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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 such as Dick Boak, Patty Larkin, Richard Hoover of Santa Cruz Guitars, Trevor Gordon Hall, and Alex de Grassi. The workshops are included in the price of general admission.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

11:00 AMSteve Herberman – Multi-line Guitar Techniques
12:00 PMDick Boak – Development and Evolution of the Signature Series program at C.F. Martin & Co.
1:00 PMPaul Heumiller – Selling and Buying Guitars in 2020
2:00 PMPatty Larkin – The Art of Songwriting
3:00 PMAlex de Grassi – Orchestrating the 3D Sound
4:00 PMJohn Thomas – The Evolution of the American Steel String Guitar
5:00 PMSean McGowan – Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials

Sunday, August 23, 2020

11:00 AMDarrell Jennings – Humidity Control for the Protection of all Wooden Instruments
12:00 PMRichard Hoover – Lutherie Myths Exposed and Stradivari Secrets Unveiled (the simplified demonstration)
1:00 PMTrevor Gordon Hall – Open Strings and Harmonics to Enhance Melodic Playing

Steve Herberman – Multi-line Guitar Techniques
Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 11:00 AM
We have all watched or heard guitarists play only to wonder where the other players covering individual parts were hidden off-stage or how the parts were being overdubbed. Playing multiple lines is truly an art that requires understanding and practice. Steve Herberman is a master guitarist and educator who will discuss multi-line guitar techniques.

Dick Boak – The Development and Evolution of the Signature Series program at C.F. Martin & Co.
Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 12:00 PM
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.

Paul Heumiller – Selling and Buying Guitars in 2020
Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM
The world of high-end guitars can be confusing. The owner of Dream Guitars, Paul Heumiller has learned a few things about buying and selling fine instruments. This Master class will be driven by audience participation. Topics may include the marketplace, the instruments and the humans in today’s custom guitar world. Builders, players, everyone is welcome.

Patty Larkin – The Art of Songwriting
Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Patty Larkin is a skilled, practiced, and respected songwriter. Her approach to songwriting expressed in her own words is enlightening and interesting: “Over the years I began my writing days by reading my favorite poets just to be amazed and inspired. I looked to poetry as I look at nature: with awe. This morning ritual evolved into a desire to make music of some of my favorite poems. The rhythm and cadence of the lines felt new and fresh to me, the melody slowly revealing itself. And uncovering a melody that is slowly revealed by the words was pure joy.” Join Patty as she discusses her career and the fine art of songwriting.

Alex de Grassi – Orchestrating the 3D Sound
Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Solo guitarists must provide all the components that you might expect to hear in a band or orchestra: melody, harmony, rhythm, bass lines, etc. And, just as individual instruments in a band or orchestra would be directed to play their parts with particular dynamics and articulations, a solo guitar performance must also shape each of the parts to deliver an orchestrated, “three dimensional sound”. Alex will demonstrate the use of dynamics, accents, and articulations in presenting excerpts from his unique compositions and arrangements. He will also be happy to answer questions about the creative process or anything else. Bring your guitars!!!

John Thomas – The Evolution of the American Steel String Guitar
Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 4:00 PM
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.”

Sean McGowan – Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials
Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM
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.

Darrell Jennings – Humidity Control for the Protection of all Wooden Instruments
Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM
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.

Richard Hoover – Lutherie Myths Exposed and Stradivari Secrets Unveiled (the simplified demonstration)
Sunday, August 23 , 2020 at 12:00 PM
Richard Hoover’s fifty years of guitar making has been guided by science over folklore. In this discussion, he exposes the origins and fallacies of popular internet myths and demonstrates the benefits of Stradivari’s secrets of sound control. Interwoven throughout the presentation are the answers to Hoover’s elusive quest to truly control the voice of the instrument, and achieve sustain and complexity of overtones while manipulating the personal and subjective components of the individual choices of the player. This moves fast, so audience participation via Q&A is welcomed at the end of the talk.

Trevor Gordon Hall – Open Strings and Harmonics to Enhance Melodic Playing
Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM
Trevor Gordon Hall is rated as one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years of age by Acoustic Guitar magazine. Trevor is an instrumentalist whose style ranges from edgy driving rhythms to delicate melodic themes. His playing technique explores the full creative potential of the guitar as he magically blends sounds to weave together textures into grand yet intimate and lyrical compositions. Playing the guitar in a truly melodic manner and understanding and incorporating natural harmonics is an art–an art that many players aspire to master. Join Trevor Gordon Hall as he discusses open strings and harmonics to enhance melodic playing.


Artisan Guitar Show Concert Series

The general admission concert series includes 12 great 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.

Friday, August 21, 2020

6:00 PMVIP Event Jazz All-Stars with Steve Herberman, Jimmy Bruno & Sean McGowan presented by Comins Guitars
7:30 PM VIP Event Trevor Gordon Hall presented by the Artisan Guitar Show
8:30 PM VIP Event Alex de Grassi presented by the Artisan Guitar Show

Saturday, August 22, 2020

11:00 AMTom Lagana – Tim Bram Guitars
12:00 PMRobin Bullock – MacCubbin Guitars
1:00 PMTim Farrell – Woolson Soundcraft
2:00 PMSteve Lacey – Ken Parker Archtops
3:00 PMSean McGowan – Bourgeois Guitars
4:00 PMAdam Miller – Greenfield Guitars
5:00 PMDustin Furlow and Matt Thomas – Michael O’Brien Guitars
7:00 PMVIP Event
8:00 PMVIP EventPatty Larkin presented by the Artisan Guitar Show

Sunday, August 23, 2020

10:30 AMFrank Sole and Henry Neremberg – Jay Rosenblatt Guitars
11:30 AMKinloch Nelson – Lehmann Strings
12:30 PMExploring The Archtop Guitar (Monteleone, Ribbecke, Brown, and Benedetto Guitars)
2:00 PMWalt Bibinger – American Archtop Guitars