~ The Guitar Town Performance Workshop ~
Learn from Legends!
Pro Panel and One-on-One Mentoring Sessions with Festival Artists
2020 details, TBA, will be similar to the 2019 program:
Friday, 8/9/2019, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Guitar Town
New in 2019! Get performance tips from Guitar Town artists! Would you like to work with Guitar Town performers to enhance your performance skills? Join us for Guitar Town’s first-ever Performance Workshop! Where but Guitar Town can you learn from guitarists of this caliber for FREE!? All ages welcome.
Panel (3:30 – 4:15 p.m.): During the first hour, a panel of artists from the Guitar Town roster will share performance Tips, Tricks, and Tales from the Road, covering everything from focused practice to showmanship. There will be plenty of time for Q & A. The panel discussion is open to all: No registration required.
Break (4:15 – 4:25 p.m.)
One-on-one Mentoring (4:25 – 6:00 p.m.): Bring your guitar, because the second part of the workshop will be 20-minute one-on-one mentoring sessions with Guitar Town artists! You must pre-register online to reserve your place for a mentoring session. If there are still mentoring spots available, we will have sign-up sheets at the workshop room on Friday afternoon for two hours before the workshop. If there are still openings 30 minutes before the panel starts, those who have already signed up for one session will be able to sign up for a second one. REGISTER HERE
- Mentors: John Knowles, Christie Lenée, Joe Robinson (Others may be added.)
- Online: July 1 until full – or August 1, whichever comes first
- On-site: Starting two hours before the panel discussion starts, if there are slots available
John Knowles, CGP has worked with the finest fingerstyle and classical guitarists including Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Lenny Breau, and Tommy Emmanuel. In 1996, Chet Atkins named John an Honorary CGP (Certified Guitar Player) – he is one of only five people to earn this distinction. John’s work also earned him a Grammy and two Emmy nominations, and in 2004, he was inducted into the National Thumb Picker’s Hall of Fame for the second time. John is a regular instructor at Rocky Mountain Guitar Camp and a past performer at Guitar Town. Guitarists around the world learn from his FingerStyle QUARTERLY and his TrueFire video lessons.
Christie Lenée, 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, views the guitar as an entire spectrum of musical possibilities. A captivating performer, her unique guitar work and profound instrumental compositions are well described as ‘Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews.’ Among the vast community of fingerstyle and tapping guitarists, her niche is the integration of melodic pop lyricism with catchy hooks that excite both modern commercial listeners and classic purists. Her instruction is rooted in the simplicity of seeing the guitar first as a tool for self-expression. She says that one of the greatest skills to develop as a musician is to be able to “play what you hear” and speak music as a language: “To feel relaxed, fluid and connected to the instrument is like breathing… and THAT is when the magic happens.” This is Christie’s second appearance at Guitar Town. Her DVD course, Creative Fingerstyle Guitar for Songwriters, is available on Truefire.com.
Joe Robinson is a true force in the pantheon of exceptional artists in modern music, and he has joined an exclusive group of elite performers whose impact continues to shape our unique American musical culture. Hailing from backwoods Temagog, on the mid-north coast of NSW, Australia, his six-string ability and compositional insight have already earned him a worldwide following. He walks a tightrope between the instrumental music that has put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of rock, blues, jazz, and R&B that’s entirely his own. He has two DVD courses, 10 Scales & Modes You MUST Know and Fingerstyle Synergy: Bass & Melody, available on Truefire.com.
(Others may be added.)