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Robert Fripp & the League of Crafty Guitarists

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The League of Crafty Guitarists is the performing arm of Guitar Craft.

Guitar Craft (GC) is a series of guitar and personal development classes, founded and often presented by Robert Fripp, who is best known for his work with King Crimson. The Introduction to Guitar Craft (2004) describes GC as three things:

* A way to develop a relationship with the guitar;
* A way to develop a relationship with music;
* A way to develop a relationship with oneself.

In the wider guitarist community, GC is best known for its advocacy of New Standard Tuning, Fripp’s term for the alternate guitar tuning that came to him in 1984, and that he had personally switched over to by 1985. The term ‘New Standard Tuning’ is a misnomer: it is certainly ‘new’ but in no way ‘standard’ by any definition. This is because the tuning is only used by a very tiny percentage of the planet’s guitar players - specifically those connected with Guitar Craft. It would only become ‘New Standard Tuning’ if it was used by the majority of the planet’s guitar players in preference to the ‘Old Standard Tuning’. In GC itself the tuning is only one tool used towards a wider aim of re-inventing the student’s guitar playing from scratch. This in turn is designed to foster a personal renewal and self-development.

New Guitar Craft students are not expected to have any guitar experience at all, and it has been suggested, by Fripp and students, that previous experience can sometimes work against the course objectives, because of the expectations it places on the course and on music in general.

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  • sl8221958

    Oops-- I doth shout-it too soon. Plenty of KC on LFM. thank god

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • sl8221958

    What-- no King Crimson on LFM?!! I'm dyin' here, man!

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Pollenless

    Intergalactic Boogie express live in europe 1991 kicks arse!

    22 Mar 2011 Reply
  • marcelopucheta

    MUY BUENO ESTOS TRABAJOS DEL MAESTRO FRIPP.

    27 Mar 2010 Reply
  • boomshanka

    nom nom

    23 Jul 2009 Reply
  • leelapalooza

    if you like guitar craft, you should really consider taking a course. As the daughter of two avid crafties, i've seen firsthand the real understanding one gets from doing them. PS robert fripp is a very cool guy in person.

    13 Jul 2009 Reply
  • JoshCIVM

    Incorable? xD

    6 Feb 2009 Reply
  • sanytramk

    Fripp is incorable.

    1 Dec 2007 Reply
  • buashey

    Asturias & Hard Times rox. If you want other bands playing classic guitars I recommend Samarabalouf and Rodrigo Y Gabriela. They're awesome!

    12 Jul 2007 Reply
  • rone

    Yeah, Connecticut Yankee is one of my faves. See if you can get a hold of Gitbox's album Touch Wood, which is the group led by the guy who composed CY.

    14 Mar 2007 Reply
  • CloserToGod

    A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur is very funny :) i like fripp's side projects :)

    3 Dec 2006 Reply

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