In conjunction with receiving a 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award today at Lincoln Center, legendary performer George Benson announced his new project as an online jazz guitar instructor at WorkshopLive.com. The new project will take the form of a members-only online club named "George Benson's Breezin' Lounge" where Mr. Benson takes a no-holds-barred look at his musical ideas, playing techniques, formative years and the inspiration which has made him one of the best jazz guitarists and performers in the world.
"My hope is that aspiring guitar players everywhere will get something valuable out of my candid comments and demonstrations," says Mr. Benson. Bob Land, Chief Marketing Officer of WorkshopLive added, "George Benson's playing is truly masterful so we're thrilled to be able to offer this incredible level of direct access to him and his music."
The lessons are unlike any other offered online or off and come complete with printable sheet music, animated notation, tab and most importantly a fretboard where students can watch Mr. Benson's riffs being played note-for-note, slow down the playback and practice like never before. The Breezin' Lounge also plans to offer lucky fans exclusive live Webcasts where Mr. Benson will perform and respond to questions.
George Benson's Breezin' Lounge is a service of WorkshopLive.com, the leading online community for learning music, using a proven methodology and curriculum. It is subsidized by advertising so members only pay $9.95/month for two super-sized lessons, Webcasts, forums, and the opportunity to learn directly from legendary master artists. These workshops are a great new way for the artists to connect with their fans and were introduced earlier this year.