GillaCamp Guitar Workshops

GillaCamp Workshops - an all in one  Camp, Retreat, Workshop, and Seminar - is a unique Music Experience that is fun, inspirational, and invigorating. From the 50-minute Power Sessions of the Traveling GillaCamp to the 10-hour, two-day guitar retreat held in various locations worldwide, the GillaCamp Guitar Workshops fit into your schedule.   Hosted by veteran master teacher, composer, and fingerstyle guitar wizard Richard Gilewitz, GillaCamp Guitar Workshop is the player's answer to turning over common frustrations while increasing 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, and for those who play either guitar or ukulele.

The Traveling GillaCamp Workshop offers the opportunity for students to learn Richard's fingerstyle method as well as other techniques in a setting in their hometown. The Traveling GillaCamps are perfect for beginners and intermediate players to sample how to increase their skills whether it be for guitar or for the ukulele during the Ukulele Adventure Workshop.  At the 2- day Annual GillaCamp Guitar Workshop, lunch, pot luck dinner, and snacks are provided, discounted lodging rates arranged, and there are extra sessions devoted to individual and group practice, plus time to relax and enjoy the local scene, and options for additional private instruction with Richard. Written exercises in tablature and standard notation are distributed for using during the guitar workshop and general discussion during the sessions is encouraged. All  GillaCamp Workshops are stress-free even though a great deal of material is always covered in each session.

Comments about the 2-day GillaCamp, GillaCamp Workshops, and Clinics:

"I attended a GillaCamp in Troy,OH and was greatly inspired and influenced by the information presented." Greg C.

"The class was awesome. I learned so much. And I would add that he does an outstanding job explaining and simplifying basic music theory."  Mark K.

"I want Richard to know that his writings and approach to the guitar really strike a chord (pun?) with me and I am so happy to have this resource and others to come."  Ryan R.
"Yes, GillaCamp Changed My Life! I arrived as a guitarist fraught with poor technique who stumbled through decades without a plan for improvement and left energized and excited about a new journey in music."  Yvonne D.

Ukulele Adventures

Now offered is Ukulele Adventures Workshop (Ukulele Vs the Advanced Beginner) as Richard took on the challenge of learing ukulele and transfering his knowledge of fingerstyle techniques from the 6 and 12-string guitar to the 4 string ukulele. In a 2-hour workshop, Richard applies his honed techniques of fingerstyle guitar, such as banjo style picking patterns, classical arpeggios, tapping and harmonics, as well as a rhythmic and percussive approach. He demonstrates the art of finger substitution when mapping out a piece that will aid in the fluidity of the music. Throughout the workshop, Richard offers tips and encouragement for ukulele players from 2 to 92, showing off the flexibility of the instrument and incorporating heaps of fun during the process.

Watch and Learn More About Ukulele Adventures

yesComments about Ukulele Adventures:

Q;  What did you like most about the workshop?

"Learned so much in a fun way"

“When we worked as a band, when we were doing the exercises, all of it really!"

"The camaraderie - I like Richard's sense of humour - it put me at ease"

"Catered for the absolute beginner, very accessible, fun and I did feel we, as a group, produced some good work"

"Enjoyed playing altogether at the end. Listening and closing eyes to listen to others was great! Fingerpicking patterns very useful. Lots of stuff to try at home"

"Preparatory exercises for playing"

Upon Completion of a GillaCamp Guitar Workshop,
You Will Have Learned About Many Topics and Be Able To:

  • comprehend and accept the realities of peaks and valleys in your playing
  • develop a right hand language
  • include slide guitar in your playing
  • unlock the mystery of open tunings
  • easily understand the complex variety of picking patterns
  • read tablature and develop an understanding of reading standard notation
  • select a guitar, pickup, microphone, and sound system that is right for you
  • see improvement in your rhythm, playing skills, and song selection
  • expand your repertoire by researching the music of other artists
  • arrange, compose, or improve your own pieces
  • improve your teaching skills for the benefit of your students
  • perform in any type of environment with confidence


Sample GillaCamp Guitar Workshop Topics:

  • Hand positions, fingerstyle techniques, attack, dynamics
  • Fingerstyle pattern details and explanations
  • Fingerstyle techniques/two and three chord patterns
  • 12 bar-blues
  • Techniques for using a metronome
  • Tablature and standard notation
  • Composition
  • Song breakdowns
  • Working with a variety of sound systems
  • Recording at home and in the studio
  • Music theory and ear training
  • Performance techniques and live concert examples
  • Memorization techniques and open tunings
  • Slide guitar techniques in multiple open tunings

Fees and Registration

GillaCamp is designed to fit into your schedule so you have many options. You can view topics and time schedules by clicking the Read More pdf area for each individual GillaCamp date and you can register on line as well. All Full GillaCamp (2-5 day) sessions require a 50% deposit to secure your spot. Your registration will not be considered confirmed until the deposit or full payment is received. The balance can be paid in full on line or by check/cash/paypal upon arrival at the first session you attend. The GillaCamp Gourmet (the traveling 1-4 hour GillaCamps) registration and topic/schedule options are also on line. To register, click on the GillaCamp of your choice.

You may also register by email or by phone or by checking with the host venue. Make your check payable to Richard Gilewitz, and mail to PO Box 3023, Inverness, FL 34451. Include your name, address, phone number and email, as well as which GillaCamp you will be attending. Once your registration is received, you will receive confirmation and session schedule about the subjects to be covered if you are attending the Full GillaCamp. Each student will receive a packet with instructional materials and other surprise items at the first session.