Since 1996, Guitar Week has celebrated acoustic guitar music in the bucolic setting of the Warren Wilson College campus, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. As one of the finest programs of its kind, Guitar Week has received both the Bronze and Silver Medal Player’s Choice Award for Music Camps by the readers of Acoustic Guitar magazine. Each year, Guitar Week attracts award-winning faculty, including this year’s Clive Carroll (one of Total Guitar magazine’s “Top 10 Acoustic Guitarists of All Time,”) Robin Bullock (Swannanoa Gathering’s Master Music Maker Award) and Grammy recipients Al Petteway and Mike Dowling.
We provide quality guitar instruction at every level and in multiple genres and traditions. Whether you are a beginner learning your first chords, an intermediate player exploring a new genre or a gigging musician hoping to bring your playing to a new level, we will help you grow as a musician in a supportive community of acoustic guitar lovers. Please read the descriptions carefully before you decide where you belong – we want everyone to get the most out of their week. With classes in blues, slide guitar, bluegrass, jazz, Hot Club swing, Celtic, ukulele, clawhammer guitar, composition, technique, beginning guitar, songwriting, singing, flatpicking, percussive and fingerstyle, we make an extra effort to have something for everyone during every class period.
This year, our veteran staff includes Al Petteway, Mike Dowling, Gerald Ross, David Jacobs-Strain, Robin Bullock, Sean McGowan, Scott Ainslie, Jamie Stillway, Ed Dodson, Clive Carroll, Tony McManus, Steve James, Greg Ruby and Steve Baughman, who will be joined by Buddhist monk, Rev. Heng Sure to teach a class on music and meditation. Gonzalo Bergara and Grant Gordy return for their second year, as we welcome newcomers Cory Seznec and Yasmin Williams.
For most 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.
Ed Dodson will host an after-lunch ‘slow jam’ in the Pavilion where folks can learn easy songs at a slow pace. Repairman Randy Hughes will be available for consultations during the week, and our Luthiers Exhibit will feature guitars from some of the world’s most respected builders including John Slobod, Tom Doerr, Gage Halland and Laurent Brondel, as well as instruments from the inventory of the renowned guitar boutique, Dream Guitars. Guitar Week runs concurrently with Contemporary Folk Week, and students may take classes in either program.