Renowned guitarists Alex Skolnick of TESTAMENT and Chris Broderick of MEGADETH joined forces to create the first annual Skolnick & Broderick's Winter Guitar Retreat. This unique experience offered a select group of guitarists of all talent levels the opportunity to expand their horizons while spending four days and five nights studying and jamming with Broderick and Skolnick in a relaxed setting at Full Moon Resort in New York's Catskill Mountains from December 26 to December 30, 2011.
While best known for their work with TESTAMENT and MEGADETH, Skolnick and Broderick are diverse, well-rounded musicians with backgrounds and training in rock, jazz, classical and blues.
Skolnick & Broderick's Winter Guitar Retreat included master classes with Skolnick and Broderick, jam sessions, open-mic nights and optional private lessons. Attendees were invited to expand their knowledge of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, music history, jazz theory, chord theory, harmony, improvisation, counterpoint, composition, chord voicings, improv (taught by Skolnick), classical fingerstyle technique (taught by Broderick), and, of course, heavy metal guitar. Guitarists learned techniques to increase speed and improve tone, while hearing stories about life on the road, getting gear tips and much more. Nathan Peck (bass) and Matt "Zebar" Zebroski (drums, percussion) of the ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO provided rhythm accompaniment for jam sessions throughout the week.
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