150630-0835What began as something of an experiment, our Guitar Workshop turned out to be a great success with a steady flow of enthusiastic guitarists turning up during the evening.

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Ronnie Parry (right) giving one-to-one tuition

It was nice to see some of our club members but equally, the many new faces who hopefully might look in on some of our regular Thursday Night meetings now that they have found us.

The three professional tutors, Ronnie Parry, Skeet Williams and Gareth Evans each began with a short presentation explaining their musical backgrounds and how they got into tutoring.  After a demonstration of their own particular styles of playing and a question and answer session, the attendees split into smaller groups for practical “hands on” tuition.

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Gareth Evans (right) demonstrating fingerstyle and percussive techniques

It was fascinating to see the three different approaches and there was plenty to learn, to the benefit of beginners and the more seasoned players.

Another highlight of the evening was a talk by guitar maker Harry Millar who has workshops in Treuddyn near Mold.  Harry imparted a mountain of useful information about getting the best out of one’s guitar. He then set up a little “workshop area” where he was kept busy throughout the evening examining and adjusting many of the instruments that had been brought along.

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Harry Millar working on a guitar in his improvised “workshop”

We are grateful and indebted to the four experts who gave their help and advice freely.  Do look them up by following the links below.

Thanks too, to Ruthin Festival Committee and The management of The Feathers Inn for helping to make this event possible.

The tutors:

  • Ronnie Parry.  Well known locally on the open mic circuit, Ronnie is a Community Course Tutor with WEA Cymru and also offers private group and one-to-one guitar tuition in the Ruthin area.
  • Skeet Williams. A professional session musician who over the years has played for and toured with more bands than most of us have had hot dinners! His latest project has been with the Gary Edward Jones band and is responsible for those beautiful delicate finger-picked guitar licks that are very much part of the overall sound of their latest album The Cabinet Maker.  Skeet also offers one-to-one guitar tuition throughout Denbighshire.
  • Gareth Evans. An exceptionally gifted guitarist who’s Goliath Guitar Tutorials have become become an internet phenomenon, attracting millions of hits and earned him the coveted YouTube 100,000 Subscriber Award.
    UPDATE: Gareth’s YouTube channel has since more than doubled that achievement with currently 271,122 subscribers and more than 37 million views
  • And do have a look at the website of Harry Millar Guitar builder/technician

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Left: Skeet Williams teaching ‘Al Fresco’. Right: Ronnie Parry offering advice to one of the attendees.