GillaCamp Guitar Weekend Retreat

February 24 and 25, 2018!

The 13th Annual Florida Weekend GillaCamp Guitar Workshop Retreat in 2018 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 Reatreat 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.

Day 1 Topics: Saturday, February 24, 2018

10:00am : Set Up and Warm Up: Optional, but recommended. Warming up wakes up both the mind and body.

11:00am: Rhythm and Food and the World of 16ths: Rhythm and Food is a fun-filled group exercise that matches a food to its twin rhythm for an easy way to learn various rhythms and explore the world of 16th’s. 

12:00pm: The Fingerpicking Engine and a New Tune: Gather the ingredients for the picking fingers with very simple patterns that can be applied to any genre of music. The components of the Fingerpicking Engine make up the foundation for fingerstyle guitar and ukulele that will be applied to an original in-progress Gilewitz tune, “Gee”.

2:00pm: Additional Study of the Broken 16th and a New Tune: Apply your knowledge of 16ths as you study the broken 16th  notes while learning a traditional hymn, “Gospel Ship”.

3:00pm: Form Your Jam Band:  With your pre-arranged group and selected  keys and tempos, create a tune using fingerpicking and rhythm techniques (instrumental or with lyrics), pick a band name and leader, designate player parts, and prepare to play for your peers at the Jam Band Day 2 Session.

6:00pm Bonus: Campfire with soups, salads, and light appetizers. BYOB. Jamming and socializing encouraged.

Day 2 Topics: Sunday, February 25, 2018

10:00am: Set Up and Warm Up

11:00am: Music Theory: Learn the foundation or continue the study of music theory fundamentals with precisely what is needed to write hundreds of tunes. Introduction to the Gilewitz take on theory will open up the doors to triads, expanded chord qualities, and chord sequencing. Take a crack at single lead note jamming.

12:00pm: Brief Study of Open D Tuning: While studying “Echoing Gilewitz”, beginners will learn 2-finger chord shapes and a 6-note picking pattern, more advanced players will learn how to layer the tune with musical nuances.

2:00pm: Effective Chord Transfers and Beginning Study of Chord Melodies: How to make effective chord transfers using anchor and guide fingers, and sequential and simultaneous landings. As you work on staccato and release movements, the barre chord will no longer present a struggle. “Walk Don’t Run” will be used as a chord melody example.

3:00pm: The Capo Orchestra: Learn to properly use a capo, its advantages, and different reasons for its placement. A simple, yet thorough, capo chord chart will guide you to select the proper chords. Singers are welcome to contribute lyrics by adjusting to keys and tempos.

4:00pm Bonus hour:It's Show Time!: Pull your group together to show off your chops for the top band prize.

6:00pm Bonus Farewell Dinner: Join your fellow students for a private farewell dinner and concert. Venue TBA.

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 (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 21, 2018.


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 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, 2017)

Full Tuition Includes: 8 Session Workshop (50 minutes each), discounted lodging rates, café lunches, all day beverages, group/ individual instruction, free admission to special Sundat concert, 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.