Camellia Inn


foodI’m delighted to announce that my first ever guitar weekend in the United States will be at the Camellia Inn on December 4, 5 & 6. My renowned colleague Scott Nygaard will also be there, as well as legendary luthier and guitar innovator Rick Turner.



The weekend includes:
• Two nights accommodation
• Personal instruction from myself and Scott Nygaard on Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning
• Insights and set-ups from Rick Turner
• Full breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday
• Wine and Cheese reception on Friday and Saturday evening
• Light supper on Friday night and dinner on Saturday night
• Concert tickets for public performance on Saturday night

Package Price (based on one student)
Early Registration by November 1: $800
After November 1: $895
Additional Room Nights: $100 (more than 50% discount from regular rates)
Non Student Companion Rate: $250
For quotes on additional students and other options to make your stay perfect, please contact Lucy at 707.433.8182 or


Teaching some chords

My guitar curriculum introduces acoustic and fingerstyle players to the key concepts and techniques that underlie Celtic guitar music and a starting repertoire of accessible Celtic tunes. We will look at a couple of specific tunes and use those as vehicles to introduce key concepts of rhythm (e.g. jigs/ reels- what’s the difference?), tonality (what modes are used this music and why?) and ornamentation (triplets with the right hand, trills etc. with the left, grace notes with either etc.)

We’re going to be looking at the real nuts and bolts Celtic dance music that got, and still gets people through the day. The guitar in this music is still finding its own way. I grew up in Scotland listening to a lot of Irish music and have been grappling with two obsessions – one being the guitar itself, the instrument we all love — and the other being the traditional music itself.

tuitionScott will focus more on flatpicking, though the ideas he teaches are applicable to both that and fingerstyle playing. His knowledge of music theory and structure, harmonic concepts and chord theory are so useful in any style of music and any way of hitting guitar strings- fingers or pick. He’ll teach a couple of specific tunes that players of all levels can gain knowledge from and apply throughout their own repertoires.

The concert features individual sets by myself and Scott and concludes with a combined set.


Scott Nygaard

Scott Nygaard

Nygaard is one of the most inventive and original guitarists in the bluegrass/acoustic music scene. His solos, a seamless amalgam of bluegrass, folk, and jazz influences, shift easily from breath taking virtuosity to soulful melodic musings and his accompaniment is always intriguing, supportive, and propulsive. Initially influenced by Doc Watson, Clarence White, and Django Reinhardt and Riley Puckett, Scott spent many years wandering the sea of American music that includes bluegrass, jazz, Cajun, old-time, western swing and rock and roll, and has since expanded his musical world to include traditional Swedish and Irish music.
“Nygaard’s flat-picking is so fluid and clever the crowd keeps squinting at his hands, checking to make sure there are only two.” – Oakland Tribune
Scott was the guitarist with Tim O’Brien’s band, the O’Boys, from 1992 to 1997, and has performed and/or recorded with such acoustic music stars as Joan Baez, Chris Thile, Darol Anger, Jerry Douglas, Laurie Lewis, Anonymous 4, Matt Flinner, Bill Evans, Sharon Gilchrist, and many others, receiving numerous Grammy nominations for his stellar sidemanship. He was the guitarist on three recordings that have proven to be extremely influential on the contemporary acoustic music scene: Chris Thile’s Leading Off, Tim O’Brien’s Red on Blonde, and Jerry Douglas’s Slide Rule.


Rick Turner

Rick Turner

Turner is an American builder of guitars and basses, founder of Rick Turner Guitars and previous president of Gibson Labs West Coast R&D Division. After leaving Gibson in 1992 he ran a guitar repair shop at Westwood Music in Los Angeles where he developed piezo pickup designs, working with Jackson Browne, David Crosby and others. He later co-founded Highlander Musical Audio, manufacturer of piezo pickups for acoustic guitars. He continues to design and build guitars for many professional players including Lindsey Buckingham, Ry Cooder, David Lindley, David Crosby and Andy Summers. He is also a regular columnist for Acoustic Guitar magazine and was a former columnist for Bass Player, Frets and Guitar Player magazines.
The Turner Model 1 electric was designed by Turner for use by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, who continues to use the Model 1 to this day. Turner helped engineer the Grateful Dead’s “Wall of Sound.”Turner holds the patent on the graphite guitar neck, which he developed in 1976 with Geoff Gould (who then started Modulus Graphite). He also pioneered the use of curved plates on the front and back of his Model 1 electric guitars in order to reduce standing wave hysteresis loss and the use of 18 volt preamps in an attempt to tame the ‘quack’ sound commonly associated with piezoelectric acoustic guitar pickups. Turner teaches “Build a mandolin in four days” courses in the US and Australia and is extremely active on a wide range of musical instrument Internet forums.