Improve your playing with Schofield, Lister and more at IGF 2009

If you want to improve your playing and utterly immerse yourself in a world of guitar, make a date with the Bath International Guitar Festival & Summer School, 24 July-8 August 2009.

The Festival includes performances, classes and workshops for all ages and levels, and in all styles from metal and rock through to blues, funk, jazz, acoustic, classical, flamenco, fingerstyle and bass. There´s late night jamming, performances by leading artists and the mighty student showcase! Accommodation is available and prices start at £285 for a whole week´s tuition.

Festival Highlights
The 2009 IGF Blues Week welcomes back three exceptional guitarists, Matt Schofield, Aynsley Lister and Denny Ilett and introduces the highly rated Australian guitarist Ash Grunwald who makes his IGF debut with ‘Resonator´ a workshop for acoustic blues and slide. Also making his IGF debut is Guitarist Magazine´s Mick Taylor for a workshop on sound and making the most of your gear.

Master of altered tunings, Clive Carroll is joined by British folk legend Martin Simpson for a fingerstyle week dedicated to music inspired by the British folk revival of the ´60s and the American acoustic blues pioneers. Acoustic strummer-singers are also provided for with Acoustic Echoes-Popular Strumming with Tristan Seume.

The High Voltage Rock Academy features a new course aimed at early stage players ‘Rock Apprentice, Highway to Hell with Total Guitar´s Stephen Lawson focuses on giving students a thorough grounding in the basics. Advanced and intermediate students can choose to study with Martin Goulding, Charlie Griffiths, Jonny Scaramanga, Jim Clark, Toby Pitman or head of faculty John Wheatcroft who is joined by American jazz maestro Will Bernard.

The only dedicated course in Europe for Funksters ‘Funk & Beyond´ is hosted by Guitar Techniques´ Jason Sidwell and features very special guests: Jamiroquai´s rhythm section!

Mojo with Neville Marten covers a range of rock, pop and blues music from classic early rock´n roll to modern rock and pop classics.

Clearly, something for everyone and guaranteed to make you a better player.

For more details on the festival and summer school visit
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Editor-in-chief, Guitars Group