As one of the finest programs of its kind in the world, Guitar Week has received both the Bronze and Silver Medal Player’s Choice Award for Music Camps by the readers of Acoustic Guitar magazine. New Coordinator Greg Ruby continues our tradition of recruiting world-class, award-winning faculty and this high standard of quality is what keeps guitarists from across the globe coming back year after year.
We provide quality guitar instruction at every level and in multiple genres and traditions. Whether you are a beginner just learning your first chords, an intermediate player exploring a new genre or a gigging musician hoping to bring your playing to a new level, Guitar Week will help you grow as a musician in a supportive community of acoustic guitar lovers. With classes in blues, slide guitar, bluegrass, jazz, Hot Club swing, Celtic, ukulele, Hawai‘ian slack key, ‘clawhammer guitar’, composition, technique, beginning guitar, songwriting, singing, flatpicking, percussive and fingerstyle, we make an extra effort to offer something for everyone during every class period.
This year, we are delighted to welcome back some of our all-time favorite instructors from years past including Vicki Genfan, Del Rey, Steve James, Ed Dodson, and Pat Donohue along with veteran staff Robin Bullock, Sean McGowan, Scott Ainslie, Jamie Stillway, Clive Carroll, Tony McManus and Patrick Landeza. Steve Baughman and Rev. Heng Sure will co-teach a class on music and meditation and we are excited to welcome an international group of newcomers, including Christie Leneé, Gonzalo Bergara, Grant Gordy, and Hiroya Tsukomoto to the Guitar Week staff.
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.
Ed Dodson will host an after-lunch ‘slow jam’ in the Pavilion where folks can learn easy songs at a slow pace. One of the country’s top repairmen, Randy Hughes, will be available for consultations during the week, and our legendary Luthiers Exhibit will feature amazing guitars from a selection of the world’s most respected builders including John Slobod, Tom Doerr, Tyler Robbins and Jonathan Razo, 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.