Animals as Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi
Following its two Toronto sessions in July, Guitar Workshop Plus is gearing up for its Vancouver session, taking place at Quest University in Squamish, BC from August 10-15. Registration is still open for the event. Guests artists confirmed for the Vancouver session include Animals as Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi, fingerstyle virtuoso Don Alder, shredder Dave Martone, and others.
GWP aims to create a healthy, non-competitive environment in which to learn. Courses are offered for all levels, ages, and styles including blues, jazz, rock, acoustic, and classical. The intensive bass, drum, keyboard, vocal, and songwriting courses cover many styles and afford students with many rhythm section and ensemble performance opportunities.
Currently, instruction is provided for guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Students elect to study a class or seminar each session. The guitar program is extensive and unique in that students elect to study the style that they enjoy most. Guitar styles include rock, blues, jazz, acoustic, classical and a guitar course for the absolute beginner. GWP also offers comprehensive bass, drums, keyboard, and vocal classes covering various styles, theory, performance, and technique.
Each course combines hands-on technique with musicianship skills such as theory, ear training, rhythm studies, etc. In addition, most of these classes include a one-hour per day rhythm section class in which students are given the opportunity to play with the faculty rhythm section and apply the skills and knowledge they are acquiring in class.
Classes are offered for varying skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced. On the first day of the session, all students are evaluated to ensure that they are placed in the appropriate class level thereby maximizing their learning potential. Class sizes are small to promote individualized attention for each student as well as to facilitate ensemble arrangements.
Seminars are courses which concentrate on specific topics and will sometimes feature guest instructors. Generally, seminars are designed for the intermediate to advanced player although some may be open to all levels. Students are evaluated to ensure that they are at an appropriate level for the course. Seminar students meet with the instructor all day and, because there is no restriction to class size, do not take part in rhythm section classes. Faculty led ensembles for seminars depend upon class size and format.
In addition, all students may attend clinics. Each day, two or three clinics are offered covering topics such as improvisation, songwriting, vocals, scales and modes, building technique, slide, percussion, hand drumming and more. Students are welcome to sign up for these clinics on campus.
For more information, contact Guitar Workshop Plus: 905-567-8000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.guitarworkshopplus.com