What Did We Learn? aka "Don't Blow Your Face Off" (GCS Feb'21 Wrap-Up)

What an amazing weekend of guitar education with a stellar line-up of instructors! We learned some incredibly useful concepts! 

  • Jennifer Batten uses a 3-camera view for close ups of how she enhances expression through use of the tremolo bar and whammy pedal via demoing several melodies in different styles.
  • Mark Lettieri joined us for the first time to guide us through the booty-movin' world of Funk Groove. He demoed insightful examples of playing different feels over the same groove, and gave insights into a world of possibilities in creative approaches to the world of funk guitar.
  • David Wallimann, another first timer to GCS, surprised us all with his approach to melody. He started by reading a verse from a children’s book. He expanded the written verse rhythm, invented a melody from that, and then translated the original idea into melodic motifs for guitar.
  • Nili Brosh joined us for the first time since our August launch, to lead us through 3 aspects of melodic soloing and broke it down in stages from the simplest concepts to more advanced. She explained and demoed how playing a solo should be like an engaging meaningful conversation full of emotional nuance.
  • Gretchen Menn once again demonstrated her incredible communication skills. She was able to break down scary sounding music theory and ear training concepts to make one feel like they’re manageable subjects after all, which can be conquered methodically. She also wrote and performed an ethereal etude for the students which was an inspiring way for them to get a handle on her other worldly harmonics style.
  • Daniele Gottardo presented his ever mesmerizing style into very small bits that players on any level could comprehend. This culminated in a gorgeous etude he performed and wrote out for students to be able to get a grasp on his unique chordal tapping style.
  • Vicki Genfan wowed students with her unique slap tap open tuning acoustic guitar style and also explained the styles of other players from that world with examples of players such as the popular Andy McKee and Kaki King. She also provided super easy ways for students to dig into a jam in open tunings and improvise right away.

Thanks to all our attendees; it was an honor to have you all present and engaged.

We also learned a few things at our Monday Wrap Party, including the harrowing experience of jumping on stage with Michael Jackson with very little preparation and a terrifying lack of info about the pyrotechnics (key piece of advice: Don't Blow Your Face Off). Cue to the 42:00 mark of the video below to hear about Greg Howe's experience subbing for Jennifer Batten on the tour. We also heard previews for the upcoming Getting The Good Gigs GCS Deep Dive!

If you didn't attend, you didn't get to see our private, attendees-only Q&A with Dweezil Zappa. The stories about Eddie Van Halen and his father Frank Zappa alone were worth the price of admission. When the next full-weekend GCS rolls around in April, we'll get to talk to Toto's Steve Lukather!! More info coming soon

What were your take-aways? Leave us a comment and let us know!

2 comments

  • Fanny
    Fanny Kansas City, MO
    Have just gotten back into guitar playing aftet decades. missed the symposium. is it recorded to dhare please?

    Have just gotten back
    into guitar playing aftet decades. missed the symposium. is it recorded to dhare please?

  • Ronald
    Ronald Netherlands
    I now know 4 different ways to build a guitar solo, this will certainly add variety and boost my guitar playing.

    I now know 4 different ways to build a guitar solo, this will certainly add variety and boost my guitar playing.

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