Great atmosphere, much fun and a lot learned

Peter Bursch taught for a week in Markneukirchen


From June 5th to June 9th ten guitarists from all over Germany spent a week with Peter Bursch in Markneukirchen. Peter Bursch, the “guitar teacher of the nation”, worked on the guitar-playing of everyone individually, responding exactly to the needs and skills of all participants.
“He simply adjusts to the people, sees what they are capable of, and what he has to do. He doesn’t expect us to know everything”, says workshop-participant Christine Daume. “He picks up from where we stand, and mistakes are not a problem. That’s what is so amazing and inspirational about his work”.
The workshops took place mostly in the mornings, at the Framus Museum. In the afternoons, the group took trips together around the Vogtland - to experience the nature, culture and the tradition of musical instrument building, which is deeply rooted in the city of Markneukirchen. “My workshops are adventure-workshops”, Peter Bursch explains.
Aside from the Musical Instrument Museum and the historic sawmill in Markneukirchen, Peter Bursch and his students experienced a production tour through the Warwick & Framus factory. They were amazed to see how the instruments are made here.
“I'm really impressed by the perfection. How those CNC machines work through the wood, how they make the necks and install the frets… how everything is built and fits exactly to the millimeter - that is very impressive!”, says Peter Bursch. “The participants have seen what a valuable instrument they hold in their hands, and how much work goes into it. Often, an ordinary guitarist doesn’t know these things.”
At the end of the week-long workshop Saturday evening, a concert was held in the Framus Museum - which was musically shaped by all workshop-participants, along with Peter Bursch himself, presenting songs they had practiced during the week. Afterwards, Peter Bursch demonstrated how a Sitar can be used in rock music, and performed some songs together with his wife, Marita.
Workshop participant Werner Auerswald, who took guitar lessons in Peter’s music school in Duisburg some years ago and utilizes these workshops as a refresher, summed up the week as follows: “Its lot of fun here in this group, in which everyone came from other parts of Germany. Peter communicates his whole program superbly… The atmosphere was great and we all had tons of fun!”

written on 2012-06-08


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