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Guitar Instruction

With the guitar, the best thing we can do for ourselves is learning how to learn. Then, no teacher and no method can hold us back.

CURT GOLDEN is offering private instruction in Seattle, for beginners through advanced players. The primary focus of the approach used is HOW to play, rather than WHAT to play, with an emphasis on mechanics, fretboard knowledge and ear training.The aim is FUN and an outlet for our CREATIVITY, and together we can put together tools for just that.

Curt Golden is a guitarist, instructor and performer with more than 40 years experience; proficient in many styles. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and for the past 31 years has been an instructor and mentor in Guitar Craft. In 2010, Curt helped to launch the Seattle Circle Guitar School, bringing high quality guitar instruction into Seattle elementary schools.

Visit my Guitar Instruction page to begin exploring how we can work together to realize your guitar playing aspirations. Feel free to email me with any questions.

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September 10, 2016


Suddenly Autumn has returned!
It's a great time to begin something new.

The kids are back in school and and we're transitioning to a new schedule. My calendar is in flux and I do still have some openings. I'd love to see what we can do.

Adults and Kids

Complete beginner?

Been meaning to dust off that old instrument and pick up where you left off?
Let's get down to work!

Already a player, and feel that now it is time to kick things up a level?
This could be the perfect time
to make that happen!

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photo: Christina Florkowski
AUTUMN HAS ARRIVED in the Pacific Northwest!!!
School is back in session.
Let's play guitar!
September 10, 2016

This is coming up in just a month.
Your last chance to attend an intro with 
Robert Fripp
Reports from the team in Argentina indicate that
the response has been huge.
I'll be there!

Introduction to the Guitar Circle

October 12-17, 2016
Villa Allende, Córdoba, Argentina

Directed by Robert Fripp,
Assisted by experienced members of The Guitar Circle.

This course is open to anyone who wishes to attend, even those without any prior experience on the guitar and without having attended a prior intro or weekend. Application letters are necessary, and often telephone interviews as well.

For details and application instructions, visit the Guitar Circle of Argentina website.

Coming up October 20, 2016
in Córdoba, Argentina!


I will be taking part in the final performance of a Guitar Craft ensemble with Robert Fripp. After 31 years, Guitar Craft is moving on. In February Robert wrote to the greater Guitar Craft community:

"For the creative current that moves through GC, to continue in an authentic and living fashion, the recognisable GC forms must change. My own work and participation in GC courses and projects completes in October 2016.

GC has its 31st. anniversary on March 25th. 2016. I propose that, as of March 25th. 2017, all formal structures connected to Guitar Craft and The Guitar Circle will cease to exist: no more Guitar Circles, no more Orchestras Of Crafty Guitarists, no more League Of Crafty Guitarists, and so on."

So, there you are. Details on the performance as they become available.
Remote Lessons
via Skype

I am now offering lessons via Skype. About a year ago a student who lives in Colorado talked me into giving it a shot, and it is working very well.  I now have a number of full time students who work with me in this way. Video lessons have proven to be of particular value to students with an interest in Guitar Circles, the Guitar Craft Standard Tuning (aka "NST"), and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists, since authorized instructors are few and far between.

So, if you are out of the area, or your schedule makes carving out the time for a commute into Ballard too difficult, why not try it? 

Payment through PayPal, and we're good to go! Email me if you would like to explore this further.