NEWS: National Guitar Workshop 2009 season

Add this one to the list of stuff that makes we wanna pack up and head to the US for a while:

National Guitar Workshop Announces 2009 Season with Special Guests Buddy Guy, Paul Gilbert, Jimmy Herring, Jimmie Vaughan and Pat Metheny

The National Guitar Workshop is proud to announce our 2009 season. This year we will be presenting week long workshops across the country and featuring guest artists such as Paul Gilbert, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Herring, Pat Metheny, Jimmie Vaughan, and many more.


Litchfield, CT—Februrary 12, 2009 – The National Guitar Workshop is excited to announce the curriculum and guest artists for the 2009 season. This year’s program will feature Paul Gilbert, Buddy Guy, Pat Metheny, Jimmy Herring, Oteil Burbridge, Pat Martino, Robben Ford, David Wilcox, Robert Lee Castleman, Brent Mason, Stu Hamm, Peppino D”Agostino, Ed Gerhard, Andrew York and John 5. Courses will be offered in rock, blues, jazz, country, classical, music technology, songwriting, and guitar exploration.

Check out for more information.

NGW features locations nation-wide with campuses in New York, Austin, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Each location offers a wide variety of courses, all taught by world renowned musicians.

In association with Performing Songwriter Magazine, NGW is proud to present the Songwriting Summit featuring David Wilcox and Robert Lee Castleman. In addition, the workshop is offering a seminar on Country Guitar featuring Brent Mason, and a special Modern Acoustic seminar with Ed Gerhard and Peppino D’Agostino.

Events are happening across the country for rock players. The New York campus will hold two Rock Summits featuring Paul Gilbert and very special guest to be announced, while the LA Rock Summit will include a clinic by world renowned shred virtuoso John-5. Also at our LA Rock Summit we are happy to announce that bassist Stu Hamm will be an Artist in Residence during the summit.

The Jam Summit, taking place at our New York campus will feature both Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic) and Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) giving a special clinic on improvisation and presenting their unique take on the Jam scene.

Taking place in Austin, Chicago, and Connecticut are three Blues Summits, which will include appearances by some of the most influential bluest guitarists in the world. NGW is pleased to have Buddy Guy making a rare clinic appearance in Chicago. Jimmie Vaughan will be giving a clinic on his unique style in Austin, and the New York campus will feature the legendary blues guitarist Robben Ford.

The National Guitar Workshop is very excited to present Pat Metheny at the Jazz Summit in New York. This will be a rare chance to be a part of an intimate workshop with one of the most respected jazz guitarists in history. A great addition to the McLean, VA campus will be the appearance of one of the fathers of modern jazz guitar, Pat Martino, who will be a featured guest in the Giants of Jazz guitar seminar.

Our curriculum has also expanded to also include classes on Pro Tools, Ableton Live and Desktop Music Production. These music technology classes are powered by Apple®.

For a complete list of dates, locations, guest artists and classes offered please check out our website

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About National Guitar Workshop:

The National Guitar Workshop is celebrating over25 years of providing high quality music education to students of all ages. The curriculum is wide ranging with courses in Rock, Blues, Jazz, Acoustic, Songwriting, Music Technology and Classical. NGW offers expert instruction for guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists and vocalists.

NEWS: Manzer-Metheny Signature 6

Check out this gorgeous Manzer-Metheny Singature 6, a collaboration between Canadian luthier, Linda Manzer and legendary jazz guitarist, Pat Metheny. The guitar is a recreation of Pat’s Linda 6 guitar, which was made in 1982.

This info is from Manzer’s website, but I first saw this story on the very excellent Premier Guitar website:

The Metheny-Manzer Signature 6 features the same craftsmanship of the original model including:
German Spruce Top/Indian Rosewood Back and Sides
Ebony Fingerboard, Bridge, Peghead Plate
Pearl Engraved Banner with Black Pearl Inlays spilling down the fingerboard based on artwork by Pat Metheny
The “Manzer Wedge” (originally designed for the Pat Metheny Pikasso guitar)
Copper Neck Side Markers with Phosphorescent Center featuring a Diamond 7th Fret Side Dot
Ebony Binding
Thumb Rest/Neck Groove

Only 30 guitars will be made. Each will be numbered and signed by Pat Metheny and Linda Manzer, along with a signed certificate, a deluxe handmade Calton Case and a signed and numbered photo book documenting the creation of the instrument/

If you want one, you’ll need a $10,000 non-refundable deposit. The total price is $32,000.

NEWS: New Releases 06/10/2008

Gary Moore – Bad for You Baby Eagle Records
Another blues-rock album from Gary Moore (am I the only one who misses his hard rock stuff from the mid 80s, when he thought he was Eddie Van Halen?), this one includes originals and covers, and is said to be more energetic and all-round rippin’ than his previous album, ‘Close As You Get.’

Pat Metheny & Anna Maria Jopek – Upojenie Nonesuch
This album was originally released in 2002, but is only now finding worldwide release. Jazz legend Metheny duets with Polish singer and keyboardist Anna Maria Jopek, joined by a group of Polish musicians.

David T Chastain – Mystery of Illusion Shrapnel
This remastered reissue of BC Rich-wielding shredder Chastain’s Shrapnel debut includes such metal titles as ‘I Fear No Evil,’ ‘When The Battle’s Over’ and ‘ Night of the Gods.’ There are also two bonus tracks in the form of original demos for ‘Mystery of Illusion’ and ‘The Winds Of Change.’

Revolution Renaissance – New Era Blistering Records
Debut album of the new band by Stratovarius mastermind Timo Tolkki. Although I doubt this album will be as entertaining as Timo’s very public split from Stratovarious, which was pretty much played out on the internet in real time, it’s bound to include lots of grandiose shredding and operatic vocals. Includes the vocals of Michael Kiske (Helloween), Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), and Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone).