On Tuesday 17th April, the Institute will welcome Guthrie Govanto give an exclusive masterclass* to Institute students at theTricycle Cinema in Kilburn.
Guthrie is arguably the most exciting and significant newguitarist to emerge in the virtuosic rock/fusion guitar scene inmany years. A brilliant artist who is at home in a variety ofmusical genres and styles, he combines astonishing technique withvast theoretical knowledge, a down-to-earth feel, sophisticatedharmonic vocabulary, superb improvisation abilities, alongside apenchant for memorable melodies, and woody organic tone. Whetherit's mainstream shred rock a la G3, fusion jazz, chicken-pickingcountry, groove-driven funk, down-home blues or whatever otherstyle you could think of, Guthrie does them all with fantasticskill.
Additionally, Guthrie has worked as a transcriber for GuitarTechniques magazine since 1994, and regularly works with the samplerecreation company Replay Heaven, as a result of which his guitarand bass work has graced hit singles by the likes of Sonny J, theSugababes, Cee Lo Green and Dizzee Rascal. He has also touredextensively with Dizzee, performing in arenas and festivalsthroughout the UK.
The master class will cover topics such as improvisation,efficient playing techniques, and ear development as well assharing advice on how to generate a range of guitar tones usingbasic equipment. Guthrie will also demo some of the material fromhis Erotic Cakes and The Aristocrats albums.
*Within just 48hrs of internal announcement, this masterclass wassold out twice over, and thus Institute has decided to take it to alarger venue. There are a therefore still few tickets available tothe general public, priced at only £10 per ticket.