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Rock Guitar Camp - Part 1


In recent years there's been a slew of rock guitar camps springing up.  Many of these are for kids, but there are at least a few options out there for late blooming adults who want to improve their chops.  Here's a quick list of a few notable options.  Keep in mind that some of these sell out months in advance.  And depending on where you live there may be more affordable options at your local college or music store.

  • Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp
    This is definitely the most expensive option out there, presumably targeting the recently laid off CEO or investment banker who wants to find his innner guitar hero.  The most recent upcoming venue us April 29-May 3 in Hollywood, California where you'll get to rock out with Steven Tyler  from Aerosmith, Elliot Easton from The Cars, Bruce Kulick from KISS, Steve Lukather from Toto, Duff McKagen from Guns n Roses, Alan White from Yes and Todd Rundgren.  You'll also record at Capitol Studios and play a live gig at the legendary Whiskey A-Go-Go. But all this celebrity bling doesn't come cheap -- cost is $8,000 plus hotel and travel.

  • National Guitar Workshop
    For more than 20 years, National Guitar Workshop has been putting on summer sessions at college campuses in several US cities: Los Angeles, CA, Purchase, NY, Chicago, IL , Austin, TX, McLean, VA.  The emphasis is not on glitz and glamour, but rather on good solid instruction with a core curriculum as well as specialized seminars on jazz, rock, blues. Guest artists include Buddy Guy, Herman Li, Jimmy Vaughan, Robben Ford, Pat Metheny and Paul Gilbert.  Sessions start June 27 in McLean Virginia, for one week in most cities, and four weeks at the main campus in SUNY Purchase, New York.  You won't have Steven Tyler on hand, but the cost is a more reasonable $1500 per week including room & board.

I'll post a another blog entry with two more notable camps next week.  If you know of other similar camps, feel free to add more details in the comments. 


Jorma Kaukonen has an ongoing camp that seems very interesting.

Thanks. In fact, I will have a write-up on Fur Peace next week.


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