Workshops and Concerts

Artists who will perform at the Guitarfest

Mark Hanson

Mark Hanson

Mark Hanson is a well known performer, author, and instructor in the acoustic guitar field. He has authored over two dozen guitar books and DVDs on a variety of topics. Mark has released ten solo and group recordings, one of which – Solid Air Records’ “Henry Mancini Pink Guitar” – won a Grammy for best pop instrumental album in 2005.

Mark and his wife, Greta Pedersen   – Young Audiences’ 2009 National Artist of the Year – founded Accent On Music, LLC in 1985. Together they have published dozens of Mark’s titles, performed worldwide, and played and sang for the President of the United States in San Francisco in 2009.

Greta Pederson

Greta Pederson

 Greta Pedersen   –  Named 2009 National Artist of the Year by Young Audiences, Greta is a versatile performer and music educator. Together  they have published dozens of Mark’s titles, performed worldwide, and played and sang for the President of the United States in San Francisco in 2009.She is at ease in a variety of styles and settings: from nightclubs to schools, concert halls to libraries, amphitheaters, and arts festivals. Her award-winning music is licensed to video soundtracks and publishing projects, including Scholastic’s Circle time series and

Teja Gerken

Teja Gerken

Teja Gerken is a San Francisco Bay Area-based fingerstyle guitarist, author, and  co-founder of the roots music instruction website Peghead Nation 

Teja is a regular at guitar festivals, he has toured internationally, and his two CDs have received critical acclaim. Today, Teja is no stranger to those familiar with contemporary steel-string fingerstyle guitar. Weaving together influences of folk, jazz, classical, and world music into a style that is uniquely his own, Teja’s playing reflects his diverse musical interests. While many of his composition employ alternate tunings, two-handed tapping, percussive effects, and other extended guitar techniques, others simply rely on his keen sense of melody and movement. Within this framework, Teja has created a repertoire that appeals to fellow guitarists as well as to listening audiences, and while original material is his main focus, he can also be found playing Irish traditionals, the occasional jazz standard, or improvising on themes by classical composer


Doug Young

Doug Young 

Doug Young is a fingerstyle instrumental guitarist based in the San Francisco South Bay area. He is the winner of the 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards in the instrumental category. Doug has released two CDs, Laurel Mill, and Closing Time which feature his solo guitar playing, compositions and arrangements. Mel Bay has published his best-selling instructional book: Understanding DADGAD: For Fingerstyle Guitar as well as Fiddle Tunes in DADGAD. He is a Contributing Editor for Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and has also been published in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. In his role at Acoustic Guitar, Doug has written numerous instructional articles, gear reviews, and interviewed many of today's top guitarists including Tommy Tomm Emmanuel, Sergio Assad, Andy McKee, Laurence Juber and Pierre Bensusan.rdon Rowland is a classical guitarist from Marin county and friend if the Sacramento Guitar Society. 

Gordon Rowland

Gordon Rowland

Godon Rowland is a concert master of classical, flamenco, and jazz guitar. He is a professor, composer, studio musician, transcriber, teacher, and author. His music is “lovely, flowing and filling.” His playing has inspired generations of players, amateur and professional alike.

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

Classical and Flamenco guitarist Mark Taylor is an international recording artist, performer and teacher. His combined experience in classical and flamenco music makes him a strong and dynamic interpreter of the classical repertoire with an approach to flamenco that is rhythmically vibrant, passionate and true to the essence of the many styles he performs.

Artistic Director, Daniel Roest

Special thanks to Mr. Daniel Roest and The Sacramento Guitar Society.

The Winters Guitarfst wishes to thank Artistic Director Daniel Roest  ( for his expertise and help  with the direction of the festival, especially with the selection of musical artists, arrangements, and wise counsel. We also wish to express gratitude to the Sacramento Guitar Society  ( for their invaluable help with the Winters Guitarfest and in the design and artistic collaboration with ARC Guitar, and in promoting the beauty and passion of the guitar across cultural, economic  and generational lines.

Al Calderone, Festival Founder and Director

Al Calderone

Al Calderone is the founder of the Guitarfest which took place in June 2017. Al is a luthier himself and the owner of ARC Guitar in Winters, Ca ( He operates a guitar building school and has taught over 75 students to build their own guitars. Some of Al’s students are building guitars professionally, including a former apprentice who now builds guitars in Brazil.

ARC Guitar is delighted to host the 2nd Annual Guitarfest


Workshops and Demos

Mark Hanson 

Topics : 

Workshop #1 (Friday, 4:00 pm at ARC Guitar)

Get Started Fingerpicking! Grammy-Award winner Mark has written two best-selling books on this topic, and has a wealth of information, material, and insight for beginners to intermediates. Mark will discuss hand position, tone production, relaxation and musicality, as well as teach a variety of fingerpicking patterns that will allow you to quickly play tunes like his YouTube hit “Canyon Canon”.  Notation/tab handouts included!

Workshop #2 (Saturday, 3:45 pm at Berryessa Gap)

Get Started with Solo Fingerpicking! Take your fingerpicking to another level by adding the melody in the top voice! Mark has decades of experience successfully training people to do this, as evidenced by his book Art of Solo Fingerpicking,  book which is included in the recent publication 50 Greatest Guitar Books. Mark teaches the picking fingers to work independently of the thumb, allowing melodies with any rhythmic requirement to stand out above the accompanying chord tones. He will discuss hand position, use of picks (Mark himself doesn’t use picks, but has in the past), balancing volume of voices, melodic flow, and musicality. Plus, he will hand out picking exercises in notation/tab, along with several cool tunes of his to play. This class is fun!

Mark Taylor and Gordon Rowland


Workshop (Friday, 1:00 pm at ARC Guitar)

Introduction to flamenco guitar with two master guitarists presenting.

Teja Gerken and Doug Young

Workshop (Friday, 3:00 pm at Turkovich Winery)

Fingerstyle workshop: playing with two guitars.

Teja Gerken

Workshop (Saturday, 1:30 pm at Turkovich Winery)

Alternate tunings.

Doug Young

Workshop (Saturday, 2:30 pm at Turkovich Winery)

Recording tips and tricks for guitarists.

Kenny Hill

Demonstration (Friday, 2:00 pm at Berryessa Gap)

Introducing the Cossiver Classical Guitar

Al Calderone

Workshop (Saturday, 1:00 pm at ARC Guitar)

Building Your First Guitar

Festival Schedule

FRIDAY, June 29

9:30 a.m. - Registration/Sales

10:30 - 5:00 p.m - Exhibitor Hall opens at The Palms

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Welcome Concert with Mark Taylor & Gordon Rowland at Berryessa Gap

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - LUNCH BREAK

1:00- 2:00 p.m. - Mark Taylor and Gordon Roland Workshop: Intro to Flamenco Guitar at ARC Guitar.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m - Kenny Hill Crossover Classical Demo at BG

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Teja Gerken and Doug Young - Finger style Workshop: Playing with Two Guitars at Turkovich Family Winery

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Luthier Demos at Berryessa Gap

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Mark Hanson: Workshop #1 - Get Started with Fingepicking, at ARC Guitar

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. DINNER BREAK



7:30 a.m. - Luthiers Breakfast at ARC Guitar - by invitation

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Luthiers Panel Discussion at ARC Guitar

10:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Exhibitor Hall Open at The Palms

11:00 - 12:00 p.m. - demos at BG

11:00 - 12:00 p.m - SGS Music Education Workshop with Greta Pederson Music Education 

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Al Calderone Workshop: Building Your 1st Guitar at ARC Guitar.

1:30 - 2:15 p.m. - Teja Gerken Worksop: Alternate Tunings at Turkovich Family Wines

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. - Doug Young Workshop: Recording Tips and Tricks For Guitarists at Turkovich 

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. - Mark Hanson: Workshop #2 - Get Started with Solo Fingerpicking, at Berryessa Gap