Classical Guitar Immersion – Technique, May 3-8, 2020

Classical Guitar Immersion – Technique – May 3-8, 2020 Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon 

Class Size Maximun 10

Classical Guitar Immersion Technique begins with weekly workshops where participants are guided through Parts 1-4 of my Phase I Primary Skills Development.  

Players of all levels are welcome. Absolute beginners to concert artists will find a shared appreciation for the clarity and simple nature of our work. Players of all levels will experience foundational changes in their playing.

CGI begins a few months before our meeting at Menucha. Over the course of 10 Saturday webinar Workshops I will train individuals on the fundamentals of positioning and movement for the classical guitarist. Each week builds on a new set of technical skills that will develop into a strong foundation of classical guitar technique. In addition to our working together you’ll be able to access my Primary Skills Development online, complete with instructions and practice-along-with-Scott videos. Upon completion of this portion of work you’ll have an efficient and effective 10 minute per day, all encompassing, technique practice session that focuses on the fundamental techniques necessary to master the classical guitar. If your schedule doesn’t permit attendance to a particular workshop, all prior workshops will be available for review online.

Our Workshops will culminate at CGI Technique where participants will complete Parts 5 & 6 of Primary Skills where you will learn to integrate your newly acquired technical skills into repertoire and where advanced work for scale, arpeggio and tremolo will focus on speed and endurance. All participants at CGI Technique should either have completed, or have a working knowledge of Phase I Primary Skills Development. 

First, working with each student individually, I’ll review our workshop curriculum. Then taking each student at his or her level we’ll learn how to map the right hand forms you’ve learned into repertoire.  Then we’ll work on exercises for speed and endurance work in scales and arpeggios. Each lesson will be displayed to the entire class via a large television monitor. Watching other’s will help you solidify your ability to monitor your progress. In addition, where appropriate, we’ll use photo and videos for instant feedback. You’ll be able to watch them as you practice and progress throughout CGI.  Our work will include:

  • Sitting and Hand Positioning and Form Review
  • Movement Forms Review: Sympathetic, Tremolo, Compound Motion and all Alternation Patterns
  • Right Hand Repertoire Mapping
  • Speed Development Work in Arpeggios and Scales
  • Shifting Exercises
  • Hand Stretches
  • ADAPT Training Exercises

CGI Hand Stretches and Body Movement

In an effort to combat muscle and mental fatigue I’ll be teaching you hand and arm stretches as well as a series of short functional movements developed specifically for the classical guitarist by ADAPT, a functional training gym that works with clients ranging from rehabbing accident victims to professional athletes. These exercises will help revitalize the major muscle groups of the body, resetting the negative affects of sitting, making practice more comfortable and efficient.

While proven teaching concepts are the foundation for our work, CGI is also shaped by its participants. Often we find a better way to express an old idea or sometimes even new concepts are formed, all by the community of players that make up CGI. In fact what new wrinkle is discovered at CGI often becomes part of my teaching curriculum. CGI is a functional learning organization, shaped in part by you!

In addition to our daily masterclasses we will have time for people to share some informal evening performing and ensemble playing.

CGI Overview

With panoramic views of the historic Columbia River Gorge, the Menucha
Retreat and Conference Center is the ideal location to immerse yourself in a week’s worth of classical guitar education. The daily schedule includes, in addition to our classes, time for practice, reviewing the video of your lesson as well as time to enjoy the grounds at Menucha. It’s easy to find a few friends to walk the trails or play tennis (few brave the unheated outdoor pool), or spend time in contemplating your work while overlooking the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.

The social aspect of CGI is a big part of why people keep coming back. It’s all guitar, all week where we’ll find time to catch up on all of our collective guitar experiences. Great discussions often ensue around the dining table, morning coffee, or during walks around the beautiful grounds.

Three meals are provided each day in Wright Dining Hall. Special diets are available upon request.

All classes take place in Creevey Hall, a large teaching room attached to a large kitchen where personal food items can be stored and pre-breakfast gatherings take place amongst your fellow guitarists.

Each participant will have a private room and bathroom with shower.

Maximum number of participants is 10. 

CGI Workshop Schedule (all times are Saturdays at 1 pm PDT)

February 8th – Principles of Positioning and Movement; the Free Stroke
February 15th – Simple and Complex Alternation
February 22nd – Sympathetic Motion and Tremolo Patterns
February 29th – Compound Motion
March 7th – Left Hand Patterns

Break

March 14th – String Crossing & Scale Bursts
March 21st – The Rest Stroke and your Completed Technique Practice

Break

April 4th – Left Hand Positioning with Sympathetic Motion Patterns
April 11th – Left Hand Shifting & Study Piece Assignment
April 18th – Left Shifting Cont’d & Positioning of Chords & Scale Assignments

Menucha Schedule

Sunday 

1:00-3:00 Portland Airport Arrivals and Pick-ups
4:00-5:00 Check-in
5:00-5:30 Orientation

5:30-6:00 CGI Orientation
7:00-8:00 Dinner

Monday

8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Fundamentals of Positioning & Movement Review
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-5:30 Alternation Movement Forms (including rest and free stroke) Review
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Informal Performances

Tuesday
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Alternation Movement Forms (including rest and free stroke) Review
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-5:30 Sympathetic Motion, Tremolo and Compound Motions Reviewed
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Ensemble Rehearsal
8:30-9:00 Technique Practice Session

Wednesday
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00–9:30 Technique Practice Session
9:30-11:30 Right Hand Mapping – Studies
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-5:30 Right Hand Mapping – Studies
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Informal Performances

Thursday
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Building Scale and Arpeggio Speed and Endurance

12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-5:30 Scale Workout Metronome Settings

6:00-7:00 Dinner

7:00-8:30 Outdoor Fireplace Gathering: Q & A and Setting Technical Goals

Friday
7:30-8:00 Check-out
8:00-9:00 Breakfast

Schedule subject to change

Housing and Meals

Each participant will have a private room and bathroom/shower and a shared small living room area.

In addition we have private access to a large kitchen complete with microwave, coffee machine and refrigerator. Participants can bring snacks and drinks and store them in Creevey. We will meet in Wright Hall each day for meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are covered each day except for day of arrival (dinner only) and the final day of our departure (breakfast only).

Alternate diets can be accommodated at an additional cost of $40.00. An extensive list of options are available. Reserve your meals no later than four weeks prior to the first day of CGI. For more information, and to request an alternate diet, go to http://menucha.org/dining/alternatediet.

Fees & Deadlines

  • CGI cost is $1,695.00 and includes all housing, meals and classes as well as weekly workshops prior to CGI.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $495.00 secures a spot. 
  • Final Fee for CGI Technique Due: March 1st
  • Alternate Dietary Requests Due: April 18th.

General Info

Menucha is a great place for doing some simple hiking. The hiking trails are relatively flat but you can find some hills. There are tennis and basketball courts as well as an outdoor (unheated) swimming pool.

The weather can be a little rainy, usually some nice weather but of course dress in layers. Bug repellant is not a bad idea for our annual outdoor fireplace night.

There are no phones or TVs in the rooms and wifi is rather slow but available. Click HERE for more information about your stay at Menucha.

Getting to Menucha

I want everyone to arrive no later than 4:00 pm on the 1st day. We will form a carpool made of up local students who can pick-up and drop off those flying into Portland International Airport.

Students should plan on staying through Friday breakfast on the final day.

Please send me the following to help coordinate your arrival:

  • Arrival time (local or remote students)
  • Cell phone number
  • Air travelers should also send your itinerary including arrival and departure times and flight numbers. (I’ll coordinate pick-ups and get everyone in contact with each other the week before)

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center
38711 East Historic Columbia River Hwy
Corbett, OR 97019-0008
Phone: 503-695-2243 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm PST, weekdays)

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Classical Guitar Immersion – Performance June 12-19, 2020

Classical Guitar Immersion – Performance Development – June 12-19, 2020 Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon Maximum: 7

CGI is an immersion experience where a handful of guitarists join me for a week of performance preparation on the historic Columbia River Gorge at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon.

UPDATE: CGI ’20 is currently sold out before the open registration date of September 1st! Cancellations do happen so those who would like to be put on a waiting list can send a refundable deposit of $395. You’ll be notified by April 5th (after final payment is due) if there is a spot available. If there are no spots available for you you’ll be refunded your deposit by April 10th. The good news is that with your deposit you’ll get the preparation benefits of my online workshops in preparation for CGI.

In this close and intimate setting students get personal attention through daily masterclasses where technique, practice concepts, and performance skills — including the tools to help eliminate the effects of performance anxiety — are explored. While proven teaching concepts are the foundation for our work, CGI is also shaped by its participants. Often we find a better way to express an old idea or sometimes even new concepts are formed, all by the community of players that make up CGI. 

In fact what new wrinkle is discovered at CGI often becomes part of my teaching curriculum. CGI a functional learning organization, shaped in part by you!

In addition to our daily masterclasses we have an informal evening ensemble rehearsal.

The CGI Year in PREVIEW

CGI is more than just a week-long workshop but rather the culmination of months of direction to help in your preparation. Beginning months before CGI participants will be guided through  preparation of the works to be performed at CGI in monthly online workshops. Beginning with the proper approach and continuing through the implementation of practice directive such as ‘Slow Practice’, ‘Goal Directed Movement’, ‘Backward Sectionals’ that will go towards establishing a strong technical foundation while solidifying the memorization of your new work. 

As CGI approaches our workshop will cover the practice directives more aligned with musicianship skills and in the final preparation our workshops will focus on performance skills that help to eliminate the effects of performance anxiety.

These preliminary workshops will get you prepared to be playing at your peak when you arrive at CGI, where that peak level will be raised even further.  

And if you happen to miss a workshop they will be available for viewing online.

CGI Overview

With panoramic views of the historic Columbia River Gorge the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center is the ideal location to immerse yourself in a week’s worth of classical guitar education. The daily schedule includes two master classes, ensemble rehearsal as well as technical and performance coaching. Spend your free time reviewing the video of your lesson, practice, compare notes, but also leave time to enjoy the grounds. It’s easy to find a few friends to walk the trails or play tennis (few brave the unheated outdoor pool), or spend time in reflection overlooking the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.

Three meals are provided each day in Wright Dining Hall. Special diets are available upon request.

All classes take place in Creevey Hall, a large teaching room attached to a large kitchen where personal food items can be stored and pre-breakfast gatherings take place amongst your fellow guitarists.

Each participant will have a private room and bathroom with shower.

The social aspect of CGI is a big part of why people keep coming back. It’s all guitar, all week. It’s during our discussions around the dining table, morning coffee, or during walks around the beautiful grounds, where everyone shares their guitar experiences.

Repertoire

All levels are accepted at CGI. Strong preference will go to students familiar with my method. The only other requirement is that each student must be prepared to play at least two works, one from the study repertoire and one from the general repertoire, from memory, and the required ensemble piece from score. Our week culminates in a performance for the local Menucha community and special guests.

The ensemble music will be part of our final concert.

Schedule

Friday
1:00-3:00 Portland Airport Arrivals and Pick-ups
4:00-5:00 Check-in
5:00-5:30 Orientation
5:30-6:00 CGI Orientation
7:00-8:00 Dinner

Saturday
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-5:30 Master Class
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Ensemble Rehearsal

Sunday
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-5:30 Master Class
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Ensemble Rehearsal

Monday
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-5:30 Master Class
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Ensemble Rehearsal

Tuesday
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-5:30 Master Class
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Ensemble Rehearsal

Wednesday
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Ensemble Rehearsal and Performance Staging
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-4:30 Performance Warm-up
4:30-5:30 Public Performance
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Performance Review

Thursday
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class (new works)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-5:30 Building a Repertoire Base
6:00-7:00 Dinner
8:30-10:00 Outdoor Fireplace Gathering

Friday
7:30-8:00 Check-out
8:00-9:00 Breakfast

Schedule subject to change

Housing and Meals

Each participant will have a private room and bathroom/shower and a shared small living room area.

In addition we have private access to a large kitchen complete with microwave, coffee machine and refrigerator. Participants can bring snacks and drinks and store them in Creevey. We will meet in Wright Hall each day for meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are covered each day except for day of arrival (dinner only) and the final day of our departure (breakfast only).

Alternate diets can be accommodated at an additional cost of $40.00. An extensive list of options are available. Reserve your meals no later than four weeks prior to the first day of CGI. For more information, and to request an alternate diet, go to http://menucha.org/dining/alternatediet.

Fees & Deadlines

  • CGI cost is $2195.00 and includes all housing, meals and classes as well as monthly workshops prior to CGI.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $495.00 secures a spot. Registration to past participants opens immediately after the previous CGI and extends until September 1st.
  • Open Registration begins August 2nd (earlier deposits will be taken for open registration and any spots that open on that date will be given on a first-come-first-served basis).
  • Final Fee for CGI Performance Due: March 1st
  • Final Repertoire List Due April 1st
  • Alternate Dietary Requests Due: May 18th.

General Info

Menucha is a great place for doing some simple hiking. The hiking trails are relatively flat but you can find some hills. There are tennis and basketball courts as well as an outdoor (unheated) swimming pool.

The weather can be a little rainy, usually some nice weather but of course dress in layers. Bug repellant is not a bad idea for our annual outdoor fireplace night.

There are no phones or TVs in the rooms and wifi is rather slow but available. Click HERE for more information about your stay at Menucha.

Getting to Menucha

I want everyone to arrive no later than 4:00 pm on the 1st day. We will form a carpool made of up local students who can pick-up and drop off those flying into Portland International Airport.

Students should plan on staying through Friday breakfast on the final day.

Please send me the following to help coordinate your arrival:

  • Arrival time (local or remote students)
  • Cell phone number
  • Air travelers should also send your itinerary including arrival and departure times and flight numbers. (I’ll coordinate pick-ups and get everyone in contact with each other the week before)

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center
38711 East Historic Columbia River Hwy
Corbett, OR 97019-0008
Phone: 503-695-2243 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm PST, weekdays)

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Three Works by Manuel de Falla

A selection from my recent Portland State University concert; three works from the ballet music of  Spanish composer Manuel de Falla.

The first few minutes is background to the music being played. It’s a story of love, jealousy and revenge. All on one little guitar.

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Right Hand Detail Work with a Slow Motion Camera

I like to use my iPhone’s slow-motion camera to catch any technical inconsistencies that happen at speeds where such factors are hard to monitor. Here’s an excerpt from William Walton’s first Bagatelle for guitar. I was working on my alternation pattern at the end of the work. In real time it looks like this:

Here’s the same passage in slow motion. Notice the alternation (I and M fingers pass each other at the neutral position – helping to keep the pattern rhythmically accurate).

I made the slow motion video because I was looking for a breakdown that was occurring in the passage. After noting that my alternation was fine I realized the problem was in the left hand – that saved me a lot of wasted practice time.

In any case the use of slow motion video is a great way to break down problems that are too detailed to see in real time. In some cases I film passages played at the very top of my tempo range (or beyond) to find what is creating a barrier; is it technique or just the extent of my abilities?

Try this yourself. Even if you don’t know what you’re looking for with regard to the sympathetic or alternation patterns you can at least look for a uniformity. Are your fingers moving with the same excursion? Are they moving in time? Do they look coordinated? Its all there under the naked eye of the slow motion camera!
 

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Classical Guitar Immersion – Performance, June 14-21, 2019 Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon

Classical Guitar Immersion – Performance Development – June 14-21, 2019 Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon
CGI is an immersion experience where 7 guitarists join for a week of performance preparation on the historic Columbia River Gorge at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon.


IMG_4894
In this close and intimate setting students get personal attention through daily masterclasses, ensemble rehearsals and performance workshops where technique, practice concepts and performance skills including the tools to help eliminate the effects of performance anxiety are explored. In addition to the scheduled workshops friendships are developed through informal discussions around the dining table, morning coffee in CGI’s large private kitchen, on walks around the beautiful grounds or at the outdoor fireplace that overlooks the historic Columbia River Gorge.

The CGI Year in PREVIEW
CGI is more than just a week-long workshop but rather the culmination of months of direction to help in your preparation. Beginning in the summer prior to CGI participants will be encouraged to focus on technique and begin acquiring some new technical goals. In the fall participants will be encouraged to begin implementing practice directives such as ‘Slow Practice’, ‘Goal Directed Movement’, ‘Backward Sectionals’ that will go towards establishing a strong technical foundation while solidifying the memorization of your new work. Also, in the fall ensemble repertoire will be assigned.

Beginning in the new year participants will begin working on musicianship practice directive such as ‘Counting Measures’, ‘Vocalization’ and ‘Conducting’ Beginning in the spring participants we work on performance skills using the practice directives from my Performance Anxiety Rehab Workshop.

By rotating through a series of practice directives you’ll be better prepared for the week where you’re playing will peak as we work on performance preparation.

CGI Overview
With panoramic views of the historic Columbia River Gorge the Menucha Retreat and Conference IMG_0015Center is the ideal location to immerse yourself in a week’s worth of classical guitar performance preparation. The daily schedule includes two master classes, ensemble rehearsal, technical and performance coaching. Spend your free time reviewing the video of your lesson, practice, compare notes, but also leave time to enjoy the grounds. Its easy to find a few friends to walk the trails or play tennis (few brave the unheated outdoor pool), or spend time in reflection overlooking the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.

Three meals are provided each day in Wright Dining Hall. Special diets are available upon request.

All classes take place in Creevey Hall, a large teaching room attached to a large kitchen where personal food items can be stored and pre-breakfast gatherings take place amongst your fellow guitarists.

Each participant will have a private room and bathroom with shower.

Repertoire
All levels are accepted at CGI. Strong preference will go to students familiar with my method. The only other requirement is that each student must be prepared to play at least two works, one from the study repertoire and one from the general repertoire from memory and the required ensemble piece from score. We will perform two concerts on for the local Menucha community and special guests.

In addition we will be working on ensemble music, some of which will be part of our final concerts.

CGI Hand Stretches and Body Movement
In an effort to combat muscle and mental fatigue I’ll be teaching you hand and arm stretches. We’ll also learn a series of short functional movements that will not only help revitalize the back and shoulders but also reset the negative affects of sitting.

CGI Schedule
Classical Guitar Immersion

Friday
1:00-3:00 Portland Airport Arrivals and Pick-ups
4:00-5:00 Check-in
5:00-5:30 Orientation
5:30-6:00 CGI Orientation
7:00-8:00 Dinner

Saturday
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-5:30 Master Class
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Ensemble Rehearsal
8:30-9:00 Technical Warm-Down

Sunday
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-5:30 Master Class
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Ensemble Rehearsal
8:30-9:00 Technical Warm-Down

Monday
8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-5:30 Master Class
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Ensemble Rehearsal
8:30-9:00 Technical Warm-Down

Tuesday
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-5:30 Master Class/Performance I
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Performance I Review
8:30-9:00 Technical Warm-Down
IMG_2211Wednesday
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Ensemble Rehearsal and Performance Staging
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-4:30 Performance Warm-up
4:30-5:30 Public Performance (II)
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Performance II Review

Thursday
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Goals and Repertoire
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open

3:30-4:30 Ensemble Rehearsal and Warm-up
4:30-5:30 Private Performance (III)
6:00-7:00 Dinner with Guests
8:30-10:00 Outdoor Fireplace Gathering

Friday
7:30-8:00 Check-out
8:00-9:00 Breakfast

Schedule subject to change

Housing and Meals
Each participant will have a private room and bathroom/shower and a shared small living room area.Wright Hall In addition we have private access to a large kitchen complete with microwave, coffee machine and refrigerator. Participants can bring snacks and drinks and store them in Creevey which is locked each night. We will meet in Wright Hall each day for meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are covered each day except for the Friday of our arrival where we will have dinner only and the Friday of our departure where we will have breakfast only.

Alternate diets can be accommodated at an additional cost of $40.00. An extensive list of options are available. Reserve your meals no later than four weeks prior to the first day of CGI. For more information, and to request an alternate diet, go to http://menucha.org/dining/alternatediet.

Fees & Deadlines

  • CGI cost is $1995.00 and includes all housing, meals and classes.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $495.00 secures a spot. Registration to past participants opens immediately after the previous CGI and extends until August 1st .
  • Open Registration begins August 2nd (earlier deposits will be taken for open registration and any spots that open on that date will be given on a first-come-first-served basis).
  • Final Fee for CGI Due: March 1st
  • Final Repertoire List Due April 1st
  • Alternate Dietary Requests Due: May 18st

General Info
Menucha is a great place for doing some simple hiking. The hiking trails are relatively flat but you can find some hills. There are tennis and basketball courts as well as an outdoor (unheated) swimming pool.

The weather can be a little rainy, usually some nice weather but of course dress in layers. Bug repellant is not a bad idea for our annual outdoor fireplace night.

There are no phones or TVs in the rooms and wifi is rather slow but available. Click HERE for more information about your stay at Menucha at this link

Getting to Menucha
IMG_0617I want everyone to arrive no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, June 16th. We will form a carpool made of up local students who can pick-up and drop off those flying into Portland International Airport.

Students should plan on staying through Friday breakfast, June 23rd.

Please send me the following to help coordinate your arrival:

  • Arrival time (local or remote students)
  • Cell phone number
  • Air travelers should also send your itinerary including arrival and departure times and flight numbers. (I’ll coordinate pick-ups and get everyone in contact with each other the week before)

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center
38711 East Historic Columbia River Hwy
Corbett, OR 97019-0008
Phone: 503-695-2243 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm PST, weekdays)

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Classical Guitar Immersion – June 15-22nd 2018

  • Classical Guitar Immersion – Performance Development – SOLD OUT (see information below of TWO CGI’s coming in 2019* )
    CGI is an immersion experience where 7 guitarists join for a week of performance preparation on the historic Columbia River Gorge at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon.


IMG_4894
In this close and intimate setting students get personal attention through daily masterclasses, ensemble rehearsals and performance workshops where technique, practice concepts and performance skills including the tools to help eliminate the effects of performance anxiety are explored. In addition to the scheduled workshops friendships are developed through informal discussions around the dining table, morning coffee in CGI’s large private kitchen, on walks around the beautiful grounds or at the outdoor fireplace that overlooks the historic Columbia River Gorge.

*Classical Guitar Immersion – Technique – May 19-24, 2019 (space is limited)
In 2019 I’ll be adding a second CGI on Technique. This will coincide with the fall 2018 release of my method Primary Skills Development. Participants will work online through my method. In addition I’ll be meeting personally with participants in monthly live workshops beginning in January to 2019. Our work will culminate at CGI Technique in May 2019. Participants must complete Phase I Primary Skills Development prior to CGI Technique.

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Upcoming Performances

I have two more performances scheduled for the remainder of the Fall of 2017. Friday, October 13th at noon I’ll be performing at Portland Community College’s Sylvania Campus’ Little Theatre (CT201). On Saturday, October 21st at 2:00 pm I make my first Seattle appearance in a performance sponsored by the Seattle Guitar Society at the Frye Museum’s Recital Hall located at 704 Terry Avenue. Admission to both concerts is FREE.

These programs will features a trio of works from the ballet music of Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, Sir William Walton’s landmark work The Five Bagatelles for Guitar my own arrangements of Lou Harrison’s Waltz for Evelyn Heinrichen, originally for piano, and Puccini’s Nessun Dorma as well as movements from Sylvius Leopold Weiss’ Sonata No 34.20141011-_MG_3144

This program hits on all my favorite eras and styles for the classical guitar. I’ve been trying to get Walton’s Five Bagatelles, one of my first loves, back on my program for over a decade. And I’ve always loved playing the de Falla – these charming works are really casting their spell on me in my practice room.

Please see my Upcoming Events Side Bar for more information.

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Portland Performance – October 7, 2017

I’ll be will previewing my upcoming Seattle Guitar Society performance in a special Portland performance at Casa Della Zisa located at 4624 NE Fremont Street in Portland, Oregon on Saturday October 7th at 7:30 pm.

The program features J.S. Bach’s Prelude and Fuge, BWV 539a, originally for organ, 20141011-_MG_3144my own arrangement of Lou Harrison’s Waltz for Evelyn Heinrichen, originally for piano, and movements from Sylvius Leopold Weiss’ Sonata No 34. I’m also bringing back repertoire from my past; a suite of works from the ballet music of Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and Sir William Walton’s landmark work The Five Bagatelles for Guitar.

This program hits on all my favorite eras and styles for the classical guitar. I’ve been trying to get Walton’s Five Bagatelles, one of my first loves, back on my program for over a decade. And I’ve always loved playing the de Falla – these charming works are really casting their spell on me in my practice room.

Make your reservations now by emailing Peter Zisa at casadellazisa@gmail.com or by calling (503) 307-4907. Seating is limited.

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El Polifemo de Oro (four fragments for guitar) by Reginald Smith-Brindle

Here’s a recent performance from my performance in Bozeman, Montana of Reginald Smith-Brindle’s work “El Polifemo de Oro” inspired by Garcia Lorca’s poem.

At the round

crossroads,

six maidens

dance.

Three of flesh,

three of silver.

the dreams of yesterday search for them,

but they are held embraced

by a polyfemus of gold.

The Guitar!

The polyfemus of gold (cyclops of gold) references the guitar with a face of gold and a single eye (the sound hole). Three of flesh and three of silver reference the strings of the guitar….

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Northwest Guitar Festival 2017 Presentation on Right Hand Technique

I’ll be previewing my soon to be released Phase I Primary Skills Development in a lecture/workshop Logo NWGFat the 26th annual Northwest Guitar Festival to be held at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon from Friday April 7  through Sunday April 9.

Featured at the NWGF will be evening recitals by Martha Masters, Michael Partington and Hilary Field. Afternoon
recitals will be presented by Elizabeth C.D. Brown and Michael Lefevre. In addition there will be masterclasses, a guitar orchestra performance and two competitions as well as a lecture by yours truly. (Festival schedule is below)

Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 2.03.52 PMMy lecture cover right hand technique and will take place Friday, April 7th from 1:45-2:45 in Lincoln Hall’s room LH303. In addition I’ll be performing Fernando Sor’s duet L’ encouragement with festival director Jesse McCann with the festival orchestra (arrangement by Bryan Johanson) lead by John Mery on Sunday, April 9th from noon to 1 pm. Amateurs are encouraged to participate – its a great way to meet other guitarists!

Registration for the festival is $125 – what a deal. Portland Guitar Society members get an even better deal; $40 for the entire festival.

To register you can make checks payable Portland State University, School of Music.

Attn: Jesse McCann
P.O. Box 751
College of the Arts, School of Music
Portland State University
Portland, OR 97207-0751

You can view the festival brochure on line HERE. For more information go to NWGF 17’s website HERE.

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