John Stropes is a leading authority on finger-style guitar. Through the historical research, analysis, transcription, teaching and performance of finger-style guitar, he has brought focus to this style as a significant music. His publishing company, Stropes Editions, Ltd., has set a new standard for written music for the guitar and guitar education. His association with many of the leading artists in this style brings depth and vitality to his work.
President of the Milwaukee Classical Guitar Society, 1985-1996. Artistic Director of the American Finger-Style Guitar Festivals, 1985, 1987 and 1989. Performed and taught at the First Chinese Guitar Artistic Festival in the People’s Republic of China in 1986. Chairman of the Guitar Department, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, 1984-1994. Director of Guitar Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, 2004-present. Author of Michael Hedges/Rhythm, Sonority, Silence; Leo Kottke/Eight Songs; 20th Century Masters of Finger-Style Guitar; John Fahey’s Guitar Christmas Book; and numerous transcriptions of contemporary works for finger-style guitar and related instructional materials.
John’s students have been successful in guitar competitions including the Canadian Guitar Festival Competition; the Walnut Valley Festival International Finger Style Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas; and Wilson Center International Finger-Style Guitar Competition
He continues to work in the interest of the continued renaissance of finger-style guitar, looking back to document its history and bring the most significant repertoire of the past into the canon, and looking forward to transcribe innovative new compositions and to see what technology can do for finger-style guitar.
Videos of students of John Stropes are available at http://www.youtube.com/user/GuitarStudentsAtUWM.
To get started with your private lessons, contact John Stropes at 262-994-8710 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss repertoire and scheduling. $80 per hour, payable in advance using PayPal. Skype name: johnstropes1132
B.A. in Music, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1999
M.M. in Guitar Performance, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2010
M.M. in Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Northern Arizona University, 2013
As a finger-style guitarist, Benjamin Kammin has extensive experience both as a performer and educator. He has immersed himself in the music of Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, Billy McLaughlin, John Fahey, and many other significant finger-style artists. Working closely with leading finger-style guitar authority John Stropes, Benjamin’s focus is on education, transcription, and research on the history and performance of finger-style guitar. He has been an instructor for the Music of Leo Kottke workshop at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2008. Under the mentorship of Stropes he has done extensive research on the music of Leo Kottke. As part of the requirements for a Master of Music in Musicology/Ethnomusicology at Northern Arizona University he completed his thesis in 2013 titled “The Finger-Style Guitar Music of Leo Kottke: Emerging Methodologies for Research, Transcription, and Pedagogy.” He has participated in master classes with Billy McLaughlin, Alex de Grassi, Pino Forastiere, and Pierre Bensusan. Benjamin was the first student to graduate from the Master of Music in Finger-Style Guitar Performance program at UW-Milwaukee, where he continues to be directly involved in primary research in finger-style guitar.
Videos of Benjamin Kammin performing are available at http://www.youtube.com/benjaminkammin.
To get started with your private lessons, contact Benjamin Kammin at email@example.com, or visit http://www.benkammin.com to discuss repertoire and scheduling. $52 per hour, payable in advance using PayPal. Skype name: benkammin
B.A. in Music, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012
Certificate in Rock and Roll Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012
M.M. in Guitar Performance, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2015
Josh Lane has been working with John Stropes since 2006. He is a performer, researcher, and instructor. As a researcher, Josh has been a lead in the digitization and archiving of the Leo Kottke Archives and the Avant Garde Coffeehouse Archives. He has given numerous scholarly presentations focused on the notation and pedagogy of finger-style guitar: “The Music of Leo Kottke: Mining the Archives to Develop Pedagogical Materials,” “Layered Perspectives in Notation for Contemporary Finger-Style Guitar Music,” and “Comparative Analysis of Frequency Spectrums: Creating Enhanced Transcriptions for Finger-Style Guitar.” Josh works to harness contemporary technologies to refocus the conventions of transcription practice and notation and to enable greater explication of idiosyncratic guitar techniques. He strives to create new methodological approaches in finger-style guitar instruction.
As an instructor, Josh has been teaching privately since 2010. He has been an instructor for The Music of Leo Kottke workshop since 2009 and the UWM chapter of Guitars for Vets, and in the music departments at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Madison College. Josh specializes in the music of Leo Kottke, John Fahey, Bert Jansch, and Rev. Gary Davis.
To get started with your private lessons, contact Josh Lane at 414-731-0217 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss repertoire and scheduling. $45 per hour, payable in advance using PayPal. Skype name: mckinley.lane