Guitar Week – July 30-August 5, 2017
Guitar Week is one of the finest programs of its kind in the world, staffed by some of the best players and instructors available. We have been awarded both the Bronze Medal and Silver Medal Player’s Choice Award for music camps by the readers of Acoustic Guitar magazine, and this high standard of quality is what keeps guitarists from across the globe coming back year after year.
Many of our instructors are Grammy-winners and all are world-renowned in their individual styles of guitar playing and instruction. In addition to classes in acoustic guitar, we offer three classes in ukulele ranging from beginning to advanced. Our seventeen world-class instructors will be teaching acoustic guitar classes in jazz, swing, Celtic, bluegrass, ragtime, blues, Appalachian and of course, contemporary fingerstyle. We will offer beginning level classes to accommodate those students who aren’t quite ready for the intermediate-to-advanced levels, as well as a few classes suggested for more advanced players, so please read the descriptions carefully before you decide where you belong – we want everyone to get the most out of their week. For most of our classes it is recommended that students should play at an intermediate level: students should have mastered beginning skills, be able to tune their instruments, keep time, play scales cleanly, and know how to play a few tunes with confidence. For those who want some extra practice time at an easy pace, there will be a play-along session after lunch each day in the Pavilion, hosted by Al Petteway and Scott Ainslie. All are welcome. One of the country’s top repairmen, Randy Hughes, will be available for consultations throughout the week, and our legendary Luthiers Exhibit will feature amazing guitars from a selection of the world’s most respected builders including Leonardo Buendia, John Slobod, Michael Bashkin and Gerald Sheppard, as well as a selection of instruments from the inventory of the renowned Dream Guitars. Guitar Week runs concurrently with Contemporary Folk Week, and students may take classes from either program.