Weekend Guitar Retreat
June  23- 25th, 2017
 Buxton, England

Buxton 2016

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Beautiful historical setting in the Peak District of Derbyshire /
Relaxed, non-competitive setting / 
Individual instruction / Student performances

 Fingerstyle Blues Roots to Contemporary Repertoire

IMAG0691 2The site for the weekend guitar retreat will be the  The Old Hall Hotel in the historic spa town of Buxton, in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, England. This session will focus on developing fingerstyle technique and  a  practical “toolbox” of ideas for understanding the logic of the fretboard and learning new repertoire.  The concepts will be illustrated through learning a wide-ranging repertoire of tunes including the arrangements of Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Blake, Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang as well as Woody’s original compositions.  Some of the ideas covered will be syncopated picking, creating chord melodies,  playing in open tunings, and ways to develop your own sound and create variations within a tune. Woody will break down the complexities and illustrate how the techniques of traditional country blues form the basis for other styles including gospel, jazz and contemporary sounds. This is a hands-on practical session for people who want to take their picking to the next level and learn some great tunes in the process.


There will be an emphasis on solo performance technique and playing in a group with plenty of chances to perform. Saturday evening there will be a student concert. In addition to the scheduled morning and early afternoon sessions, there will be informal workshops and individual instruction. Enrollment is limited. Students should be familiar with basic picking ( alternating bass ) and play a few tunes. The weekend is designed as a compliment to my previous workshops but with all new material. The Old Hall Hotel is the perfect location to create the relaxed an creative environment necessary for learning and taking chances.  Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. See you in Derbyshire for this always very special musical weekend retreat.  Woody 




        Friday   Afternoon Arrival / check in  Evening meeting at 6pm
        Saturday  10 am- 6 pm  (lunch 12:30-2) 9 pm- 11pm  Performing, jam session
        Sunday  (10 am – 5pm  (lunch 12-1:30)


The Old Hall Hotel, The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire, England. SK17 6BD
Tel: +44 (0) 1298 22841


Participants must book their own accommodations. The hotel has has offered us a very good special inclusive rate for the weekend. Please email Emma Potter at the hotel for details. Do book early.  There are many other B&B’s and hotels in Buxton within walking distance to the workshop.


£375 Pounds Sterling
Includes all materials, recordings, Friday Dinner, Saturday and Sunday lunch.


Once you are registered you will receive a confirmation email with additional information.

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We look forward to meeting everyone – Woody and Valerie


Friends from past Buxton workshops….


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