GillaCamp Weekend for Guitar

February 25 and 26, 2017!

The 12th Annual Florida Weekend GillaCamp Guitar Workshop is a unique Music Experience that is fun, inspirational, and invigorating. Hosted by veteran master teacher, composer, and fingerstyle guitar wizard Richard Gilewitz, GillaCamp 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 guitar pieces, and rediscovering the joy of guitar!

GillaCamp is designed for the beginner to advance player, and for singers who play guitar for accompaniment. Students must be at the level of advanced beginner or higher, be able to read notation or tablature, and have a basic understanding of chord structure. Individual and group attention is the main focus of GillaCamp, where students are paired with others if desired and additional instruction is offered during off hours.

Day 1 Topics: Saturday, February 25, 2017

10:am Start: Set up and warm up optional, but recommended. Warming up wakes up both your mind and body and prepares students for the heaps of information.

11:00am Fingerpicking Engine and Rhythm: Tuning the group with the language of the picking hand with fingerstyle patterns. Learn the value of rhythm with in-depth exploration of basic- advanced rhythms.

12:00pm Form a Group and Name That Tune: Given a pre-selected key and tempo, you'll create a tune using fingerpicking and rhythm techniques with your assigned group. You'll be challenged to pick a leader, select a tune (instrumental or with lyrics), designate player parts, and how to pull off a tight performance in the group competition on Day 2

2:00pm Beat the Blues: Learn to adapt the 6th, 7th, and 9th chords, plus the mysterious 13th chord from the jazz world into an exciting format of a 12-bar blues/jazz exercise in G.

3:00pm Open Tuning Exploration and Slide: Exploration of Open C Tuning with the addition of the use of the slide. You'll practice the basics of slide guitar, learn how to properly hold and use a slide while fingerpicking simple chords plus fret navigation.

Bonus: Free entry for GillaCampers to an evening concert with Richard Gilewitz. Light appetizers included.


Day 2 Topics: Sunday, February 26, 2017

10:00am Start: Set up and warm up optional, but recommended. Warming up wakes up both your mind and body and prepares students for the heaps of information.

11:00am Music Theory: Introduction to the Gilewitz take on theory will open up the doors to composition, how to break the rules now that you know them, and why theory is not scary; plus how to apply theory to other stringed instruments, such as the ukulele, banjo, banjitar, or mandolin.

12:00pm Dip into the Classics: "Study in A" in Standard Tuning by Matteo Carcassi, an 18th century Italian composer. Explore the art of anchor and guide fingers for smooth transfers from chord to chord.

1:00pm Break for lunch

2:00pm Adding to Your Repertoire: "Sunflower River Blues" in Open C by John Fahey. Learn to play the grace note, the bend, the bend and release, and rasqueado strum.

3:00pm: There's a New Band in Town: It's show time! Now is the time to pull your group together and perform in front of your peers. Show off your chops, your arrangement, and compete for the top band prize.

Bonus Farewell Dinner: Join your fellow students for a farewell dinner at one of our local restraurants and recapture the weekend experience. Dessert and campfire at the Gilewitz residence.

Lodging Information:

The two-day retreat is conveniently located in a large conference room on site at the Holiday Inn Express. Students can lodge right on location and enjoy the pool and deck, local nature attractions, and gather for great conversation in the lounge and dining room during off times.

Holiday Inn Express: Book your room at 352-341-3515, Holiday Inn Express or  www.hiexpress.com (input the Lecanto Fl location and the 3-letter booking code: GGW (GillaCamp Guitar Workshop) $119 plus tax standard room. Suites $129 plus tax. Free breakfast included. Bookings cutoff for discounted room rates is January 24, 2017. Rates apply from Feb. 24 -27.

 

Your Instructor: Richard Gilewitz

The GillaCamp Weekend 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 is a contributing writer 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.

Registration Information:

Limited to 15 Students: $495 (discount for full tuition if paid by December 31, 2016)

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

GillaCamp Booking: Call 352/860-2422 or email gillacamp@tampabay.rr.com PayPal or checks accepted. Checks should be made out to: Richard Gilewitz. Send to: PO Box 3023, Inverness, FL 34451 USA

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