IGF Bath Summer School 20202020-03-19T11:42:10+00:00
Bath Guitar Festival and Summer School 2020

18-23 August 2020

Bath Guitar Festival and Summer School takes place in the wonderful setting of Bath Spa University with its much improved, state-of-the-art facilities

Programme There is around five hours’ tuition a day, and in the evening from 7pm we have a jam session where students play, accompanied by our house drummer and bassist. There will also be some concerts which be announced later, and the course will end with the student concert. Daily Schedule A typical day looks like this: Breakfast 9am, courses start at 10am, lunch break 12.30-1.30pm, courses from 2.30 until 6pm, dinner at 6pm, from 7pm until late jamming or concert. Full schedule will be posted soon. Payment options 1. £120 deposit secures your place on the course. Full payment of the remainder before 1 June. 2. Payment plan: 7 monthly payments of £125 (Jan-July, totalling £875 which is the fee for discounted tuition and accommodation).
2020 courses:

Acoustic Songs with
Chris Quinn

This course will focus on roots based music, ranging from folk to blues songs. You will study guitar techniques used by some of the greats of popular songwriting and also touch on useful fingerstyle methods and open tunings. Expect to look at British guitarists like Martin Simpson, Bert Jansch and Dick Gaughan through to American musicians like Doc Watson, Robert Johnson and Merle Travis. Two/three pieces will be considered for the closing night’s student concert.

Technique level: 2/5
Theory level: 2/5

Jump Blues with
Chris Corcoran

Referencing the big sound of ’40s & ’50s R&B guitar, this course will give a fresh perspective on how to add drive, style and invention to the modern Blues guitarist’s canon of licks. The course gives tips to hone your own playing including a nod to the likes of ‪T-Bone Walker‬, Bill Jennings, Charlie Christian and BB King plus many lesser known but equally distinctive players. Studying these past masters will help to uncover a treasure trove of ideas for today’s guitarists. Two/three pieces will be considered for the closing week’s student concert.

Technique level: 2/5
Theory level: 2/5

Blues Songs with
Neville Marten

The aim for this course is to cover a range of blues tunes from classic to more modern. Students will be contacted for song suggestions that will then create a shortlist for the week’s tuition. Licks, riffs, chords, pentatonic vocabulary and string bending/vibrato will feature but the onus is on great blues songs that everyone will know and enjoy playing. If you can sing and/or play bass too, even better! Two/three pieces will be considered for the closing night’s student concert.

Technique level: 2/5
Theory level: 2/5

Top 40 and funk with
Jason Sidwell

This course is for guitarists that are in bands or are planning to be in one; we will cover typical technique/theoretical/repertoire topics that will make you a better team player. From picking approaches to band relevant chord voicings, pentatonic/Dorian/Mixolydian harmony to honing funky rhythm chops and being a tasty soloist, this course will cover typical top 40 chart repertoire from Nile Rodgers funk to Nuno Bettencourt rock, Luther Vandross ballads to Steely Dan pop jazz. Two/three pieces will be considered for the closing night’s student concert.

Technique level: 2/5
Theory level: 2/5

’70s Rock and Indie Rock with
Jon Bishop

This course will cover many of the main components that guitarists use, ranging from scales and chord riffing through to string bending and use of harmonics. Throughout the week, lots of classic rock and indie riffs will be looked at with iconic songs from bands like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Oasis. Two/three pieces will be considered for the closing night’s student concert.

Technique level: 2/5
Theory level: 2/5

Modern Rock with
Tolis Zavaliaris

This course is designed to teach you everything you need to know about rock from the 80s and beyond. The focus will be on relevant techniques, from picking to legato, and on stunning guitar players to improve and supercharge your rock guitar playing. Guitarists covered will range from Randy Rhoads to Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen to Steve Vai. Two/three pieces will be considered for the closing night’s student concert.

Technique level: 3/5
Theory level: 3/5

Jazz with
Gianluca Corona

This course will cover the basics (extended chords, simple diatonic licks, swing feel, blues) through to more advanced concepts and devices (chord substitution, modal phrasing, outside playing). Well-known artists like Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass will be featured as well as more contemporary players such as John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Tim Miller and Scott Henderson. Classes will function also as performance workshops, practising the chosen tunes and implementing both the concepts and the licks/chords previously learned. Two/three pieces will be considered for the closing night’s student concert.

Technique level: 3/5
Theory level: 3/5

Gypsy Jazz with
John Wheatcroft

This course will help to get your playing ‘campfire jam’ ready, with a hands on look at the fundamentals of this inclusive and engaging style – from using the correct chords and mastering ‘La Pompe’ to adding authentic licks and lines, delivering melodies with authority and improvising your own solos against a selection of popular progressions and complete tunes from this idiom. Django Reinhardt is the master of this style but Biréli Lagrène, Stochelo Rosenberg and Adrien Moignard will be covered too. Two/three pieces will be considered for the closing night’s student concert.

Technique level: 3/5
Theory level: 3/5

Technique and theory levels are rated from 1 (beginner) through to 5 (advanced). They can be considered from the perspective of electric guitar grade levels (grade 1 = level 1, grade 8 = level 4/5) or from years playing/studying (level 1 = 1 or 2 years, level 5 = 10 years+). The levels listed for each course are what an average student would be expected to have; most courses will go a little below and a little above these levels, depending on the abilities of students attending.

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