Questions about traveling to Guitar Workshops and Retreats and Intensives

If I go to your place in Texas for a workshop or retreat, what airport will I fly into?

You can fly in to either Austin or San Antonio. 

What type of accommodations are available?

I like to keep the workshops and retreats to stay relatively small (5 – 10 participants), so I hold most of them at my place, where you can either camp on the land for free or stay in a wonderful 16′ tipi. If you prefer to drive into town to a bed and breakfast, you are welcome to do so.

The land is beautiful (I’m not biased!), and I have a gazebo, a labyrinth, and some amazing horses to add to the appeal. If, however, you prefer a bed and breakfast, you should have no trouble finding comfortable and reasonable accommodations in Wimberley. It’s a charming area and there are plenty of B&B’s located on the river or with a view, and I am happy to assist you in your search. 

For large retreats (10 or more), I rent a retreat center, where everyone can stay. 


Questions about the instructional materials:

The video course is billed as ”comprehensive”, with a table of contents that is very broad. How can you fit so much into 80 minutes? 

Every word counts. In order to gain maximum results from the video, the viewer must move slowly through the information, work through the exercises, do the practice and expand upon it in a personal way. 

The course is clearly divided into chapters, so you can go easily to the area of your choice on any given day. The beauty of having it on video is that you can review it indefinitely. You may feel that you have exhausted the material, only to go back a year later and discover something new and useful. 

My experience tells me that people need repeated exposure to new information and concepts. It is also true that we hear only what we’re ready for. Our brains (and emotions!) can only hold so much at once, consequently we unconsciously filter a large portion of what comes our way. Many teachers feel that if their students don’t retain a lesson, they are poor listeners. Other instructors feel that they, as teachers, are somehow inadequate in their communication. Although those factors may at times be at play, the truth is that everyone has a different tempo, different background and different filters. If I’m instructing you on a personal basis, I will tune into these unique qualities and work with them. When using the video, you can do the same for yourself, going at your own tempo and reviewing frequently. 

I already have a teacher. Will your materials conflict with what I’m learning in my lessons?

Not at all – In fact, if you’re happy with your teacher, it probably means that he or she is committed to your musical growth and will welcome anything that furthers your progress. Your instructor can help you with the materials or you can work with it on your own to augment what you are doing in your lessons.


Questions about transcription and arrangement

What is the difference between a transcription and an arrangement?

A transcription is an exact musical notation of a piece. A transcription will give you the information you need to play a piece, note-for-note, whether it’s your own tune or one performed by a favorite artist. You may, for example, want your own song notated for studio or copyright purposes, or just to frame and put on your wall because it looks so cool!

Send me an mp3, cd, tape, or video of a piece that you want transcribed, and I will write what I hear. Your transcription will look like any published music that you are accustomed to using (books and sheet music). By downloading some free software, you will be able not only to see it and print it, but to hear it, as well. I can, of course, send you hard copy, if you prefer.

An arrangement is a creative piece. I will take the song of your choice and arrange it in whatever style you like. In other words, you might send me a song that is played on the piano (or other  instrument) and ask that I arrange it for solo guitar. I might take a song that is sung and played on guitar and arrange it to be played on one guitar, incorporating the vocals into the arrangement. Or, I might arrange a classical piece to be played in a rock style. You will receive the finished product in the same format as the transcription described above.

How much does a transcription or arrangement cost?

Like most things, the cost depends on the time involved. I can give you a quote after hearing the song.  If it is a long and complicated piece, I will not know exactly how long it will take until I’ve gotten deeply into it, so I won’t be able to give you an exact price. I will, however, give you a minimum and maximum, so you will know what the top price would be. 

How long does it take?

The time frame could range from 3 – 30 days or more, depending on the length and complexity of the piece, how much of a backlog I have, how many workshops I’m conducting at the time of your request, and so on. If you are in a hurry, let me know and I’ll see what I can do, but I  might have to charge extra for the rush. (Remember what  printers say: “Time, quality, price – pick two.”)


Comprehensive Guitar Instruction by Charlotte Adams

Introduction (Basic chords, learning the fretboard and how to use the video/dvd)

Chords: accompaniment and rhythm playing

Single notes, scales and melodies

Ear training

Note reading, memorization and learning tactics

Theory and practice of lead playing

Includes two enclosures for reference and study.




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