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The ASHEVILLE GUITAR SUMMIT

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

an All-Day Electric GUITAR Event

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Class information:

Sessions Overview:

  1. Session Number 1, 9:00 - 11:00 am: Mike Ridenour
    The Mystery of Modes Revealed

  2. Mike's two-hour workshop is designed to give intermediate to advanced guitarists an applicable, working knowledge of the seven diatonic modes to improve and enhance their improvisational skills. Topics discussed will include: creating a working fretboard navigational system with the five major/minor pentatonic positions; the seven diatonic modal patterns utilizing a three note per string concept; layering and applying the seven diatonic modal patterns over the five major/minor pentatonic shapes for improvisational application; chords and their extensions created from each mode; and common modal chord progressions.


  3. Session Number 2, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Alec Fehl
    Blues Out Of The Box

  4. In this two-hour interactive session, Alec will guide you through expanding your improvisational skills by breaking out of the traditional minor pentatonic blues box. Topics include: alternate chord voicings, mixing major and minor pentatonics, superimposing pentatonics, mixolydian and dorian modes, hybrid and chord scales, single-string soloing, targeted bends and chord tones, rhythmic variation, encapsulation, diminished and whole-tone scales, and the three magic bars of a 12-bar blues. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of players and applicable to all styles of music. However, knowledge of the basic minor pentatonic scale shape is recommended.


  5. Session Number 3, 1:00 - 3:00 pm: Randy Hughes
    Maintaining & Getting the Most Out of Your Guitar

  6. Randy Hughes is known for making great guitars. His reputation is also wide and respected regarding guitar setup, adjustments, and how to get the best sound out of stringed instruments. In this session, Randy will go over techniques for improving your guitar's playability, action, methods of diagnosis, maintenance, changing strings and what to look for when choosing your next instrument.


  7. Session Number 4, 3:00 - 6:00 pm: Will Ray
    Screaming Telecaster

  8. Will Ray Will Ray will be hosting a three-hour session on hot picking, solo construction and recognizing scale patterns. Learn some of the secrets behind scales and modes, what makes them different and when to use them. He'll also cover hybrid right hand pick & finger technique as well as amp strategy. Watch as he demonstrates how he uses mini-slide rings, B-Benders and pedals to expand his musical palate.


  9. Session Numbers 5, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Guitar Center’s Matthew Martinez
    Stomp Box Showcase

  10. Guitar Center's Matthew Martinez will be joined by Will Ray in demonstrating a wide variety of effects, pedals and sound boxes available today. Many well-known mainline and boutique box manufacturers will be represented including Asheville's own Moog, maker of the dynamic moogfooger analog effects modules. Pedal trains, related accessories, technique and equipment will be discussed.


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We are proud to be a member of the D'Addario Education Collective! Thank you to the following sponsors for generously supporting our work at Village Productions. Please remember them when purchasing music-related accessories, instruments, books, and recordings.

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Also - Thank You Local Sponsors!

Trader Joe's and Chiesa (in Montford)


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