Fort Lauderdale

Want to escape the winter blues? Join us for the 2024 GWP Winter Getaway! This event is for musicians of all ages, levels and interests looking to immerse themselves in a non-competitive supportive environment in which to learn. Held at superb facilities and beautiful surroundings in sunny Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The experience will include:

  • All accommodations at the beautiful Renaissance Fort Lauderdale West Hotel!
  • 3 excellent daily meals and opportunities to form lasting connections.
  • Guitar instruction day and night.
  • Masterclasses by elite guest artists.
  • Students of all levels are encouraged.
  • Artist, faculty and student performances daily.
  • Immersive ensemble experience with pro rhythm section.
  • Various clinics and classes offering focused instruction from renowned artists and faculty.
  • Open mic performances.
  • Bring your loved ones along and enjoy the beautiful beaches, shopping and local attractions.

About Guitar Workshop Plus
The Ultimate in Music Education

Guitar Workshop Plus is much more than just a guitar camp or music camp. We offer workshops in a musical environment at a superb location in Fort Lauderdale, FLA. We create a non-competitive and supportive environment in which to learn. Our faculty members are professional musicians and instructors with extensive experience teaching in music programs, workshops, private settings, and post secondary institutions. Along with learning from world famous guest artists, our top ranked music program allows students to participate in daily classes, clinics, ensemble and student performances, and evening concerts. World famous guest artists such as Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson (Rush), John Scofield, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Robben Ford, Billy Sheehan, and many more teach and perform for our participants.

General Course Info

We offer comprehensive classes covering:

  • hands-on technique
  • theory
  • performance
  • musicianship skills
  • ear training
  • rhythm studies
  • and more!

In addition, attendees will have performance opportunities including daily coaching in performance lab with a professional rhythm section and our faculty. Students are given the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they are acquiring in class in a performance setting. Attendees also rehearse and perform as ensembles and can rehearse and perform at student concerts during the session.


Classes are offered for varying skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced. On the first day of the session, all students are evaluated to ensure that they are placed in the appropriate class level thereby maximizing their learning potential. Class sizes are small to promote individualized attention for each student as well as to facilitate ensemble arrangements.


In addition, all students may attend clinics. Clinics are offered covering topics such as improvisation, songwriting, scales and modes, building technique, slide, more. Students are welcome to sign up for these clinics on site.


Each day at the workshop concludes with an evening concert. These include faculty performances, student jams, ensemble concerts, and performances by our amazing guest artists. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s finest musicians in an intimate setting. In addition to the student jams and concerts, many of the artists will invite attendees up to play with them as well so the fun never ends!!

Location & Facilities

Renaissance Fort Lauderdale West Hotel — Experience Effortless Elegance At Our Renovated Hotel

An easy road trip or perfect for a needed staycation, our Lauderdale-West hotel provides newly-renovated rooms and upscale settings. When you’re ready to unwind, our rooms and suites feature plush bedding and flat-screen TVs for your utmost relaxation. Stay active while on the road by having an invigorating workout at our heated outdoor pool, jogging trail and renovated fitness center.

Discover All The Exciting Things To Do In Fort Lauderdale, FLA

Make the most of your stay by exploring all the great things to see in and around Fort Lauderdale, FLA. Explore miles of pristine beaches. Located just minutes from sunny beaches, and the airport, this location has nearby shopping and casinos and is nearby to Sawgrass Mills®, Nova Southeastern University and BB&T Center. Miami is also located less than an hour away!

Faculty and Artists

2024 Guest Artists TBD

We’re very excited to roll out a great list of guest artists that are joining us this year. Make sure to follow us on social media to get the latest announcements!


Our guest artists share their knowledge and experiences with our students while visiting classes, conducting clinics, and performing concerts. Past Guest Artists include: Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Robben Ford, John Scofield, Steve Vai, Randy Bachman, Paul Gilbert, Andy Summers (The Police), Billy Sheehan, Pierre Bensusan, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), John Abercrombie, Duke Robillard, Andy Timmons, Mike Stern, John Knowles, Rik Emmett, John Jorgenson, Sue Foley, Jennifer Batten, Andy McKee, Orianthi, Paul DeLong, Tommy Emmanuel, Rhonda Smith, Guthrie Govan and more…..

Guest Artists (2023)

Incredible Guest Artist Masterclasses!


That’s right!…… These amazing artists will actually be teaching the classes! Spend hours each day learning from and playing with some of the finest musicians and educators around. Plus you will have plenty of performance opportunities with the faculty-coached ensembles and open mic performances!

Gary Hoey 

World renowned blues/rock guitarist Gary Hoey’s first break came in 1987 when Ozzy Osbourne liked Hoey’s tape enough to fly him to LA for an audition. Zakk Wylde eventually wound up with the gig, however Ozzy recommended Hoey move to LA where he was certain he would get noticed, and so he did! In 1992 Gary’s cover of “Hocus Pocus” rocketed into Billboard’s Top 5. With a collection of 21 albums it’s no wonder Gary Hoey is listed as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. In 1994 Hoey scored the successful “Endless Summer II” soundtrack. In 2012, he produced and co-wrote Lita Ford’s release “Living Like A Runaway” to rave reviews. He’s worked with legends like Joe Perry, Roger Daltrey, blues icon Johnny Winter, Robben Ford, and Leslie West to name just a few. He has toured and traded licks with the likes of Jeff Beck, Brian May of Queen, Ted Nugent, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Peter Frampton, and Dick Dale. Hoey has explored many styles of music in his career, but in 2013, came home to the Blues with his release of “Deja Blues.” 2016’s “Dust & Bones,” is an exuberant fusion of blues and rock. His latest release, “Neon Highway Blues”, carries the confidence and assuredness of a veteran, and the freshness of someone who’s still in the process of discovery and refinement — with the help of famous friends such as Eric Gales, Lance Lopez, and Josh Smith. Whatever style he plays, Gary Hoey is a fiery, charismatic player. Whether he’s playing scorching bluesy originals or blues/rock covers, his solos are thrilling and, one thing that remains consistent is Hoey’s impassioned command of the guitar. He can attack his instrument with feral intensity and then play something very soft and achingly beautiful. This ability to mix feeling, phrasing, technique and tone is the true mark of a master guitarist.

David Grissom

David Grissom has worked with artists such as Buddy Guy, John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, Storyville, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dixie Chicks, Chris Isaak, Robben Ford, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Montgomery Gentry, Ringo Starr, and John Mayall. His songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, John Mayall, Rita Coolidge and Storyville among others. David moved to Austin in 1983 and quickly became a stalwart on the vibrant local scene. He joined Texas legend Joe Ely’s band in 1985 and toured and recorded non-stop until 1991 when he joined John Mellencamp’s band. David made 3 records with John and toured extensively from 1991 through 1993. After, Mellencamp, David went back to Texas to form Storyville, the band that included the Double Trouble rhythm section and powerhouse vocalist Malford Milligan. Since 2000, David has divided his time between recording sessions, including four Buddy Guy records, and scores of Americana releases, along with touring with the Dixie Chicks from 2003-2007, and playing hundreds of live gigs, designing signature guitars and amps with PRS Guitars, and producing his five solo CD’s.

Matt Schofield

Matt Schofield continues to push the frontiers and reshape the boundaries of the British Blues tradition. Guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, producer and band leader. After 29 years of performing, and 15 years into his solo career, Schofield’s impact as one of the most influential and distinctive guitarists of his generation is unquestionable.  Along with his ever growing fan base from performances around the globe comes awards, industry, peer and critical acclaim – three time “British Blues Guitarist of the Year,” “British Blues Album of the Year,” induction into the “British Blues Awards Hall of Fame,” “Blues Album of the Year” and “Top Ten British Blues Guitarist of All Time” alongside Eric Clapton and Peter Green. Schofield’s inimitable playing and tone has inspired legions of guitarists. His authenticity, mastery of guitar, emotive vocals, and improvisational brilliance are brought to life with innovative original compositions. A renowned musical educator, Matt released “Blues Speak”, his highly acclaimed instructional series. As a clinician he has taught from Tokyo to Texas and all points in between. Don’t miss your chance to learn from this master first hand and have the opportunity to jam with him in this setting!


Our faculty is carefully selected and comprised of professional musicians and instructors with extensive experience teaching in workshops, private settings, and post secondary institutions. These talented educators have considerable recording backgrounds, perform around the world, author instructional books and write articles for music magazines.

Sample Daily Schedule:*

GWP Florida Format Schedule

*Subject to Change


2024 Fort Lauderdale Session Fees (U.S. Dollars)

Commuter Package & Meals $1,575.00

+ $120 Registration Fee*

Package Includes:

  • Classes, clinics, workshops, presentations, and concerts
  • Daily meals
  • Wi-Fi

This package does not include lodging. Pricing is per person.

*Registration Fee is non-refundable

Shared Room w/ Two Beds $2,090

+ $120 Registration Fee*

Package Includes:

  • Classes, clinics, seminars, workshops, presentations, concerts and entertainment for 4 days and 3 nights.
  • Three amazing meals each day.
  • Hotel accommodation in a standard room with two beds and a roommate. You may request your roommate or one will be assigned based on age and gender. Roommate must also register for the session.
  • Wi-Fi

Pricing is per person.

*Registration Fee is non-refundable

Single Room w/ One Bed $2,350

+ $120 Registration Fee*

Package Includes:

  • Classes, clinics, seminars, workshops, presentations, concerts and entertainment for 4 days and 3 nights.
  • Three amazing meals each day.
  • Hotel accommodation in a private standard room with one bed. 
  • Wi-Fi

Pricing is per person.

*Registration Fee is non-refundable

Bring Your Loved One w/ One Bed $2,950

+ $120 Registration Fee*

Package Includes:

  • Classes, clinics, seminars, workshops, presentations, concerts and entertainment for 4 days and 3 nights for the registrant.
  • Three amazing meals each day.
  • Hotel accommodation in a private standard room with one bed. 
  • Wi-Fi
  • You share the accommodations, dine together at the meals, and attend the concerts. Your loved one can enjoy the great accommodations, beach, shopping, and other area attractions while you attend the workshop.

Pricing is per couple.

*Registration Fee is non-refundable

What’s Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Parking
  • Sighteseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – all attendees must bring your own instruments

Optional Extras

  • Extra Night (Early Arrival): $250
    For students arriving from out of town who require accommodation the night before the start of the session. Meals are not provided until the session begins.

Travel Information

Fort Lauderdale Travel

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is the nearest airport located 15 minutes away. Uber and shuttle services are available from the airport. Miami International airport is another option.

Renaissance Fort Lauderdale West Hotel

Address: 1230 South Pine Island Rd., Plantation, Florida, USA, 33324

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