter led the eleven piece Peter Hennes Orchestra at hundreds of weddings, parties, and corporate events.
He moved to Savannah, GA in August 2016, and is available for lessons on guitar and bass or live gigs both solo and with groups in all styles.