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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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March 2, 2017


It's a brand new year!
It's a great time to begin something new.

The holidays are behind us, the kids are back in school. 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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Have you been thinking about getting a guitar and learning to play? Or perhaps you used to play and now it's time to dust that old instrument off and get a fresh start? Are you a player who is feeling the urge to kick it up to the next level? Whatever your experience, let me help you realize all of your musical aspirations.
March 2, 2016

The Completion of Guitar Craft and the Guitar Circle

On February 25, 2016, Robert Fripp posted the following on social media: “…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. Forms, vehicles and structures will be different on the other side, with their own names, originating from and through those who wish to find new ways of working with the GC current. Guitar Craft will cease to exist, again. The Guitar Circle will cease to exist, as will local Guitar Circles."

Learn About Skype Lessons!
Remote Lessons
via Skype or FaceTime

I am now offering lessons via Skype and FaceTime. Some time 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 exploring the Guitar Craft Tuning (often referred to as "NST") since experienced 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.
I was unbelievably fortunate to have been able to take part in the first Guitar Craft course, which began on March 25, 1985. Since then I have been on the ride of my life, serving in any number of capacities as Guitar Craft has grown and evolved. Last October I traveled to Córdoba, Argentina, where the last GC course directed by Robert took place. The trip wrapped up with 80+ guitarists performing in the incomparable Parroquia Nuestra Señora; The Symphony of Crafty Guitarists II, Robert's final “Guitar Craft” performance project.

As many as 4,000 players have taken part Guitar Craft seminars and projects around the world over the past 32 years. For some, it was no doubt an interesting diversion and something to tell their friends about. For others, it has been profound and life-changing. Letting go is never easy. For those of us who have been a part of this remarkable adventure, we have our work cut out for us. Forward!
Caught on camera doing what I do best: telling other people what to do. Organizing the final blocking for the "Robert Fripp and the Symphony of Crafty Guitarists II" performance at Córdoba's lovely cathedral, Parroquia Nuestra Señora, October 20, 2016. This project marked the completion of  Robert Fripp's commitment to Guitar Craft and the Guitar Circle. (photo: Robert Fripp)
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