I just wanted to share with the membership the wonders of these workshops. I just spent an incredible week at the beautiful NAMM HQ in Carlsbad, Ca., which hosted both a Level I and Level II workshop. As far as professional development is concerned, in my opinion, it just doesn’t get any better than this.If you teach guitar, or are planning on starting a program, then you shouldn’t miss this opportunity. The materials you receive as part of the workshop are, all by themselves, worth whatever you pay in costs. The workshop instructors starting with my friend Glen McCarthy, and continuing on with the likes of Bob Morris, Rob Goldsmith, Jerry Snyder, Romana Hartmetz,Ed Prasse, Shelley Brobst, Bill Burke, and others I don’t know, are just superb. There isn’t anything, and I mean anything you can ask in regards to playing or teaching guitar, that one or more of these great instructors can’t answer for you. The days are well structured, the topics relevant, and the materials are useful. The relationships you make with your classmates many times will extend into a career long friendship. This was my second time around for Level II, I just wanted to see what was new and exciting in the world of method books. Oh, did I mention the free guitar for first time Level I attendees? These are not your $99 entry level instruments either. Manufacturers such as Takamine, Martin, Yamaha, and Taylor donate instruments to the workshops. There also are a lot of other accessories for you, such as picks, tuners, cleaning kits, peg winders, and strings. For those of you who are novices on the instrument, or have limited playing experience, like myself, don’t be scared away. Trust me, you don’t need to be a virtuoso player in order to get something out of these workshops. So son’t make excuses, put the TGW workshops on your 2015 calendar!