GC Course Diaries by Robert Fripp: Levels 1, 2 and 2.5 in Lunlunta, Argentina

Date or timeframe: 29-09-2004 / 07-10-2004
Venue: Casa de Retiro Nuestro Senora del Transito
Address: Franklin Villanueva y Maza
City: Lunlunta
Country: Argentina
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Tuesday 28th. September, 2004; 20.37

Casa de Retiro Nuestro Senora del Transito,
Franklin Villanueva y Maza,
5517 Lunlunta-Maipu,

Today began for me just after five in the morning, in the Premium Economy zone of a 767, some 6 hours out of Washington & 4 hours flying time left to Buenos Aires.

Some say that, where a piece of work is to be undertaken, conditions that arise in connection to it are provided which are appropriate, even necessary, for that piece of work to be honourably discharged. So, a Business Class seat, one that reclined sufficiently to allow a night’s sleep, enabling me to arrive a Happy Boy, relatively rested without dribbling, was clearly not the preparation that this course required of me.

The flight to Washington, upgraded on an about-to-be-empty stock of air miles, was straightforward. But it was not until I was into the Red Carpet Club, adjoining gate C7 at Dulles, that I discovered my travel agent had not upgraded me on both the connecting legs to the South American part of the journey (the long, overnight ones); but that I was booked to return to Washington a day earlier than I had asked to be. A three-hour layover for a connection is an intelligent provision – it allows for delays & difficulties in making connections – but 27 hours is a tad on the generous side for walking to an adjoining gate in the same terminal.

So, what to do when entering the cramped zone of Cattle Class (a term attributed to Richard Branson, accurately or otherwise, for naming the economy section of Virgin Airlines), an Unhappy Gigster re-visiting the terrors of 35 years’ long-haul flying, much of it in cramped & uncomfortable surroundings? What to do with a sudden confrontation of expectation negatively confounded?

Sleeping on an overnight long haul is, my extensive experience suggests, limited when in Business and unlikely in Economy. When I do travel Economy (and I don’t buy Business Class seats) I carry small items that make the flights more workable. Like, a neck pillow. This is not necessary in Business Class, where the seats have head support. In Economy my head flaps around & I wake, from the little fitful sleep available, with stiff neck & headache. In Economy, I carry noise-buster headphones and an i-Pod, available to revive the spirits with appropriate music should despair carry them away. And I carry a Happy Gigster Heavy-Duty Eye Blind (with bright orange rubber integral ear plugs) on whatever class of service I travel.

In 16E, central aisle on the right side, I found myself over from two characters, one man in his twenties & another in his thirties, who disturbed me viscerally. This was not a rational response to them: being close to their presences upset me.

One of them was a Mr. Booby. A booby is a person who has little or no control over their physical mannerisms, manifested in forms of twitching that intrude upon others within their proximate range. Boobies set up an energetic field that warns off other people (whether any of them know it or not, whether Mr. Booby knows it or not). If we are unable to control small physical mannerisms, we have no control of our emotional states (which would, in any case, be a significant achievement, resulting from long practice); nor are we able to separate ourselves from the stream of mental associations that flow ceaselessly (also be a significant achievement resulting from long practice). But there is a degree of control available to us over our small physical manifestations, although this involves a measure of self-awareness, and below this level of basic self-awareness is the world of boobyism. In other words, a Mr. Booby is dangerous. A Mr. Booby is an uncontrolled operator let loose in public. The danger can be sensed, even by those whose sentience level is set on less-than-ideal.

The Booby family is plentiful, and many of them fly the same United flights as myself. The mannerisms of this particular Mr. Booby involved loud clicking noises as he repeatedly flicked a spring-clip for extended periods of time. His chum, sitting on his right, emanated a similar energy although not manifested by boobyism.

So, how to deal with this? The only solution that presented itself to me, dribbling from a long day travelling already, was this: be present & with attention engaged. The situation was a pointed stick, sent by Guitar Craft World Central, to sharpen my sensibilities in preparation for the course.

The food was bad-to-awful, my head rolled around and woke me repeatedly, and the numbness of my butt (after 4 hours remaining motionless) finally prompted a formal awakening to the day. But a central seat open on my left rendered the flight possible, while uncomfortable.

Fernando & Marcello were waiting at the airport in Buenos Aires. This good company drove to the domestic airport, where we met other Crafties attending this course, for the internal flight to Mendoza

Arriving in Mendoza, we were met by Hernan, Martin & Andres. More good company to carry us to this superb facility, where a late lunch was waiting prior to a snooze, then dinner.

At dinner, following the main course, the server called out: there is dessert for those who wish. This was corrected to there is dessert for those who want. Wish is sacred, although the miraculous powers conferred by frequent consumption of dessert is an argument that might be made, and one with which I would have considerable sympathy. Nevertheless, on Guitar Craft, dessert is for those who want.

21.38 A new guitar was waiting for me. It is superb. An acoustic, modelled on the shape of the Ovation, made completely of wood & with a Les Paul-scale fingerboard, therefore a slightly smaller body. There are one or two small improvements that might be made, but this Beaudoux is my guitar for this course, and afterwards.

Wednesday 29th. September, 2004; 09.13

#1, Casa de Retiro Nuestro Senora del Transito,

Rising at 06.30, sitting at 07.15, breakfast at 08.00.

Silence came to visit around 08.20 and deepened, continuing until we rose from the breakfast tables at 09.00. The arrival of several students at the House took part within this.

Silence is a friend to Guitar Craft, and these visits a precious gift to the courses. This is where the distance between the real world and our everyday world suddenly closes.

The real world is as available to us as we are ourselves available; that is, to the extent that we can bear to be present to what is real. This is a question of being. Nearly everything we believe ourselves to be is unreal, and when our fond beliefs of who and what we are become clearly revealed as what they are, merely puff and flutter, we may find the insight hard, even terrifying, to bear. How easy to type these words.

The real world is not what we imagine it to be. This is because it’s real, not imaginary. It has a distinct quality, a taste, that in time we learn to recognise when, and if we’re lucky, this distance closes.

In the silence, there is also help. We are made a gift, to the degree that we are able to receive it. The gift is in this: we are given what we need. This might be in the form of necessary information, it might be a deposit in our bank account, it might be an investment in a piece of work to be undertaken.

There is no compulsion to accept the gift; although if we do, this becomes a beginning point. A gift remains in motion and, in accepting a gift, we recognise that there is also a responsibility that comes with it; although this accepting-responsibility is not compulsory. Money in the bank is there to be used and/or invested; also we might choose instead to have a party. Recognising & accepting a gift-freely-given, a crafty recipient treats it as a loan, knowing that no debt-collector will ever arrive to demand repayment. After all, a gift is unconditional: a gist to be repaid is not properly a gift.

Useful, perhaps necessary, information carried in this silence to me: on the nature of understanding, the present stage in my personal life-process, an exercise for the Kitchen Team.

10.4 A knock upon the door. A personal meeting.

11.25 A meeting at 10.30 with the Level Four At-A-Distance team lead by Mike.

Questions for the Level IV AAD: What is the distinguishing characteristic of Level Four? What is the difference between L3 & L4, for example? If a participant is at Level Four, they are able to answer & describe where there are. Three of the replies suggested this distinction is clear & experiential.

Discussion on what is realistic for the team’s work this week. A closing comment: in Guitar Craft so far, our work with AAD has been on the basis of geographical distance. Another element, that of distance in time, has not yet been addressed.

Afterwards, fine-tuning the roles of various Staff members.

15.01 Silence visited at lunch, around 13.20, coinciding with the arrival of more students.

18.07 Hernan has popped in to discuss various arisings. Several journalists would like to visit, even from Buenos Aires, for interviews. Some of these focus on the G3 performances in December. Also, a famous Argentinian artist would like to put equipment in a truck and drive here, to record me for his new album. We also discussed the possibility of Crimson working in Buenos Aires next year.

As of the end of this year, I am no longer a touring player. That is, touring is no longer the focus of my professional life, as it has been for the past 35 years; and live performance is no longer the focus of my playing-life, as it has been for 43 years (and 3 months). And I began performing in public three years before that. My working assumption has been that musicians play to people, and this takes place in public. The form this takes, in standard contemporary commercial performance & touring mode, is no longer tenable for me, for several reasons. I find the overall experience profoundly unmusical. Which doesn’t mean that I will never play in public again.

When the Crims met at Adrian’s last month, I suggested that if they presented me with a tour I couldn’t refuse, I probably wouldn’t. But the brain-dead approach to touring, such as Crimson in 2003, was not something I was prepared to undertake again. So, what & how? Argentinian audiences are very different to most of the contemporary European audiences of my acquaintance. There is a spirit here that is rare & remarkable. Would it be possible to arrange a Crimson tour of Argentina? No. A Crimson tour of Buenos Aires? Maybe. That’s something worth looking into and, if we can find a viable approach, to present to the other Crims for their consideration.

Crimson in Argentina is not something an established promoter here could approach, nor understand. This would have to involve a re-constitution of Possible Productions in the full knowledge that this is not, and cannot be, approached as a money-maker.

Now, back to practising on the Beadoux acoustic.

20.29 Dinner served late at 19.15. Silence visited strongly at 19.45 & was accepted in a way that is unusual for new students. Perhaps the Introductory & Preparatory courses are having an effect.

The House Rules were presented by Martin, Hernan, Rob, Luciano, Mr. Fritz, Terry. Mariela & Mariana, translated by Fernando.

One of these, to remain within the boundaries of the course, is conventionally taken as referring to the physical boundaries of the property within which the course is being held. Actually, this rule refers to holding our attention present within the course. Telephone contact with family & friends is to be approached with care, to avoid distraction & dispersal. Music to be heard is that generated from within the course rather than, for example, listening to CDs. Reading material is also better focused on that presented within the course. So, to the extent that we may, let us be within the boundaries of the course.

Another, there is no mistake save one: the failure to learn from a mistake. But it is not legitimate to point out the mistakes of others.

Another rule, to accept nothing presented to us in blind faith. Blind faith has no place in Guitar Craft. Rather, we are asked to approach anything with a healthy scepticism, engaging in a spirit of goodwill. Guitar Craft is based on insight & experience, but is not perfect. Exercises, even those based on insight & experience, are capable of further refinement and perfecting. Perhaps the application of our healthy scepticism may contribute to this greater refinement.

These, and more.

Guitar Craft time was set at 20.19 and punctuality asked of the students, while recognising that punctuality is not part of Argentinian culture. Nevertheless, we are asked to honour the external flow of Time’s Arrow. If we fail to seize the opportunity available in this moment, the moment is lost. It will never return. If we are able to honour the flow of external time, then another kind of time becomes available to us.

Translation is Fernando’s main work on this course. The main work of Zum is performance, with the challenge of setting a standard to which we may all aspire. On earlier courses, the Zums have been Guitar Buddies.

The Inaugural Meeting was set for 21.30 to allow sufficient time for clean-up & completing the kitchen process.

22.52 Inaugural Meeting: acknowledging that there are 3 people yet to arrive, and recognising that they are already part of this course, the Course was formally declared underway at just before 21.35.

The Level One introduced themselves. The first Yorkshire accent, and the second Irish accent, that I recall on a Level One. This is also the first Level One with more British than Americans, with the possible exception of one course at the Red Lion House.

The IM was adjourned until tomorrow, when the Kitchen Team & Staff will introduce themselves.

Thursday 30th. September, 2004; 08.41


The copper cables that carry local telephony were stolen recently, leaving two villages without telephones. Personal intervention of the bishop resulted in new copper lines being replaced within 24 hours, so I am told. Telephony from the office here is exciting.

Bedroom with a view…

Office with a view…

New Guitar Craft model by Eduardo Daniel Beaudoux: El Fanta…

14.33 This morning…

Kitchen Team meeting.
Inaugural Meeting: Part II.
Introduction to the Alexander Technique by Mariela.
A few words on the Morning Sitting.
First meeting with Level One.

Lunch: silence appeared very strongly at 13.10, fell on deaf ears, and left. Zum played very well.

Intro to that part of the kitchen where the washing-up is done, for students to get to know the area & navigate it safely.

17.7 A sufficient quota of despair has been served me for today.

Firstly, with the Level One at 15.00; secondly, the Level Two at 16.30. Level One wrestled the complexities of counting to four; Level Two the rocket science of C major. The Level One were told the story of how, on Guitar Craft courses in Roman times, the instructors were provided with baths, very hot water and razor blades, as a mercy.

17.41 Reflecting on these past two meetings, it seems that a radical change is needed in how I relate to Guitar Craft students and courses. This has likely effect on current future-plans.

18.55 T’ai Chi with Luciano at 18.00 then Quiet Time.

21.15 Good comments over dinner.

Why is the morning sitting important? Forming an energetic structure. What-we-are submits to who-we-are. Relaxation is a beginning-foundation for other exercises, most of which have not yet been introduced in GC. We are active towards the energies of sensation (the direct experience of the presence of life in the body), the feelings, and mental energies. These energies begin to cohere, over time, although this subtle structure remains vulnerable and may be dispersed if subject to unfortunate external conditions.

After dinner: discussion with Hernan regarding the present stage of GC.

22.32 Guitar Meeting in the dining room with 71 people, and 70 guitars, in the circle.

Subjectively, a hard day for me.

October 2004

Friday 1st. October, 2004; 08.46


A sense of the way forward for Guitar Craft & how to re-organise the functional aspects of Guitar Craft operations.

11.34 T’ai Chi with Luciano at 09.30

Meeting with Level One at 10.15. Given the limitations of guitar abilities, I adopted a different approach: one that would conventionally be used on courses at Levels Three & Four. For me, the meeting was directed towards finding an approach that I can use with less experienced students, but which more experienced students would also recognise as valuable. Suggestion to the meeting: choose one thing to take away from the meeting & put it in the bank.

Meeting with Level Two at 11.00. I recommended that they apply to join the Level One, saying please, please may we join your group? All but one accepted this recommendation.

The re-organisation of Guitar Craft functioning is underway.

13.57 Comments over lunch:

How one moment of in-attention can spoil the group’s working. Some situations can be contained, some repaired, and some are lost.

Attention span.

Tight lips & frightened eyes – we are not asked to change this behaviour: we are asked to notice it. If we try to change this expression, for example, with a fixed smile & unmoving eyes, this is the same as what it’s replacing. For, now, we observe our behaviour & notice its characteristics without attempting to change anything. When we “merely” notice, something has already changed.

Battle: struggle is a better term. And this is only one strategy. Sometimes, the appropriate strategy is to do nothing. The Quiet Time before dinner is to allow the energies activated in the day’s struggle to settle, to find their place.

Knowing & understanding: you can take understanding onstage. In front of perhaps two thousand people, knowing what is needed is not enough. Knowing plus an instrumental facility is more substantial, but remains partial without a feel for what is being done. An example was used of Luciano’s rasguedos with Zum. RF knows what a rasguedo is, and can even (pitifully) attempt it. But Luciano’s have a feel & are musical.

Work this afternoon: Level One in small groups & individual meetings with the Guitar Buddies. Personal Alexander meetings.

Tai chi at 18.00. Quiet Time at 18.30

20.02 Comments over dinner:

It was suggested that, for a Yorkshireman, size matters.

RF: Did anyone notice that the overall standard of the Level One fell when the Level Two joined it?
Commentator: I didn’t say that!
RF: No. I did.

Irritation. In time we see that we are the person who irritates us: we are the same person. Then, increasingly irritation has a lesser hold on us. There is a tendency to hold onto our irritation and our negativity: it makes us feel alive! To be free of this is a considerable freedom. Speaking generally, if a person is in a way of discipline, of having a personal practice, this freedom may be acquired in 12-14 years, if practised seriously.

Goodwill. Some people have this seemingly naturally, by favourable conditions of their birth & upbringing. Where this is a natural grace, the person who radiates goodwill may not be able to show others how to practice goodwill for themselves. If we have an unpleasant nature, and dislike people this is no obstacle to sending goodwill to others. Actually, it is easier to send goodwill to those we dislike than to those we like. There is an implicit demand on transactions with those we like: to like us in return. To send goodwill to someone we dislike is therefore cleaner, more straightforward.

Meeting with Level Four Residential & AAD Tea at 20.30. House of Guitars meeting in dining room at 21.30.

22.53 Very good comments from the AAD team.

A good-hearted House of Guitars, with 74 guitars & 76 participants guitars in the circle. A new variation on introducing multiple notes in the circle. Thrakking with new variants on magic chords. And a rhythm in 4/4 (actually 2+ 6/8). This may be a first in Guitar Craft.

Saturday 2nd. October, 2004; 08.54

#1, The Savoy Corridor, Lunlunta.

Silence gently entered breakfast around 08.30 and held its presence.

12.02 T’ai Chi at 09.30 followed by Level One meeting for me, with circulations & rhythms.

The sun is shining, the sky is blue.

15.06 First personal meeting with a member of the Kitchen Team, and another 18 to follow today.

20.26 Performance at dinner by a League of Gauchos & Zum.

Silence entered strongly while the dinner continued as usual. Subsequent comments had a substantiality that indicated silence had made its contribution, as always.

Comment: during washing-up, singing in the kitchen was followed by a broken cup. The suggestion was that the two were directly related. One student reacted against this conclusion: cause & effect may not be this direct.

A qualitative shift during T’ai Chi was noticed.

21.04 Four more personal meetings. All good stuff, with real questions. In response to a personal meeting today:

The Observer is a construct in personality which becomes an instrument through which the unconditioned part of ourself is able to view the conditioned parts of ourself, and their interaction with the world. We experience a sense of separation between the conditioned and unconditioned parts. The information gathered in this way is a necessary part of developing a personal “centre of gravity”. As this “centre of gravity” begins to form, this in turn becomes an instrument through which the unconditioned may observe and, perhaps, operate. As this “centre of gravity” becomes more substantial, a finer level of perception and functioning becomes possible.

22.11 An excellent performance for the house by Zum in the ballroom at 21.30.

Sunday 3rd. October, 2004; 14.51

#1, The Savoy Corridor, Lunlunta.

This morning:

Level T. Further practising of toilet cleaning.

Personal meetings with guitars. Several of the students are now (at least) as competent as myself, and several are better players. This is of great importance, and value, in terms of my personal process.

At lunch: silence entered & remained, within which comments continued. The presence of silence includes sound, and behaviour, that is intentional. Silence may, or may not, persist where there is careless, unintentional, dopey behaviour; but it seems as if silence departs. At least, that is my Guitar Craft experience.

Several performances.

16.20 Meeting with Level One at 15.00. There were difficulties grasping rhythmic circulation.

A Mother visited for tea. For me, Mother is sacred.

There is a qualitative shift in the house, I feel, and benevolence is available to us. It is a privilege to be in a house where there is an established tradition of worship, of whatever denomination: something is here waiting for us. Experience suggests this becomes available to support us.

22.29 Personal meetings this evening and real issues.

One superb student: I had no advice to offer his guitar playing. Rather, if I had made a suggestion, I felt it might divert him from his own trajectory.

A fun House of Guitars meeting with inner & outer circles, with difficulties circulating in simple counting patterns.

Monday 4th. October, 2004; 08.31


Senor Ugo has sent his band Horn Up Your Ass and they performed two pieces superbly at breakfast. Senor Ugo is unable to be here personally, but the horn is still up! he is alleged to have claimed.

Discussion at breakfast with Hernan: how an organisation that is set up to serve legitimate needs becomes instead a body that seeks to perpetuate itself, to be served & supported by the nominal beneficiaries of its activities. How a process goes off course.

Today, many personal meetings with the Level One Agglomerate.

11.28 Answers to one student’s questions:

Large aim: to act from conscience.
Personal aim for RF on this course: to be what the course needs.
One small personal aim: to be instructed by Tom in how to clean a toilet.

17.27 Last client of the day. Many topics covered:

the necessity of having an aim;
establishing an interior architecture;
maintaining innocence while developing a practice;
internalised critics passing negative judgement;
GC right-hand technique applied to Fender (not possible for me) & Gibson;
Inability to maintain work.

21.14 Very good performance at dinner by a Level One quartet, three members from Mendoza. Then The Hell Boys made their performance debut for this course.

Now, just ended, a discussion with Tom & Hernan re: GC activities for the next 16 months.

22.56 House Meeting with the aim of different parts touching base together. Various topics:

What is the name of this group?
An exercise for dreamless sleep, but not to be given unless we are working together for an extended period of time, under special conditions, that repercussions may be addressed.
It is necessary in life to have an aim. Anything easy contributes nothing to our bank. How to raise money? We set ourselves a smaller aim to raise money to support the larger aim. Challenge: what is possible + 10%.
How to put money in the bank?

A performance challenge was presented to the Level One from which the Kitchen Team is banned: the kitchen teams from Argentina are cruel (but fair). Stories were told of overripe grapefruit segments splatting on guitars.

Tuesday 5th. October, 2004; 11.28


Level T.
Flies abundant during T’ai Chi.
Personal meetings included professional concerns.

19.06 Dinner is delayed to 19.15 once again.

Today: many more personal meetings, mostly with genuine concerns. Initial steps recommended for the beginning construction of an interior architecture.

20.25 Very strong visit by Silence at dinner, just before 20.00. It’s as if we have a Friend who just won’t stop giving us good things.

21.43 More strong personal meetings this evening.

Wednesday 6th. October, 2004; 12.57


E-mail from Curt re: GC organisational changes. Meeting with Hernan discussing these & the short- to mid-term futures. Personal meetings with guitar.

Level One made a performance at noon to a well-behaved audience. But why were the nuts banned?

Pinned on the notice-board this morning…


i While we are doing nothing, perhaps in a relaxed fashion, we watch, we look, we observe: ourselves, our surroundings, people around us, and the interactions and interrelationships between these.

ii We look at ourselves as if we were looking at a friend we love: impartially, without judgement, without criticism. We simply look. In time, we gather information about this animal that we inhabit: what it does in recurrent circumstances, what it feels and thinks about those particular circumstances. We notice how what it feels and thinks and does impact upon each other.

iii We learn what we may ask the creature to do, notice where it is prepared to accept direction, where it refuses to follow instruction, when it goes on strike.

iv Although we have done nothing, simply by looking, something has changed. When one small part of a whole changes, the whole is itself changed. One small variation and, as if a butterfly has flapped its wings, there is a change in the overall economy and ecology of the human being.

v Four qualities of watching:


vi An observer is being constructed in personality, where part of us is becoming accustomed to look at other parts of us.

Not all of our energy is flowing into customary channels.
Our attention is being divided.

vii One day, when looking, a shift takes place. We move from looking to seeing.

viii When we have acquired more information while doing nothing, we begin to gently and gradually see what is possible in acquiring an efficient technique.

16.35 Personal meetings, without guitars.

To one student:

Know that the world will die if we do not extend our good wishes to it. That is, if we do not do the work that is given to us to discharge, part of the world will die. Know this for a certainty.

There is also a rough, but distinct, division in Guitar Craft students between those more interested in the Guitar side of Guitar Craft, those who are not interested in the “philosophy” (or what a German student once referred to as “obscure ideologies”; and those who are more interested in the Craft approach. One of the students on this course, who has been attending GC for four years & has a background in philosophy, was reportedly surprised to discover that GC has a “philosophical” foundation.

21.04 The League of Crafty Guitarists (Director: Hernan Nunez) has performed for local guests – family, friends, a representative of the bishop. An honourable performance that was very well received. Currently, a buffet dinner is underway for the house & guests.

Thursday 7th. October, 2004; 11.21

#1, The Savoy Corridor,
Casa de Retiro Nuestro Senora del Transito,

The first grey day for several.

The Level One Agglomerate has two tasks: the Exercise of Qualitative Endeavour; and to present a circle performance of either solo or small group pieces, and Calliope as a large group, for those who would like to participate in it.

Personal meetings. Topics included work in the circle & several issues of life choices.

14.38 The Hellboys were joined at lunch in a Hell Boys Agglomeration by Horn Up Your Ass for The Chord From Hell. Then a series of performers, ending with Tom & The Hellgirls.

A queue has formed in the Savoy Corridor, to deal with transportation issues. Mr. Booby has been given the job of distributing sweet & tasty goodies to those in the queue, to fortify them during their waiting. The goodies were a present from guests who visited last night, a good present & well received.

18.42 Presentation of the results of The Exercise of Qualitative Endeavour at 16.30. Then a performance of solo, small group pieces & Calliope. This was a true Level One performance, with a little audience encouragement but without fresh fruit & peanuts.

20.35 Over the stage in the ballroom, surveying our work throughout the week…

Silence abruptly entered the dining room at 19.55 with such force & rapidity that several students turned around from their tables to see what was happening. It remained for some 20 minutes until two farts at the serving end of the dining room convulsed several of the team. Normal life then resumed with the pumping-down of some savage dessert.

22.59 Final meeting at 21.30.

The student who exogusted at dinner owned up. Mr. Farty explained he had been “feeling poorly”. I commented that I would be happy to see him again at another GC course, but I would not be sharing a dormitory with him.

Thanks were offered to Hernan & the Kiel Team, Martin & The Guitar Buddies, The Kitchen Team, Mariela for doing double duty on the Alexander Shift, Tom for introducing Level T into a GC course.

This course represents a shift to the next stage of Guitar Craft. A remarkable level of help has been available. The operational side of GC has been re-organised to meet the needs of the next period & we have a greater sense of what is needed for the next 18 months.

For myself, a sense of how to work with Level One & Twos in the context of the mixed-levels of experience such as are found on large courses; and a development in my process.

Course declared finished for a few, concluded for several others, and completed by many, at 22.49.

The House Closure procedure begins at 23.10, to tidy & clean.

Now, packing.

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The hotel provided a modest feeding trough. New reading: John Mason’s ... Read More

GC Course Diaries by Robert Fripp: Level 1, 2 and 2.5 in Lebanon, US

GC Course Diaries by Robert Fripp: Level 1, 2 and 2.5 in Los Molinos, Spain

Villa Mercedes / Padres Claretianos
Los Molinos

Monday 23d. May, 2005; 09.36

Villa Mercedes / Padres Claretianos, Calle San Pascual Nº 3, esquina travesía San Pascual, 28 ... Read More

GC Course Diaries by Robert Fripp: Level 1, 2 and 2.5 in Los Molinos, Spain

GC Course Diaries by Robert Fripp: Guitar Craft 21st. Anniversary Course / Levels 1, 2 and 2.5

Casa de Retiro Nuestra Señora del Transito

Monday 10th. April, 2006; 20.05

Casa de Retiro Nuestro Senora del Transito, Franklin Villanueva y Maza, 5517 Lunlunta-Maipu, Mendoza, Argentina.

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GC Course Diaries by Robert Fripp: Guitar Craft 21st. Anniversary Course / Levels 1, 2 and 2.5

GC Course Diaries by Robert Fripp: Level 3 in Sant Cugat, Spain

Monasterio Nuestra Señora De Los Angeles (Monjas Dominicas)
Sant Cugat

Tuesday 8th. August, 2006; 21.51

Monasterio Nuestra Señora De Los Angeles (Monjas Dominicas), Sant Cugat, Spain.

A wonderful morning on ... Read More

GC Course Diaries by Robert Fripp: Level 3 in Sant Cugat, Spain