GUITAR INTENSIVE

Study guitar with
Steve Cardenas

Enroll in Sonora Guitar Intensive and study 1-on-1 with Steve Cardenas for 3 months.

Receive weekly lessons, daily feedback on your playing, and a clear path to fretboard fluency.

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Steve Cardenas

Renowned Guitarist and Educator

Steve Cardenas is a New York City jazz guitarist. Steve was a longstanding member of the Paul Motian Electric Bebop Band , Steve Swallow Quintet and Joey Baron'sband, Killer Joey. He is currently a member of the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, Ben Allison & Free Think, John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet, Adam Nussbaum Lead Belly Project and Jon Cowherd Mercy Project.

Steve has also been in groups led by Madeleine Peyroux, Norah Jones, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Paul McCandless and Mark Isham.

He has toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia, performing at international jazz festivals, theaters, and clubs. Steve is on over 100 recordings as a sideman has released six recordings as a leader, his latest being ‘Blue Has A Range’ on Sunnyside Records.

Steve is on faculty at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. He has been on the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, Siena Summer Jazz Workshop, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, and Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony. Steve is co-author, with editor Don Sickler, of the Thelonious Monk Fakebook, released by Hal Leonard Publishing.

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.

LIVE Masterclasses

Learn and engage with with industry-leading musicians 5 days per week in our live classes.

Streamlined feedback

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
fretboard fluency

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.

Monday Masterclasses

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.
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Adam Levy

Improvisation Masterclass

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.

Amanda Monaco

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.

Josh Sklair

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.

Seth Rosenbloom

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.

Transcription Tuesdays

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.

Q&A Wednesdays

Facilitated by our co-founder Ila Cantor, we gather on Wednesday evenings to answer all of your questions and curiosities.

Technique Thursdays

Thursdays we explore the world of technique, dive into the nuances of the right hand and expand our creative palletes.

Standards Saturdays

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.

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Our Program

Join our industry leading guitar intensive program with Steve Cardenas guiding you every step of the way.

BY APPLICATION ONLY

Sonora Guitar Intensive

Included with the program:

  • Unlimited access to Steve Cardenas
  • Weekly 1-on-1 lessons w/ Steve Cardenas*
  • 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
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*Pricing depends on duration of study and lesson frequency, apply for a quote.

UPCOMING COHORT

8/9/2021

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