June 3rd 2017 - Agia Galini, Crete
NOW AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING
Renbourn Guitar Workshops present a one week residential workshop on the fingerstyle guitar technique of John Renbourn featuring guest tutor Clive Carroll
This workshop will be a feast of John’s wonderful guitar playing technique and will draw on a few selected pieces from the Renbourn repertoire.
Tutors will be long time associates of John's and regular tutors - Remy Froissart & Mike Walker and, for two days, the internationally renowned Clive Carroll as guest tutor.
Prices will include 6 days tuition and 7 nights accommodation, breakfasts and dinners.
Places will be awarded on a first come/first served basis - Please note that payment of the booking fee is your confirmation.
The Renbourn Guitar Workshops have been running since 2010.
John loved these workshops and was very clear on the approach he wanted - laid back, friendly, inclusive and totally focused on the students and what they wanted. After much consideration and discussion with John's family (and encouragement from students both past and aspiring) the team (Mike and Irene Walker and Remy Froissart) who worked with John to develop these workshops have resolved to try and keep the events going using the model John wanted with the blessing of John's family.
Typically they run for a week and are held in inspirational residential locations where developing or experienced fingerstyle guitarists can immerse themselves in playing and learning through the music of John Renbourn in comfortable and conducive surroundings. Guitarists are encouraged to bring their partners as most of the venues offer plenty to do for the non-player while the sessions are in progress. Food and accommodation are included in the price.
All aspects of the wide-ranging Renbourn repertoire are reflected and the venues are carefully chosen to offer a perfect setting for a relaxed but productive week of fingerstyle guitar study based on the music of one of the founding fathers of the Folk Baroque style of playing.
The sessions are run on a very informal and friendly basis in group sessions but with plenty of opportunities for the students to benefit from smaller group work and one-to-one tuition on a specific tune or aspect from John’s repertoire.
RemyFroissart, being an “early Renbournist” (discovering John’s music in 1967) is a full time teacher (guitar and harmony), and has long experience in teaching this unique guitar style. John once said - "If I wanted to learn to play the guitar like me, I'd go to Remy". Remy did some of the earliest transcriptions of John's work back in the 70's.
Mike Walker has been playing Folk Baroque guitar for four and a half decades and became a friend of John's back in the 80's (as senior mastering engineer at the legendary Trident Studios in London) back in the day working with John on the early digital re-releases of the Pentangle /Renbourn/ Jansch Transatlantic recordings - a special treat for a fanatical Folk Baroque player and sound engineer.
Remy, Mike and our guest tutors aim to deliver high quality fingerstyle guitar lessons based on the Renbourn repertoire aimed at giving the developing guitarist the tools to play this demanding music (and have a great time too).
The workshops also usually have a number of optional sessions, demonstrations and talks on specific topics (or tunes), harmony, technique and also an approach to home sound recording techniques using affordable kit and home computer technology.
The idea is to give the solo guitarist fresh directions on developing their playing and an approach to achieving their own high quality recordings whether for home use, distribution or as a valuable self-teaching aid.
Students have the opportunity to record a piece and have it edited & mastered by Mike providing a tangible result from the workshop as well as a wonderful souvenir of what is likely to be an unforgettable week for any guitarist and Renbourn fan. When appropriate there are also optional sessions showing how using a computer can assist the guitarist to learn and develop their musicality and technique.