JUSTIN SANDERCOE and FRIENDS

ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC GUITAR WORKSHOP

Italy 2021

 Justin Sandercoe and I met in 2013 and planned our first guitar workshop for that Spring, in Tuscany. Now after 8 years and many successful workshops, we are back to offer you more for 2021.

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Acoustic Jamming & Italian Beauty 


Castello di Montegridolfo, SPA Resort  •  Montegridolfo, italy

ABOUT THE COURSE

The Acoustic Jamming will be a campfire-style workshop! We’ll have evening sing-alongs where we’ll pair up and play songs for each other using concepts we learn each day.

It’s an advancing beginner/intermediate level course. We’ll explore fingerstyle, acoustic chord work, layering parts, and specific things I love – like Neil Young’s style and how to add some percussive elements to your playing.

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Pete Whittard • Co-teacher

The co-teacher for this course is Pete Whittard. Pete was one of my teachers at The Guitar Institute when I went there back in ’96, and we’ve been close friends ever since.

We played together in The Counterfeit Stones for seven years, and he’s probably forgotten more about guitar playing than most of us ever learn. Pete has incredible enthusiasm, which you’ll love!

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SCHEDULE

Usually, we start with 2 hours of classes in the morning on a specific new skill or concept. Then, we take an extended break for lunch where you can practice or swim or jam or relax!

Mid-afternoon, we start ‘supervised practice’ where you will pair up. Pete and I will wander around and see each pair and offer advice and help, usually for 60-90 mins.

Then, we’ll all come together in a big circle in the stunning gardens and play songs for each other in groups of 2-4. Next, we have fine Italian food with some of the most incredible views you’ll ever see!

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DATES

Arrive Sunday, Sept 26, and depart Saturday, Oct 2. Classes run Monday to Friday.

COSTS

£1199 plus accommodation & meals

The hotel room for 6 nights ranges from 912-1200 EURO for single rooms and 1356 to 1644 EURO for double rooms (if you bring a partner.) It includes 3 meals a day – and the food is incredible! Wine is included at dinner.

Please download the registration form HERE and email Don Carlo to sort your booking – carlo@tpw.it

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LOCATION

Hotel: Castello di Montegridolfo Spa Resort (http://www.montegridolfo.com/eng), Rimini.

We will go back to our favorite venue, where we have been running workshops for the past two years. The venue is fantastic! It’ll be super cool for the performances and will feel like a proper audience. 🙂

BRINGING PARTNERS

Partners are very welcome, and many come every year. Carlo can help with several activities – the beach is about 40 min drive away, and there are many beautiful places to make day trips.

CONTACT

Please contact Don Carlo to place a booking or for more information – carlo@tpw.it

Here’s  the ‘classroom’ where we hold the lessons!  

Here’s the ‘classroom’ where we hold the lessons!

MORE WORKSHOPS

We had planned many more workshops for 2021. However, Covid is still making planning events a tricky affair – but keep an eye on my newsletter for new announcements. Alumni are always invited to events before they are made public!

When things get back to normal, we will have some incredible guest teachers, including Josh Smith, Ariel Posen, Jim Campilongo, Joey Landreth, and more. Stay tuned! 🙂

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Electric Jam Week


Castello di Montegridolfo, SPA Resort Montegridolfo,  Italy

ABOUT THE COURSE

Get ready for a fantastic Electric Jam Week! In this course, the focus is the electric guitar – so acoustics won’t work. The program is perfect for any electric guitar player at an early intermediate level.

You’ll need to be comfortable with power chords, open chords, basic strumming, and at least a little experience with barre chords and playing whole songs! A little expertise soloing with blues scales will help – but we’ll be covering that in the course.

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Pete Whittard    Co-teacher

The co-teacher for this course is Pete Whittard. Pete was one of my teachers at The Guitar Institute when I went there back in ’96, and we’ve been close friends ever since.

We played together in The Counterfeit Stones for seven years. Pete is one of the most inspiring guitar teachers I know and a really great mate and player!

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SCHEDULE

We’ll work on one song each day for the first four days. We’re still deciding on the tunes, but it will be a mix of rock, blues, and soul! On the final day, students will form small groups to perform at the final evening concert.

In each morning, we’ll host 2 hours of song prep classes – 1 hour with Justin, 1 hour with Pete. We’ll look at the song that we’ll play that day and all related skills.

After a lunch break of around 2 hours, we’ll come back for some more classes. Sometimes, we’ll break the group in two depending on what needs work and who is struggling with what! Sometimes, we’ll stay together!

We’re looking forward to watching your smiles when you start rocking with the band in the late afternoon. 🙂 We’ll have an excellent local bass player and drummer who join us. Everyone will have a go at percussion, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, and singing – yes, don’t be scared – it’s fun!

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DATES

Arrive Sunday, Oct 3, and depart Saturday, Oct 9. Classes run Monday to Friday.

COSTS

£1199 plus accommodation & meals

The workshop’s cost is £1199, and we’ll need a deposit to secure your place. Book in with Carlo –carlo@tpw.it. Places are limited, so first come, first served!

The hotel room for 6 nights ranges from 912-1200 EURO for single rooms and 1356 to 1644 EURO for double rooms.

As usual, to confirm your place or if you have questions about logistics, transport, or any of that – please email the legend that is Don Carlo direct at carlo@tpw.it.

Please download the registration form HERE.

LOCATION

Hotel: Castello di Montegridolfo Spa Resort (http://www.montegridolfo.com/eng), Rimini.

We will go back to our favorite venue, where we have been running workshops for the past two years. The venue is fantastic and super cool for the performances! It will feel like a proper audience! 🙂

BRINGING PARTNERS

Partners are very welcome, and many come every year. Carlo can help with several activities – the beach is about 40 min drive away, and there are many beautiful places to make day trips.

CONTACT

Please contact Don Carlo to place a booking or for more information.