GillaCamp Guitar Weekend Retreats

February 23 and 24, 2019!

The 14th Annual Florida Weekend GillaCamp Guitar Workshop Retreat in 2019 will be a unique Music Experience that is fun, inspirational, and invigorating. Hosted by veteran master teacher, composer, and fingerstyle guitar wizard Richard Gilewitz, GillaCamp Guitar 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 guitar pieces, and rediscovering the joy of guitar!

GillaCamp Guitar Retreat is designed for the beginner to advance player, and for singers who play guitar 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.

GillaCamp Weekend Topics: 

Sessions are designed for the advanced and intermediate players and will accommodate beginners. Beginners must be able to read musical notation or tablature, tune their instrument, navigate through several chords, and be willing to start upgrading their playing skills. Intermediate and advanced players will be challenged to leave comfort zones and open up minds and fingers to new ideas. Study tunes will be given out at the retreat and options for additional instruction can be arranged. The following session topics are samples of the upcoming Annual FL GillaCamp Guitar Retreat.

Rhythm and food and the world of 16th's

Take a turn in the hot seat - a group guide to performance

The fingerpicking engine, rhythm and group ensemble work

Forming a band from the ground up to performance - expanding your songwriting skills  

Exploration of open tunings and slide in G, C, D plus the variants G minor, D minor, C9th and C modal

12-bar Blues/Jazz for standard E and C, plus open tuning blues selections

The capo orchestra - voicing expansion during group jams

Music Theory - advancing your knowledge   

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 at the Lecanto Fl location and the 3-letter booking code: GGW (GillaCamp Guitar Workshop) $ plus tax standard room. Suites $ plus tax. Free breakfast included. Bookings cutoff for discounted room rates is January 21, 2019.


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 how to have fun 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.

Notable guitar retreats include Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, Winterbreak (Australia), Guitar Retreats (UK), GillaCamp Oregon, GillaCamp Florida, Loose Acoustic Gold Coast (Australia), Guitar Repairs (Switzerland) as well as numerous 1 day workshops worldwide. 

Registration Information:

Limited to 15 Students: $495 (discount for full tuition if paid by December 31, 2018)

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

GillaCamp Booking: Call 352/860-2422 or email 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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GillaCamp is supported by the generous donations of swag from Audio-Technica, D'Addario Strings and Accessories, L.R. Baggs, Shubb Capos.