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MFGS 2011 Spring Concert Series


Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society

Spring Concert Series

Sunday March 13th

New Time of 8pm - doors at 7:15

 @ Callahan’s

The incomparable

Pierre Bensusan

Callahan's is located in Auburn Hills, East of Woodward on South Street

Tickets -$20 & $15 for seniors and students

Available online  Get Tickets Here or at the door.

The revered French, fingerstylist released his first album in 1975, and since then has carved a reputation as one of the most  innovative guitarists there is, practically unrivaled by any acoustic (or maybe even electric) player. Bensusan is such a fingerstyle guitar legend that even the late & great  Michael Hedges composed a song for him

Bensusan will conduct a guitar workshop on the same day as the concert. Workshop cost is $40.

Workshop attendees will receive discounted concert tickets


Saturday April 16th

From Rome Italy

Candyrat Records Artist and member of Italy’s Guitar Republic

Stefano Barone with special guest Glenn Poorman


Saturday May 21st

Candyrat Records Artist and winners of the

Candian Fingerstyle Competition

 Antoine Dufour & Craig D'Andrea  




















































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Concert Reminder - This Saturday - International Guitar Night


International Guitar Night

This Saturday, January 29th @ Callahan’s

Pino Forastiere –Brian Gore-Clive Carroll-Alexandre Gismonti

Doors open @ 6pm, Dinner available - Show starts @ 7:30

map for Callahan's @

The weather should be pretty good Saturday night with temp about 30 degrees

Callahan’s has a nice menu and will be open at 6pm for food and drinks so make a night of it. Get there early for great seats. 

We will be raffling off several CD's at intermission plus a special treat from the IGN guys. 

Callahan’s is open to all ages.

Tickets online @ or at the door

for info call 248-646-4030

See you there! 

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MFGS Updates on International Guitar NIght - JB Davies performs Sat. Jan 22nd


Dear Friends of MFGS

This Saturday MFGS founder JB Davies will be opening the show at MAMA's Coffeehouse in Bloomfield HIlls at 8 PM.  After JB's perforrmance Floyd King & the Bushwakers will be performing.  Looking forward to seeing this one.

Floyd King & the Bushwackers with special guest JB Davies.

Tickets at the door 7 PM.  $12/$10 Senior

More info at 

We would like to take a moment to again thank Paul Murphy of Bluefish Guitars  in Plymouth for graciously opening (actually not closing) his doors for our Picking Party last Saturday evening.  Dave Pierson led the way with some arrangements and original compositions and former MFGS board member Kevin Tarnas also performed along with several other members.  Thanks to all who showed up to play or just watch and thanks again Paul


We are anxiously awaiting our first concert of 2011 on Saturday January 29th @ 7:30PM.   We were so fortunate to be able to book the International Guitar Night tour for the first time.  We hope that you can make it out to Callahan's for this great concert.  Callahan's has info on their location @   Callahan's will open their doors @ 6pm for dinner and drinks so come out early, grab great seats and get ready for a fabulous night of great guitar music.  

There is no formal guitar workshop prior to the concert because the guys come all the way from Milwaukee from a performance the night before.  If you have interest in a lesson from one of the guitarists we can talk to them about perhaps a small workshop or lessons on Sunday.  Call us if you have interest and we can discuss this with the musicians 248-646-4030.  

The International Guitar Night (IGN) is the world's premier touring guitar festival originating in the year 2000. This is the 11th annual tour. Each show brings together some of the most interesting and innovative acoustic guitarists in the world to exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting performing solo and as a duet. 

The tour this year includes Pino Forastiere from Rome, Italy.  Forastiere graduated with a degree in classical guitar from Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.   After hearing Michael Hedges groundbreaking CD, Aerial Boundaries, Forastiere changed his approach to the acoustic guitar and is one of the most accomplished of todays contemporary fingerstyle guitarists. "He employs a dazzling blend of slapping, tapping,   strumming, altered tunings, and harmonics combined with classical phrasing and a focus on distinct and addictive melodies-  Guitar Player Magazine. 

Next is Brazil's Alexandre Gismonti who is the son of legendary guitarist Egberto Gismonti.  He has received much critical praise in both Brazilian and foreign press.  In 2001 the Uruguayan newspaper Brecha wrote "The son of Egberto is a young guitar virtuoso. Alexandre's approach is very different from that of his father...he plays with an amazing interpretive authority. 

Guitarist Clive Carroll hails from England. He was recently described as "the best and most original young acoustic guitar player and composer in Britain- Acoustic Guitar Magazine.  In 1999 Carroll was encouraged by John Renbourn (Pentangle) to record his first CD.  Carroll went on to become the only guitar player to ever win the Essex Young Musician of the Year Award. 

Finally IGN founder Brian Gore is from San Francisco.  He is considered the 'Poet of the Guitar"  Gore's strong well developed melodies and intriguing chord sequences set him apart from the myriad of steel-string fingerstylists who compose in open tunings.  His finely crafted poetic “songs without words' takes the listener on a spellbinding emotional ride - Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Tickets for this special event are $25 and you can link to online sales at

This will be a spectacular night of acoustic guitar music!

Future concerts

Tickets for the following events will be $20, $15 for seniors and students

Sunday March 13th (date change) Pierre Bensusan  @ Callahan's

Saturday April 16th , Stefano Barone @ Callahan's

Saturday May 21st Antoine Dufour and Craig D'Andrea @ Callahan's

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Concert Reminder and Happy Thanksgiving


Dear Friends of MFGS

Just a note to remind you that Scottish born guitarist Tony McManus is performing this Saturday night November 20th @ the First United Methodist Church in Ferndale.  Doors open at 6:30 and show starts @ 7:30. Tony is a fabulous guitarist and this is our last concert of the year! 

Tickets will be available at the door and there are still open spots for Tony's 2 hour guitar workshop starting at 3pm at the church.  The workshop is for guitarists of all levels. Discounted concert tickets are avialable for workshop attendees. For more info go to 

 Here is a taste of what you will hear on Saturday!


We have a lot to be thankful for here at MFGS.  Great performers, great music and great friends like you. From all of us @ MFGS we would like to wish you a  Happy Thanksgiving  - Hope to see you Saturday!!

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JB Davies - Rick Haden - Mark Hawks - Jeb McIntyre - Dave Pierson - Ron Stavale

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California Guitar Trio this Sunday @ Callahan's


Dear Friends of MFGS……Just a reminder for you to settle into fall with!

Picking Party on Sunday September 19th MFGS board member, and recent attendee of an Interlochen Guitar Festival Workshop, Dave Stuart will host a picking party @ Shelest Music Store in St. Clair Shores from 3pm - 6pm.  Directions can be found on their facebook site  and This is an informal gathering of guitarists or guitar music lovers of all levels. Some come to play, some come to listen.  We share songs, ideas and information about fingerstyle guitar.  Save the date, more information to come. Thanks Gordy for opening up your shop!



The California Guitar Trio.  They will be performing, this Sunday, September 12th @ Callahan's Music Club in Auburn Hills

Performance starts early @ 7pm.  Tickets will be available at the door. General admission for this event is $25.

Best to get there at 6pm, pick out some nice seats. Grab, some grub and spirits, and then enjoy a very special evening of music.

For openers; if you’ve never seen anyone play the Chapman Stick; don’t miss special guest, Glenn Poor man who hails from Southwest Michigan, and is a fabulous performer in his own right. You may see this guy a lot more in the future and wouldn’t it be nice to say you saw him way back in 2010 @ Callahan’s?  Callahan's is just 15 minutes north of our usual venue and maps are available on their site,  

California Guitar Trio will stick around after the show to chat about their music and sign a CD copy of their live performance this Sunday! ~ How often do you see that?

There are still open spots for the California Guitar Trio, Guitar Workshop which starts at 3pm on Sunday. Get there 15 to 20 minutes early to set up!  This is really a unique opportunity to spend a couple of hours, hands on, with a trio of truly amazing guitarists. Let’s think……..hmmmm?……to become a renowned accomplished professional guitarist, then study with legendary King Crimson Guitarist Robert Fripp for 5 years in England, and form a trio, and then travel the world performing for 20 years! And, on top of that! ... offer to impart some of what you’ve learned to a handful of guitarists of all levels for 2 hours in a very intimate setting... Let’s call that an offer you should consider (or perhaps, not refuse!). Workshop tickets are $40, but If you attend the guitar workshop your concert tickets are only $10. Call 248-646-4030 if you would like more information.

Next up on our schedule is one of the premier Finger style Guitarist …. Preston Reed. September 25th in Ferndale at the First United Methodist Church, 22331 Woodward. 

 Billboard Magazine calls him a “Heart stopping tour de force”,

The London Times says  “he’s “In a class of his own” –

The last time we were able to book Preston Reed was in 2003.  This guy doesn’t come around that often.  Don’t miss him!!


Future dates.  November 20th, Tony McManus

The Best Celtic Guitarist in the World   John Renbourn


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See you Sunday!

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MFGS Concert Updates - Sunday Sept. 12th


MFGS Concert Updates

Our fall concert series starts off soon with a world class group of guitarists known as California Guitar Trio.  They are appearing on

Sunday September 12th @ Callahan's Music Club in Auburn Hills, at 7pm.  Callahan's is only 15 minutes north of our Ferndale Venue. Having attended a CGT performance we can attest that they are remarkable musicians who present an amazingly entertaining show.  

CGT will be featuring music from their new CD release called 'Andromeda'  as well as their storied repertoire from classical to fusion and even surf music. They have been featured on several Olympic broadcasts and they performed at the 2003 Grammy's.  CGT will be recording this concert and CD's will be available after the show.  For info and to catch some of their music check out

Tickets for their performance are available @ or at the door for $25 general admission.

This link to Callahan's has a map and Callahan's has a dinner menu and drinks.  It may be a good idea to get there at 6pm, find some nice seats and grab dinner and drinks before the show starts. www.atcallahan'

Opening for CGT will be local Chapman Stick perfomer Glenn Poorman. The Chapman Stick is a pretty unique instrument made notable by Tony Levin of King Crimson/Peter Gabriel fame.

Guitar Workshop By CGT!

In addition to their performance California Guitar Trio will be sponsoring a Guitar Workshop from 3pm - 5pm the same day as the show. CGT initially studied with Robert Fripp of King Crimson back in the late 80's and have been touring since. They have been proponents of the 'New Standard Tuning' which will be discussed at the workshop. What a remarkable opportunity to spend 2 hours, close up and hands on with some of the best guitarists in the world. The fee for this workshop is $40.

We will be discounting concert tickets for workshop attendees. The Cost of the concert and the 2 hr workshop together will be $50.

If you would like to attend the workshop you'll need to call 248-646-4030 to make a reservation. This is for guitarists of all levels!

Other important news

Picking Party on Sunday September 19th MFGS board member, and recent attendee of an Interlochen Guitar Festival Workshop, Dave Stuart will host a picking party @ Shelest Music Store in St. Clair Shores.  Directions can be found on their facebook site  and This is an informal gathering of guitarists or guitar music lovers of all levels. Some come to play, some come to listen.  We share songs, ideas and information about fingerstyle guitar.  Save the date, more information to come. Thanks Gordy for opening up your shop!

Saturday September 25th, Preston Reed will perform at the First United Methodist Church at 22331 Woodward.  Check our web site for information and tickets will be available soon.

A Friend In Need .... Remembering the lyrics of James Taylor's classic song ˜You've Got a Friend'..."When your down and troubled And you need a helping hand"
We thinking about  a dear friend to MFGS who is in need of our assistance. 
Pam Rossi hosts the 'Overeasy'  Show on  WCSX/94.7 on Saturday & Sunday mornings. Pam plays a very eclectic variety of songs that are familiar to all of us and that we do not hear on other stations.  Check out her playlist here . Pam  also frequently hosts live performances by local and nationally known musicians and has always graciously hosted our guest guitarists from all over the world. Tragically,  Pam's Saturday show has been cancelled!!  We know that this show is a source of great music to many of us and we would like you to take a moment and let WCSX know how unhappy we are that this show was cut back. She may even loose the whole weekend to be replaced by preprogrammed shows, no live guests, and no soul to the show. MFGS is a big fan of Pam and her show and we know you are too! We encourage you to call station manager Brent Alberts at 248 398 9470 and leave a voicemail indicating your support of putting her back on the air on Saturdays and to protect her show on Sundays. Also please post this information on your facebook or myspace accounts or send email blasts to your friends.  We need to give back a little to someone who has given us great music over the years.

Future Performance Dates

Preston Reed- Saturday, September 25th @ First United Methodist Church, Ferndale

Stephen Bennett & Tony McManus both on the same stage in Ferndale, November 20th

Pino Forastiere, Brian Gore, Clive Carrol & Alexandre Gismonti, son of legendary Brazialian Guitarist Egberto Gismonti will perform with International Guitar Night, January 29th 2011 @ Callahan's.

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JB Davies - Rick Haden - Mark Hawks - Jeb McIntyre - Dave Pierson - Ron Stavale

See you on the 12th of September, Enjoy the last week of summer!

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Tickets On Sale For California Guitar Trio - Sept 12th


The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society  presents

California Guitar Trio

Sunday September 12th, 7pm


At Callahan's Music Hall 

2105 South Boulevard, Auburn Hills, MI     

Just 12 miles north of our Ferndale venue  

Callahans will have dinner and drinks for you starting at 6pm


Tickets available now $25   

 click here to  Buy Tickets Now!  
  It is pretty special when you can claim that your  music was featured on television coverage for the 1998, 2000,2002 & 2004 Olympics, that you performed on the 2003 Grammy Award Show and that your music traveled around the world as wake up music for the crew of NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavor. We think it is also pretty special that MFGS is bringing CGT to Callahan's for the first time. You'll hear music ranging from  King Crimson to Bach, fusing rock, blues, jazz, world music, progressive, as well as the quintessential California musical genre surf music, the California Guitar Trio's stunning virtuosity and  sly sense of humor have earned them an enthusiastic following and wide notoriety

This will be an amazing show and you'll hear compositions from their new CD 'Andromeda'    CGT will be making  live performance CD's for your purchase immediately after the show.

Opening for CTG will be Chapman Stick performer - Glen Poorman

California Guitar Trio will be sponsoring a Guitar Workshop from 3pm -5pm the day of the show.  This is a remarkable opportunity.  Spend 2 hours with CGT, pick out your seats and grab dinner while you wait for the show to begin.                                               

Workshop Tickets are $40 - Call 248-646-4030 for reservations, seating will be limited.                                        

Don't Forget!  Preston Reed


and The Interlochen Guitar Festival later this month

and last but not least all of our other MFGS Friends to stay in touch with..... 


The Ann Arbor Clasical Guitar Society -                                                       

Classical Guitar Society of Michigan -                                           

Pam Rossi of WCSX and Overeasy                                                            

Paul Murphy of Bluefish Guitars 

Gary Zimnicki of Zimnicki Guitars                                                                          

JB Davies      

Ann Delisi on WDET with Essential Music,                                                         

Rob Reinhart of WDET with Acoustic Cafe & Essential Music,

Shelest Music Workshop

Huber Breese Music -

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MFGS Music Updates & Andy McKee Concert Information


We at MFGS would like to thank all of you for your support, and also to our musical guests for a really fabulous spring season of guitar music.  Typically this would be the last you would hear from us until September but we have a few things brewing that we hope will catch your attention. 

First of all let's take a moment and thank Germany's Peter Finger for starting of our season out with a really impressive display of his guitarmanship.  Peter was not well known here in the US but we certainly witnessed a special night of diverse fingerstyle music and storytelling that has been performing in the rest of the world for a few decades now.  Thanks Peter!  Next we were just totally enthralled by  Guitar Republic's remarkable evening of innovatively brilliant music.  Until that night I have never seen a standing ovation before intermission!  Italy's Pino Forastiere, Sergio Altamura and Stefano Barone really enjoyed the 'love' they felt from the audience and you can tell by their encore arrangement of Johan Sebastian Bach's, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' (yea right Pino, you can't fool us on that one, we're an educated audience !!) . Guitar Republic deserves a 'saluti e baci' (it's an Italian thing!) from all of us.  Finally the master, Laurence Juber, did some great interviews on Pam Rossi's 'Overeasy' and then Ann Delisi's 'Essential Music' shows. Laurence then joined us along with our friends at MAMA's Coffeehouse.  Thank's MAMAs for allowing us to share a very special night of beautiful compositions and some covers of Beatles tunes by LJ.  

So, what's up now?  As part of our mission of supporting guitar music that comes in our area we would like to remind you that This Wednesday, June 2nd, California Guitar Trio's Bert Lams performs with  Tom Griesgraber  @ 'The Barn' in Rochester Hills.   This is a house style concert with limited seating, which isn't a bad thing, if your there!  Please go to for more information.  We've been trying to get these guys for a few years and this is the chance to see them up close.  Support these musicians, you won't be disappointed.    Here is a sample of what you will see this Wednesday! 

Next on our agenda is a  MFGS Picking Party, Sunday June 6t  from 2-5pm  Another part of our mission is to help promote Fingerstyle Music by having networking or picking parties. These are very informal gatherings where some of our more seasoned guitarists  lead a discussion about an aspect of fingerstyle playing. After that there can be more discussion and then  there is time to go up to the mike and perform in a truly non-competitive, supportive and very appreciative audience.  MFGS's  own Dave "Dadgadave"  Stuart will host this Picking Party at Shelest Music Studio in St. Clair Shores on this Sunday.  Shelest Music Studio is at  22410 Harper Ave. Saint Clair Shores, between 8 & 9 mile on Harper Ave.  Use google maps or mapquest to get you there.   (586) 218-7071.   June 6th,  Learn a little and play a lot or play a little and learn a lot!


And finally, we have been getting calls about this special performance for a couple months now.   We are very pleased to announce that on Saturday, July 17th  Andy McKee will perform live at Callahan's Music Hall in Auburn Hills Michigan.

Tickets are on sale now. $25 for General Admission and $20 for Seniors (60 & over) or students with ID.    There will be limited seating for this performance

We first brought Andy here to Michigan in 2006 after hearing about his finalist performance in the 2001  Winfield Kansas Fingerstyle Competition.  Andy was a newcomer to  MFGS which, fulfilled another part of our mission by bringing in new fingerstyle performers to our audience.   Andy returned in 2008 to an overwhelming show selling nearly 400 tickets at our First United Methodist Church Venue.

Picking up the guitar at age 13 Andy eventually was inspired by Preston Reed, Billy McLaughlin, Michael Hedges and Don Ross. From teaching guitar at a music store in Topeka  the self-taught McKee is now considered one of the worlds finest acoustic guitar soloists  His dedicated online community has raised his YouTube video views in excess of 78 million plays and at one point he held the #1, #2 and #3 positions for Top-Rated Videos of All Time on YouTube. McKee has seen fantastic online media success which has allowed him to tour internationally with over 200 live shows a year. 

 Callahans offers a unique venue in that it is a concert hall and a restaurant!  Stop in early to reserve your seat, enjoy a meal and then watch Andy McKee perform.

Better yet!   Andy will also sponsor a guitar workshop for players of all levels from 3pm to 5pm @ Callahans.  The workshop cost is $40 and you can reserve your front row seat at the concert by attending the workshop.  

 For More information on the Picking Party, the Andy McKee concert or the guitar workshop please call 248-646-4030


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Concert Reminder - This Saturday, April 17th. Guitar Republic


Dear Friends of MFGS

Just a reminder that this weekend, Saturday April 17th, @ 7:30 pm, Guitar Republic will be performing at the

First United Methodist Church @ 22331 Woodward, 4 blocks south of 9 mile in Ferndale. 

Guitar Republic | Guitar Republic

Doors open at 6:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm
Tickets are $20 & $15 for Students & Seniors

There are still a few open spots in the guitar workshop from 3pm - 5pm. The focus will be performing and composition with other guitarists in a group. This is for players of all levels.  All 3 members of Guitar Republic will be teaching at the workshop. 

Consider coming to the workshop, selecting your seats and then going out to eat at one of the restaurants within walking distance of the church. You won't need to get back to the church until just before the concert starts! 

Workshop attendees will receive concert tickets for $10.

Call 248-646-4030 to reserve a spot at the workshop or for questions about this performance or MFGS

Our next two concerts will be held at other Venues !!

May 15th, 2 Time Grammy Winner - Laurence Juber @ MAMMA's Coffeehouse

July 17th, Andy McKee - Callahan's Music Hall

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Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society Upcoming Events


Picking Party - March 22nd

2pm - 5pm

@ Bluefish Music in Plymouth

744 Starkweather St.
Plymouth, Michigan 

Paul Murphy of Bluefish Music is again opening up his shop on a Sunday to host our picking party.

- There will be demonstrations of Paul's guitars & amps 

- Discussion on Fingerstyle arranging

- And of course, your chance to meet and pick a few of your strings with fellow Fingerstyle players.  Get there early to sign up to play or just come to listen.

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 April 18th

the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society presents 

in concert & workshop

Peppino D'Agostino.

 This is Peppino's first appearance @ MFGS.  Peppino was named 'Best Acoustic Guitarist 2007' by the Readers Choice Awards of Guitar Player Magazine.  Peppino will sponsor a workshop the same day as the concert.

Tickets available online or at the door

Workshop the day of the concert, from 3-5pm & is $40.   Attend the concert & Workshop for $50

JB Davies - Mark Hawks - Jeb McIntyre - Ron Stavale - Kevin Tarnas


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Picking Party Reminder on Nov 23rd.



Please Join us for a "Picking Party"

on Sunday November 23, 2008

                             2:00 PM (sharp) - 5:00 PM    


                     Our Sponsor for this event is Paul Murphy (thanks Paul) & the folks at

Blue Fish Music

A guitar players paradise with great gear and great prices! 


        744 Starkweather St. - Plymouth, MI -  Ph: 734-927-0675

Located in Plymouth's Old Village near the corner of Liberty and Starkweather


check out their website for directions



We Want to Hear What Your Guitar has to say!


We offer an "Open Mic" format for guitarists of all skill levels in a noncompetitive and encouraging environment.  Entertain the group with one of your tunes or just come along and enjoy the music. 


Other Activities include:


- Discussion and Tips on creating a set list

- Product Demonstrations

- Socializing and Refreshments 

- Win a pair of tickets to one of our spring concerts

- Raffle of MFGS CDs made by members like you!

- Comments and suggestions for MFGS Board always welcome!   



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Craig D'Andrea & Antoine Dufour - October 11th - New Venue


       The Michigan Fingerstyle

                Guitar Society


          Craig D'Andrea       Antoine Dufour


          2007        &       2006

       Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition Winners

            October 11th, 2008

        @The Players Guild of Dearborn 

          21730 Madison, Dearborn

         Show @ 7:30 (Doors Open @ 6:30)  

                                  Click on link for directions   

     *Remember,this show is not in Ferndale*       

  Craig & Antoine will be live on 94.7, Pam Rossi's 'Over Easy' radio show  Saturday October 11th @ 10:15 am       

                            "Creating new audiences for fingerstyleguitar by playing tunes with jaw-dropping chops"   Acoustic Guitar Sept 2008

    $20 Admission - $15 students & seniors

Guitar workshop 3-5 pm, Cost $40

Call 248-646-4030 for information or to reserve a space @ the workshop

You don't want to miss 2 of the most exciting fingerstyle guitarists to emerge since Don Ross & Andy McKee !!!

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Tony McManus Workshop

On  Sunday, March 25th Tony will be conducting a hands-on workshop from 12:00pm(sharp) to 2pm.  Space is limited, advanced reservation is required.   The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society presents its workshop series in a non-competitive environment and welcomes guitarists of all skill levels.  Students can register or request information by contacting the MFGS office at 248-646-4030.  Cost is $40.
Tony will be covering a bit of his background; why he's come to play the way he does. Tony will instruct the class to look at some of the right and left hand techniques he uses- ornamentation (hammer on, pull off etc.) rolls, cuts and grace notes, triplets using the ring, middle and index finger and also triplets using just the thumb. Additionally Tony will cover some percussive left hand stuff- frailing.
Tony will briefly cover various altered tunings such as; Dropped D, DADGAD, CGCGCD, CGDGCD, DAAEAE.   He will cover these tunings sufficiently so that those who want to delve deeper have the goods to go there.
Tony will also teach a tune in 9/8 time in DADGAD called Catherine Kelly's- a very accessible Irish slip jig.



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Masa Sumide Workshop this Sunday


On Sunday, March 11th 12:00pm (sharp) to 2pm Masa will be conducting a hands-on workshop.  Space is limited, advanced reservation is required.   The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society presents its workshop series in a non-competitive environment and welcomes guitarists of all skill levels.  Students can register or request information by contacting the MFGS office at 248-646-4030.  Cost is $40.  The workshop will be held at the First United Methodist Church.

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Don't miss this workshop!


My fellow guitar players, it isn't often that we get the chance to learn from brilliant instructors who's techniques improve the playing of anyone, regardless their level of skill.

Ed Gerhard is one of those exceptional instructors. He teaches so much more than technique. He teaches expression. His theme song, "The River is Wide" is a perfect example. A simple old folk song, known by everyone, but when played by Ed brings tears to the eyes of most in the audience. How does he do that?

So many teachers are concerned with technique, and Ed's technique is certainly exemplary, but with Ed's help you'll gain the ability to express yourself in ways you've never dreamed of.

If I had to pick only one workshop to attend this year, beyond question it would be Ed Gerhards.

We still have space left, in fact too much. If we don't get response soon we'll have to cancel. Please, sign up today. You won't be disappointed.

Jeb McIntyre

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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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The Outer Banks Guitar Workshop


The Outer Banks Guitar Workshop
with Steve Baughman & Robin Bullock

For Intermediate and Advanced Players

October 9th-14th, 2005 
Northern Outer Banks, North Carolina

Retreat limited to 20 adult participants


The Outer Banks Guitar Workshop is a unique opportunity for inter-mediate and advanced guitarists to study with Steve Baughman and Robin Bullock, two of North America’s leading players and instructors, on the scenic Outer Banks of North Carolina. The workshop will take place over the week that includes Columbus Day, considered to be the most idyllic season on the banks. 

The camp schedule allows for unprecedented interaction between twenty adult participants and two of the most acclaimed guitarists in their field.  The camp will include master classes, opportunities for student jams and performances, and nightly concerts from Robin and Steve.

Campers will be lodged together in a luxury beach cottage in the oceanside community of Ocean Sands.  Amenities include: gourmet dining, expansive meeting rooms for classes, Jacuzzis, decks, a private pool, and the breath-taking sunrises and endless un-spoiled beaches of the Outer Banks. Students may choose to lodge in their own private suite, to share a room with another student, or to bring a non-participant guest who can enjoy the beach and local attractions.   

Don’t miss this opportunity to jumpstart
your playing in a beautiful setting!

For more info, please visit:,
or contact us at (410) 374-9059 and



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Fingerstyle vs. Fingerpicking

Dr. Dave Pierson found this diagram that proves "It's not the length of the neck, it's the skill of the musician".

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Between the Strings—the Secret Lives of Guitars


I picked this up a couple of days ago and it's been a fun read so far... with 100 contributors there's a plethora of different stories and opinions about guitars... Worth a read...  


More info at URL:
Peace out... Dan


Between the Strings—The Secret Lives of Guitars is a collection of more than one-hundred selected short stories, each with a guitar at its center. A veritable compendium of the world’s greatest guitarists, from BB to ZZ (B.B. King to ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, that is), the stories are inspiring, uplifting, illuminating, humorous, stirring, and edifying. Some of the stories are simply entertaining in the way they take unexpected twists and turns. Others are biographical. Many involve a guitar that was received, given away, lost, stolen, recovered, offered to its player a special song, or was pivotal in a personal relationship or life experience. Each of these stories reveals something of the human spirit, as well as something of the supernatural that sometimes makes its way into our ordinary, everyday existence. But in every case, the variety of experiences, settings, and remarkable outcomes are linked by the common celebration of life with the guitar. To paraphrase Ann Petry, “Everything you ever had, everything you ever lost. It’s all there in the guitar—pain and hate and trouble and peace and quiet and love.” There is so much more to music than meets the ears. To discover that, one needs only to read “between the strings.”



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Elderly Instruments - Acoustic Meca in the Mid-West

There is simply no more extraordinary acoustic music store in America than Elderly Instruments in Lansing Michigan. They have some of the finest new brands of guitars (both electric and acoustic), banjo's and basses, accessories, CD's as well as excellent instruction. But it's in used instruments that Elderly becomes extraordinary. If you play guitar, you just ain't lived until you visit their showroom. They even do in-store concerts.

Check out their website, and be sure and take a trip to Lansing. You won't be disappointed.
Elderly Instruments
1100 N. Washington,
Lansing, MI 48906
(888) 473-5810

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Fingerstyle Guitar Instructors

I seem to get asked many times about guitar instructors that teach fingerstyle guitar.  Two of the names that I always give out are Sean Barrett and Jason Dennie.  Both have impeccable credentials.  I know many of our members are students of these fine instructors.  I would like to hear about everyone's experiences.  Please feel free to use the discussion box next to this article to post your comments.

Here's the contact info for the two instructors.

Sean Barrett
phone  248-880-4744

Jason Dennie



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Vince Sadovsky - Teacher Extraordinaire

Vince and Karen Sadovsky have been running the Rochester Folk Workshop for over 30 years. This is a great little shop, and highly recommended. But perhaps more important, this is one of the few places in S.E. Michigan where the advanced guitarist can get suitable instruction.

The Rochester Folk Workshop is located in downtown Rochester, at 420 East Street, Rochester, MI 48307 Click Here For Map Phone: 248.652.0874 . This is one great resource. Be sure and call first for instruction appointments.

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Fall 2005 Concerts

We are pleased to announce the following acts for the Fall 2005 season:

Sept 17         Muriel Anderson

Oct 8            Laurence Juber

Nov 12         Billy McLaughlin

December 10        Don Ross

Workshops with the artists will be available on a first come first serve basis, with preference to Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society Members in good standing. This is a great chance to learn up close how your guitar hero does what he or she does.

As always, concerts will be presented at:

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  • Leo Kotke will be appearing at the Ark in Ann Arbor on February 13 and 14th. Ju...more
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  • Kaki King will be appearing at the Ark in Ann Arbor on February 26th.
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  • Merv, thanks for the info. It's been added to the calandar.
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