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"The event of the year for anyone who teaches guitar"

at University of West London. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The theme of this year's conference will be Acoustic Guitar, and will also feature the launch of RGT's new ukulele exams.

There will be an extensive programme of seminars by top music educators:

RGT Ukulele Exams Official Launch - Tony Skinner & Pete Farrugia
Of all the guitar-family instruments, the ukulele is growing the fastest in popularity and is now one of the most commonly taught instruments. Be among the first teachers to find out about these new fully-accredited ukulele exams, with demonstrations direct from the syllabus developers.

Contemporary Uke Playing Techniques - Ben Rouse
Ben is a stunning and exciting modern ukulele player and in this workshop demonstrates the cutting-edge techniques used in contemporary uke playing.

Percussive Acoustic Guitar - Chris Woods
Chris Woods is a phenomenal acoustic guitarist who performed at Glastonbury this year and is author of Hal Leonard's 'Percussive Acoustic Guitar' book/DVD. In this seminar Chris will explain and demonstrate a variety of impressive percussive guitar techniques, such as string slapping, body percussion, tapping and harmonics.

60th Anniversary of the Stratocaster - Damon Chivers
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Stratocaster this year, Damon Chivers will give a presentation on the history, the evolution, the sounds and the artists associated with this iconic instrument.

Exam Preparation By Stealth - Merv Young
RGT Chief Examiner, Merv Young, provides ideas on how to incorporate material from the various RGT graded exam syllabuses into regular lessons to ensure structured learning for pupils who are preparing for an exam, as well as for those who are unsure about taking one.

Working With Challenging Students - Al Summers & Ray Bradfield
Proven strategies for teaching guitar to children with behavioural problems, exceptionally slow learners, and adults with mental health issues or learning diffi culties.

Arranging Songs For Acoustic Guitar - Max Milligan
Accomplished acoustic guitar player Max Milligan demonstrates and explains how to make really effective and great sounding arrangements of popular songs for acoustic guitar.

Uke Strumming Techniques - Phil Doleman
Phil has been at the forefront of the ukulele revival for the last 10 years and is one of the most respected players and teachers in the UK ukulele world. In this seminar, he'll explain and demonstrate the range of strumming techniques, from a basic level upwards, that are commonly used on the ukulele.

Using Current Skills To Develop Sight Reading - Al Summers & Ray Bradfield
An alternative approach to sightreading, this seminar is designed for advanced rock & blues players who lack music notation reading skills.

Lap Steel and Dobro - Chris Eaton
Much in demand as a session player, Chris is regarded as one the UK's premier slide guitar players. In this seminar, Chris demonstrates the wonderful range of sounds that can be achieved on lap steel and dobro guitars.

Improve Your Teaching - Merv Young
RGT Chief Examiner, Merv Young, explains how taking an RGT teaching or performance diploma will improve your teaching skills, help you attract more students and enable you to become more likely to gain employment in schools.

Playing Jazz On The Uke - Phil Doleman
A consummate "player's player", Phil regularly performs at all the top ukulele festivals, and here he'll focus on jazz and chord-melody playing.

Villa-Lobos Guitar Pieces - Raymond Burley
Internationally-renowned classical guitarist Raymond Burley talks about interpreting and performing the guitar pieces of Villa-Lobos, with the emphasis on those pieces in the LCM/RGT grades and diploma syllabuses.

Acoustic Blues Guitar - Danny Kyle
Voted 2nd best guitarist in the UK by Blues Matters magazine, Danny will demonstrate a range of acoustic blues guitar styles, particularly Mississippi Delta Blues and the music of Robert Johnson.

Finding the musical source - Vic Hyland
Looking at indigenous, shamanic and roots music to rediscover the basics of music and why it is so powerful.

NLP and music – Vic Hyland
An introduction to neuro-linguistic programming, and how to use language patterns to enhance music performance and help with things such as exam nerves in pupils.

Lunchtime concert: 'Ben Rouse Hardcore Ukulele'
You won't hear any of the ukulele standards here! Ben plays a mix of music from rock/pop to solo baroque arrangements and fi nger blistering "rip-em-up" solos.

Plus additional seminars still to be announced.


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Venue and Times

The venue is the University of West London, Ealing, London W5 5RF. There is free car parking nearby, as well as good train and underground connections nearby. There is easy access from Heathrow airport.

Refreshments will be provided for all participants on arrival at no extra cost. (Participants can purchase sandwiches and snacks for lunch, and additional refreshments throughout the day at the university canteen.)

The conference will open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. This should enable most delegates to attend without the need for overnight accommodation.


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