Blues guitarist Robben Ford and slide guitar visionary Sonny Landreth announce a Dojo Guitar Camp to be held August 4 – 8, 2014, at the elegantly rustic Full Moon Resort in the Catskill Forest Preserve (about 30 miles west of Woodstock, N.Y.). The camp is geared towards enthusiasts and guitarists of all skill levels to join Robben Ford and Sonny Landreth for four days and nights of personal guitar instruction, interaction, and performances ranging from to the blues to swamp music.
Ford is an acclaimed guitarist, singer-songwriter, educator, solo artist and sideman whose astounding resumé includes working such legends as George Harrison, Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell, among many others. Eric Clapton calls slide guitar master Sonny Landreth “one of the most advanced guitarists in the world.” Each musician’s aesthetic is deeply personal, easily identifiable, sophisticated, and rooted in American music’s mother earth, the blues.
Guitar Dojo enrollment is open to guitar buffs and guitarists of all levels. Participants will enjoy a fully immersive learning experience organized by Robben Ford. In addition to his robust profile as a world-class musician, Ford is a highly sought-after educator with a series of acclaimed and groundbreaking interactive videos presented on a variety of formats including disks, downloads and mobile apps. This Guitar Dojo Camp will include master classes, one-on-one sessions, landmark live performances with sit-in opportunities, and all-inclusive meal options and lodging accommodations.
“I’ve been wanting to do something like this for years because teaching is very personal to me” Ford says. “There is so much information out there – different players, pedals, amps, and guitars – that a lot of people have trouble finding themselves. It’s my aim to help people connect to their own inner creativity as guitarists so that each participant can unlock their potential.”
Landreth adds: “An opportunity like this, where people can ask questions in real time, allows for spontaneity—one question might lead to an exciting new direction. Plus, there’s just nothing like sitting in front of a musician and feeling that energy.”
Each musician will use examples from their work to illustrate intricacies of their personal style and introduce/reinforce technical basics. Ford will discuss his harmonically rich approach to blues soloing, his innovative rhythm guitar style, and his songwriting process, among other topics. Landreth reveals: “I want to give people a keener sense of slide guitar and its potential. Some things I plan on covering are chordal tuning; melody, harmony, rhythm, and supporting the soul of the song; the complex fingerpicking in my solo pieces; and I will discuss my ensemble compositions.”
In addition to Ford and Landreth, Ford’s ace rhythm section (Brian Allen bass and Wes Little drums) will conduct master classes on groove, time, and pocket, and Ford’s friend and trusted guitar tech, Rick Wheeler, a jazz virtuoso, will also conduct sessions on jazz guitar.
One of the most thrilling aspects of Guitar Dojo will be hearing these complimentary talents make music together. Though they’ve traveled in similar circles and occasionally worked together, this event marks the first in-depth and prolonged interaction between these two musical giants.
Ford says: “Sonny and I have been acquainted for years but never spent a length of time together. I’m really happy to finally get a chance to do something with him. What he does is so beautiful and soulful.”
Sonny returns: “Robben Ford is one of my biggest heroes, and he is one of the most unique players of all time. We have a lot to draw from — it will feel like coming home.”
Ford’s new album, A Day in Nashville, an original collection of blues and soul songs recorded with a live audience in the Music City studio Sound Kitchen in one session, is set for release on March 4th. Ford is currently performing national U.S. tour dates throughout 2014.
Dreamcatcher Events is the producer of the immersive, performing arts retreat.