2017 To Be Announced
Student discount code: student
Day events at Santa Teresa High School, 6150 Snell Road, San Jose, CA 94123, 600 Building Enter the Campus from Santa Teresa Blvd., park in the student parking lot and enter the GuitarFest area through the main Concert Hall doors.
Evening concerts at The Trianon Theatre 72 N. 5th St., San Jose. CA
From Italy, Bruskers Guitar Duo – Saturday, 7:30 pm
From Portugal, Ruben Bettencourt – Sunday, 6pm
Master Classes, 2pm-4pm – Santa Teresa High School
Ruben Bettencourt on Saturday, 2-4pm
Bruskers Guitar Duo on Sunday, 2-4pm
Solo and Ensemble Adjudications, all day Saturday and Sunday – Santa Teresa High School
It’s like a mini-Master-Class. Perform your selected work and get expert advice from the adjudicator.
Saturday: Marc Teicholz, professor at the San Francisco Conservatory
Sunday: Steve Lin, professor at San Jose State University.
Guitar Clinics – Saturday & Sunday – Santa Teresa High School
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Saturday, March 5
• Teja Gerkin 10:00am
Introduction to Contemporary Fingerstyle Guitar
In this workshop, participants will learn about contemporary fingerstyle techniques. Teja will discuss various right and left hand techniques, alternate tunings, harmonic right-hand slaps, percussive techniques, and more, Techniques used by Andy McKee, Tommy Emmanuel, Pierre Bensusan, and others.
• Robert Miller 11:10am
Creative Approaches to Fretboard Harmony
An approach to learning how harmony and scales on the guitar and how they relate to each other while making music whether you play classical or jazz.
• James Robinson 1:00pm
Advanced Blues Fundamentals
Learn to play over the three dominant chords that make up the “Down Home” blues as a basis to play over all chord changes. We will explore the four areas: blues forms and rhythm; minor pentatonic, major pentatonic, the blues scale; Texas style; playing over arpeggios, mixolydian, dorian.
Sunday, March 6
• Christopher Mann 10:00am
Studies for Classical Guitar
Christopher will perform and talk about essential studies for the classical guitar, some of them for basic technique but most of which can be incorporated into concert and recital repertoire. The selections will be from composers Villa-Lobos, Barrios, Sor, Coste, Brouwer, and others. The first ten minutes are hands on so bring your guitars.
• Rob Watson 11:10am
How to Learn a Piece of Music: Reliable Memorization for the Guitarist
Join local guitarist Rob Watson in a workshop where you will go beyond repetition into the musical realms of understanding; the goal of which will be to help you play from memory with fewer lapses and more enjoyment.
• Ron Dunn 1:00pm
Arpeggios for the Rest of Us
A workshop on creating fluidity, relaxation, and beautiful tone in your arpeggios. In this right hand technique clinic, we will explore the use of the full plant, sequential plant, and sympathetic motion in arpeggios, and their application in everyday practice.