Years ago I began gathering as much information as I could on the History and Evolution of Fingerstyle Guitar. From its infancy in the Parlour music of the 1800’s thru countless styles to today’s amazing practicioners, fingerstyle players have shown that the guitar truly has no limits.
The original plan was to present this information in a local community college-continuing education program. There was enough material to cover a 12 week course (at least).
As I toured colleges the last few years, the question kept coming up of workshops to go along with the shows I was doing. An introduction to fingerstyle guitar course was worked out. This was promoted for the last tour, and in fact a couple schools on the East coast had signed on and had to be postponed when I took a year off to be a stay-home daddy. This year also gave me the chance to fine-tune the presentations.
This last summer, I had the chance to present some of the courses at the Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp (www.acousticalaska.com).
I have found that the best way to teach fingerstyle guitar is in a weeklong residency. This allows the ability to provide a full overview along with other more specific courses on styles, etc.
It looks like I’ll be taking the workshops on the road for a couple of weeks in Fall 2004 - TBA. I’ll also be returning as an instructor at the 2nd annual Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp.