IGF Live Online was a very successful event that took place between 18 and 22 August 2020. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus emergency we had to postpone our planned Bath Summer School and Festival 2020 until August of 2021. We were delighted instead to offer students a rich and varied online summer school, with seven tutors presenting eight different styles, with sessions devoted to technique, theory, repertoire & songs and 10 exciting licks every day.

We hope to see you in Bath this year – please visit the Bath Guitar Festival and Summer School page to view the options and make a booking.

The IGF Live Online 2020 classes were as follows:

Ability level ratings:

level 1 – playing for less than 4 years (beginner)
level 2 – playing for at least 4 years (upper beginner/lower intermediate)
level 3 – playing for more than 6 years (upper intermediate)

The levels listed for each course are what an average student would be expected to have, so consider them approximations; most courses will go a little below and/or a little above these levels, depending on the abilities of students attending.

All classes will come with PDF music which will be sent out before the start of the summer school as well as song mp3 audio files.

Acoustic Songs with
Chris Quinn

This class 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.

Technique level: 1/2
Theory level: 1/2

Modern Blues with
Gianluca Corona

This will give a fresh perspective on how to add drive, style and invention to the blues. The course gives tips to hone your own playing including a nod to the likes of ‪Robben Ford, Larry Carlton and Gary Moore. Studying past masters like these will help to uncover a treasure trove of ideas for today’s guitarists.

Technique level: 2
Theory level: 2

Blues Songs with
Jon Bishop

The aim for this class 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 class to explore. 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!

Technique level: 2
Theory level: 2

Top 40 and funk with
Jason Sidwell

This class 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.

Technique level: 2
Theory level: 2

70’s Rock and Indie Rock with
Jon Bishop

This class will cover many of the main components that guitarists use, ranging from scales and chord riffing through to string bending and use of harmonics. Lots of classic rock and indie riffs will be looked at with iconic songs from bands like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Oasis.

Technique level: 2
Theory level: 2

Modern Rock with
Tolis Zavaliaris

This class 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.

Technique level: 2/3
Theory level: 2/3

Jazz with
Gianluca Corona

This class 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.

Technique level: 2/3
Theory level: 2/3

Gypsy Jazz with
John Wheatcroft

This class 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.

Technique level: 2/3
Theory level: 2/3

IGF Online Class Schedule