There's nothing like speedy fingers burning "fire" across a fretboard to create some warmth in the wintertime. Starting the day after Christmas, Alex Skolnick from Testament and Chris Broderick of Megadeth will cohost the first annual Skolnick & Broderick's Winter Guitar Retreat in New York's Catskill Mountains.

Participants will be treated to master classes, private lessons, jam sessions and more with the virtuoso guitar masters from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30, 2011. Skolnick, who became well known in jazz circles during the better part of the '90s he spent away from Testament before his triumphant full-time return in 2005, will focus on improvisation in addition to the duo's shared knowledge of heavy metal, chord theory, harmony, counterpoint, composition and more that will be available at the retreat.

Broderick's resume includes not only his lead guitar work in Megadeth but stints with Jag Panzer and Nevermore as well. He'll be teaching classical finger style techniques in addition to the above mentioned subjects.

In a videotaped message, Skolnick called the event "intensive" but also predicted that it will be a lot of fun. "There's skiing and snowboarding nearby if you're into that," he added. "But we're going to be teaching guitar!"

Neither shredder is unacquainted with a guitar clinic type setting, of course. Broderick will participate in a half dozen clinics alongside Megadeth bass player and co-founder David Ellefson next month.

Fresh off the Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium, Megadeth are gearing up for the release of a new album on Nov. 1. Speaking of Anthrax, they'll be co-headlining clubs with Testament this fall.


Watch Chris Broderick, Alex Skolnick Talk Winter Guitar Retreat