WORKSHOP SET #1 (Saturday @ 10:00 AM)
"Improve and Diversify Your Tone" taught by Taso Comanescu. This workshop demonstrates why the guitar has been compared to a small orchestra. Learn how to produce the best possible tone, how to file your nails, various plucking techniques and how to play with a variety of tonal colors and timbers.
"Playing with Dynamics: A Study in Argentinian Music" taught by Dr. Julius Reder Carlson. Dr. Carlson is a musicologist and classical guitarist whose playing embodies extensive usage of dynamics for the greatest musical impact. Learn how to play with dynamics and take people on a musical journey. As a specialist in Argentinian music, Dr. Carlson will demonstrate practical ways in which your playing can become more nuanced and dynamic.
Dr. JULIUS REDER CARLSON
"A Roadmap for Technical Progress" taught by Vahagni. Musicality, passion and phrasing beauty cannot be properly communicated except through a disciplined technique. Without a proper technique musical passion remains in the realm of possibility. In this workshop, Vahagni will provide a sequential roadmap for developing your arpeggios, rest strokes, rasqueados and left hand accuracy.
"Recording Techniques for Classical Guitar" taught by Grammy Award winner engineer, Mauricio Gasca. A recording studio that used to cost in the upwards of 1 mil. dollars can now be readily available in a small laptop. In this workshop, Mauricio Gasca demonstrates practically how to record your classical guitar and how to best utilize the gear that is available to you. This workshop is limited to 15 registrants due to the limited studio space.
WORKSHOP SET #2 (Sunday @ 10:00 AM)
"From the Practice Room to the Stage" taught by Laura Mazon Franqui. No matter how many hours we spend practicing in a room by ourselves, we may still be disappointed at our public performances. There is a crucial element of practicing to perform which, surprisingly, has little to do with the guitar and a lot to do with one's mindset. In this workshop you will learn ways in which you can transition mentally and technically from making music in your practice room to making music for others.
LAURA MAZON FRANQUI
"Don't Waste Your Time: Infusing Purpose into Your Practice'" taught by Samuel Hines. This workshop will provide you with very practical ways to avoid waisting your time while practicing. If progress is your goal, your practice time must be smartly structured and your approach must be that of a problem solver instead of a performer. Learn how to infuse your practice with purpose and see your progress sky-rocket.
"Less is More: Tension, Relaxation and Reflexive Movement in Guitar Playing" taught by Jack Sanders. In this workshop, Jack Sanders analyzes the physiological aspects of guitar playing, identifies common areas of tension and how relaxation and reflexive movements in the right and left hands can catapult your technique to higher levels. If you are struggling with tension in your playing or are experiencing physical discomfort while practicing then, this workshop is for you.
"Flamenco Techniques for Classical Guitarists" taught by Luis Gallo. This workshop is an introduction to the famous flamenco strums known as "rasgueados" and other quintessential flamenco techniques. Learn how to avoid wimpy strums and infuse your guitar playing with powerful rasqueados for greater performance effectiveness.
"So, You Want to Play Your Own Music: A Practical Guide on How to Get Started" taught by Giovanni Piacentini. In this workshop, concert guitarist and composer Giovanni Piacentini, will provide practical steps that classical guitarists can take towards composing and performing their own music. Should melody or accompaniment come first? This and many other questions will be answered in this workshop.
Dr. GIOVANNI PIACENTINI