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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.

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.
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March 30, 2016


​Spring it here!
It's a great time to begin something new.

Before long school will be out and we'll be transitioning to a summer schedule. My calendar is in flux and I do still have some openings. I'd love to see what we can do.

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!

Guitar Instruction
photo: Christina Florkowski
SPRING HAS SPRUNG in the Pacific Northwest!!!
Let's play guitar!

And June 2-10 I'll be on the road through the midwest with the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists. If you're going to be in Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, or Detroit, details here!
April 11, 2016

The Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists XIII Special Performance Project

​June 5-12, 2016
Oxford, Michigan

​Directed by Robert Fripp.
Assisted by experienced members of the Guitar Circle of North America.

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? Sandra Bain Cushman will present Orchestral Maneuvers. Erin Wigger, a certified AT teacher, will present the Alexander Technique.

Robert Fripp and The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists will present a public performance in Detroit at the end of the project.

Capacity is limited; if you wish to attend please confirm ASAP in order to reserve your place.
click to link to details
April 11, 2016


Thursday June 2, showtime 8pm, doors 7pm
Westwood Lutheran Church 9001 
Cedar Lake Rd 
St Louis Park, MN 55426

Friday June 3, showtime 8pm, doors 7pm
MADISON, WI - tickets
First Unitarian Society of Madison 
900 University Bay Drive 
Madison, WI 53705

Saturday June 4, showtime 8pm, doors 7pm
CHICAGO, IL - tickets
Harvest Bible Chapel
935 N. Dearborn Street 
Chicago, IL 60610


Friday June 10, showtime 8pm, doors 7pm
DETROIT, MI - tickets
Saint Anne De Detroit Catholic Church
1000 Ste Anne
Detroit, Michigan 48216
January 3, 2016

Undercover Blues Band

Igor Abuladze - bass/vocals
Curt Golden - guitar/vocals
Bill Rieflin - drums

Between Bill's tour schedule with King Crimson and others,
and Igor doing a tour of duty in the band at Teatro Zinzanni,
UBB is largely on hiatus. We did get together today to make
a little noise, and it was awesome. We'll let you know when
we kick back into gear.

You can follow us on the Undercover Blues Band
Facebook page.

The recording from Igor's house concert is available for
anyone to listen. Click here and you'll be off to Soundcloud
and the entire show!