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National Guitar Workshop (NGW) has unfortunately filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy canceling the summer's workshops.  This is quite unfortunate, especially for students like myself who have prepaid and made non-refundable travel arrangements. And who knows whether there will be refunds forthcoming or not.

For those already committed to travel and seeking alternative arrangements, I know of at least two events that are being scheduled for Austin and DC area.

  • Ted Hall of Austin Guitar School (and former NGW instructor) is going to hold a blues camp the week of July 15-20 for experienced players for only $450.  If you were planning on being in Austin for NGW and play guitar, bass or drums and want to focus on the blues, I encourage you to get in touch with Austin Guitar School ASAP to find out more.  Ted is an awesome instructor and I'm sure it will be a lot of fun.  He's also investigating playing out at a couple of local blues Jams.  Contact Austin Guitar School via email austinguitarschool@gmail.com, web site or phone 512.442.2880.
  • Pat and Michael Kaunitz are working with former NGW instructor Tobias Hurwitz and James Hogan for a 6 day/5 night event falling between July 25-30 in the West Virginia Mountains.   They have a huge cabin booked that sits atop a mountain to accomodate 12 students (first come first served), two instructors, a cook, and 2 dogs.  Contact pat@kaunitz.com for more details.  

Please help spread the word on these events.  Or if you know of other events that might coincide with NGW's previously scheduled classes, please add to the comments below.

In case you have any doubt about Ted Hall's chops or instructional abilities, here's a video of him ripping it up on Black Magic Woman from NGW Austin last year.


I have a guitar program in Bryn Mawr, Pa
The overnight camp runs the next three weeks, you can sign up a week at a time. http://www.summermusicprograms.com

We established ourselves in 1993, have won various local recognition and its a very musical staff.

This camp is for 12 to 17 year olds.

Guitar Workshop Plus 2012 has guest instructors including Guthrie Govan, Tommy Emmanuel, Johnny Hiland, Billy Sheehan, and more! We offer week-long workshops in a musical environment at supurb facilities located in the east and west. Guitar, Bass, Drum, Keyboard, and Vocal courses are offered for all levels, ages, and styles including rock, blues, jazz, acoustic, classical, and songwriting. Professional music faculty and world famous guest artists teach and perform for our participants. Operating for over ten years, our top ranked summer music program allows students to participate in daily classes, clinics, ensemble and student performances, and evening concerts. Registration is still open. Visit www.guitarworkshopplus.com

I've been to both the guitar workshop and the GWP summer programs, the GWP is top notch! I highly recommend to anyone that was booked to the guitar workshop this summer that went bankrupt.

All of the above are GREAT options - or you could take a leap of faith with our grass roots effort! We have more details to offer now.

Ruby Mountain Guitar Summit
Wednesday, July 25 until Monday, July 30
Lost River, WV

The coolest part: MAX 12 students total - with 2 instructors! It does not get any better than that. We have 8 spaces left. Contact me (pat@kaunitz.com) for more details.

I've attended the Guitar Workshop Plus for a few years now in both Toronto and the Vancouver area. If you've already made travel arrangements for any of the NGW workshops or even if you're going to the CT location I'd recommend the drive. Jon Finn, who's faculty at the Berklee College of Music, even brought his son as a student last year while he was teaching there. He loves the program and I do too.

check out the website http://guitarworkshopplus.com

Be Spontaneous and Attend the Ruby Mountain Guitar Summit in Lost River, WV

Wednesday, July 25 until Monday, July 30

Top 10 reasons you want to be there.........
1. James Hogan and Tobias Hurwitz with a six to one MAX student to instructor ratio and direct input into the curriculum chosen. Tobias and James are confident they can satisfy each student's individual needs.
2. Fresh baked cookies upon arrival and greeting by the camp dogs Steve (Vai?) and Frank (Zappa?).
3. Air conditioned EVERYTHING.
4. An obsessively dedicated team of organizers/instructors who will try to exceed your expectations.
5. Campfire acoustic night with a bevy of instruments to choose from.
6. Tobias has a Fractal Audio Axe FX II. Yes he is bringing it. Yes, he is going to let you use it.
7. NO CAFETERIA FOOD! Homemade bread and jams, fresh produce - we even make our own margarita mix.... which mean yes - libations!
8. A sliding scale of cost - the closer we get to 12 people the cheaper it will be (approaching $900)
9. A BYO free concert right on the grounds of our summit for the local community.
10. Because this may just be a once in a lifetime experience........ (did we mention the 6-1 student ratio?)
Reason # 11: Free prizes! (added by Tobias - I have no idea what he is giving away!!!)

Contact pat@kaunitz.org for more info.

I've been going to GWP for about seven years now, and it's always one of the highlights of my summers. Would highly recommend it, especially to everyone who was looking forward to NGW. Got to meet Paul Gilbert, Rik Emmett, and John Petrucci there before, and Guthrie's gonna be there this year too.

Another great option for folks who were planning on attending the NGW in the northeast...

Ashokan Guitar Camp
July 29 - August 2
Olivebridge, NY (not far from Kingston)

This is our second Ashokan Guitar Camp and we have a terrific staff lined up: Russ Barrenberg, Roy Book Binder, Happy Traum, Matt Munisteri, Molly Mason and Andrew VanNorstrand. Acoustic and roots music of all varieties! Beautiful setting in the Catskill Mountains with great food and lodging on site. Registration is open now!

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