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 several of our instructors, including Al Petteway, Mike Dowling and Clive Carroll were included in the list of Top Ten Guitar Camp Instructors in the magazine’s February issue. This high standard of quality is what keeps guitarists from across the globe coming back year after year.
We feature classes in all acoustic guitar disciplines at all levels. This year in particular, we have made an extra effort to have something for everyone at every class period. We’ll have classes in blues, slide guitar, bluegrass, Celtic, Hawaiian, and jazz, flatpicking and fingerpicking as well as song accompaniment, singing and beginning ukulele.
We are happy to welcome back some of our all-time favorite instructors from years past including Preston Reed, Adam Rafferty, David Jacobs-Strain, Tony McManus, Bill Cooley, Mike Dowling and Toby Walker, along with newcomers Tim May and Russ Barenberg, two of the most well-respected flatpickers in the world. Veterans Al Petteway, Robin Bullock, Patrick Landeza, Scott Ainslie and Sean McGowan will be back, and two of our newest favorites, Clive Carroll and Jamie Stillway will bring their eclectic tastes and expertise to the Gathering once again.
Our beginning level classes are designed to accommodate those students who aren’t quite ready for the intermediate-to-advanced levels, but we’ll still have plenty of choices 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 the majority of our classes it is recommended that students 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 group practice time, Scott and Al will host an after-lunch song swap in the Pavilion where folks can learn and play along with easy songs. This is always loads of fun.
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, Tyler Robbins and John Kinnaird, 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.