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Artisan Guitar Show Master Classes

We have selected workshop presenters with the specific goals of being entertaining, educational, and informative. Our master class presenters include respected industry members and performers. The workshops are included in the price of general admission.

Master Class Schedule (included with general admission):

Saturday, April 9, 2022
9:00 AMArtisan Guitar Show Student Outreach Program (Invitation Only)
11:00 AMSteve Herberman – Multi-line Guitar Techniques
12:00 PMTrevor Gordon Hall – Open Strings and Harmonics to Enhance Melodic Playing
1:00 PMDick Boak – Development and Evolution of the Signature Series program at C.F. Martin & Co.
2:00 PMSteve Poltz – Songwriting Master Class
3:00 PMPaul Heumiller – Selling and Buying Guitars in 2022
4:00 PMJohn Thomas – The Evolution of the American Steel String Guitar
5:00 PMKinloch Nelson – “Know Thy Fingerboard” 
Sunday, April 10, 2022
11:00 AMDarrell Jennings – Humidity Control for the Protection of all Wooden Instruments
12:00 PMSean McGowan – Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials
1:00 PMDana Bourgeois: The Future of the Acoustic Guitar (Moderated Panel)

Dick Boak – The Development and Evolution of the Signature Series program at C.F. Martin & Co.
The development and evolution of the Signature Series program at C.F. Martin & Co. was an exciting time for everyone involved. Dick Boak will discuss what it was like to work with the great players whose names are associated with these wonderful guitars and to develop instrument specifications. If time allows, Dick will share his thoughts on what the future holds for the guitar community.

Dana Bourgeois

Dana Bourgeois – The Future of the Acoustic Guitar
Join Dana Bourgeois as he explores the future of the acoustic guitar with a moderated panel. The panel will include diverse participants and this conversation with the masters will explore more than just the structural or technical elements of the guitar. This panel will include conversation and perspective from the marketplace from dealers, collectors, and players alike.of the individual choices of the player. This moves fast, so audience participation via Q&A is welcomed at the end of the talk.

Darrell Jennings

Darrell Jennings – Humidity Control for the Protection of all Wooden Instruments
American Music Furniture Company was founded by musicians for musicians. Their products are handmade and carefully finished for the kind of quality that is reminiscent of American furniture crafted more than 50 years ago. American Music Furniture uses the latest technology for humidifying and dehumidifying instruments for the ultimate in guitar storage, humidification, and display. Join Darrell as he explores the importance and intricacies of proper humidity control and guitar storage.

Sean McGowan

Sean McGowan – Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials
In this class, Sean will take a look at and work through the nuts and bolts of solo fingerstyle jazz guitar. Topics of discussion and practice will include practical chord voicings and substitutions, walking basslines, “piano-style” concepts, playing multiple parts, rhythm and phrasing, and ideas for improvisation. The master class will also explore a few extended fretting techniques to add color to arrangements of jazz standards and other songs.

Kinloch Nelson

Kinloch Nelson – “Where The Notes Are – Fingerboard Mapping Through Melody and More”
Kinloch Nelson presents a practical method for organizing, understanding and memorizing the fingerboard. Method elements include: melodies lead the way; once-only vs redundant notes; lines of redundancy and multiple points of reference; scale & arpeggio visuals; mapping and substituting harmonics; ways to memorize.  Handouts include: a What, Why, When, Where & How outline;  fingerboard maps and other visual aids; a list of familiar & instructive melodies with suggested keys. Recording permitted.

Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz – Songwriting
Join Canadian-American folksinger, songwriter, musician, comedian Steve Poltz for a conversational class on songwriting. He is a founding member of the Indie-Rock band The Rugburns and has collaborated on several songs with singer Jewel. The 1996 single You Were Meant For Me which reached number 2 in the US is a noted result of that collaboration. Steve is respected worldwide for his songwriting talents. This class is sure to be informative and entertaining.

John Thomas

John Thomas – The Evolution of the American Steel String Guitar
The American steel-string guitar has truly been an evolutional process. John will discuss how some 75 vintage guitars were X-rayed and in some cases CT-scanned. These instruments included mid-1800s Martins, pre-Gibson company guitars built personally by Orville Gibson, turn of the last century Larson guitars, golden era Gibson and Martin guitars of the 1930s, and the rarest of the rare harp guitars. Most recently they explored a pair of electric guitars supplied by the Fender Corporation. Grab your leather apron and follow John into the imaging clinic where he will show some of his favorite X-ray images. The images will be “presented roughly in chronological order of the instruments, producing a rudimentary depiction of the evolution of the guitar.”


Artisan Guitar Show Concert Series

The concert series includes concert performances by internationally acclaimed performing artists. Our luthier partners have selected and will host some exciting and respected players who will showcase their instruments. The general admission concert series is included in the price of general admission.

Performances will include:

  • Tom Lagana
  • Tim Farrell
  • Michael Chapdelaine
  • Sean McGowan
  • Kevin Neidig
  • Dustin Furlow and Matt Thomas
  • Steve Poltz (VIP only performance)
  • Frank Sole and Henry Neremberg
  • Kinloch Nelson
  • Walt Bibinger
  • Richard Grilli
  • David Gilmore
  • Steve Rudolph Trio (VIP only performance)

Concert Series Schedule (included with general admission):

Saturday, April 9, 2022
11:00 AMTom Lagana – Tim Bram Guitars
12:00 PMKevin Neidig – McKnight Guitars
1:00 PMTim Farrell – Morrissey Guitars
2:00 PMMichael Chapdelaine – Ken Parker Archtops
3:00 PMSean McGowan – Bourgeois Guitars
4:00 PMDavid Gilmore – Phifer Guitars
5:00 PMDustin Furlow and Matt Thomas – Michael O’Brien Guitars
Sunday, April 10, 2022
11:00 AMFrank Sole and Henry Neremberg – Jay Rosenblatt Guitars
12:00 PMRicardo Grilli – D’Ambrosio Guitars
1:00 PMKinloch Nelson – Lehmann Strings
2:00 PMWalt Bibinger – American Archtop Guitars