A six-string showcase

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Twenty-five of the country’s top guitarists will converge on Dux de Lux on Monday for a mega-jam. 

Teachers from the nationwide 4Front School of Guitar franchise are in Queenstown from Sunday for a three-day annual pow-wow at the Copthorne Hotel. 

The fretboard maestros will stage the free mass gig while they are here. 

Local tutors Marc Hamilton and Lindsay Woods are itching to join the roof-raising showcase. 

Their 4Front counterparts include some well-known names from the New Zealand music scene. 

Acclaimed solo acts such as Auckland songbird Joanne Chester and Chris Cope – ex-guitarist with former chart stars Eight – are expected to be there, as is All Left Out axe-man Dave Murray from Waikato. 

“We’ll split off into five or six different bands and just go for it with our acoustic guitars,” Hamilton says. 

“The plan is we’ll have a quick rehearsal in the afternoon then do a mixture of classic songs at the show. 

“We did the same thing at the 4Front conference in Rotorua last year and it was great fun. 

“Some of the teachers have either played with some of the country’s best bands or have been roadies for big-name acts so there’ll be a lot of experience on show,” Hamilton says. 

“It’s a good opportunity for people to come along and see some of NZ’s top players under the one roof for nothing.” 

As a warm-up for the mega-jam, Hamilton – who also plays drums for local band The Lynch Mob – will perform with his Auckland singer-songwriter mate Cope at the Dux tomorrow. 

Hamilton’s appearance on Sunday will be his last as a 4Front tutor – he recently flicked the Queenstown franchise to local muso Woods, who’ll inherit almost 80 budding local guitar heroes, aged from seven to 11. 

“There’s an abundance of musical talent in the Wakatipu and that’s reflected in the growing numbers wanting to learn how to play instruments from an early age,” Hamilton says.