Jazz Guitar Workshop- With Frank Vignola

Jazz Guitar Workshop with Frank Vignola

Join Jazz Guitar Master Frank Vignola, for an all-day Jazz Guitar Workshop, exploring and discussing jazz guitar, chord development, improvisation and techniques!  The workshop will be held at the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430, on Saturday, March 9, 2019  and will run from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

The workshop will conclude with a private performance for the students by Vignola The $85.00 cost includes take-home materials, lunch, and a two-year museum membership.  Students are asked to bring a guitar (acoustic or archtop, preferably, as amplifiers will be limited) to the workshop.

About the workshop: Bring your guitar and be ready to play all day.

Beginner, intermediate, and advanced players are welcome.  Because this is primarily a jazz guitar workshop, all attendee’s should know a major 7th, dominate 9th, and minor 7th chord, as well as be able to play a few songs.  Players of all genres will benefit from the curriculum.

A repertoire of 10 standards will be provided to each participant via email prior to the workshop.

Frank leads the class through warm-up exercises that could be incorporated into your daily practice routine. He also leads the group through the repertoire of the 10 songs sent to all in advance of the workshop. Frank will also discuss the importance of melody and how to take the melody of a song, spice it up a bit, and create an improvised solo

Guitarists tend to think in positions and specific registers of the guitar but we need to get out of the box!  Frank will explore how you can take something as basic as an arpeggio or chord tones and expand it to cover the entire fretboard, and how to integrate this way of thinking into your practice and performance. 

For further information, please contact programs@mahwahmuseum.org.

Advanced registration and payment is required.

Space is limited to twenty students, so please register early.

To register, by mail please send a check payable (for the full amount, $85.00) to Mahwah Museum, to: Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ  07430.

To register online via PayPal, please click here

Instructor Bio:

“Acoustic Guitar Music like you’ve never heard before!”

Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, Mark O Connor, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest…stars of the guitar”.

Frank has many cd’s and dvd’s.  He has played with and recorded with Tommy Emmanual, Buck Pizzarelli and many others.   He sat in often with Les Paul at the Iridium.

He has written over fifteen instructional books for Mel Bay, produced several instructional DVDs, and teaches courses on the internet.  He appeared on the PBS television programs Tommy Emmanuel and Friends and Four Generations of Guitar.

This workshop is made possible by a grant from the Les Paul Foundation and is hosted by the Mahwah Museum Society Inc.