A full week of Intensive Guitar Study

The UNCSA Guitar Workshop is based upon participation, not just observation.  Everybody spends several hours each day with guitar in hand, working together in small and large groups, as well as individually with the instructors.  At Nothing but Nylon Collaboration is King!-so ensemble playing and musical interaction are a big part of the scene.  Core classes are schedule between 9 AM and 5 PM with some practice time built in-so the evenings are open for concerts, jamming, socializing and activities.

Here is a list of some of the kinds of sessions that you may encounter:


Chamber Music: Small groups work together with an instructor to prepare and perform works for guitar ensemble, focusing on communication,  precision, and artistry.  This is the only class that requires a successful audition recording to participate.


Movement/Technique Class: Participants work in groups with an instructor on principles and applications of efficient body use, good tone production, and easy, relaxed, fast, and precise playing.

Lessons/Masterclasses: Players receive coaching on all aspects of their chosen solo repertoire, as well as additional instruction in technique, reading & improvisation skills, etc.


Performance Class: Students work together in a cooperative and non-competitive atmosphere to develop their skill at performing for an audience.


Guitar History Class: Through listening, live performance, and discussion students are guided through over 500 years of guitar repertoire and style.


Recitals: The session is filled with evening faculty and student recitals, as well as a guitar class performance in UNCSA’s beautiful Watson Hall on the final day of the workshop.

Special Topic Sessions:  Several sessions each day will be devoted to specific general topics and style-specific themes related to improvisation, composition and performance.  Examples may include:

¨ General Improvisation-Everybody has music inside-how to bring it out regardless of your playing background!

¨ Chord Chart Survival-How to play along with traditional chord ‘charts’-no matter how much you know or how complex they get!

¨ Flamenco-This venerable traditional Spanish style is closely connected to the guitar-This is your entryway to this enchanting music!

¨ Fingerstyle guitar-This broad traditional American music is perfectly suited to nylon-learn the basic techniques and strategies.

¨ Jazz- Jazz and Blues music has been played on nylon since before electricity was born!-learn ways to approach these great American traditions for every level.

¨ Composing and Arranging-  How can you set the music you love or imagine on the classical guitar?  Hear what we have done.

¨ Tuning the Guitar by Ear-  Tuning the guitar effectively has befuddled players for centuries-learn an approach that works for everyone.

¨ Tuning up your Rhythm– Good rhythm is often more than meet the ear-learn strategies to tune it up-and then set it free.

¨ Traditional Music abounds that sounds great on the classical guitar-explore sounds of  Indian, African, Celtic music and more.

June 24-29, 2018

UNCSA Summer Guitar Workshop