Instructor Detail:

Neil Haverstick


Neil Haverstick (Stickman) is a guitarist, composer, author, and instructor, with over 40 years of experience. As a freelance guitarist, he has played zillions of gigs, ranging from blues, jazz, country, rockabilly, flamenco, and classical, to Pops concerts with the Colorado Symphony, as well as pit work for many plays, including Grease, Man of La Mancha, The Last Five Years, and many others. He's also a veteran of hundreds of recording sessions, and has also produced 10 CD's of his original music. As a composer, he is known for writing and playing music in various microtonal tuning systems, and in 1992 won Guitar Player magazine's Ultimate Guitar Competition (Experimental Category) for his piece "Spider Chimes," in 19 tone equal temperament. He also won the Composition Fellowship in 1999 from the Colorado Council on the Arts for his CD, "Acoustic Stick," for 19 and 34 tone guitars.

His latest CD, "Hide and Seek," was a pick for CD of the year in Downbeat mag for 2011, and he wrote a Master Class article for Downbeat in July of 2012 on the 19 tone tuning system. He also wrote a series of articles for Guitar Player mag on freelancing, and his theory book, "The Form of No Forms" was praised by guitar legends Joe Pass and Tommy Tedesco. He started playing the Oud, the ancient Middle Eastern lute, 5 years ago, and is currently writing an article about this mysterious instrument for Vintage Guitar magazine. He taught at Swallow Hill between 1989 and 2001, and is delighted to be back for this one of a kind rhythm workshop.

Private Lesson Info


Bass (Electric), Guitar