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A whole week with nothing but playing guitar? Awesome!!

Early in 2013 I teamed up with Carlo Roberti to try running a residential guitar workshop in Tuscany (Italy) and it was a resounding success, and we've since run another equally as fun and sucessful one South of Tuscany. They've been so popular that I've asked a couple of friends to run workshops the week before and after mine with the same format!


Justin Sandercoe Workshop - May 31 to June 7 2014

This first week is for Beginner + students who want an intense week playing guitar every day, the chance to put skills into practice and get to grips with skills that are difficult to learn using self-study (learning online).

I will be joined again by my good friend Dario Cortese who is a superb teacher and we'll be sharing teaching duties though the week... usually you'll have us each for 2.5 hours a day and then we'll both be working together for the jamming sessions.

We're also organising even more activities for partners who wish to come along - so you're partner can go horse riding, try and Italian cooking course, photography, travel to the nearby historic towns, learn the language or chill out by the pool! Speak to Carlo about the many activities he can organise for partners (some of course would be at additional cost!).

What level is it aimed at?
This kind of workshop is suitable for people who have completed the beginner's course, you should know your open chords, minor pentatonic, major scale and be able to play a few songs all the way through. It will be difficult for complete beginners, but if you know the stuff on the consolidation page then you are ready to join us!

What will be covered in the week?
It's a little flexible so we can adapt the schedule to fit the participants, but will almost certainly include: Music Theory, Rhythm Guitar, Blues Lead Guitar, Using The Major Scale, Ear Training and jamming! And much more of course...

I will write a schedule before we start and it will be well structured with the dual aims of making you a better playing during the week but also giving you the tools and knowledge to plan your own routines for the future.

What's the rough schedule?
We start in the morning around 10:30am, and I will take the morning classes, a bit or Ear Training, some music theory and something practical. We break at 1:00 for lunch. Dario will take the afternoon classes from 3:00 until 5:30, covering a wide range of skills and styles. We have a short 30 minute break and then it's jam time from 6-8pm, you'll be using your new improvising skills to jam with Dario and I or other participants before breaking for dinner! So it's going to be pretty intense, but in a fun and informal way! *note that this schedule might change as we're always working on improving it!!

We all arrive on the first Saturday for a group dinner, but classes start on the Sunday. We take Wednesday afternoon off so you can go out and explore the countryside if you wish. So you'll have 5 hours of classes and two hours of jamming each day (just 2.5 hours classes on Wednesday). Plus we're all hanging out the whole time, so there will be lots of time to chill out and chat about other guitar stuff.

Where is it held?
We're back in Tuscany in the beautiful town of San Quirco, in the wonderful Il Poggiolo - you can see pictures here!

What do I need to bring?
For the course you will need to bring an electric guitar and a cable. Of course much of what we'll do will transfer to acoustic, but because we'll often all be playing at the same time, you'll need to be playing an electric. If you have a small amp (like the Roland Cube) that you would like to bring then great, but you may not use it a lot - we'll have amps for the jam sessions!

Can I bring my partner?
Of course, you'll need to tell Carlo when you book and get the price for a couple (no fee for the workshop of course, but meals and accommodation will be extra). Carlo is working a wide range of activities for partners including cooking classes, guided tours in the Etruscan and Renaissance Areas, horse riding - or of course they can hire a car and go exploring. The last workshop many of the girls got together and went exploring for the day and joined us in the evenings for the meals.

Who is this Dario guy?
Dario Cortese is a great mate and one of the finest guitar players I know. He wrote many of the guitar courses at The Guitar Institute and works mostly as a session player, he's "jack of all trades and master of most of them", though his favourite is style is country at which he is amazing, he's just finished transcribing the tab book for Brent Mason's Hot Wired album - kinda the guitar version of climbing Everest! I'm sure you will enjoy his lessons a lot!


The JustinGuitar Workshop 2 - June 7 to June 14 - want a little more??

To start off with this will only be available for people who have been on a previous workshop. If after a while, if there is space left then we'll open it to others.

If you've been before then you know what to expect :) well this week will be more of that! Both Dario and I will be taking you for the week, bit more jamming than the 1st workshop (we'll all jam most days!) pushing forward into more complex material... maybe some modes, playing changes, more complex rhythm guitar, ear training and theory... most of the things we looked at in Workshop 1... only more :)

We're still working on the schedule, but you know we'll make it fun, intense and leave you with a lot to do :)

Email Carlo to book your place!


Booking and Costs...

OK, so what's the cost?
The big question... the workshop costs £1099 for the week (5 1/2 days of classes). There are a maximum of 12 participants so we'll get to know you and help you as much as we can.

On top of the workshop costs you'll need to budget for accommodation which will be between £420 and £772 for the week - depending on which room you want - Carlo will email you details when you enquire! He can also organise a more traditional Hotel or b'n'b in the town (5 minute walk) if you prefer.

Meals cost £150 per person for the week which includes 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners. The other evening meals will be taken in restaurants in the town - budget around £15 for each of these (plus drinks).

We'll supply bottled water, beer and wine with meals, but if you want fancy wine or other drinks you will have to buy your own.

Of course you will also need to sort your travel to and from the clinic, though we may be able to help with airport transfers.

How to Book?
So first stop is to contact Carlo by email. Talk through anything you need to know.

Places will go in order of confirmed bookings (deposit of £250 paid) - there were over 40 applications for the last workshop (and only 10 places) so get in quick if you know you want to come - however the deposit will not be refundable so please be sure you are able to come. The remainder of the fee's will be due 3 weeks before the event.

You will also need to send a deposit to Il Poggiolo, but Carlo will tell you about that!

You can pay by bank transfer or PayPal, Carlo will send you the details when you confirm your booking.


Pictures of previous Tuscany Workshops