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


Annual Florida GillaCamp - February 27 & 28, 2016

The dates and location have been set for the 2016 Richard Gilewitz Annual Florida GillaCamp Guitar Experience. This 2-day retreat will be conveniently located at the Holiday Inn Express in Inverness where students can lodge right on location, enjoy the pool and deck during off times, and gather for great conversation in the lounge. This location lends itself to free breakfast included with your room, lunch on site, impromptu sessions before and after class, and ease of attending the classes by simply walking into the conference room. Because of the larger location, we are able to accommodate up to 20 students in 2016. 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. Advanced students will be challenged to hone their techniques. There will be group and individual instruction and opportunities to further book private lessons with Richard following GillaCamp.

Sessions will run on the hour starting at 11am with a break for lunch at 1pm. Full topic descriptions will be announced as we try to tailor the sessions to the type of student attending. As you sign up – the sooner the better—please put in your request for a specific topic you might be interested in covering. Typically we will cover slide guitar techniques, the fingerpicking engine with picking patterns, composition, several different genres of tunes including the blues, traditional, classical as well as music theory, rhythms, chord structures, performance and sound.

Bonus Session: Sunday after the camp, join your fellow students for a farewell dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant where you can recapture the weekend experience. And, of course there might be a late night session round the Gilewitz firepit.

Fees: $475 (10% discount for tuition if paid in full by December 31, 2015)
Optional payment: 50% tuition due at registration; the balance by February 1, 2016

Full Tuition Includes:
8 Session Workshop (50 minutes each), discounted lodging rates, café lunch, group and individual instruction, instructional packets (provided upon full payment) / Bonus swag prizes

GillaCamp Booking:
352/860-2422 or
Checks: Make out to Richard Gilewitz. PO Box 3023, Inverness FL 34451. PayPal accepted.

Lodging Information:
Holiday Inn Express: Book at or 352/341-3515. Discount rate code: GGW (GillaCamp Guitar Workshop) $109 plus tax standard room. Suites $119 plus tax. Free breakfast included. Bookings must be made in advance to secure room at the discounted rate. Please book early as this is the high season in Florida and rooms fill up quickly. We have secured a block booking rate.

Updated topics will be announced soon.