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January 2008 News Update

January 2008 News Update
AWARD FOR ROB ARMSTRONG

As another year starts, Gordon is delighted to share with you all some good news regarding an old friend.

Luthier Rob Armstrong's many years of dedicated work and experience hand building guitars has been recognised by Loughborough University, who on the 17th Dec 2007, awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Technology.

Gordon has been working with Rob and the University for quite a few years on the development of the Polymer "Secret Valentine" guitar. You can read all about these projects here

A transcript of the award speech is available at the bottom of this page in the File section.

22nd Jan - MADDIE GOES WEST NOW ON YOUTUBE

Visit the Gordon Giltrap YouTube Channel to see Maddie Goes West as played in 2005 at a gig in Trowbridge.


GORDON'S MUSIC ON REGISTRY OF GUITAR TUTORS SYLLABUS

Gordon writes:
I received a package yesterday from RGT..... Registry of Guitar Tutors containing a 10 volume package for their brand new Acoustic Guitar syllabus. This is a major event in the world of guitar tuition because this syllabus is organised in partnership with the London College Of Music exams, and are approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and are validated and certified by Thames Valley University.

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The Giltrap connection with this wonderful new syllabus is that I was part of the consultancy team that helped to bring it about. My fellow consultants were John Renbourn, Clive Carroll and Stuart Ryan.

To add to this, 8 of my pieces are on the recommended playing list from grades 5 to grades 8, they are also recommending several of my pieces that Maestro Raymond Burley has arranged for classical guitar.

It is a great and also humbling feeling to know that my music will be part of many guitar students studies, and also quite strange when one thinks that I have had no formal training whatsoever and yet my music will make up part of this formal tuition.

Each book is superbly set out and has TAB as well as notation and a CD to assist with the students progress.

For more information, go to Registry of Guitar Tutors Website


A NEW YEAR TREAT

For those of you suffering from GG withdrawal symptoms, ( a common complaint this time of year ! ) another video - Catwalk Blues-  has been added to Gordon's YouTube Channel here to help keep you going until your next gig!