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Continuing to provide the ultimate experience in music education, Guitar Workshop Plus ... Bass, Drums, Keyboards, and Vocals announces Vancouver Weekend Session and an incredible artist line-up for the 2008 program.

Widely regarded as one of the premier music education programs in North America, Guitar Workshop Plus has announced a Vancouver Weekend Session as part of their 2008 schedule. Confirmed session dates are as follows:

Vancouver Weekend Session May 30-June 1, 2008
Toronto (Week-long Session 1) July 13-18, 2008
Toronto (Week-long Session 2) July 20-25, 2008

Formerly held at UBC, the Vancouver Weekend session will be held at the downtown campus of Vancouver Community College. Some of the Vancouver area's finest guitarists including Juno award winning blues great David Gogo, acoustic genius Don Alder, blues/rock guru Tim Porter, and incredible rock master Dave Martone will be a part of the program. Other confirmed guest artists for this year's program include living jazz legend John Scofield (John Scofield Trio, Miles Davis), rock instrumental virtuoso Paul Gilbert (solo, Mr. Big, Racer X), legendary bassist Stu Hamm (solo, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai), Canadian blues Goddess Sue Foley, rock guitar guru Gary Hoey, drummer Rick Gratton, and more.

Designed for aspiring musicians of all ages including teenagers, adult hobbyists, students pursuing music careers, semi-professional and professional musicians, the program offers students a unique setting for intense musical and personal growth. As well, this program allows for group development (entire bands will sometimes attend) and the family experience (father and son, mother and daughter, brothers and sisters, etc.). The program provides students with the opportunity to study multiple styles, courses, and levels with some of the industry's leading musicians. Having enjoyed the experience of a lifetime, students leave each session with enough material to work on until the following year. The program's administration has been organizing and directing summer music workshops across North America for fourteen years. This unique Canadian program has been sold out the last few years running. Musicians of all ages and levels have been attending from across Canada, the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia. Considered by many to be the premier summer music education program in Canada, the program has been offering workshops in Toronto and Vancouver for the past several years and plans for expansion are in the works.

By directing instruction to the student's personal style, level of experience, and musical goals, the program creates a healthy, non-competitive environment in which to learn. Furthermore, in addition to an outstanding faculty roster, the list of artists who have worked and continue to work with the administration is truly astounding. Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Robben Ford, Rik Emmett, Randy Bachman, Andy Summers (The Police), Billy Sheehan, Pierre Bensusan, Wayne Krantz, John Abercrombie, Duke Robillard, Lorne Lofsky, John Knowles, John Jorgenson, Paul DeLong, and Orin Isaacs are just a few of the world class artists on this list. Courses are offered for all levels (Beginner to Advanced), ages (12 through Adult), and styles including blues, jazz, rock, acoustic, and classical. The intensive bass, drum, keyboard, and vocal courses cover many styles and afford students with many rhythm section and ensemble performance opportunities. Each day consists of morning and afternoon classes that involve a hands-on approach, late afternoon clinics (songwriting, improvisation, vocal, etc.), ensemble performances, and evening concerts.

Resident and non-resident tuitions are available and registration has already begun for the 2008 sessions.

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