The Guitar Circle I
Guitar Craft 25th. Anniversary Completion Course
Special Project: The Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists III

Date or timeframe: 19-03-2010 / 28-03-2010
City: Sassoferrato, Ancona
Country: Italy
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Directed by Robert Fripp. Assisted by experienced members of The LCG, GC EUR & SA, and TTA teams.

Arrivals: Friday, March 19th, early afternoon
Departures: Sunday, March 28th, morning

On Friday 26th. March, 2010 Guitar Craft ceases to exist.

This completion course, the third Special Project centering on The Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists, and the first course specifically addressing work in the Guitar Circle, is available to those who have:

1. an established morning sitting practice;
2. attended at least two Guitar Craft courses;
3. their application letter accepted.

The focus of the course, and one of the primary questions in the work of The Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists, is this question:

how do we work with others, and specifically in the Guitar Circle?


When the practitioners, adherents & followers of any way, school or discipline become attached to the forms of their way, the way becomes identified with its practices & its working gets fixed. The intentional impulse that informed the founder/s will become blocked, to varying degrees. Shortly afterwards the manifestations of the way will go off course, diverting & re-directing the originating impulse that gave rise to that way. Heresy, schism, dissolution, reformation & counter-reformation will inevitably follow.

Guitar Craft is a way of developing a relationship with the guitar, with music, and with ourselves. Guitar Craft techniques & exercises provide the basis for an efficient guitar technique, leaving our attention more freely available – to what end? What is the impulse of the essential Guitar Craft, Guitar Craft’s unspoken & deeper aim? It is to awaken & activate Conscience.

Historically, Guitar Craft has provided specific contexts, practical situations & challenges to support this deeper aim. So, we might also say that Guitar Craft is a way of awakening Conscience by developing a relationship with the guitar, with music & with ourselves. Twenty-four years of experience in Guitar Craft has shown us that the primary form of working with each other, perhaps the most powerful, is in the Guitar Circle.

The Guitar Circle is a way of working with others.

Alternatively put, Guitar Craft is moving from addressing the needs of Beginners, to addressing the needs of those who have made a commitment to establish Guitar Craft principles in their daily lives; for example, by supporting the work of the more experienced, such as Circle Leaders, Mentors & Special Study Groups.

The act of music or, more accurately, the act of musicking, is fundamentally a social act. So, how do we music with others? How do we music with other players & with the audience? How do we music with other players, the audience & even with Music itself, when it bends over & takes us into its confidence?

The Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists is a wonderful opportunity for differing levels of experience to work together, and respond to varying levels of challenge.

The League Of Crafty Guitarists is a wonderful opportunity to manifest intentionality in the world, with its own primary aim of seeking excellence in performance.

In essence, Guitar Craft continues.



The work will focus on preparing with The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists under Robert’s direction for a public performance to be held in the Santa Maria Della Pace Church (Sassoferrato, within the premises of the Convent) on Friday, March 26th, evening.

Robert will be assisted by a team of experienced members from the GC EU-SA, LCG, and TTA teams.
Sandra Bain Cushman and Frank Sheldon on Alexander Technique, assisted by Pia Quaet-Faslem.
Luciano Pietrafesa on Tai Chi Chuan.

To apply for this course please email your application letter focusing on the following questions:

Who are you?
Why do you wish to attend?
What is your Aim?

If accepted to attend, you’ll receive detailed info about exact location, transportation, what you need to bring, form of payment, and other practicalities.

Fee: EUR 930 (includes accommodation and all meals)

Discounts: Intercontinental travelers 20%.
Latin America and East Europe: ask for special terms if needed.

To apply to the Course and/or for further information please contact the GC Registrar through “contact”.

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