Guitar Week - July 24-30, 2016



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.

For the 25th Anniversary of the Swannanoa Gathering, it seemed fitting to present some of our favorite instructors from past years. Steve James and Robin Bullock will be back along with Al Petteway, the Guitar Week Coordinator. All three were instructors during the very first Guitar Week. Since then, we’ve expanded from five to a whopping seventeen instructors teaching everything from gypsy jazz to blues ukulele to acoustic funk. Brand-new to the staff this time is contemporary Italian guitarist Peppino D’Agostino. Back by popular demand, last year’s Guitar Week newcomer, Josh Goforth will be joining other all-time favorite instructors including Vicki Genfan, Greg Ruby, Sean McGowan, Steve Baughman, Gerald Ross, Del Rey, Muriel Anderson, Tony McManus, Pat Donohue, Sean McGowan, Scott Ainslie and Pete Kennedy. In addition to guitar classes, we will be offering four classes in ukulele ranging from beginning to advanced. Our world-class guitar instructors will be teaching flatpicking and fingerstyle classes in jazz, swing, Celtic, bluegrass, Appalachian, reggae, Brazilian, African, acoustic funk, blues and of course, contemporary fingerstyle for all skill levels. We will offer a variety of 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 least 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 a slower pace, there will be a slow jam after lunch each day in the Pavilion. One of the country’s top repairmen, Randy Hughes, will be available for consultations throughout the week. Our legendary Luthiers Exhibit will feature amazing guitars from a selection of the world’s most respected builders including John Slobod, Michael Bashkin, Dave McCubbin 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.