George Van Eps: An Introduction for Six String Guitarists

Sunday, March 12, Noon - 3 pm

George Van Eps: An Introduction for Six String Guitarists
Age Adult
Event Type Workshop
Department Guitar
Day Sun
Instructor Nick Rossi
Status online event


The consummate guitarists’ guitarist, George Van Eps spent most of life defining and refining an approach to playing the instrument. This workshop will introduce his first method published in 1939, originally intended fo six string guitarists. This approach is at the core of both swing style rhythm guitar and basic chord melody playing, each of which will be explored in this session. Referencing early recordings, transcriptions, chord forms, and Van Eps own instructional material, the class will explore this technique both from a historical perspective as well as practical contemporary use. 

About Nick Rossi

NICK ROSSI is a jazz musician, writer, and historian based in San Francisco. Born in California and a part of the Bay Area music scene for decades, he is known for his stylish approach to classic jazz material. The guitarist currently leads a popular Swing Era inspired jazz dance band as well as several active small combos. Rossi writes for such publications as “Acoustic Guitar” and “The Fretboard Journal” in which he uses history to help illuminate and develop technique. Rossi is also a valued researcher who continues to contribute to numerous music reissue and history projects worldwide.