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DATE: NOVEMBER 22, 2011

SPECIAL REGISTRATION PRICING EXTENDED

UNTIL NOVEMBER 27, 2011 FOR

‘SKOLNICK & BRODERICK’S WINTER GUITAR RETREAT’

FEATURING MEGADETH’S CHRIS BRODERICK

AND TESTAMENT’SALEX SKOLNICK

AT FULL MOON RESORT IN BIG INDIAN, NY

DECEMBER 26-30

Skolnick & Broderick WGR

The special discount registration packages starting at just $990 for Skolnick & Broderick’s Winter Guitar Retreat–featuring renowned guitarists Alex Skolnick of Testament and Chris Broderick of Megadeth–have been extended through Sunday, November 27. Skolnick & Broderick’s Winter Guitar Retreat will provide a full vacation experience at Full Moon Resort in New York’s Catskill Mountains from December 26-30, 2011.

This unique experience includes lodging and gourmet meals in addition to the daily guitar workshops and jam sessions. Guitarists of all talent levels will have the opportunity to expand their horizons while spending four days and five nights studying and jamming with Broderick and Skolnick.

Skolnick & Broderick’s Winter Guitar Retreat will include master classes with Skolnick and Broderick, jam sessions, open mic nights and optional private lessons. Attendees are 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.

In addition, Full Moon Resort is conveniently located close to a full array of winter activities including skiing and snowboarding.

Skolnick & Broderick’s Winter Guitar Retreat is the first winter installment of the successful Music Masters Camp Series (www.musicmasterscamp.com/home/) held at Full Moon Resort, which has been hosted by musicians including Dweezil Zappa, Todd Rundgren, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto.

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Chris Broderick & Alex Skolnick

Hey Friends,

We are both so excited and looking forward to as many of you joining us at Full Moon Resort, for our Winter Guitar Retreat, that we have some very exciting news! It’s going to be an incredible event- we’ll be teaching, jamming, picking, strumming, writing, and a lot more with each of you for a very special week of guitar activities and more. It will be non-stop guitar seminars and classes all day with the two of us leading every class! We will be there to teach, tell stories, hang out, and play a ton of music! We invite you to expand your knowledge of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, music history, jazz theory, chord theory, harmony, improvisation, counterpoint, composition, chord voicing’s, improv, classical finger style technique, and of course heavy metal guitar. Guitarists will learn 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 Alex Skolnick Trio will be on site to provide rhythm accompaniment for jam sessions throughout the week.

Enough about the retreat, let’s get to the exciting news!

We know that times are tight and we got some vibes from some of you that it’s tough finding the funds to come to this incredible event… so, we’ve answered your concerns and slashed our prices!!! now, you can come to the Retreat for the week for less than $1000!! its a great chance to polish your chops, meet other guitarists who you’ll want to stay in touch with, and have a great Holiday vacation.

If you’re interested, please check out our website for more information about the camp and how to register!!!! http://www.sbwinterguitarretreat.com/

Hope to see you in December,

Chris & Alex

Gigantour 2012

MEGADETH TO RE-LAUNCH ‘GIGANTOUR’
FOR FIRST TIME IN NEARLY FOUR YEARS
IN EARLY 2012 WITH MOTORHEAD, VOLBEAT & LACUNA COIL

MEGADETH, easily one of the most recognized and culturally significant names in hard rock music for the past three decades, are excited to re-launch for the first time since 2008 their critically acclaimed package festival GIGANTOUR.  The multi-artist bill–with metal heavyweights MOTORHEAD, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL all personally picked by MUSTAINE–will kick off in early 2012 with dates tentatively set for late January through early March. GIGANTOUR was founded by MEGADETH frontman DAVE MUSTAINE in 2005 and was last in the U.S. in May 2008.  Stay tuned for official tour dates and on-sale information. 

MEGADETH’sthirteenth album–appropriately titled TH1RT3EN–will be released November 1 via Roadrunner Records.  On, TH1RT3EN, MUSTAINE and the band continue to sharpen their attack, taking down leaders who sell false truths; Megadeth tap right into the collective paranoia of modern times.  The new release follows up 2009’s ENDGAME, which was one of the most celebrated albums of the pioneering band’s storied career. Anticipation is high and fans are anxious for a taste of new music from the legends, who have sold over 25 million albums globally throughout the course of their career.  The album’s first single is the volcanic “Public Enemy No. 1.”

The band–singer/guitarist DAVE MUSTAINE, bassist DAVE ELLEFSON, guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK and drummer SHAWN DROVER–recently performed at Yankee Stadium for one of only two U.S. BIG 4 shows, with Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer. Of their performance, the New York Times’ Ben Ratliff said, “…as always, he [Mustaine] was fascinating to watch: serious and flinty-voiced, a generous and hard-working guitar player, as he traded off solos with Chris Broderick…(9/15/11).”  Jim Farber of the New York Daily News said,Songs performed here, like ‘Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying’ ideally calibrated melody and mania. ‘Symphony Of Destruction’ remains a classic of crunch. Such songs also boast an individual point of view, combining Mustaine’s political rants with his psychological self-assaults.”

Dave Mustaine is proud of the music put forth on the new recording, saying, “This record is the culmination of my work over the 13 records I recorded. There are moments on TH1RT3EN that capture my every emotion, and other moments where I am releasing feelings I never knew existed!  My proudest moments of my musical career are captured on TH1RT3EN.”  TH1RT3EN also marks the recorded return of bassist Dave Ellefson who was part of the band’s classic lineup from 1983 to 2002. In a move that delighted the band’s legion of diehards, Ellefson returned to performing live with Megadeth in early 2010 and has remained a fixture on the stage ever since. This is the first time Ellefson has played on a Megadeth record since 2002’s Rude Awakening.

The new album’s title has several levels of meaning.  Dave Mustaine, who first picked up an axe at the age of 13, told RollingStone.com (backstage at Yankee Stadium): “I was born on September 13th; this is my thirteenth record. It just seemed like it was the right thing to do to call it TH1RT3EN.”  See it here: http://www.rollingstone.com/videos/new-and-hot/megadeth-mustaine-on-risking-his-life-to-rock-20110915.

GIGANTOUR is a chance to, as MUSTAINE says, tour with like-minded artists “that play heavy music in a high-energy environment,” with a fan-friendly ticket price.  He founded the tour in 2005 and invited such artists asAnthrax, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Lamb of God, Opeth, Static-X andIn Flames to joinMEGADETH. For LACUNA COIL, GIGANTOUR 2012 marks a return to the tour, as they performed on the 2007 Australian tour; the Italian heavy metal group’s singer CRISTINA SCABBIA also appeared on MEGADETH’s 2007 re-recording of their song “A Tout Le Monde” (check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn01nSG4cvU)

With nine Grammy nominations under their bullet belts and having enjoyed five consecutive Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications, as well as seven Gold certifications during their career, MEGADETH need no introduction. They’ve essentially written the book on heavy metal and hard rock, gaining momentum with each critically lauded release.  In 2010, MUSTAINE released his first book, Mustaine:  A Heavy Metal Memoir, which hit the New York Times bestseller list in hardcover (and is now being re-released in paperback).  In a review, the Toronto Globe & Mail said, “Dave Mustaine’s memoir is the narrative of a struggling, hard-won music career. It is also a story of survival, redemption and faith…Dave Mustaine is a legend in heavy metal; he has written music that has inspired generations of fans, and he has proven that with faith, anything is possible. Transcending simple religion and music, Mustaine’s Heavy Metal Memoir will leave you moved and inspired (8/25/10).”

Chris Broderick & Alex Skolnick

MEGADETH’S CHRIS BRODERICK

AND TESTAMENT’SALEX SKOLNICK

JOIN FORCES FOR FIRST ANNUAL

‘SKOLNICK & BRODERICK’S WINTER GUITAR RETREAT’

AT FULL MOON RESORT IN BIG INDIAN, NY

DECEMBER 26-30

Renowned guitarists Alex Skolnick of Testament and Chris Broderick of Megadeth have joined forces to create the first annual Skolnick & Broderick’s Winter Guitar Retreat. This unique experience offers 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 26-30, 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 will include master classes with Skolnick and Broderick, jam sessions, open mic nights and optional private lessons. Attendees are 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 will learn 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 will provide rhythm accompaniment for jam sessions throughout the week.

Check out a video clip of Skolnick and Broderick talking about the Winter Guitar Retreat here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCpIWgFooH8.

“I’m really looking forward to partnering with my friend Chris Broderick for our Winter Guitar Retreat,” says Skolnick. “Each of us has a unique, individual approach to guitar and it’s always fun to share one’s experience with deserving students. Therefore, we’ve decided to join forces and create the ultimate post-Christmas, pre-New Year’s getaway for amateur and pro guitarists alike.”

Broderick concurs: “Come join Alex and myself this winter for a comprehensive look at how we view the guitar. It will not only be insightful, but relaxed and fun as well. We will cover things such as stage performance, live jam sessions, and all kinds of helpful guitar playing tips that you can utilize. I look forward to seeing you at this incredible event.”

Skolnick & Broderick’s Winter Guitar Retreat will provide a full vacation experience, including gourmet meals from the in-house chef. In addition, Full Moon Resort is conveniently located close to a full array of winter activities including skiing and snowboarding.

A special 10% discount for Skolnick & Broderick’s Winter Guitar Retreat is available for those who register and pay in full before October 31, 2011.

For full details, go to: http://sbwinterguitarretreat.com/site/.

 

The Skolnick And Broderick Winter Guitar Retreat is the first Winter installment of the successful Music Masters Camp Series (www.musicmasterscamp.com/home/) held at Full Moon Resort, which has been hosted by musicians including Dweezil Zappa, Todd Rundgren, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto.

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About Alex Skolnick

Alex Skolnick first picked up a guitar as a 9-year-old KISS fan, but it wasn’t long before he began to carve his own path, refining the blueprint for thrash metal as lead guitarist for Testament. At the same time as Testament was carving out its niche as one of metal’s most essential and enduring bands, Alex – intrigued by the later works of Miles Davis – began a parallel journey down the path of jazz. This ultimately led him to New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The New School’s jazz program in 2001. In a roundabout way, this intense study of jazz led him straight back to his original inspiration: Alex Skolnick Trio, formed during his time at The New School, opened its 2002 debut album Goodbye to Romance: Standards for a New Generation with a radical reinterpretation of KISS’ “Detroit Rock City.” The trio’s latest release, Veritas, released earlier this year by the esteemed jazz label Palmetto Records, reached the Top 10 on iTunes’ jazz charts. Along the way, Alex has played with the platinum-selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra, delved into producing, and his SkolNotes blog can be read regularly at alexskolnick.com/SkolNotes. Meanwhile, after an extended hiatus Alex rejoined Testament in 2005, and the band continues to break new ground. Testament’s most recent CD, 2008’s The Formation of Damnation (Nuclear Blast), was the band’s highest charting album to date on the Billboard Top 200. Testament’s Dark Roots Of Earth is due out in 2012.

www.alexskolnick.com

 

About Chris Broderick

For nearly four years, Chris Broderick has shared lead and rhythm guitar duties for “Big 4” heavy metal legends Megadeth. His first album with the band, 2009’s Endgame, featured the Grammy-nominated single “Head Crusher.” Megadeth’s song “Sudden Death” from Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock–and set to appear on the band’s forthcoming TH1RT3EN CD–was also Grammy nominated. TH1RT3EN will be released November 1, 2011 via Roadrunner Records. Previously, Chris built his reputation as one of the genre’s preeminent shredders with Jag Panzer and as touring guitarist for Nevermore. While he may be best known for his blistering solos, his styles include a broad range: classical, rock, blues and jazz. Both student and teacher of the instrument, Chris has been playing guitar since he was 11 years old – taking his first lessons at age 14 – and teaching for the past 16 years. He has a degree in Classical Guitar Music Performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, and has performed in many master classes including those given by David Russell, Benjamin Verdery, and his primary instructor Ricardo Iznaola. In addition, Chris has studied jazz improvisation and chord voicing, advanced music theory, and sight-reading.

www.chrisbroderick.com

About Full Moon Resort

Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY is a year-round mountain facility located in the heart of the “Forever Wild” Catskill Forest Preserve in upstate New York, 30 minutes west of Woodstock, and only fifteen minutes from Belleayre Mountain, a premier family ski center in the Catskill Mountains. Dedicated to the celebration of nature, music and the arts, the resort features over one hundred acres of fields, meadows, mountains, forests and streams. Driving time from New York City is only two and a half hours, and airports in Albany and Newburgh, NY are just a 90 minute drive.

www.fullmoonresort.com