Guitar, Tone, Technique & Theory, levels 2/3

Instructor(s): Nina Gerber

Tired of muted notes? Do you suffer from embarrassing fret farts? We’ll spend time working on techniques that will improve your tone and dexterity, painful exercises that will stretch and strengthen your left hand. Right hand technique for flatpickers will also be discussed.

And a little theory won’t hurt you. We’ll demystify the guitar neck by learning and UNDERSTANDING major scales and how to alter them to get the sounds you are looking for. We will learn to see the consistencies on the neck and see that it’s not as scary as it looks. We’ll discuss chord construction, and how to start improvising solos. There will be lots of playing, but no hot licks, just important information so you can create your own hot licks.

Nina Gerber
Nina Gerber


You must be able to count to seven. You should be comfortable on the guitar and able to play some leads and chords.  Start learning the note names on the guitar now. Bring: guitar, recording device, pencil and paper, willingness to focus and work hard, and a sense of humor.

About Nina Gerber

Nina Gerber has been playing guitar for over 40 years. She started her career accompanying singer/songwriter, Kate Wolf, for eight years until Kate’s untimely death in 1986. Nina has since toured and/or recorded with many artists, including Karla Bonoff, Peter Rowan, Eliza Gilkyson, Greg Brown, Lucy Kaplansky, Queen Ida, Chris Webster and many others.  

Nina attended the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA in the mid-80s. She teaches private lessons and workshops and has taught at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Coast Music Camp, and Walker Creek Music Camp. Nina is widely admired both as guitarist and teacher, and she is always a big hit when she teaches at Walker Creek—we’re looking forward to having her at camp again this fall!