Study guitar with
Enroll in Sonora Guitar Intensive and study 1-on-1 with Curt Henderson for 3 months.
Receive weekly lessons, daily feedback on your playing, and a clear path to fretboard fluency.
Guitarist and producer
Curt Henderson is a Nashville-based guitarist, producer, and music educator. After completing a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance in his hometown of Vancouver, Canada, Curt moved to Nashville, TN and has since become an in-demand figure in Music City’s busy scene. He has played, recorded, and toured internationally with major label artists like EZA (Ellery Bonham), John King, American Idol finalist Jonny Brenns, and has his own project with his musical partner in crime, Shannon Lauren Callihan. As Nashville’s culture demands, Curt is equally at home on an r&b session one day and then a country artist’s tour the next day.
He is also passionate about his work as a featured artist and performer with brands like Fender, PRS, Music Man, D’Angelico, Supro, Strymon Engineering, and many other notable companies, as well as being a panel guest for institutions like Guitar.com. Curt’s teenage dream came true when Fender asked him to be their featured artist in the release of their 2019 Stratocaster line. All in, Curt’s music releases and videos have received millions of listens and views across platforms as he continues to grow his career as a performer and producer.
A very significant part of Curt’s musical career has also been spent in music education. He is a dedicated educator, and has been invited to lead clinics and speak at colleges about the principles of effective guitar study, improvisation techniques, and how to translate the fundamentals of jazz and music theory to mainstream genres like r&b, funk, pop, and country. Curt has been teaching for over a decade and takes pride in working with students with the goal of mapping out the fretboard in a structured, systematic way so they can play more expressively and with intention. Curt is really just forever trying to recreate the same “lightbulb moments” that he experienced in his own development for each one of the students that he mentors today.
Sonora Guitar Intensive
Made for intermediate guitar players, Sonora is a 3-month intensive program that helps you break through multi-year plateaus and find your creative freedom.
Cutting Edge Software
Absorb, polish, and retain core concepts through accelerated learning and language acquisition techniques.
Learn and engage with with industry-leading musicians 5 days per week in our live classes.
Chat with your mentor in real-time. You’ll also get detailed feedback when you share videos of your guitar playing.
A modern approach to study
Unlike private lessons, Sonora's Fellowship students get unlimited access to feedback so learning and progress can happen every day – not just once a week.
THE OLD WAY
Traditional weekly lessons
Students met with an instructor for just an hour, once a week. For the remainer of that week, students were more likely to practice bad habits and progress slowly.
THE MODERN WAY
Sonora's anytime framework
Students get unlimited access to a mentor, 7 days a week. Along with a custom daily practice plan, forward progress can happen rapidly and at any time.
A clear path to
Our curriculum helps you achieve a complete understanding of the foundations of music, regardless of your playing style.
Over 20 years experience
Developed by deeply experienced music educators, our comprehensive curriculum identifies the key skills required to advance your musicianship.
Successfully tested by thousands
Our curriculum is proven. Over a thousand Sonora students have successfully broken through their learning plateaus and unlocked fretboard fluency.
Years of study condensed into months
Our students make more progress in 3-6 months of intensive study in our program than most students make in several years.
We curate some of the top players in the world to come and speak on a wide variety of topics.
- The breadth and depth of topics covered means you're guaranteed to expand your understanding of what's possible with the tools you've been learning.
- Small class sizes mean you get face to face with the greats, each week.
- Unlimited access to our growing back-catalog of masterclasses allows you to watch whenever you like.
Brooklyn-based Adam Levy has released more than a dozen albums of his own, and is featured on recordings by Norah Jones, Vulfpeck, Ani DiFranco, Allen Toussaint, and other renowned artists.
Becoming a more melodic player
Amanda is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music where she teaches private instruction, labs and guitar ensembles. and has performed with artists such as Milt Hinton, Steve Wilson, Rufus Reid, and more.
Play guitar but think like a drummer
Josh Sklair is a two-time Grammy Award winner, honored during his 20+ years collaboration as band leader, guitarist, arranger and co-writer with American Music icon Etta James.
How to use and learn licks
Seth Rosenbloom is an accomplished blues guitarist with a remarkable sensibility and an uncanny gift for distilling complex topics into digestable form for all levels.
Live Group Classes
Sonora Fellowship is a great place to expand your horizons, while also going deep on the things you're most passionate about. Our evening live classes are a wellspring of musical discovery.
Gather with your fellow classmates Tuesday evenings and be guided through learning a new lick or phrase. We will help you understand how the material relates to the core curriculum and how to use it in your playing.
Facilitated by our co-founder Ila Cantor, we gather on Wednesday evenings to answer all of your questions and curiosities.
Thursdays we explore the world of technique, dive into the nuances of the right hand and expand our creative palletes.
We gather on Saturdays to learn a new jazz standard. Even if you're not a jazz player, the exercise of learning standards will open up a world of possibilities in your harmonic vocabulary and teach you how to navigate music.
Grow with our community
Sonora connects you with other intermediate guitar players pursuing creative fluency.
Our community is a great place to find practice buddies, share progress, get feedback, and cheer each other on — all with the support of the whole Sonora team.Apply Now
Join our industry leading guitar intensive program with Curt Henderson guiding you every step of the way.
BY APPLICATION ONLY
Sonora Guitar Intensive
Included with the program:
- Unlimited access to Curt Henderson
- Weekly 1-on-1 lessons w/ Curt Henderson*
- Daily video feedback on your playing
- Custom practice plans
- Live masterclasses w/ renowned guitarists
- Access to our entire library of masterclasses
- Lifetime access to our core curriculum
- Lifetime access to our learning software
- Lifetime membership to our community
*Pricing depends on duration of study and lesson frequency, apply for a quote.
Not quite intermediate yet?
Check out our Prep Program for beginners