GillaCamp Oregon Guitar & Ukulele Weekend Retreat

April 26, 2019: Ukulele Adventures!

April 27 & 28, 2019: GillaCamp Guitar!


Stay tuned for GillaCamp Oregon 2019!

GillaCamp Oregon Guitar and Ukulele Retreat is a unique Music Experience that is fun, inspirational, and invigorating. Hosted by Uptown Music of Keizer, Oregon and veteran master teacher, composer, and fingerstyle guitar wizard Richard Gilewitz, the GillaCamp Guitar and Ukuklele Retreat is the player's answer to turning over common frustrations while learning or perfecting fingerstyle techniques, overcoming fears and insecurities, rekindling the passion for learning new tunes, and rediscovering the joy of guitar, plus the opportunity for both guitar and ukulele players to hone their skills.

GillaCamp Guitar and Ukulele Retreats are designed for the beginner to advance player, and for singers who play guitar or ukulele for accompaniment. Students must be at the level of intermediate beginner or higher, be able to read tablature, and have a basic understanding of simple chord shapes. Individual and group attention is the main focus of GillaCamp with additional private instruction offered during off hours.

Topics 2019

Come back often to check on the new topics for 2019. Suggestions from GillaCampers who have previously attended or are thinking of joining the many players who have enjoyed this experience are welcome. Just give us a shout at

Your Instructor: Richard Gilewitz

The GillaCamp Weekend Retreat gives players the opportunity to examine how Richard's fingerpicking patterns will open up their guitar playing world, why rhythm and timing is so important, and the fun of group playing. For an entire weekend, Richard is your instructor and he holds nothing back as he takes each student on this magical journey of guitar playing.

Regardless of the setting, Richard Gilewitz shares his knowledge of guitar with no limitations.He has made himself available to those who want to draw on his 40 years of experiences of playing guitar, and years of composing, recording, and touring. Dedicated to passing along the torch of fingerstyle guitar, the techniques and skills for improving the craft of playing a stringed instrument has been a life-long ambition that continues to spread throughout the world.

Collaborating with Mel Bay Publications, Richard has released Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop; a book based on his guitar workshops, and his latest release, Fingerstyle Ukulele, a book on transferring fingerpicking patterns to the ukulele, as well as several interactive instructional software videos with TrueFire. He has written for Acoustic Magazine (UK), Ukulele Magazine (UK), the L2P Network and has been featured in several other trade magazines and sites such as Premier Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Guitar Sessions, D'Addario, and L2PNetwork. He has the nod of several major music companies, including D'Addario, Shubb, L.R. Baggs, and Audio-Technica.

Lodging Information for 2019 

Stay tuned for details about lodging. 



Registration Information:

Limited to 15 Students 

Full Tuition Includes: 8 Session Workshop (50 minutes each), discounted lodging rates, lunches, all day beverages, group/ individual instruction, free admission to special Saturday Gilewitz concert, instructional packets, swag prizes/evening gatherings


GillaCamp is supported by the generous donations of swag from Audio-Technica, D'Addario Strings and Accessories, L.R. Baggs, Shubb Capos.