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Up to now the workshop in the welcoming and splendid home of Franco and Raffaella has become an indispensable appointment that I am repeating every year. Each time I am welcomed warmly, accepted for that terrible pupil I am. Every time it is, for me a regenerating experience, of music, of humanity, of enrichment in relationships. An immersion in a landscape and in a dimension that reconciles me, with the world, with the guitar, with the food … breathing fresh air, feeling pampered and guided to the discovery of this beautiful instrument that with the technique and Franco’s sensitivity give me truly sublime sensations! The warm hospitality and the genuine and exquisite cuisine of Raffaella make this experience indispensable! Thank you so much for these wonderful days !!
Ah! to the already many qualities that Raffaella makes available, this year has also added reading advice!! I have already read and found the books that she recommended to me really beautiful !!
… I’ll come back … but they already know that!
Thanks, Cristina for sharing your feelings, which I also wholeheartedly agree.
I attended other internships and I found in principle the same glue: sharing sensations, the desire for culture and beauty, the love for small results and the joy of overcoming frustrations with the help of everyone. It is from my point of view a high school of life if you can appreciate it.
It was a privilege for me to know you, you are extraordinary people.
A separate comment on Franco and Raffaella: friends, perfect hosts, capable of sincere affection. Saturday evening was pure sharing.
The ability to stress Franco with little nonsense was a rare privilege, knowing his experience and his undisputed talent: he has unique qualities of patience.
Raffaella deserves only one definition: an angel. (thanks also to his “vice,” Gabriela)
Let’s not talk about Margot then: sweet. Tender and affectionate, as well as a talented singer.
Best wishes for a sustainable and possibly peaceful year for all.
We hope to meet again; as far as I am concerned, with more preparation, I will repeat the experience.
Good life and good music for all of you
I thank you, Franco, for letting me understand what’s the right approach to the guitar. I do not like those who make fun of you or use euphemisms because they are afraid to say things as they are. The choice I have before me is now simple and, as I am, it has no half measures. Or I let it go, obliging myself to do some simple strumming, or, with patience, I start all over again.
A speech that is not just about the guitar, it is also a choice of life. The music done well absorbs time and energy and at my age to start from scratch it takes courage and unconsciousness together. Also, we must know how to love even the small results because, always for reasons of age, the big ones become unattainable.
Only that, perhaps I understand it just now, writing, the option to give up becomes impossible, not after seeing what the music does in people. Undoubtedly people already predisposed and with remarkable human characteristics. But it was nice to see how my workshop colleagues managed to find balance and happiness in music.
Why do I want to play? For this, to feel good. There is no other reason.
A special thanks to Raffaella. You have surrounded us with care and attention. Among other things, we ate very well. Thanks also for the advice on the voice, I will need a lot.
Hi Franco, your music is now part of the soundtrack of my life!
I still have tears in my eyes when I think of those fantastic six days. I thank you and Raffaella for giving us a daydream!
Illustrious Franco, I am moved by performing your songs. You wrote beautiful arpeggios whose rhythm, hidden between the melodic simplicity, is very hot. You are number one! Thanks again.
I want to thank you for stimulating me in the journey of this fascinating technique. After years of concerts, I decided to stop playing, but thanks to the discovery of beautiful methods from you, I resumed playing, thank you with all my heart.
Dear Franco Morone, I am a classical guitarist who was lucky enough to buy the Celtic Fingerstyle book. I wanted to compliment you for the beautiful transcriptions, with a remarkable taste for embellishments! I liked it so much that I bought an acoustic. Congratulations also for the interpretation.
The seminar was extraordinarily positive both from an educational point of view, for Franco’s exceptional ability to transmit his musical knowledge, and for the human relationship established between the various participants an experience that every fingerstyle guitarist should do. Thank you!
It’s been a great experience, immersed in the quiet in music and Raffaella’s healthy recipes. Beautiful knowledge among my classmates and fat played until late at night. Thank you so much, Franco, Raffaella, Margot, Giacomo, Paolo, Ugo, and Gabriella. I highly recommend this musical and human experience. I will return. A Mirko hug
Attending the Masterclass with Maestro Franco Morone is a unique and unforgettable experience. It’s been intense work under the guidance of a formidable teacher who enriches the musical path of every guitarist.
The guitar course with Franco is an incredible experience; the days fly away by following the private and collective lessons and preparing the pieces for the essay/concert. Raffaella and Franco are truly unique regarding hospitality.
I took part in Franco’s June course. His workshops are a great experience, the combination of a great musician, a great singer and cook, and a beautiful place: all exceptional, including classmates. Paolo
I participated in the workshop in June. It was one of the most beautiful days I experienced, surrounded by nature and the passion of those like me who love music and simple things. I thank Franco Morone, a joyful man, humble, patient and always available, and contemporary an incredible guitarist, Raffaella a beautiful singer and a stratospheric cook, the classmates Mirko Ugo Paolo and Margot, thanks to everyone and next time, a hug. Music makes the world a better place! Giacomo
After having lived this beautiful experience, I regret not having done it before. Franco manages to amaze even with songs that most musicians consider trivial or too minimal, making them a true pleasure for the listener. Above all, his advice is a high source of inspiration. The location of the course and the warm welcome made everything even more magical. Finally, one can not fail to mention the excellent cuisine of Raffaella. I will try to participate again in the future in another workshop. Thanks to Franco and Raffaella
I followed the Easter 2016 workshop: it was a wonderful experience. In addition to the tips about whom for me is one of the best living guitar composers, it was gratifying to meet other people in love with me with the acoustic guitar: passion is one of those things that divide them and amplify. I returned home determined to continue my study. Last but not least, Raffaella’s cooking was a real surprise. In short, thanks to Raffaella and Franco for their hospitality, patience and beautiful location.
I take this opportunity to say that I think you are just great. A master of the technique that makes the performance expressive is the control and sensitivity in mastering and handling the phraseological dynamics with the guitar that is like breathing, that record that probably, for the type of repertoire, is moving. Some of the tracks break my heart. And then there’s the taste, what makes a musician over the top, and some of my students will want to take me to see Tommy Emanuel in Milan. Who knows, maybe I’ll go, and he’ll astound me. But the excitement of that record of yours I already know he won’t give me.
A thank you from someone who has learned a lot through your books and taught me how to think and play in fingerpicking, a unique way of arranging and playing. I congratulate you again on your style, teaching leanings and eclecticism. Thank you again.
Dearest Franco, after the stage with you, “Flowers from Ayako” is beautiful, and I am studying the blues guitar method. What should I say? I love you. Now I know what to say when people ask me what music I like: Franco’s!
A seminar with Franco is an essential time of reflection on the life of a musician and guitar fan. In addition to dealing with the many years of experience of a qualified and patient teacher, one can meet and play with other wonderful people from the most diverse places. It will be no coincidence that in both seminars I attended with him, I always met extraordinary and beautiful people with whom I had incredible connections. Franco catalyzes beauty. Moreover, in his cottage in Osimo, one feels good. The professional experience is completed by a welcome more unique than rare due to Raffaella’s tireless gentleness and kindness and also to her cooking! She is a gifted singer and a remarkable guitarist too! I do not know how many words I have spent, but they are certainly not enough to express the richness I received. Please take advantage of these meetings: it is impossible to regret them!
By now, the workshop in Franco and Raffaella’s charming and beautiful home has become an unmissable appointment that I repeat every year. And each time, I’m welcomed with a worm, accepting for the lousy student that I am. Every time is a regenerating experience, of music of humankind of enrichment in relationships. I immerse in a landscape, a dimension that makes me feel at peace with the world, the guitar and the food. You breathe good air, pampered and guided to discover this beautiful instrument that, with Franco’s technique and sensitivity, can give you real sublime sensations! The warm hospitality and Raffaella’s genuine and exquisite cooking make this experience unmissable! Thank you so much for these marvellous days!!!
Ah! to the already many Raffaella’s talents, she also added reading advice!!! I have already read and found the books she recommended good!!! I will be back, but they already know that!
Personally, last summer’s experience gave me a tremendous motivational boost to continue my journey as a musician and was a great source of inspiration. It was an experience that I will repeat and recommend to anyone who wants to give themselves a great gift, combining the best of a family welcome in a charming country house where every corner speaks of music and harmony, drawing from Franco’s great musical experience, living for a few days in the company of other musicians and alternating group and individual lessons, delicious and natural food. I can only thank Franco and Raffaella for this initiative and the simplicity and smile they give us for such a valuable experience.
It is priceless: to be able to enjoy Raffaella’s cooking, her silent and enveloping sweetness, and her singing, and it’s with no price listening to the melodies that the students refine with Franco within a stunning set of natural landscapes and expanses that are loosing on the horizon, I relished every moment of this experience accompanying my husband, whom I will never cease to thank for giving me these days. Thank you to Raffaella, Franco, Gabriela and Margot for sharing this corner of Paradise: thanks again from the bottom of my heart.
A week after your seminar, I would like to thank you for a great experience! It was indeed a pleasure to be in contact for four days with a musician like you, endowed with musical finesse, taste, politeness and – last but not least – an extraordinary bravura (which never transcends into self-praise, in the didactic sphere, and into a spectacle for its own sake, in the musical field) it was equally pleased to be able to share this experience with other people, to play together and to get to know each other. I got to enter a world “that of fingerstyle” that I knew only partially, and I found I was very passionate about and learned so many facets. Now I listen to your pieces, both those of your compositions and arrangements of traditional and I find them very enjoyable I listen to a lot of other acoustic guitar music.
I have been watching your video for several days, “Flowers from Ayako” I can’t stop hearing and watching it. I will find all the material I can about you and start studying this style that gave me a unique emotion. A big hello and thank you
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I attended an individual guitar masterclass at Franco and Raffaella’s beautiful country house in September 2021. Franco was genuinely committed to helping me to improve my playing. His lessons were invaluable. My only regret is I did not seek out advice from a master of the guitar such as Franco many years ago. I liked the way Franco explained the aspects of theory and rhythm he covered. Finally, they made sense after confusing me for so long. What I learned will be very useful for my playing. The accommodation was very comfortable with the ground floor provided for guests and lessons. The three cooked meals a day were of an exceptional quality made from local ingredients and cooked to perfection by Raffaella. It was a wonderful taste of Italian home cooking that is hard to find for a visitor from overseas like me. The food was much better than most restaurants. I could also relax using the WiFi. Some nights there would be guitar playing and singing from Franco and Raffaella: so enjoyable. There is a nice dog too, Margot, it is tiny but has a big personality. I had a visit to Osimo that I would recommend. I would happily return and repeat the whole experience.
Ben Marshall, Wales, U.K