About Guitar Workshop Plus
The Ultimate in Music Education
Guitar Workshop Plus is much more than just a guitar camp or summer music camp. We offer week long workshops in a musical environment at superb facilities. Our faculty members are professional musicians and instructors with extensive experience teaching in summer music programs, workshops, private settings, and post secondary institutions. Along with receiving visits from world famous guest artists, our top ranked summer 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.
Currently instruction is provided for:
Students elect to study a class or seminar each session. The guitar program is extensive and unique in that students elect to study the style that they enjoy most.
Guitar styles include:
We offer comprehensive classes covering:
- hands-on technique
- musicianship skills
- ear training
- rhythm studies
- and more!
In addition, most of these classes include a one-hour per day rhythm section class in which students are given the opportunity to play with the faculty rhythm section and apply the skills and knowledge they are acquiring in class to a performance setting. Attendees also rehearse with ensembles throughout the week which will perform at the end of 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.
Seminars are courses which concentrate on specific topics and will sometimes feature guest instructors. Generally, seminars are designed for the intermediate to advanced player although some may be open to all levels. Students are evaluated to ensure that they are at an appropriate level for the course. Seminar students meet with the instructor all day and, because there is no restriction to class size, do not take part in rhythm section classes. Faculty led ensembles for seminars depend upon class size and format.
In addition, all students may attend clinics. Each day, two or three clinics are offered covering topics such as improvisation, songwriting, vocals, scales and modes, building technique, slide, percussion, hand drumming and more. Students are welcome to sign up for these clinics on campus.
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
Historic San Diego Boutique Hotel
Step through the doors of our legendary hotel near Balboa Park and discover history redefined and old Hollywood charm. Since 1946, The Lafayette Hotel has welcomed celebrities and locals to relax in our spacious guest rooms, suites and private bungalows. They flock here for the famed Weissmuller Olympic Pool, the relaxed classic American cuisine at Hope 46 and our exemplary service.
An Historic San Diego Boutique Hotel
Even Hollywood has come calling to film unforgettable movies. A favorite of the day’s celebrities like Ava Gardner and Bob Hope, this storied hotel became the ultimate playground for the famous, infamous and locals alike. The Lafayette’s well-earned reputation as a legacy vacation resort continues today. Playful and fun, unique and historic, there’s no better place to make your escape. – Lafayette Hotel
Discover All The Exciting Things To Do In San Diego, CA
Make the most of your stay by exploring all the great things to see in San Diego, CA. Explore miles of pristine San Diego beaches. Lose yourself in a lush urban oasis of green, bursting with botanical gardens, museums and tranquil walking paths. Go wild at the world’s largest zoo. Check out aquatic creatures great and small, like killer whales, clown fish and sea lions at the country’s best aquatic theme park. The vibrant Gaslamp Quarter with its diverse dining, shopping and nightlife is just a short stroll away. The Lafayette Hotel puts you in the middle of the city’s fun and excitement.
- Balboa Park
- San Diego Zoo
- SeaWorld -Beaches
- Gaslamp Quarter
- USS Midway Museum
- and much more!
Faculty and Artists
Guests Artist (2019 Guest Artists To Be Announced)
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…..
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:*
Classes & Seminars
Classes & Seminars
|8am – 9am
9am – 1pm
1pm – 2pm
2pm – 3pm
3:00pm – 3:30pm
3:30pm – 5:30pm
5:30pm – 6:30pm
6:30pm – 8pm
*Times may vary according to course selection, facilities, etc. The first and last day of the session follow a different schedule to accommodate registration and check-out.
Commuter Package includes all classes, clinics, workshops, presentations, and concerts. This package does not include meals or lodging. Pricing is per person.
Commuter Package & Meals
Commuter Package gets you into all classes, clinics, workshops, concerts, etc and includes lunch and dinner. This package does not include lodging. Pricing is per person
Shared Room w/ Two Beds
Standard Room with two queen 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. Pricing is per person.
Single Room w/ One Bed
Standard room with one King bed. Pricing is per person.
- 3 amazing meals a day
- All classes, clinics, seminars, workshops activities, concerts and entertainment for 6 days and 5 nights
What’s Not Included
- Alcohol and snacks
- Sighteseeing excursions in the area
- Personal musical gear – all attendees must bring your own instruments
San Diego Travel
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the campus. San Diego International Airport is the nearest airport located 15 minutes away. Taxi and shuttle services are available from the airport. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Ontario, CA International Airport, and John Wayne International in Orange County, CA are other options.
The Lafayette Hotel
Address: 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104, USA