April 20, 2014

Undercover Blues Band

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

​Awesome gig at Darrell's in Shoreline earlier this year. Great turnout. Saw a lot of old friends, and made some new ones as well.

We're currently on a bit of a hiatus. Bill is preparing for the Slow Music and Humans shows at the Triple Door on April 14-15, Igor for the Humans show as well the other 10 bands he plays with, and all three of us are preparing for the Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists tour in May.

But while the calendar is a bit quiet, we are not gone. You will find details on the Undercover Blues Band Facebook page, as soon as we know anything.

And of course, the recording from Igor's  house concert is available for anyone to listen. Click on the photo below, and you'll be off to Soundcloud and the entire show!

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March 15, 2014

the definitive edition

You can preview the nine studio cuts. Steve Turnidge, who masterminded and executed the remix and mastering for the Definitive Edition of (scream) has posted them on the Ars Divina Pinterest page. Just click on the album cover below.

Copies of the Limited Edition are still available. Ordering information, as well as the track listing and credits are posted on the (scream) page.

curt golden
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.

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 28 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.
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Remote Lessons
via Skype or Google Hangouts

I am now offering lessons via Skype video, or through Google Hangouts. 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 CraftGuitar 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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Undercover Blues Band at the Buriem Music School Second Anniversary Bash

June 4, 2014


Summer is almost here. Kids will be out of school in a few weeks, and everyone is going to have a little more free time. Maybe you or someone you know has been considering learning to play guitar? My schedule tends to open up briefly at this time of year, as the Seattle Circle Guitar School wraps up another school year and  we transition into the the new season.

This is a great time to find a slot that perfectly fits your needs, so if you have been considering beginning guitar lessons, this is the time. Complete beginner? Awesome! Have you been meaning to dust off that old instrument and pick up where you left off? Let's get down to work. Or are you already a player, and feel that now it is time to kick things up a level? This could be a good time to make it happen.
June 4, 2014

Seattle Circle Guitar School
Kids Guitar Circles!

The Seattle Circle Guitar School seeks to build community through music, and explore music through community.

​Wrapping up what was a huge year for the SCGS, with the guitar circle program expanding to even more students at Salmon Bay, as well as a weekly "guitar club" for Middle Schoolers. And on May 22nd, the 4th and 5th grade guitarists from the Salmon Bay Instrumental Music Program performed with Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists at a very special event at Fremont Abbey.

SCGS conducts kids guitar circles  within your school's curriculum. Kids will:

​- Create their own music
- Learn fundamental guitar techniques
- Build musical skills
- Build group skills

Summer is almost here, and it's a great time to set up some guitar lessons.​
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June 4, 2014

Robert Fripp
and the
Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists
Northwest Tour

Seattle Circle was proud to be able to present OCG IX, the 2014 tour of the Northwest. It was a fantastic run with shows in Bellingham, Portland, and Seattle. Please visit the tour's Facebook page to see photos and news.

Not on the public schedule, the Orchestra also performed at a private event in Seattle with the Seattle Circle Guitar School, featuring 15 4th and 5th grade guitarists.

I first encountered Guitar Craft in March 1985. In the 29 years that have followed, I have been deeply involved and witness to the evolution of this remarkable musical force. I am a Guitar Craft/Guitar Circle instructor. I have toured extensively with the League of Crafty Guitarists. And since 1998 I have been a member of the Guitar Circle of Seattle, which over the years has presented GC courses and performances, Tuning the Air, and now the Seattle Circle Guitar School.
Guitar Lessons via Skype now available.
photo: Taylor Sherman