Immersive instruction and jam session offered by legendary guitar performing artist/educators Jon and Juli Finn
McGRATHPR.com – Local celebrity performing artists Jon and Juli Finn present their second all-day immersive “Rock Guitar Workshop,” on Saturday, January 28, 9 am to 9 pm, at their studio barn in Whitman.
Guitar legend and Grammy® Award nominee Jon Finn together with superstar songwriter and guitar/ukulele expert Juli Finn – both Berklee College of Music educators – present their intensive “Rock Guitar Workshop,” designed to serve intermediate to advanced skill guitar students of any age for personalized, immersive all-day instruction, including meals. Hone in on rock guitar technique with specialized sessions on warm up, tone, fretboard navigations, scales organization, licks and an unforgettable master class where everyone performs and improvises live. Get in on the fast track, experience exclusive hands-on training, topped off with the duo’s legendary jam session, complete with professional rhythm section, featuring the workshop’s students in the rock band – the very best of all rock music worlds!
Singer/songwriter Juli Finn and Grammy® nominated performing/recording artist Jon Finn often engage in the music they make uniquely together, a captivating take on jazz, blues, pop and classical, covers and originals, in an organic mix of styles, songs and interpretation. Both performing artists have appeared the world over in such prestigious concert venues as Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, Seattle’s Sky Church, Portland’s Roseland Theater and many more. The duo also performs as part of other ensembles, including The Jon Finn Group (established in 1988), The Experts (70’s cover band), and sit in with other local artists. Both Finns also serve as music educators at Berklee College of Music. Most recently, The Finns released a cover album plus one debut tune, honoring music legend Bonnie Raitt with “Tribute,” featuring Juli’s original “Dig Deep”, a songwriter publishing premiere.
Registration for the Finns’ “Rock Guitar Workshop” is $600, including meals. Amps and sound system are available on site. Video of sessions and performances are available for an additional fee. Workshop capacity is limited to six students for this debut session. Email [email protected] to register or more information. For more information about The Finns, visit julifinn.com/jon-and-juli-jazzy-bluesy.
About the Performing Artists
Jon Finn – A striking guitarist from the age of six, Jon Finn has embraced a lifelong role as a professional musician. He has been repeatedly acknowledged within the international community of musicians as a distinct leader of modern rock guitar as a performing artist, composer and educator. Jon has served as a featured member of Berklee College of Music’s guitar faculty since 1988, when he also launched his original ensemble, The Jon Finn Group. With three internationally released albums to date, The Jon Finn Group has accomplished several independent releases and countless worldwide performances. As a writer, Jon long penned a monthly instructional national feature for Guitar Magazine and has authored several instructional guitar books (Mel Bay Publications), and several instructional video courses for True Fire. As a solo artist, he has toured internationally and performed with some of the world’s premier guitarists as a featured artist, including John Petrucci, Guthrie Govan, Carl Verheyen, Dweezil Zappa, Dave Larue, Andy Timmons, Vinnie Moore, Steve Morse, Tom Scholz, Barry Goudreau, Tom Morello, Melissa Etheridge and others. He has also performed with the national touring companies of many contemporary musicals including “Rent,” “Aida,” “Mamma Mia,” “Hairspray,” “High School Musical,” “Grease,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Copacabana,” and more.
Jon frequently performs and records with “The Boston Pops” and “Boston Symphony Orchestra,” including appearances featuring celebrity artists Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Rockapella, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Natalie Cole, Carly Simon, Bernadette Peters, New York Voices, Demi Lovato among others. In film, his original song “Berlin Wall” is heard in the motion picture documentary “Refusenik”, and on television, Jon’s guitar is heard on the NFL theme song. He has engaged in eight concert tours spanning the United States, and one tour across Asia. From his studio work on album collaborations, two of his six album recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards®.
As an educator, Jon has taught hundreds of musicians who have pursued successful music careers, often cited for his influence. In addition to his career at Berklee, he’s also offered guitar clinics and classes for schools and organizations across the United States, as well as in Japan, China, Brazil, France, England, Canada and Mexico. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Traditional Performance from Berklee College of Music. To learn more, visit jonfinn.com or TrueFire.com.
Juli Finn – As a songwriter, recording and performing artist, guitarist, recording session guitarist, and a guitar instructor, Juli enjoys a successful career in music. She was a founding member of the instrumental trio “Destiny” and has performed live nationally, opening for artists such as Joe Satriani, Robin Trower, Ronnie James Dio, and “Blue Oyster Cult.” She released a full-length album with “Destiny,” later releasing two solo recordings, an EP and full-length album. She has won numerous guitar competitions, and at millions of views, is a YouTube sensation. Prior to relocating to Boston, she performed with “Rhythm Nation,” the Pacific Northwest’s premiere dance band, and “DanceMaxx Band,” a Disco/Funk sensation. She performs in concert around New England with local 80’s band “Fast Times,” classic 70’s rock band The Experts, and “The Jon Finn Group.” She has performed in numerous professional musicals, including “Seussical,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” and “The Altar Boyz”. Juli holds a bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance from Berklee College of Music, graduating Summa Cum Laude, where she currently teaches guitar and is earning her Master of Arts degree in songwriting. She also currently serves as Assistant Professor of Songwriting at Shenandoah University. To learn more, visit julifinn.com.