The next workshop sees us return to Southern Crete in May 2015.
May 9th to 16th 2015 at Agia Galini, Crete
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The next Renbourn Guitar Workshop will probably have a very retrospective feel to it as 2015 sees the 50th anniversary of the start of John's recording career!
Remy Froissart and Mike Walker will assist as always and Wizz Jones will also be there as a guest tutor this time. Wizz was a seminal influence in the Folk Revival in London in the early 1960's and a big influence on John, Bert Jansch and the other progenitors of the Folk Baroque style of guitar playing.
John and Remy in action
The Renbourn Guitar Workshops typically run for a week and are held in inspirational residential locations where developing or experienced fingerstyle guitarists can immerse themselves in playing and learning under the guidance of internationally renowned guitarist John Renbourn in comfortable and conducive surroundings.
All aspects of the wide-ranging Renbourn repertoire are reflected and the venues are chosen to offer a perfect setting for a relaxed but productive week of fingerstyle guitar music with one of the founding fathers of the Folk Baroque style of playing.
The sessions will be 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, one-to-one (or even 2 to 1) tuition on a specific tune or aspect from John’s repertoire.
John's credentials as a player and teacher are impeccable and he requires no introduction.
Remy Froissart, 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 says - "If I wanted to learn to play the guitar like me, I'd go to Remy".
To augment the tuition, also present will be one-time pro sound engineer and guitarist Mike Walker (Mike was senior mastering engineer at the legendary Trident Studios in London back in the day and worked with John on the early digital re-releases of the Pentangle/Renbourn/Jansch Transatlantic recordings - a special treat for a fanatical Folk Baroque player/engineer).
The workshops 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 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.