Here you'll find information on the annual workshops I run with Tom Quayle.
2011 Workshop booking open!
On August the 12th Tom and I will start our 3 day workshop/extended masterclass session for up to 15 guitarists. The course will run from the 12th-14th of August. This annual workshop ran last year with great success and was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend with tons of playing, learning and eating/drinking! This year promises to be even better with a completely new line up of topics in the rock/fusion genre ranging from technique development, creating your own sound, moving from rock to fusion, advanced timing concepts and improvisational techniques plus many others. There will be lots of playing and jamming opportunities and as last time, every attendee will go away with a CD packed full of all the material taught in PDF form with video examples, mp3 backing tracks and licks galore. We have a purpose built school designed for teaching groups, with superb facilities and gear on hand for you guys to use.
Tickets for the 3 days are £250 which represents superb value for money as lessons run from 10am to 5pm every day with lessons taught by both Tom and myself each day. Payments can be made in one lump sum or over 3 payments with the first payment securing your place on the course.
Saltaire is beautiful part of the world and has world heritage status as a historic town set in the heart of Yorkshire with art gallerys, superb bars and restaurants and some of the best beers and curry you could ever wish for. There are some great hotels to suit all budgets, within walking distance of the school and we arrange social events for each evening. Last years attendees became friends for life and learnt as much from one another as from Tom and I.
The level of the course is upper intermediate to advanced with a basic knowledge of major scale modes and 7th chords a minimum requirement. A reasonable technical control of the instrument and a willingness to play with other guitarists is a bonus too. If you have any questions at all feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information, to book your place or get advice when booking hotels in the area.
Check out last years workshop with videos, pics and a review from one attendee. Hope to see you there!
"For those of you don't know me on here, I'm Paul from Boston MA and to start off this review, I flew from New York to England, traveled over 14 hours each way, and I'd do it all again, 4 million times again actually.
To start it off, Tom and Rick are two really top notch guys, they made sure we were comfortable with accommodations, transportation, and also told us everything they knew about Saltaire to help get us acclimated to a completely new area.
They also had it planned so we would socialize in the evening with everybody which was great. We went out to dinner two of the three nights and had the most fun you can have. Besides the learning part of the trip, they did a phenomenal job of making everyone comfortable in their own shoes and to really take risks playing and put themselves out there for improvement.
Moving on to the actual class itself, as posted it was three days with class starting from about 10am to 4pm. The facilities were gorgeous, especially the free coffee! There were about 12 guitar players there and somehow, someway, they managed to get everyone playing and even playing with each other through some pretty killer tone I may add! (That's how you know they belong on the Suhr forums)
I spoke with Rick and Tom together and separately about the class and they both mentioned that not only did they love teaching us, but they found themselves learning from us. For me and the rest of the players it was extremely humbling and I don't think anyone could do a better job making the whole workshop feel comfortable and appreciated. They had it structured so that they would both take the strongest points in their playing and explain everything verbally, audibly, and visually.
Something I found really interesting was on the last day we were shown techniques that both Rick and Tom used, so it was almost being taught two different ways of doing one thing, which made it really easy for the players to have the freedom to take whatever approach they found most comfortable.
What I took from this masterclass was a CD FILLED with valuable material. This thing is almost 300 MB of backing tracks/pdf/demonstration solos. The amount of effort these guys put into just a mere three days did not make me feel right paying such a small price. A masterclass with two guitar players that aren't even in the same stratosphere as these guys would be up to ten times as expensive and ten times less informing where I'm from. What I also took was confidence along with a connection to them and the rest of the players: things money can't buy.
Thanks guys for everything, you should host another masterclass in ten years, because I'll need just about that amount of time to get through all the material! Oh, and plane tickets are expensive too...