Celtic Guitar Camp

by Kerry Dexter /
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Jun 06, 2009 / 1 comments

"Recession-Busting, Stay-at-Home, Celtic Guitar Camp," taking
place in Medford, MA. and presented by Matt and Shannon Heaton.

On Tues and Wed evenings (June 16-July 21), Celtic Guitar Camp will feature elements of the residential intensive music camp experience in a handy
2-day-per-week series.

There are offerings for backers and some for backers/melody players alike.
Different packages are available for maximum flexibility in scheduling. Players can choose one segment, or choose ‘em all:



MAtt and Shannon Heaton


Guitar Technique Class: a weekly 45-minute guitar aerobic workout, combining technical exercises from the classical guitar world, as well as dynamic workouts uniquely tailored to the trad Irish/Celtic guitar player.
Tuesdays June 16-July 21, 6:45-7:30pm

Backing Master Class: accompany a melody player (bring your own or use the
“house band”) in a set of tunes, and Matt20will offer suggestions on how to
improve your backing--all in front of your classmates. When you’re not
performing, you get to learn from classmates’ lessons.
Wednesdays June 17-July 22, 8:00-9:00pm

Theory for Trad Players: learn Matt’s “all you really need to know for
traditional music” approach. Whether you have never studied theory, or just need a brush up, this class can help. Music reading skills not required.
Wednesdays June 17-July 22, 6:45-7:30pm

Special Topic Seminars (hour-long workshops by experts)
Tuesdays June 16-July 21, 8:00-9:00pm
Guitar setup/maintenance
Intro to the bouzouki
History of guitar in Irish Music
Home Recording
Intro to the Bodhran


Matt Heaton

More about the special topic seminars:

Celtic Guitar camp in Medford, Mass is NOT JUST FOR FOR GUITARISTS! Tuesday and Wednesday eves from June 16-July 21, Matt will be running the
"Recession-Busting, Stay-at-Home, Celtic Guitar Camp.” Choose one segment, orchoose ‘em all… from backing classes for all instruments, to theory classes, to guitar aerobics, to these special topic lectures:

6/16-Home Recording with Curbside Recordings' Matt Malinkowski

6/23-Intro to the Bodhran with Paddy League

6/30-History of Irish Music with WGBH's Brian O'Donovan

7/7-Guitar Setup and Maintainance with Seven Hillls Luthierie's Robert

7/14-How to Get a Gig with Club Passim's Matt Smith

7/20-Intro to the Bouzouki with Matt Heaton (note Monday time)

Info at www.mattandshannonheaton.com/guitarcamp.html


I've written about Matt and Shannon before - please click here to read.



Kerry Dexter is the Music Editor for Wandering Educators.

Kerry's credits include VH1, CMT, the folk music magazine Dirty Linen,
Strings, and The Encyclopedia of Ireland and the Americas. She also
writes about the arts and creative practice at http://www.musicroad.blogspot.com Music Road.. You may reach her at music at wanderingeducators dot com.



Comments (1)

  • Dr. Jessie Voigts

    14 years 9 months ago

    this sounds like a lot of fun, kerry! from what you've told me of the heatons, this should be an incredible experience. thanks for sharing it!


    Jessie Voigts, PhD

    Publisher, wanderingeducators.com

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