14° ACOUSTIC GUITAR WORKSHOP

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30 Maggio - 3 Giugno 2018
Recoaro Terme (VI) ITALIA

Impara la chitarra acustica flatpicking con
ROBERTO DALLA VECCHIA & ANDY HATFIELD

  

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L’Acoustic Guitar Workshop è un corso di cinque giorni dedicato ai chitarristi acustici. Si tiene ogni anno, alla fine di Maggio, a Recoaro Terme, piccolo e incantevole paese montano in provincia di Vicenza, vicino agli aeroporti di Venezia e Verona.

Al workshop arrivano chitarristi da tutto il mondo per creare una comunità internazionale di musicisti e condividere questa esperienza didattica.

L’atmosfera non competitiva ed il programma ben bilanciato forniscono agli studenti l’ambiente perfetto per imparare lo stile flatpicking, per mettersi in gioco e per interagire con gli altri musicisti.

Roberto Dalla Vecchia ha una consolidata reputazione per la sua cordialità, la sua pazienza e le sue straordinarie competenze di insegnante. I partecipanti riconoscono all’unanimità le doti di Roberto e la qualità di questo quanto mai apprezzato workshop.

Non escluderti a priori da questa incredibile esperienza chitarristica perché senti che “non sei bravo abbastanza”. Vedrai che gli altri studenti sono esattamente come te – innamorati della chitarra e ansiosi di imparare e di suonare con gli altri.

L’Acoustic Guitar Workshop si terrà dal 30 Maggio al 3 Giugno 2018, non perdere l’occasione di passare cinque giorni in Italia, in compagnia di alcuni tra i migliori cibi, i migliori vini e i più suggestivi paesaggi del mondo.

Più della metà degli studenti ritorna ogni anno. Entra a far parte della famiglia!

 

L'Acoustic Guitar Workshop

L’Acoustic Guitar Workshop è tutto basato sul suonare. Tutti gli esercizi e i brani proposti sono contenuti in un fascicolo scritto sia in notazione standard che tablatura. I partecipanti saranno divisi in due gruppi, a seconda del loro livello. Tutti gli studenti seguiranno lezioni sia con Roberto sia con l’insegnante ospite.

Possono iscriversi solo 20 studenti, cosí da avere classi contenute. Tornerai a casa con: 

* Una ritrovata passione e una rinnovata energia per suonare la chitarra

* Abbastanza compiti per casa e tablature da tenerti occupato per un bel po’ di tempo

* Nuovi brani per il tuo repertorio

* Amicizie nuove e che resteranno per tutta la vita

* L’opportunità di jammare con Roberto & Andy


Il Programma Giornaliero

Mercoledì 30 Maggio
10:30-12:00 Arrivi
12:30 Pranzo
14:00 Incontro preliminare, Foto di gruppo
15:30-19:00 Workshop pomeridiano
19:30 Cena
21:00 Song Circle Night
Sabato 2 Giugno
9:30-11:30 Workshop mattutino
12:30 Pranzo
14:30-19:00 Pomeriggio libero
19:00 Cena
21:00 Never Ending Concert
Giovedì 31 Maggio
9:30-11:30 Workshop mattutino
12:30 Pranzo
14:30-15:30 Slow Jam con Paride
16:00-18:00 Workshop pomeridiano
19:00 Cena
21:00 Roberto & Andy in Concerto
Domenica 3 Giugno
10:00-11:30 Workshop mattutino
12:30 Pranzo
14:30 Arrivederci al prossimo anno
Venerdì 1 Giugno
9:30-11:30 Workshop mattutino
12:30 Pranzo
14:30-15:30 Slow Jam con Paride
16:00-18:00 Workshop pomeridiano
19:00 Cena
21:00 Quiz Night & Open Mic

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Località

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Recoaro Terme è una pregievole località turistica denominata anche "Conca di Smeraldo",  particolarmente famosa fin dal 1800 per le cure termali, per il suo ambiente naturale incontaminato, per le sue montagne, le "Piccole Dolomiti", ricche di percorsi, sentieri e vie di roccia. La zona consente di praticare numerose attività fuori porta, incluse escursioni a piedi o in bicicletta, tennis, nuoto, percorsi in seggiovia e molto altro. Nelle giornate più limpide da Recoaro Mille è possibile intravedere anche Venezia…forse, dipende da quanto vino locale avete assaggiato…comunque, Venezia dista solamente 90 minuti in macchina.

Ci sono diverse cittadine, piccoli villaggi e frazioni pittoresche nelle vicinanze di Recoaro, indicate per una piacevole gita in giornata. Ad esempio, Montecchio, sulle cui colline sono situati i castelli di Giulietta e Romeo. La punta nord del Lago di Garda è a soli 90 minuti di macchina da Recoaro, raggiungibile con uno stupendo e, a tratti, mozzafiato viaggio attraverso le Piccole Dolomiti.

Verona, con i suoi antichi tesori, è un’altra meta per una piacevole gita. Visitare Verona è come tornare indietro nel tempo, grazie alla sua architettura medievale e rinascimentale. Il gioiello della città e la meta centrale di ogni visita turistica è la famosa Arena. Costruita nell’anno 100, è uno degli edifici meglio conservati al mondo, seconda solo al Colosseo di Roma.

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Roberto Dalla Vecchia

Roberto Dalla Vecchia

Il chitarrista acustico Roberto Dalla Vecchia spicca per il suo talento nel mettere insieme una tecnica cristallina e un solido bagaglio musicale con splendide composizioni, derivanti dalla sua ispirazione personale. La sua attitudine e la sua dedizione alla chitarra gli hanno valso notorietà tra i maestri e i colleghi musicisti, oltre che tra il pubblico.

I suoi sei CD hanno ricevuto encomi e riconoscimenti internazionali e sono tutti molto orecchiabili. Roberto è il vincitore dell’Homegrown CD Award 2003 di Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Ha prodotto diversi metodi didattici, ha numerosi studenti individuali, e ha inoltre una reputazione di tutto rispetto come insegnante a diversi workshop internazionali; ad esempio, lo Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp, in Tennessee, e il Musique Acoustique Workshop in Belgio.
È, inoltre, uno degli insegnanti di Truefire, la più famosa piattaforma online dedicata interamente alla didattica musicale.

 

 

About Andy Hatfield

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Andy Hatfield is a creative musician and teacher from Peoria, IL.  He has taught music full-time in the Peoria area since 2003, and is well-regarded both as a teacher and player.

Nationally, Andy is known for winning three National Championships:  The 2011 and 2017 National Flatpicking Championship, and the 2013 National Mandolin Championship.

Andy's unique playing style comes from over 20 years of playing and studying bluegrass, jazz, and R & B. Andy is an engaging and active teacher, having taught hundreds of students of all levels to play guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Andy teaches and performs full-time in his native Illinois, and loves to find creative ways to make students sound great.

 

 

 

 

Paride Fioretti

Paride Fioretti

Paride Fioretti è l’assistente dell’Acoustic Guitar Workshop fin dalla prima edizione.

Chitarrista acustico raffinato, Paride è stato inizialmente attratto dalla chitarra elettrica, colpito dal virtuosismo dei grandi maestri, come R.Blackmore (Deep Purple), J. Page (Led Zeppelin), Y. Malmsteen, S.R. Vaughan. In seguito, si è avvicinato alla chitarra acustica, grazie ad un incontro con Beppe Gambetta.

Nelle giornate di Giovedì e Venerdì, Paride terrà una lezione di un’ora per rivedere i vari temi trattati nel workshop e per rispondere ad eventuali dubbi e domande dei partecipanti.

Un talento naturale come presentatore, Paride condurrà le serate dell’Open Mic e del Never Ending Concert.

 

 

 

 

Gli Insegnanti Ospiti dell'AGW

L’Acoustic Guitar Workshop ha accolto, negli anni passati, alcuni chitarristi professionisti di livello internazionale, che hanno affiancato Roberto nelle diverse esperienze didattiche. I nomi sono quelli di alcune tra le personalità musicali più influenti e rinomate degli Stati Uniti e non solo. Ogni ospite, invitato da Roberto, porta con sé, oltre ad un’eccezionale capacità di insegnamento, la padronanza di tecniche differenti per la chitarra acustica, così che, ad ogni edizione, la proposta didattica risulta diversa e rinnovata.
Hanno insegnato all’Acoustic Guitar Workshop:

Mark Cosgrove 2010 e 2012

Clive Carroll 2011

Jim Hurst 2013

Steve Baughman 2014
Martino Coppo 2015
Roy Curry 2016
Chris Newman 2017 


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Sistemazione

L’Hotel Trettenero 4 stelle si trova perfettamente al centro di Recoaro Terme, all’interno di uno spazioso e verde giardino che assicura la migliore atmosfera per la nostra vacanza di musica e relax.

In questo antico palazzo ottocentesco soggiornò anche Giuseppe Verdi!

La sistemazione è in camera doppia, oppure in camera singola con un sovraprezzo di € 35.


Per info visitare il sito www.hoteltrettenero.it

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Quota e Modalità d'Iscrizione

Pacchetto Studente: Workshop + Vitto e Alloggio - € 455,00
Comprende:
* Tutti i workshops (più di 14 ore di lezione)
* Set di gadget offerti dagli sponsor
* Fascicolo del Workshop
* 5 Pranzi e 4 Cene
* Vino a pranzo e a cena

Pacchetto Partner: Vitto e Alloggio - € 210,00
Comprende:
* 5 Pranzi e 4 Cene
* Vino a pranzo e a cena


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Domande Frequenti

D. Quali sono gli orari di arrivo e di partenza?
R. Dovresti arrivare il Mercoledì tra le 10:30 e le 12:00. Il workshop finisce in stile italiano … cioè dopo l’ultimo pranzo della Domenica alle 14:30.

D. Cosa devo portare?
R. Lenzuola, cuscini e asciugamani sono forniti dall’albergo. Non dimenticare i plettri, il capotasto mobile, le corde di ricambio, l’accordatore, il leggìo, ecc. Ultima cosa, ma non meno importante, porta con te qualsiasi altro strumento acustico che possiedi. Le jam session saranno più divertenti!

D. Posso registrare le lezioni?
R. Sì, porta un registratore, così puoi divertirti ad ascoltare e ripetere le lezioni anche a casa, dopo il workshop!

D. Non conosco bene l'inglese, come fare?
R. Le lezioni dell'insegnante ospite sono in lingua inglese, Paride Fioretti è presente a tutte le lezioni dell'insegnante ospite per tradurre in italiano e permettere a tutti la piena comprensione.

D. Sono vegetariano. Posso iscrivermi al workshop escludendo i pasti?
R. I pasti sono inclusi nel prezzo e abbiamo sempre le opzioni vegetariane – e non solo panini al formaggio o altro, non dimenticare che siamo in Italia! La nostra cuoca è famosa per i suoi piatti deliziosi, le salse saporite e i favolosi dessert.

D. Posso prenotare notti extra in albergo?
R. Certo, se vuoi arrivare il giorno prima o hai voglia di passare più giorni in quest’area, scrivi una email a Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. E' necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo. e riceverai buoni consigli in merito.

D. Com’è il tempo?
R. La temperatura durante il giorno è solitamente sui 20°C, cosa che rende ancora più mozzafiato la naturale bellezza delle montagne di Recoaro. Ma a volte può piovere per qualche giorno o può essere nebbioso. Di notte la temperatura oscilla tra i 10°C e i 15°C. Il clima primaverile cambia di frequente a Recoaro Terme, perciò è consigliato un abbigliamento “a strati”.

D. Cosa succede in caso di annullamento della prenotazione?
R. Cancellazioni effettuate entro l’1 Maggio hanno diritto al rimborso completo meno € 20,00 di diritti amministrativi. Cancellazioni effettuate dopo tale data non beneficeranno di alcun rimborso.

D. Dove ha luogo l’Acoustic Guitar Workshop?
R. 
Hotel Trettenero ****
Via Vittorio Emanuele 16/E
36076 Recoaro Terme (Vicenza)
ITALIA
Tel. +39 0445 780380

D. Qual è l’aeroporto più vicino all’Acoustic Guitar Workshop?
R. L’aeroporto di Venezia (VCE) è a circa un’ora e mezza di macchina (120 Km) da Recoaro Terme. Un’altra opzione è l’aeroporto di Verona (VRN), che si trova a circa un’ora e venti minuti di macchina da Recoaro Terme. Dall’aeroporto puoi noleggiare un’auto o prendere il treno fino a Vicenza (vedi domanda seguente).

D. Come posso arrivare?
R. Puoi raggiungere l'Hotel:

1) In macchina. La località si trova 35 Km a nord dell’uscita dell’autostrada A4. In autostrada, prendi l’uscita "Montecchio" e segui le indicazioni per Valdagno/Recoaro. Arrivato a Valdagno, segui le indicazioni per Recoaro Terme.

2) In treno. Prendi il treno fino a Vicenza. Da qui puoi prendere un pullman per Recoaro Terme, ma sei stai seriamente considerando questa opzione, contattaci e ci metteremo d’accordo per darti un passaggio da Vicenza. Il viaggio in pullman con chitarra e valigia non è una buona idea!



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A personal note from Chris Downing...

Hello Acoustic Guitar Workshop fans,

Everyone has a lot of questions about a guitar workshop before they commit to attending. And it’s sometimes difficult for the organiser to describe what it is like objectively – somehow he is too close to the detail and all the organising to see the overall picture. So I agreed with Roberto Dalla Vecchia to write up my experiences of the two most recent workshops (2013, 2014) to give you an idea of what it is like (and what it isn’t, I guess!).
My name is Chris Downing and I have just retired from professional teaching on guitar and bass in the South West of England. I have attended a number of small workshops together with a trip to Tennessee to Steve Kaufman’s Kamp and the Bath Guitar Summer School. So I have a good sense of what workshops can be like.
I think the most important two elements to a workshop are the environment and the teaching. The venue - Albergo Rifugio Valdagno, the food, and the accommodation - is great for the workshop and just right for the numbers that attend. The teaching is done by Roberto and a guest, usually from the USA. It is always wonderful to get some professional teaching from someone who is playing Flat-pick guitar all the time in front of live audiences. And Roberto brings to us an Italian flavour to traditional Bluegrass, such as that played by Doc Watson and Clarence White. The lessons are interspersed with meal times of wonderful, locally sourced, Italian cooking, evening concerts, fun evenings, and late night jamming in the bar – so I hope you can see this is a great way to hang out with like-minded players and learn some new songs and techniques to take back home afterwards.

Having Fun
Attending the workshop was very pleasant mixture of study, practice and topped with a load of fun playing. Apart from two long lessons a day, there is plenty of time to practice what you have being taught, but perhaps more importantly for those who love to do workshops like this one – lots of time to jam with other players. You’ll always find someone at the same level as you to play along with. Of course Bluegrass and Celtic flatpicking are a great way to socialise and play at the same time. One of you plays the melody, one (or many) of you playing the backing chord-work. Fortunately the workshops on both occasions I went, had a wide variety of skill levels so no need to scramble to keep up with the fastest players getting past 250 BPM!! (I think I topped out somewhere between 180-200.)
Fun jamming goes on well into the night and last year Steve Baughman and I kept going on song after song from Bluegrass stuff to what you might call the 60’s and 70’s pop back catalogue until 2.00 AM one night and 3.00AM another night. I think we managed to keep the bar selling drinks hours beyond their normal closing time. Seems like flat-picker are hardy night-birds!
Somewhere in between the evening meals and jamming we had concerts from Roberto and Steve Baughman in 2014 and Roberto and Jim Hurst in 2013. This was a rare opportunity to see really close up how a pair of the stars of this playing style do it. Somehow being up so close feels like it rubs off and you will be able to do the same any day soon. Watching someone play this close up with an intimate audience is a whole different experience to watching the same players along with a two thousand other audience members at a ‘normal’ concert. There were twenty of us in the room!
We had an evening quiz on another night. Divided into two teams, we had to answer all sorts of musical questions to win a variety of goodies donated by the sponsors. You can only imagine how competitive everyone gets over trying to win something as small as a pick or a set of strings. So when the big stuff comes up for winning – special capos, software, subscriptions etc. – the quiz became hilariously competitive. The “buzzer” for answering the question was a bluegrass riff in G. Yes it had to be G and played real fast – I failed more than I succeeded bringing down on myself a lot of local dialect from my Italian fellow students. All I know was they weren’t saying,” Gosh Chris, how unfortunate, try that simple lick again!”
And lastly, Saturday Night is Concert Night, when it becomes open house for the workshop, friends, relatives, and local residents to come in and see us all perform. Some parts are rehearsed by us as a group, some are set pieces students have ready beforehand, and others are by visitors on the night. Both years we had a visit from a local young bluegrass band that had you believing you were spending the evening in Tennessee! It’s another late night of fun playing by everyone, as you can tell by the tired faces that appear at the next morning’s breakfast table.

Food and Drink
If you are English like me, or American, you’ll expect Italian food to be nearly all pasta with tomato based sauces, and mostly rather fattening. Well, unlike my local Italian Restaurant, we were never served Spaghetti Bolognese, Ravioli, Lasagne, Pizza, or Calzone; rather we had locally sourced food from a very wide selection of local recipes. Certainly I ate all I could, it was delicious, and didn’t put on any weight. I think the Italian food in this area of Italy is incredibly healthy and a real treat for those of us who like Italian food but usually get a very restricted British version of the Italian kitchen.
If you are vegetarian, no problem. Steve Baughman, our USA tutor in 2014, was vegetarian and just worked his way through the menus and sometimes doubled up a starter to make it into a main course. Lots of choice if you want to avoid meat dishes.
This is the area of Italy near to where Prosecco comes from so we always had something similar to that in varieties of red, rose and white (at no extra cost).
The only extra costs I incurred was in the bar where surprise, surprise, drinks weren’t free! But a beer in the bar wasn’t expensive – one Euro a glass. (And some creative varieties of grappa I never identified).

Teaching Sessions and Method
The teaching sessions take place at least twice a day - the main ones being two hours in the morning with Roberto and two hours in the afternoon with the Guest teacher – or the other way around.
The lessons take us through a variety of student level pieces and teaching. Techniques are taught as part of a piece of music we will be learning and we all play individually to have eth tutor check our progress at each stage and then we will go through it as an ensemble – line by line of TAB until we have completed the whole piece. This may later be used as part of a concert or you just add it to your repertoire. It is a very effect way to both learn new music and together with new – or the need to polish up – new abilities.
There opportunities to sit down one-on-one with the tutors and work through any problems or help with practicing things that were not in the course at all. The Tutors made themselves very available and in a small venue like this they were always close at hand.
Roberto and his guest tutor complement each other by offering up different styles, sounds, and ways of playing flatpicking music so you get a good range of sounds and dynamics from your playing.
Roberto writes and assembles a new course book for each year so every time you attend there are new challenges, new music, and new ways to play. Even though I have been a full time professional guitar teacher for the last twelve years I found the whole event very instructive, always engaging, and found new ways to teach the subject myself. So if you are a good player, don’t expect to find it all easy and familiar!
The two class groups are divided into ability levels and language – so all the lessons are given by Roberto in Italian and English and the visiting tutor usually only speaks English. But if your English is not up to much, you’ll find your fellow students will help you through everything. However if you don’t speak either English or Italian you may well struggle to keep up. But in the two years I’ve attended we have had Slovenian, Dutch, German, Swiss, British, Italian and American students. So it’s quite a mix.

Teachers
Roberto is a professional Bluegrass Flatpicking guitarist based in Vicenza, Italy. He has a large number of CDs in his name and a few flatpicking books as well. He is a regular International performer across Europe. He is an excellent and professional teacher who has a large group of regular students who study with him in Vicenza. Unlike several professional performers I have taken lessons from, I always found Roberto’s lessons to be well thought out, professionally prepared, at the right level of student ability, and fully engaging. You’ll never find yourself out of your depth as a student with Roberto – or bored if you are a good player already. You’ll enjoy all your time with Roberto
Roberto always chooses a guest guitar teacher to share the load with him on these workshops. He chooses someone who has the same empathetic approach to teaching as himself
In 2014 we had Steve Baughman from California who specialised not only in flatpicking, but also introduced us to the challenges of Claw hammer Guitar an alternative tuning – “Orkney”. So this added another dimension to our learning and playing – including daily retuning – well I did say you would need a tuner didn’t I? This style was new to all of us, and what an exciting palette of sounds this opened up. We spent many happy hours learning a whole new technique of claw hammer playing alongside the Orkney Tuning that made us all sound so good – even as complete beginners. We all came away with a better understanding of how alternative tunings would give us new sounds and new ways to create drone tones and very open string melody lines.
In 2013 Roberto chose Jim Hurst to come along. Jim is old school Bluegrass and plays with a beautiful tone. And he sings mighty tunefully as well. Jim taught us how to tighten up our playing in all departments – cross picking, rhythm accompaniment, adding jazzy chords, and some soloing tricks as well. Every so often Jim would give us all a break and sing and play a song from his latest CD. A real treat in such a small group and very different to seeing Jim playing in a concert hall environment. I had some wonderful discussions with Jim about the roots of Bluegrass and he was able to explain to me the depth of the culture of Bluegrass in ways I had never understood before. Jim was a great teacher and a real treat for all of us who were there.

Students and What to Bring
Well some of this must be quite obvious – you need a steel strung acoustic guitar for a start – although Roberto did lend a guitar in 2013. You’ll also need flat-picks, some spare strings (just in case) a tuner, a pen and paper (or music paper) and you might want to bring an audio recorder with you.
Recording all the lessons and concerts is no problem at all so a simple hand held recorder would be a good idea. That means you can review all the lessons after you return home and make sure you get the maximum benefit from the days on the workshop. If you can’t so that, don’t worry. Others who do record it will be happy to send you a copy of their recordings later.
Don’t forget to bring warmer clothes than you might expect at this time of year. We are way up in the mountains and the temperature is probably ten degrees colder than down in Verona and Venice – so shirts and pull-overs are nearer the mark than just a tee-shirt. Woolly underwear however would be overkill! This is Italy in the summer!

Location and the Hotel
The Albergo Rifugio Valdagno is way up a valley road and I’d guess the Mille part of the address means it’s a thousand metres above Recoaro town itself. We are at the bottom of the ski lift in a small skiing resort surrounded by mountains. Called the Piccole Dolomiti, it is the southernmost part of the Dolomites. The mountains you can see from the steps of the hotel are about another 1000 metres higher than our location and would form a wonderful area for those partners who won’t be playing, to go walking. In this part of the mountains there are well made footpaths to take you to the very top and along ridges to make a complete circle of your walk. Don’t underestimate how far these walks might be though. They look fairly short from the hotel, but I have been assured they can take many hours to complete. If you wish to take a guide, they are available and both the hotel owner and his wife are guides.
Rooms are generally of the skiing holiday type, as this is what the hotel is used for in the ski season. Rooms have two, there and four beds and the two years I have been I have shared with two other players. Having said that, the room are fairly large so you don’t fall over each other. Frankly, I have only slept in the room as jamming has kept me playing until 2.00 or 3.00 in the morning. I had no problem sleeping after staying up that late!!
The bar area and another area adjacent to the restaurant are where all the late evening jamming takes place. But somehow the mixture of drinks, hospitality and music keeps us in the bar area until we can’t stay awake anymore. Beer and wine is very inexpensive even though this is a hotel bar.

Travelling There
Personally I have travelled to Marco Polo airport in Venice and taken the local travelling to Recoaro Mille from there. Don’t forget to make arrangements if you are travelling by air for your guitar. I’ve used an early booking by British Airways because you can take the guitar as hold baggage and still take a cabin case into the aircraft. Roberto tells me he has bought two tickets on Ryanair – one for him and one for the guitar – so there’s another option.

All the best,
Chris Downing