Hang, study and jam with one of the hottest players around.
In this 5-day residential workshop with Slide Guitar supremo Ariel Posen, you’ll spend every day learning a whole lot about blues improvising, rhythm playing and slide guitar, enjoying the delicious food and taking in the magical setting and culture of Tuscia, the historical region North of Rome. If you’re not familiar with him - check out this great article by Guitar Player magazine - he’s the real deal.
Topics covered in the workshop will include:
12-Bar Blues Rhythm Feels
Improvising over the 12-Bar Blues form
Phrasing and 'Call & Response’
Slide guitar basics, improvising and the use of open tunings
Target Notes and Making The Changes
To get a taste of Ariel’s teaching style, check out the lessons I just filmed with him on my website - having spent time with him and witnessed both his playing and teaching chops up close, I have 100% confidence that it will be an AMAZING week of lessons and a great hang - I‘m just sad that I can’t make it along myself!
This workshop is aimed at early intermediate players. You should have tried improvising on a blues before (know at least Minor Pentatonic Box 1, and maybe some licks), but not necessarily be confident with it. No theory needed (but it helps with everything!). Will help if you’ve played barre chords before but maybe you don’t get them right all the time. No slide experience needed, that will be taken from scratch. That all said, Ariel is a good teacher and should be able to provide good info for people either side - so extra bits for more advanced players or deeper explanations for those new to all this. It’s fun and there are always a range of levels of participants.
You’ll arrive at our beautiful villa on Sunday evening for introduction drinks and dinner.
You can expect 3-4 hours of classes a day (Monday to Friday) and with class sizes limited to 12 spaces, you’ll get all of the help you need. This small class format means the lessons can easily be tweaked and adapted to fit the goals, requirements and playing experience of the group members.
You should expect to spend at least a couple of hours each day practicing on your own or jamming with other class members to explore and internalise the day’s lesson content (That is, if you don’t spend all of your downtime swimming in one of the three pools!) and you’ll be invited to jam with your fellow students at the Friday night ‘concert’.
You’ll then depart on Saturday morning after a farewell breakfast!
Relais Villa Lina
Our beautiful Tuscan location
You’ll be spending the week at the Villa Lina Hotel - a beautiful estate set within the incredible scenery of the Tuscan countryside. In addition to the workshop sessions, the weather is always glorious, the food is awesome (honestly, you’ve never had REAL Italian food until you’ve eaten in Tuscany) and the scenery is stunning - it’s basically the perfect setting to immerse yourself in guitar and learn some new tricks from a seriously great guitar player.
COST & BOOKING
The workshop costs £1199 plus accommodation/meals (prices vary depending on room type).
Click here to email Carlo for more information and to secure you place on the course!
ARIEL POSEN BIO
Singer/songwriter. Internationally-renowned guitarist. Producer. Solo artist.
A lifelong musician, there are few roles Ariel Posen hasn't played.
Although born in Winnipeg, Posen spent much of his childhood on the road, traveling from show to show with his musician parents. He began playing guitar at 9 years old, kicking off a career that eventually found him traveling the globe for his own gigs, including shows as a member of the Juno Award winning, roots-rock band The Bros. Landreth. Several years later, Posen began working on an album of his own, tracking his new songs in the same studio in which his parents once recorded their albums.
How Long marks Posen's long-awaited solo debut, showcasing not only his chops as an instrumentalist, but his talents as a diverse songwriter, too. The record casts a wide net, moving from rootsy blues to R&B to melodic rock & roll. A co-writer and producer for artists of all genres, Posen shows the full range of his talents on these 10 tracks, nodding to his influences — including The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer and more — along the way. How Long is not a guitar record, although there's certainly plenty of guitar to be heard here. Instead, it's a song record, filled with hooks, autobiographical lyrics, and Posen's compelling voice.
"The guitar is the tool to get the music out," he says. "Always serve the song first. Otherwise, you're just playing an instrument.”