Alternative Guitar Summit offers virtual lessons and an in-person summer camp

The Alternative Guitar Summit, founded in 2010 by guitarist/composer Joel Harrison, is an annual festival of inventive musicians who emphasize new and unusual approaches to the guitar.

The summit consists of a guitar camp, with master classes by notable guitarists, and a music festival with concerts by stars of the alternative guitar genre as well as notable young players.

The AGS also seeks to commission new works, whether improvised, notated, or both, and is dedicated to promoting new music through education and performance. He specializes in creating opportunities for lesser-known, non-commercial musicians.

The AGS Advisory Board includes alternative guitar masters like Pat Metheny, Elliott Sharp, Ben Monder and Nels Cline.

Miles Okazaki (2014 Alternative Guitar Summit, NYC)

The core of the AGS philosophy is to teach music, not just guitar. Bringing students face-to-face with much-loved alternative actors, they will be challenged to grow and find their own voice.

“Music is sacred,” says the AGS mission statement. “He speaks of the passions, pains and joys of our lives. We want you to discover and express the deepest part of yourself. Ideally, this involves being open to ideas and approaches from many viewpoints, cultures and practices. This openness defines the concerts we present and the teachers we bring to you.

Each year, AGS honors a living guitarist/composer. This year, the organization celebrates the legacy of educator and performer Mick Goodrick, which has inspired countless guitarists over more than five decades of teaching. The gig is March 12 at the Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and there’s a live streaming option.

The AGS Virtual Education Summit will take place February 25-26. Learn more and register here.

Information about this year’s in-person summer guitar camp at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY is here. A limited scholarship may be available.

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