September 22nd 2016 - London, UK10.00am - 5.00pm
Cecil Sharp House, London NW1
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One day workshop on the guitar technique of John Renbourn
This workshop will be a sampler of John’s wonderful guitar playing technique and will draw on the content of the series of residential workshops which John so loved to host in the years running up to the end of his life.
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2016 sees the 50th anniversary of John's second album (and some think most influential among guitar-playing circles). We'll be drawing on the pieces on this great record this year as well as taking our usual general look at John's technique.
The Renbourn Guitar Workshops have been running since 2010.
John loved these workshops and was very clear on the approach he wanted - laid back, friendly, inclusive and totally focused on the students and what they wanted. After much consideration and discussion with John's family (and encouragement from students both past and aspiring) the team (Mike and Irene Walker and Remy Froissart) have resolved to try and keep the workshops alive using the model John wanted.
Typically they run for a week and are held in inspirational residential locations where developing or experienced fingerstyle guitarists can immerse themselves in playing and learning through the music of of internationally renowned guitarist John Renbourn in comfortable and conducive surroundings. Guitarists are encouraged to bring their partners as most of the venues offer plenty to do for the non-player while the sessions are in progress. Food and accommodation are included in the price.
All aspects of the wide-ranging Renbourn repertoire are reflected and the venues are carefully chosen to offer a perfect setting for a relaxed but productive week of fingerstyle guitar music with one of the founding fathers of the Folk Baroque style of playing.
The sessions are run on a very informal and friendly basis in group sessions but with plenty of opportunities for the students to benefit from smaller group work and one-to-one tuition on a specific tune or aspect from John’s repertoire.
John and Remy in action in 2010
Remy, being an “early Renbournist” (discovering John’s music in 1967) is a full time teacher (guitar and harmony), and has long experience in teaching this unique guitar style. John once said - "If I wanted to learn to play the guitar like me, I'd go to Remy". Remy did some of the earliest transcriptions of John's work back in the 70's.
Mike has been playing the Folk Baroque guitar for four and a half decades and became a friend of John's back in the 80's (as senior mastering engineer at the legendary Trident Studios in London back in the day working with John on the early digital re-releases of the Pentangle/Renbourn/Jansch Transatlantic recordings - a special treat for a fanatical Folk Baroque player/sound engineer).
Remy, Mike and our guest tutors aim to deliver high quality fingerstyle guitar lessons based on the Renbourn repertoire aimed at giving the developing guitarist the tools to play this demanding music (and have a great time too).
The workshops also usually have a number of optional sessions, demonstrations and talks on specific topics (or tunes), harmony, technique and also an approach to home sound recording techniques using affordable kit and home computer technology.
The idea is to give the solo guitarist directions on developing their playing and an approach to achieving their own high quality recordings whether for home use, distribution or as a valuable self-teaching aid.
Students have the opportunity to record a piece and have it edited & mastered by Mike providing a tangible result from the workshop as well as a wonderful souvenir of what is likely to be an unforgettable week for any guitarist and Renbourn fan. When appropriate there are also optional sessions showing how using a computer can assist the guitarist to learn and develop their musicality and technique.