This is why you play

Crown is the musician's playground. As a participant you'll take intensive workshops led by world-renowned faculty and artists, play live with them in front of hundreds of people, and jam until the early morning hours. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or professional musician, this amazing experience will quite possibly change the way you play forever.

We offer a range of workshops that are taught by our professional Faculty with the support of our Artists-In-Residence. With classes for all levels and genres, it's the perfect opportunity to take your playing to the next level in a non-competitive, supportive environment where the focus is on your own interests and personal goals.


July 31-August 3, 2019


DWEEZIL ZAPPA and his band

"Play Like the Masters" 

Play Like the Masters with Dweezil Zappa and members of his band. For the advanced player, this course is a full, intensive program to teach you his techniques, some lessons he has learned, and focus on tones and clarity along with work out some changes to your style of play. This course is designed by Dweezil to be hands-on playing in an ensemble with total immersion in a creative environment.

Having watched his father perform concerts from the side of the stage since he was in diapers it was no surprise that Dweezil Zappa began to show an interest in music early on. At 6 years old he received his first guitar, a Fender Music Master from his dad. Having primarily heard the music his father was working on or listening to at home while growing up, Dweezil soon found himself exposed to some new sounds on the radio…The Beatles, Queen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Who and Jimi Hendrix. And like many aspiring guitarists of his generation, Dweezil's ear was caught in a stranglehold by the trailblazing guitar styles of Edward Van Halen and Randy Rhoads.

Constantly learning and evolving his guitar art, Dweezil Zappa is both the modern face of Zappa music and the person who can bring it fully-formed into the future.


"Blues 2020" 

This blues and blues-rock course will delve into the techniques and influences of David Grissom and Jeff McErlain.  They will share how they developed their unique sounds, while showing you ways to improvise by using simple scales and modes.  Have you ever wanted to learn how to break out of solo ruts and clichés?  This course will teach you how to move away from your usual ways and learn to explore new approaches to rhythm playing and chord voicings beyond barre chords.  You will find your voice as musician in this course! Open to all levels.


David Grissom has toured and recorded with John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, Storyville,The Allman Brothers Band, The Dixie Chicks, Chris Isaak, Robben Ford, The FabulousThunderbirds, Ringo Starr, Buddy Guy, Bob Schneider and John Mayall among many others. His songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, John Mayall, Shannon Curfman and Storyvilleto name just a few. Over the years, he has been featured in Guitar Player, Guitar World, Musician, and Vintage Guitar magazines several times.

Brooklyn guitarist Jeff McErlain’s style of blues rock draws from his roots listening to Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Alan Holdworth, Eddie Van Halen, and Michael Schenker. Heavily influenced by classic rock and metal, Jeff soon expanded his musical tastes to the jazz and fusion of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, as well as the classic blues of Howling Wolf and Little Walter. He is an in-demand instructor and clinician with almost 30 courses with TrueFire, and runs an online classroom, “The Juke Joint.” He has taught and performed at the Crown Guitar Festival, Bath Guitar Festival, Umbria Blues Festival, National Guitar Workshop, Ruby Mountain Guitar Festival, and Robben Ford’s Traveling Dojo.  

Jeff has toured and performed with Robben Ford, David Grissom, Matt Schofield, Jimmy Haslip, Toss Panos and Keith Carlock to name a few, and is about to release his latest CD “Now” featuring Robben Ford, who both produced and performed on the record. 




"The Emerging Singer/Songwriter" 

Let’s add to your songwriting tool set with colorful chords, rhythmic patterns and sense bound lyric writing. Liz Longley will have you explore topics such as breaking writer’s block, taking your songs to the stage and advancing your career in the music industry.  

Open to all levels.


Liz Longley, while best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. She's taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition.

Guthrie Brown, a Nashville transplant by way of "old Montana," began playing the guitar at age six. By the age of seventeen, he journeyed to Nashville to pursue the dream of being a professional songwriter, recording & performing artist. After settling in Music City, he recorded and produced his first self-titled EP, which got the attention of Nashville's premiere independent radio station, WRLT Lightning 100. Capitalizing on the initial success of his debut EP, Guthrie recorded and released his second EP "Spirit of the Elk" with producer Stuart Mathis (The Wallflowers, Lucinda Williams.) Following his second release, he recruited his longtime friends and musicians John Ogelby (drums), Will Honaker (bass, keys) and John McNally (guitar) to join the band. Their musical pairing has since been compared to something as strong and pure as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. 



"Montana’s Most Dangerous Band" 

Jam it up with groove twisting, skill accelerant, and jam all day! This class will focus on live performance and learning how to play with other musicians (focus on getting your chops together to play in a band), and is open to guitar players in all genres. Dennis McCumber will teacher you new tunes and jam on your old favorites.   This class you will learn how to write out charts for the band, play over different musical grooves/styles, choose repertoire and put sets together, work with a rhythm section, and arrange music for the group. Tighten up your skills, while playing, jamming and learning with a band.  You will end the perfect week with a live public performance! Open to all levels.

Dennis McCumber has been a guitar instructor and performer for more than 20 years, holding a Bachelor’s degree in music education from The College of Saint Rose. Performing regularly in the New York City area solo and with various rock, blues, and funk bands, he's also dedicated 17 years to teaching middle school in the Bronx. He was an instructor at the National Guitar Workshop for more then 10 years, where he taught Blues, Funk, and Rock. His students have performed for Carlos Santana, Dr Dre, Bruce Springsteen and Yoko Ono.  Dennis has performed and taught alongside such greats as Robben Ford, Matt Schofield and Ronnie Earl and performed at the Chicago Blues Festival Main stage, Hard Rock Café on Beale street in Memphis and Buddy Guy’s “Legends” in Chicago.



"Rock, Funk & Soul"

This diverse course will highlight the licks, tricks, techniques and tones used by master guitarists Brent Mason & James Hogan! James & Brent will show you how to blend elements of rock, jazz, country, funk and soul into your playing and you’ll learn to “dig deep in the pocket and groove” in a wide variety of rhythm guitar styles. You’ll also learn how to move “out of the box” as a soloist and spice up your lead playing with tons of fresh ideas! (Pentatonics, major modes, altered scales, diminished scales, bebop scales, triad pairs, chord substitutions, arpeggios and “outside sounds” will all be covered.) There will be a lot of jamming in class and you’ll learn to immediately apply all of the new chords, scales, licks, tricks and grooves into your playing in a laid-back, friendly atmosphere. This is a rare opportunity to learn up close and jam with two of the best in the business! 

Brent Mason is one of the most recorded guitarists in history. As well as being a Grammy Award winning artist he is also a 14-time winner of the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Guitarist of the Year Award, and a 2-time winner of the CMA Award Musician of the Year (being nominated every year since 1991). He has been named as one of the top ten session guitarists in the world, joining the ranks of Jimmy Page, Larry Carlton, Tommy Tedesco and Steve Cropper.  Brent has played on well over a thousand albums and continues to add to this extensive resume.

James Hogan is an artist who is regarded highly by his peers and is in constant demand as a touring sideman, studio musician and educator. Hogan is admired world wide for his musicality, his soulfulness and his rare ability to play authentically in virtually any style of music. This versatility is evident on Hogan’s top-selling 2004 release TRUE DIVERSITY.