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2006 Weekend Intensive Guitar Workshops with Alex de Grassi

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From Alex de Grassi:

We are pleased to announce that Alex will be offering one three-day intensive guitar workshop at the Laurel Mill Lodge in Los Gatos, California.

The workshop will be on July 21-23 and will begin Friday morning at 11 a.m. and end on Sunday at 5 p.m. The Lodge is situated in a secluded spot among the redwoods along Soquel Creek in the heart of the Santa Cruz mountains. There is a large conference room, two smaller practice rooms, large decks and lawns and several outbuildings in a rustic, park-like atmosphere.

The Workshop

The workshop will focus on performing, arranging, and composing for acoustic fingerstyle guitar. Alex will share his insight into the techniques and inspiration that have become an integral part of his unique style.

Dynamics, phrasing, tone, polyrhythms, right/left hand technique, cross-string technique, extended techniques, and alternate tunings will be covered in a very hands-on approach. This is an interactive workshop designed to improve your playing and ability to arrange music for guitar, whether you are an instrumentalist or a singer who uses the guitar as accompaniment.

The workshop time will be divided into three parts:

1. A master class where students will perform before the group for constructive critique and feedback;
2. Exercises/demonstration where Alex will demonstrate and teach excerpts from his own compositions and arrangements;
3. One-on-one time with participants focusing on individual players' needs and interests. The one-on-one time will allow other participants time to prepare, practice, and share ideas.

Evenings after dinner will be devoted to informal performances, jam-sessions and free time.

Players of all backgrounds are welcome, but should be intermediate to advanced fingerstyle players. The workshop is limited to 12 participants. Each participant should be prepared to perform one piece in the master class and another piece informally with the group and/or during the one-on-one session with Alex. You should arrive prepared to play:
1. A composition or arrangement by a known composer or fingerstyle performer, or an original composition;
2. An original arrangement of a theme to be assigned by Alex at the time of registration.

The ability to read music is not required, but Alex will be handing out music and written exercises in tablature and standard notation, so some experience with one or the other will be a plus. These will include new materials specifically designed for the 2006 Summer Guitar Workshop.

Fees and Registration

This workshop will run from 11 a.m. on Friday, July 21 until 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 23. The fee is $600 per person, and requires a $300 deposit for registration. The fee includes the workshop and meals (Friday lunch through Sunday lunch). To register for the workshop, please reply to this notice with the following information or signup and get info online:

Please visit Alex's website for a complete listing of the workshop details

Contact Jessica at / 707-485-1083 for additional questions.

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