TPW Vision • Guitar Workshop with Justin Sandercoe • September 21/28, 2013
TPW Vision • Guitar workshop with Justin Sandercoe
Italy, September 21-28 2013
From Justin Sandercoe Website:
Early in 2013 I teamed up with Carlo Roberti to try running a residential guitar workshop in Tuscany (Italy) and it was a resounding sucess. I got great feedback from all participants and had a great time myself… so we’re doing it again this September 21-28.
This time I am bringing my good friend Dario Cortese who is a superb teacher and we’ll be sharing teaching duties. We’re also organising more activities for partners who wish to come along! We’re also going to spend every evening jamming and performing with each other so you will get some live experience!!
What level is it aimed at?
This kind of workshop is suitable for people who have completed the beginner’s course, you should know your open chords, minor pentatonic, major scale and be able to play a few songs all the way through. It will be difficult for complete beginners, but if you know the stuff on the consolidation page then you are ready to join us!
What will be covered in the week?
It’s a little flexible so we can adapt the schedule to fit the participants, but will almost certainly include: Music Theory, Rhythm Guitar, Blues Lead Guitar, Using The Major Scale, Ear Training and jamming! And much more of course…
I will write a schedule before we start and it will be well structured with the dual aims of making you a better playing during the week but also giving you the tools and knowledge to plan your own routines for the future.
What’s the rough schedule?
We start in the morning around 10am, and I will take the morning classes, a bit or Ear Training, some music theory and something practical. We break at 1:00 for lunch. Dario will take the afternoon classes from 2:30 until 5:30, covering a wide range of skills and styles. We have a short 30 minute break and then it’s jam time from 6-8pm, you’ll be using your new improvising skills to jam with Dario and I or other participants before breaking for dinner! So it’s going to be pretty intense, but in a fun and informal way!
We all arrive on the first Saturday for a group dinner, but classes start on the Sunday. We take Wednesday afternoon off so you can go out and explore the countryside if you wish. So you’ll have 6 hours of classes and two hours of jamming each day (just 3 hours classes on Wednesday). Plus we’re all hanging out the whole time, so there will be lots of time to chill out and chat about other guitar stuff.
Where is it held?
We’re back in Tuscany (Italy, ok technically the area is North Lazio, but it’s ‘South Tuscany’) and this time we’re running the workshop at Villa Lina (check it out, it’s absolutely stunning!). We all stay at the same place and classes and meals will all be taken at Villa Lina.
What do I need to bring?
For the course you will need to bring an electric guitar and a cable. Of course much of what we’ll do will transfer to acoustic, but because we’ll often all be playing at the same time, you’ll need to be playing an electric. If you have a small amp (like the Roland Cube) that you would like to bring then great, but we’ll be hiring/ borrowing amps for those that don’t have them for the jam sessions.
Can I bring my partner?
Of course, you’ll need to tell Carlo when you book and get the price for a couple (no fee for the workshop of course, but meals and accomodation will be extra). Carlo is working a wide range of activities for partners including cooking classes, bio fucina, guided tours in the Etruscan and Renaissance Areas, gardening, herb lab, horse riding, jam and pickle making – or of course they can hire a car and go exploring. The last workshop many of the girls got together and went exploring for the day and joined us in the evenings for the meals.
Who is this Dario guy?
Dario Cortese is a great mate and one of the finest guitar players I know. He wrote many of the guitar courses at The Guitar Institute and works mostly as a session player, he’s “jack of all trades and master of most of them”, though his favourite is style is country at which he is amazing, he’s just finished transcribing the tab book for Brent Mason’s Hot Wired album – kinda the guitar version of climbing Everest! I’m sure you will enjoy his lessons a lot!
Booking and Costs…
OK, so what’s the cost?
The big question… the workshop costs £1099 for the week (5 1/2 days of classes). There are a maximum of 15 participants so we’ll get to know you and help you as much as we can.
On top of the workshop costs, accommodation (7 nights) and all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are €800 (approx £680) per person. We’ll supply bottled water, beer and wine with meals, but if you want fancy wine or other drinks you will have to buy your own. We have an amazing deal with the owners of the villa as rooms are normally over €300 per night, not including food, so this price is a bargain!! Check it out again, Villa Lina, I’m really looking forward to staying there.
Of course you will also need to sort your travel to and from the clinic, though we may be able to help with airport transfers.
How to Book?
So first stop is to contact Carlo by email. Talk through anything you need to know.
Places will go in order of confirmed bookings (deposit of £250 paid) – there were over 40 applications for the last workshop (and only 10 places) so get in quick if you know you want to come – however the deposit will not be refundable so please be sure you are able to come. The remainer of the fee’s will be due 3 weeks before the event.
You can pay by bank transfer or PayPal, Carlo will send you the details when you confirm your booking.