THE GUITAR BREAKS BLUES SPECIAL - LIPPIANO, ITALY. 12th - 18th May, 2019
We are delighted to announce that you can book now for the Blues Special with Matt Schofield and Ariel Posen. From the 12th to the 18th May 2019 on the stunning Tuscany Umbria border.
Check Matt out here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vlKHkOvmZc
British Blues Awards Guitarist of the Year 3 times
Induction into the British Blues Hall of Fame
Voted Blues Album of the Year (2011) Mojo Magazine
Guitar & Bass magazine’s Top Ten British Blues Guitarists
“The UK’s most exciting blues guitar player.” Guitarist Magazine
Check Ariel out here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLGgLUTg65o
WHAT THEY SAY:
"I couldn’t believe it when I heard Ariel’s record. I knew he was a great guitar player, but DANG IT....he’s really really good....!" Cory Wong (Vulfpeck)
"When I hear Ariel’s music it makes me excited about music. He is an amazing soulful musician. And a wonderful person." Kirk Fletcher
Guitar Breaks is your opportunity to spend a week in beautiful surroundings learning, jamming and hanging with some of today's great guitarists. What are you waiting for?
Well, it's not something that happens every day! However it's great when it does.
Mick and Dan had Peter Honoré as their special guest and they were discussing Pete's new pedal The Dane, which he had designed with pedal legends ThorpyFX.
And that's when it happened.......... ;-0
All is revealed in the short video below. Proud? You bet!
Keep an eye on www.guitar-breaks.com for more guitar-related shenanigans! See you soon!
September 20 - 24. Brighton, England
We have been asked many times where and when our next Guitar Breaks event will be......... So here it is!
Where is it?
Yep, Guitar Breaks is getting back out on the road! And this time we are heading to the funky city of Brighton, on England's south coast. We will be staying at the boutique and very rock 'n roll Hotel Pelirocco.
What is The Long Weekender?
Starting just before and finishing just after a weekend (!), it gives those who can't commit to the full week experience the chance to get some serious guitar time in without taking too much annual leave. Makes sense, right? ;-)
When is it?
Dates for the Long Weekender are confirmed as 20th to 24th of September 2018.
What's the focus of The Long Weekender?
Working with some of our great friends and musicians in the music industry, we are planning to help you develop your chops, tone and technique and then put them into a band context.
Who's going to be there?
Inspiring players and awesome communicators are absolutely central to the Guitar Breaks experience, as you can see from our previous special guests.
We are delighted to announce that our good friend and total legend PETER HONORÉ is joining us in Brighton!
**More names to be announced as they are confirmed, so watch this space.
If you are interested in getting involved and want to book, then don't delay. Drop us a message to say 'I'm interested and want to book'!!
Well, the Guitar Spring Break in Italy is now officially over and sufficed to say it was a pretty special week. We welcomed guitar players from all over Europe to our secret hideaway hotel, located on the Tuscany/Umbria border region of Italy. Plus we were delighted to welcome our special guest players, Ariel Posen and Chris Buck for the week. Here's a breakdown of how things went:
Day #1 was a doozy! After a long lazy dinner and perhaps a glass of wine on Sunday evening, the guitarists set straight to it first thing Monday. Topics covered included singing your solos, channelling your inner Hendrix and getting your guitars set up with local luthier Luigi Valenti. What's not to love!?!
Day #2 and the guys had been knuckling down! Starting with a brief recap of the day before, then straight into a Slide Session with Ariel and Better Blues with Chris. The afternoon was spent building the Pedalboard of Doom!
Day #3 and there was rhythm in the house.
Focussing on developing great timing, groovy chordal playing and playing rhythm as lead. The day was capped off with a visit from Luca, Nicola and Roberto from Longstone and then a late evening sing-song!
Day #4 and morning was spent touristing around classic Tuscan hill towns. Then back to the hotel for some serious pre-gig rehearsing.
And then it was Live, Live, Live! Hitting the stage at Bar IL Pretino - Lippiano for an International Night of Guitar, with backing band Silvia Milli (vocals), Alessio Boncompagni (drums) and Andrea Matteaggi (bass).
A great night was had by all! !
Day #5 of Guitar Breaks and the last day of groovy guitar-related activity.
A slow start to the day after the night before (!) The guys spent some time in small groups trading solos and comping chords. We were also delighted to welcome Chicco Bellini from Gurus Amps and Emilio Massari from Cornerstone. A total pedal fest!
Then finally just enough time for some photos in the sunshine before dinner, and then its all over for another Guitar Breaks.
Spending time with lovely people playing guitar. What's not to love about that?
If you want to join us on our next adventure, visit www.guitar-breaks.com or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Guitar Breaks is delighted to welcome back Gurus Amps to the Spring Break in Italy.
Gurus Amps was born in 2012 by Chicco Bellini and Guglielmo Cicognani as a new brand with a clear mission: to spread Italian quality, innovation and design throughout the world.
Gurus now distributes its products to over 40 countries worldwide and are used by artists including:
Steve Lukather (Toto, Ringo Starr)
Joe Walsh (Eagles)
Phil Campbell (Motorhead)
Adrian Belew (K. Crimson, D.Bowie, Talking Heads, R.Sakamoto, F. Zappa)
Phil X (J.Bon Jovi, The Drills)
David Ryan Harris (John Mayer)
Godfrey Townsend (Alan Parsons Project, J. Entwistle, J. Bruce)
and there are more big names to be announced soon.......
With the Gurus 'Boutique Series', Chicco and Guglielmo accepted the challenge to make equipment capable of rewriting music history. Revisiting classic features, while using their skill and knowledge in design and manufacturing to bring their amps and pedals to even higher levels of quality and innovation.
The Gurus award-winning Echosex 2° is one of their flagship pedals, and Chicco tells us "it makes us proud to have returned to success the Italian name in the musical industry. Passion, Hard work, passion again. This is our recipe: Blood, Sweat and Tubes!"
You can join Gurus at Guitar Breaks in Italy, April 15-21. Visit www.guitar-breaks.com now!
April 15-21, in Italy. With Chris Buck and Ariel Posen
Guitar Breaks in Italy is fast approaching! But its not too late to book your place for your opportunity to spend 5 days totally immersed in all things guitar. With internationally renowned guitarists Ariel Posen and Chris Buck on hand to share their secrets and help you develop your technique and tone, this is an event not to be missed!
INTERESTED? Visit: www.guitar-breaks.com/book-now
We had a great time at Guitar Breaks recently on the Isle of Wight, England. And to make everything just a bit more great, one of our special guest guitarists was Rabea Massaad. Rabea is such a great player and a lovely person, we wanted to get his take on being at a Guitar Breaks event.
Here's what Rabea had to say..............
Chris has the kind of tone and feel that many players spend a lifetime trying to achieve! Voted Total Guitar's Best New Guitarist of 2017, Chris is carving out a career as a guitarist that is supported and encouraged by other guitar greats, including Slash ("this guy's a fu*king awesome guitar player!") with whom Chris has played and performed on numerous occasions.
Endorsed by some of the biggest names in music including Yamaha Guitars, Ernie Ball, Blackstar and Radioshop Pickups (who have created Chris' signature pickups),
Chris says "From the moment I first picked it up when I was 14, I never wanted to be the virtuoso guitar guy. All of my favourite musicians were very much part of a band and worked to serve the song; that sense of interaction and spontaneity is incomparable. Making music with your mates; there's no better feeling…"
YOU CAN JOIN CHRIS AND ARIEL IN ITALY. Visit www.guitar-breaks.com for more information and to reserve your place. See you there!
Chris Buck on YouTube
From the NAMM O'Clock News (!), this is the story of how Mick's unending search for a delay pedal came to an end!!
Be like Mick, Dan and Chicco from Gurus Amps. Join us at Guitar Breaks.
Visit www.guitar-breaks.com for the latest on our events, holidays and who's going to be joining us.
See you there!
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