Benicia, CA (December 10, 2008) -- You can''t be a course with the mantra, "Educating the world one riff at a time." Fender University has announced that the spring session

Benicia, CA (December 10, 2008) -- You can't be a course with the mantra, "Educating the world one riff at a time." Fender University has announced that the spring session of the program is set to take place March 4-8, 2009 in Corona, Calif. Enrollment is limited to 25 guitar and bass scholars worldwide, and is open to players of all skill levels and musical styles.

Fender University student Gordon Logan of Nashville, TN, exchanges licks with Dweezil Zappa during Zappa's clinic
Fender University is an exclusive music education program for guitar enthusiasts worldwide. The program offers exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to Fender's manufacturing headquarters and world-renowned Fender Custom Shop, in addition to a series of music workshops, hands-on educational experiences, performance opportunities and special guest appearances. Additionally, it offers an exciting and unique opportunity to share in the legacy of Fender through a hands-on, direct experience with Fender products and people.

Included with the $6,500 tuition:
  • Attendance for five days and five nights at Fender University.
  • Hotel accommodations: Full service hotel—the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside, Calif.
  • All meals during your stay.
  • Your very own exclusive, limited edition Fender American Standard Series instrument.
  • All ground transportation while at Fender University. Airfare not included**
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the state-of-the-art Fender manufacturing facility and famed Fender Custom Shop.
  • Personal tour of the Fender Center Museum and Fullerton Museum featuring the Leo Fender exhibit.
  • 8+ workshop hours, jamming and one-on-one instruction from Fender staff, clinicians and artists.
  • Priceless meet-and-greet moments with some of Fender’s closest friends and legends.
  • All the school supplies you need—lots of cool stuff!
  • VIP pass to all festivities and the Fender University commencement party.
Past courses at Fender University have included interactive workshops, intimate performances and special appearances by guitar heroes such as Yngwie Malmsteen, John 5, Dweezil Zappa, Greg Koch, Willy Porter, Jeff Kollman, Reggie Hamilton and Tony Franklin.

Go here to read coverage from our October issue, which featured a News Clip about the program and what some of the attendees thought of the experience.

Registration for the spring session is open now and closes Feb. 4, 2009.

For more information:
Fender U
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• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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