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Guitar League switches homebase

Players gather during and after the meetings to swap licks and play.

It's all over by 9 p.m.

Costs

The first meeting is always free. From then on a person can join by paying dues ($50 per year) or pay as you go ($5 per meeting).

Member also get:

-Substantially reduced pricing on concert tickets and workshops.

(This is a big feature.)

-Free link to their Web site from GL Web site

-Free listing of gigs on Web site forum

Full details are at guitarleague.com.

GL concerts and workshops

The GL also promotes concerts for the membership and the public. This series was kicked off in April 2005 with renowned guitar man Tommy Emmanuel to two sold out shows in Syracuse. Harp guitarist, Stephen Bennett and Chet Atkins' associate and Grammy winner, John Knowles did concerts and workshops earlier in 2006. In 2007, they had a "Bases Loaded Tours" with Stephen Bennett, Laurence Juber and Tommy Emmanuel. Each performer was scheduled for concerts and workshops in three nearby cities: Syracuse, Rochester and Ithaca.

This year the Loren Barrigar's Guitar Masters Concert Series began

Next up at bat is Grammy Winner John Knowles.

Knowles, Chet Atkins' "right hand man" for more than 35 years, makes his third visit to central New York at the invitation of the GL. Over the years, Knowles has worked with the cream of the crop in the fingerstyle world, including Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Lenny Breau and the Romero family and now tours with Tommy Emmanuel.

Knowles, is a renowned guitarist, arranger and teacher, he will make a concert appearance and conduct an acoustic guitar workshop.

Knowles work has garnered a Grammy and two Emmy nominations. In 1996, Chet awarded Knowles the first CGP degree (Certified Guitar Player). Only three such degrees have been awarded. (By the way, Knowles also holds a Ph.d in Physics, and is reported to be one of the funniest people on the planet).

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