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October 13-15, 2023
Bearsville Center
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Matt Thomas - "Being at One with Your Instrument”
Sunday, October 15, 2:00pm–3:00pm
The Bear Cantina, 295A Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY   See Map

-Everyday practice and right hand "Calibration"! These exercises help the player first "feel" the strings and feel at home with 'your' guitar. -Thumbpicking patterns to create groove and rhythms. Gaining thumb-independence. -How to place a melody on top of fingerpicking. -Knowing how to map your fretboard to understand open-tunings & how to benefit from using them. -Open string scales in standard, and open tunings. As Buster B. Jones used to tell me, "bag full of tricks & pocket full of licks!" -How to adapt flatpicking and lead licks for improving with fingerstyle. -How to adapt old school techniques into modern fingerstyle music

I will also have some handouts of scales and open string runs for people to take home to practice with. I also do not mind if they record for their own personal use. I know this can be useful for the player afterwards to reference some of the material/ideas we covered.


Matt Thomas

Clinic Information

Instructional Clinics are Sponsored by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, with additional support from D'Addario Strings.

Instructional Clinics for the 2023 Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase will be posted as they are confirmed.

Clinics cost $40 per person per clinic. Pay at the door with cash or credit card. There is limited space, so advance reservations are recommended. You do not need to buy a pass to the Luthiers Showcase to attend Clinics.

To Reserve Your Seat at a Clinic
Click the button below to send us an email. Include the Subject: "Clinic Reservation". Include which Clinic(s) you wish to attend, your name, email address, and telephone number.


Participants should bring their own instruments, tuners, capos, any permitted recording devices, etc. Clinics will be held in the Pavilion of The Bear Cantina (295A Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498), northwest corner of the Bearsville Center complex, steps away from the Bearsville Theater. There will be a free guitar checkroom there for Clinic attendees. No personal instruments are allowed in the Luthiers Showcase Bearsville Theater or Utopia Soundstage exhibition areas.

SPECIAL OFFER: D'Addario Strings Give-Away!

The first 100 people to make Clinic reservations will each receive a free set of D'Addario XS Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings; different gauges to choose from.