For this reason, he has created 8 in-depth seminars, each of which covers a different aspect of guitar, including songwriting and worship leading. With the exception of private lessons, students normally have access to the material from theses seminars only in an abbreviated 1-hour format at conferences, and then in a 3-hour format prior to some of his concerts at churches. David has frequently had students approach him after conferences or seminars, expressing their desire to have more extended time learning from him.
To help meet this need, David has created a special Symposium for guitarists from around the Pacific Northwest. By definition, a symposium is a meeting or conference for discussion of a topic. Students at this gathering will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the guitar over the course of a full weekend.
The dates of the 2013 David Harsh Guitar Symposium are scheduled for Friday, January 25th through Sunday, January 27th. The tuition for each student will include food, accommodation, over 10 hours of teaching, and a special binder containing all materials from the weekend. Commuter rates will also be available.
Specific details are below.
Who: Intermediate students of the guitar (ages 18 and older) who perform, write songs, or lead worship in a Christian setting.
What: Several group classes will be taught using multi-media on a variety of relevant guitar subjects. Each participant will receive a binder full of tables, outlines and diagrams containing material from the weekend.
When: January 25-27, 2013.
Where: Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center in Stanwood WA. NEW LOCATION NORTH OF SEATTLE! For more information about the location, please visit www.warmbeach.com.
Cost: $600 with an early-bird rate of $550 per student (includes food, dormitory-style lodging, and all instructional sessions from Friday evening—Sunday afternoon.)
Details: Students arrive on Friday evening in time for dinner. Afterwards, everyone will gather for a music circle and a time of optional song sharing. Saturday and Sunday mornings will begin with David leading a devotion and a time of worship. Throughout both days, David will present multiple in-depth sessions of dynamic guitar instruction with a special emphasis on rhythm guitar playing. Additional classes on songwriting and worship leading will also be offered. Throughout the weekend, students will have multiple opportunities to ask questions, and to dialogue about various aspects of guitar-driven Christian music.
IMPORTANT MATERIALS TO DOWNLOAD
Please fill out one of the following formats of the Student Questionnaire and mail it in with your registration form:
The David Harsh Guitar Symposium: January 25 - 27, 2013
David with the students from the 2010 Guitar Symposium held in Seabeck, WA
“David is extremely generous in sharing his unique creative process. His Symposium blends conventional music study with ‘outside-the-box’ creativity in the context of worship ministry.”
- Kevin Kutzera, Eastside Foursquare Church, Bothell, WA
"Since David’s Symposium, I have noticed a great improvement with my guitar playing during band practice. I feel that I have gained invaluable knowledge about the guitar, as well as music in general. I am still using the Symposium binder regularly and am so grateful for all of the information inside it. Before the Symposium, I only had a vague background in transposition and the CAGED system, but now I’m applying this new knowledge on a regular basis."
- Lucas Benda, Evangelical Free Church, Bozeman, MT
Are you a guitarist who loves to glorify God with your gifts? Have you reached a plateau in your guitar playing? Do you desire to move to the next level but you can't commit to weekly lessons? Do you enjoy a relaxed learning environment with a small group of fellow guitarists?
Look no further. David Harsh, an award-winning songwriter and guitarist, will be teaching a limited number of 10 students over the course of an entire weekend for the fifth time from January 25-27, 2013, at a NEW LOCATION in Stanwood, WA.
David is a full-time performer who serves all over the country, but he is also very gifted at imparting musical knowledge to eager students. He is passionate about teaching, and enjoys seeing students’ eyes light up when they grasp a new musical concept.
Topics Covered: Fretboard mapping, moveable chords, scales, theory, embellishments, inversions, suspensions, transposition, strumming patterns, fingerstyle patterns, the CAGED system, non-diatonic chords, several custom capos, alternate tunings, two-hand tapping, looping technology, tuning by ear, and much more.
Registration: Registration for the 2013 Symposium will be open in September. To receive updates about future Symposiums, please subscribe to Harsh Times (David’s e-newsletter) by clicking here. Questions about The Symposium can be directed to Whitney Harsh via e-mail or phone (206) 963-1417.
What past students have said about The David Harsh Guitar Symposium
"David's Symposium was jam-packed with food for the mind, body and soul. David is truly inspiring and has given me a hunger to continue learning all I can so that I may use my guitar to God's service."
- David Dietz, Calvary Presbyterian Church, Enumclaw, WA
“David Harsh’s Symposium gave me the tools to move to the next level and beyond. During this weekend, I didn’t want to be anywhere else. I would encourage any intermediate student of the guitar to attend this course. You won’t need another class for another couple of years!
- Jerry Casidy, Peace Lutheran Church, Covington, WA
“David’s Symposium was a wonderful, stimulating weekend of fellowship, learning, and the opportunity to be challenged. David, thank you for giving me the tools to venture into the next level of understanding, practicing, and playing guitar.”
- Don Moriarty, Vinland Lutheran Church, Poulsbo, WA
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“Not only is David an incredibly gifted songwriter/singer and guitarist (and creative...who else plays a guitar with his feet?), but he is also a wonderful teacher. My background includes 15 years of teaching in higher education and I must admit that David is a superb communicator and understands how to bring his level of expertise down to a very understandable level. His love for God and music were very evident to me throughout the Symposium.”
- Paul Larson, Evangelical Free Church, Bozeman, MT
Sample of David’s teaching style