'Acoustic Only' Weekend with Andy Guitar & Hannah Dorman - July '22
The Acoustic Only weekend is exactly what it says on the tin!
No Marshall stacks, no pedal boards, No dive-bombing tremolo arms! Just your favourite acoustic guitar, six (or 12) strings and the urge to develop your acoustic technique and build your repertoire of classic acoustic songs.
The Acoustic Only weekend offers two full days of learning songs, developing finger picking technique, performing with others and even discovering the joys of open tunings!
Who is it for?
Aimed at beginner/early intermediate guitar players, the weekend is like a springboard for your playing: guaranteed to get you up to the next level and super-charge your development.
The Acoustic Only weekend also represents a new and different way of spending time with fellow guitarists at Guitar Breaks. We are supplying the workshops with Andy leading the daily sessions of specialist tuition and guidance, alongside his special guests. All you need to do is choose your own accommodation and bingo! You have the Acoustic Only weekend!
Joey Landreth @ Guitar Breaks - Oct '21 - Timeless Tuscan Twang!
We were absolutely bloody delighted to spend a stunning week with the shockingly talented Joey Landreth at Guitar Breaks in Italy in October. And we were also happy as happy can be to be back at the Villa Pia hotel. Add to that the smoky good looks and serious chops of Mike Goodman and it's reasonable to suggest we had the ingredients for a classic week.
I think it is fair to say that Joey is a monster player, singer and songwriter. A true exponent of emotive guitar with a tone to make grown guitarists weep. We spent the week diving deep into chordal and melody structure and effective rhythm playing. Playing for the song, open tunings, slide guitar, gear, tone..... you name it, Joey covered it!
Moments to remember? There were too many, but the Thursday night gig is up there with the best. Dan from Dan Drive giving away one of his amazing pedals. Carlo from LAA Custom taking us through the tonal landscape of boost!!
All in all, an experience to be remembered and savoured. Thanks Joey!
Josh Smith @ Guitar Breaks - Nov '21 - what an experience!
We were super-excited to get the Josh Smith workshop back on, after too long! And it really did not disappoint. 4 days of intense guitar playing with one of the world's greatest electric guitar players, plus we had some special guests dropping by to say 'hello', including Daniel Steinhart, Paul Stacey and the legend that is Pete Friesen.
Held at the Bush hotel in the centre of the classic English market town of Farnham, we experienced the full Josh Smith repertoire and got some sneak previews of his new tunes. Can't say too much here, but.....wowzers!
Farnham also happens to be the home of Guitar Village, one of Europe's greatest specialist guitar stores. We visited, we checked out guitars, we drank a beer (or two) and Josh fell for a certain guitar. As I write this, their relationship is still at a distance, but who knows what will happen......watch this space!