TPW Vision • Guitar Workshop • Justin Sandercoe • April 20/27 2013
TPW Vision • Guitar workshop with Justin Sandercoe
As part of the new TPW Vision workshops on other disciplines, we are honoured to start with a guitar workshop.
Photography started to be an important part of my life when I was twenty, but before that, as anybody else of my generation, I was passionate about music and guitar playing…
I have not done too much progress there, but I keep listening to music, try to stay updated with the new production, and still love the idea of SOMEDAY improve my guitar playing…!
The format we have been using for so many years for our photographic workshops can easily be applied to other classes.
Surfing the internet, a couple of years ago, I bumped into Justin Sandercoe website, and started thinking of asking him to develop a project together.
I was fascinated by the way he made guitar playing seems so simple, by the structure of the website, the contents of the videos…
Last August I did finally write him and…here we are, with the launch of the firs edition of a guitar residential workshop!
Here is the description, in Justin’s words:
Tuscany – One Week Residential Clinic • April 20th to 27th 2013
I’ve been playing with this idea for a long time, but finally managed to get it off the ground when Carlo Roberti from TPW contacted me about running a guitar clinic along similar lines to the photography courses he runs :) So what we’re doing is a one week residential clinic in beautiful Tuscany. Maximum of 10 participants and it’s going to be a full on week, so get ready for an intense time with your guitar.
What level is it for?? Well not complete beginners. If you have completed the beginner course you are probably ready… I’m thinking it is for progressing players, perfect for those that have been playing a while and want to push into that next zone, remember it’s a lot of guitar time, so make sure your fingers are ready :)
I have a rough schedule planned, but the contents can be tailored to the participants, though for sure we’ll be covering:
• Music theory and it’s practical application from the very beginning up to and including modes.
• Blues improvisation licks, jamming techniques and actual jamming!
• Major Scale improvisation, use, licks, techniques, finding melodies and dealing with notes out of the diatonic realm.
• Rhythm Guitar Skills, techniques, grips, strumming and fingerstyle options etc.
But also we might look at any of the following depending on what the group wants to check out.
- Technique – Aural Training – Transcribing – Jazz Skills – Acoustic tricks – Songwriting – Recording Skills – Chord Melody arranging – ??? more :) Tone and using effects…
I’m planning 6 hours of group tuition a day (three 2 hour classes), but with plenty of hang out time to chat and explore other areas, jam, and time for you to practice on your own too… or nip out and explore the amazing countryside… Tuscany is very special!
Many people have asked about this, so I’m sure it’s going to be awesome! Get in touch with Carlo if you have any questions, as he is a master photographer and runs photography courses there and is working with me to organise it!
The cost is £899 (GBP, including vat) for the week’s tuition, not including accommodation.
Accommodation will be at the house where we will be holding classes.
€65 per night for s single room – including breakfast.
€50 per person in a double room – including breakfast.
All being at the same place allows for late night jamming after a few beers!!
Other meals are not included and will be taken in the nearby town: we have a deal with a local cafe/restaurant for our lunch and dinners, perhaps one night we all go somewhere more fancy depending on how we all feel. You should allow aprox of €25 per day total for meals (unless you are big or fancy eater!!).
If you want to bring a partner, he/she is more than welcomed.
Lots of things to do in the area: visit medieval villages, go horse riding, thermal baths, enjoy slow pace Tuscan life…
Siena is close by and is an amazing city.
Where and how to get there
Our centre in San Quirico d’Orcia will be Residence Il Poggiolo
It is an old post station from the XVI century, totally renewed.
This place will be ideal as our Centre: here we will be able to concentrate on our music: then, just a few minutes walk, we have the lovely town of San Quirico d’Orcia, where everybody knows us and we are very welcomed Not far, many places of interest: Bagno Vignoni, Bagno San Filippo, Siena, Montepulciano, Florence.
Rooms will be assigned to the first ones to enrol. Please note we have a limited number of rooms.
The closest station is Buonconvento,, on the line Siena-Grosseto. From Buonconvento train station we can arrange a free pick up service on Sunday afternoon. It is 25 minutes distance from our Centre For train schedules, please consult the website www.trenitalia.com.
For those driving from North, the exit is Firenze Impruneta on A1, then take highway Firenze- Siena and exit at SIENA SUD. From there, direction to Rome on ss n. 2
From South, exit Chiusi, following the direction Chianciano – Montepulciano – Pienza – Siena – and then as above. Take direction to Siena – Pienza then once in Pienza follow for San Quirico d’Orcia
The closest and most practical airport is the one of Florence. From there you can easily reach the train station by bus and then follow the train itinerary (see above). We are about 90 minutes away from the airport by car.
Alternatively, you can also use Rome Airport. But it is much more crowded. From there, trains to Grosseto, and then to Buonconvento.
Another possibility is Pisa. From there, take a train to Florence and then as above.
When to arrive
You should arrive BETWEEN 3 and 5 P.M. on SUTURDAY THE 20TH: that will give you time to check into your room, relax and be ready for the first meeting at 6 p.m. where you will meet Justin and Carlo and fellow students.
When to leave
The workshop end at noon on Saturday the 27th. All students are required to check out from their room by 10 am.
Breakfast will be at Il Poggiolo, lunch and dinner in town in San Quirico. During the day, there will be coffe and soft frinks available.
There is Internet connection at our Center
We limit our workshops to 10 students per class in order to keep an intimate feeling and also give time to everyone to spend time on one-to-one sessions with Justin.
We have no registration deadline but because of the small size of the classes it is better to register as soon as one has decided as this course will tend to get filled up quickly. For your reservation to be effective you must send a deposit of £ 400 as down payment.
You can enrol through Justin’s website using the on-line form;
To confirm your registration, you can either pay the deposit of £ 400 or the total amount of the workshop fee. . The balance is due 40 days before the beginning of the workshop.
Room and board will be paid directly at the Residence il Poggiolo. They accept major credit cards. In this way, you don’t have to pay everything upfront and you will split your payment.
It is possible, and encouraged, to come with a companion, such as members of your family or friends, who will not take active part to the workshop. In that case, their cost will only be for room and board. There is no risk to be bored: your companion can use the week to visit the art cities nearby, take walks or bike rides, tennis, swimming or horse riding, and even Italian or cooking lessons! Please let us know and we can organize this in advance.
When the course fills up we will open a waiting list for people who want to try to get into the class, if there are any last minute cancellation. You will be entered in the wait list once we receive your enrolment form, but you will not need to send a deposit, we will let you know what number you are on the list and will keep you updated on any openings.
Workshop Cancellation / Refunds
If you decide to cancel for any reason, we will reimburse all fees less Euro 80 for administrative expenses, if you notify your cancellation at least 40 days before the starting date of the workshop. After that time frame you will lose your down payment. There will be no refund of any fee for withdrawing after the workshop has begun.
What to bring
Your guitar, picks, strings…we will send a complete list.
We used to give advise on which clothes to bring based on the summer weather, but now the climate is so unpredictable… It is usually warmish, but windy during the day, and cooler at night, while we have dinner and while we assist at slide shows.
The class will be held in English
TPW is not liable for personal injuries or equipment damage during the workshop duration. The signing of the enrolment form releases TPW from any liability.
For any additional information, do not hesitate to contact us:
Mail: P.O. Box 326 Bologna Centrale 40124 Bologna Italy