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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.

General Course Info

Currently instruction is provided for:

  • guitar
  • bass
  • drums
  • keyboard
  • vocals
  • songwriting

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:

  • rock
  • blues
  • jazz
  • acoustic
  • classical
  • country

 

We offer comprehensive classes covering:

  • hands-on technique
  • theory
  • performance
  • 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:

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:

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.

Clinics:

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.

Concerts:

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

Lafayette Hotel
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

2019 Guest Artists

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…..

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, peerand critical acclaim – three time “British Blues Guitarist of the Year,” “British Blues Album of the Year,” induction into the “BritishBlues 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.

Laurence Juber

Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Paul McCartney’s Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as a world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer. Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has recorded more than two dozen albums which spotlight his unique touch and tone on acoustic guitar. His recent release, Touchstones, is an historic collection of the roots of fingerstyle guitar from the renaissance to the early 20th century. Downtown, a jazz-inflected collection of standard tunes is slated for release in April 2019. LJ Plays The Beatles was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s all-time Top Ten albums. His solo arrangement and performance of The Pink Panther Theme earned him a second Grammy, while his arrangement of Stand By Me was heard nationally in a Diamonds Are Forever commercial. Juber’s DVD-Audio project Guitar Noir won a CES Demmy award for best surround-sound audio. As a studio musician, he can be heard on countless recordings from diverse artists plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as Home Improvement and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas.

Christie Lenée

Singer, songwriter and renowned fingerstyle guitarist Christie Lenée is more than a musician – she’s an experience. Symphonic compositions flow from her fingertips effortlessly, with sound ranging from transcendental folk-pop to virtuosic instrumentals. Christie is often described as ‘Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews,” integrating melodic pop lyricism with catchy hooks and percussive, harmonic textures. As an Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International consistently logging a number of major festivals, events, opera houses and theaters nationwide, Christie Lenée performs with radiant joy that awes crowds and inspires fellow musicians. Christie has shared stages with Tommy Emmanuel, Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band), Andy McKee, and Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) to name a few, who have all raved about her talents. Her first place victory in the acclaimed 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship has earned her featured coverage in Guitar Player Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and Premier Guitar. She has released five albums, with “STAY” one of three finalists for “Best CD of 2016” (Indie Acoustic Project Awards).

Faculty

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:*

Breakfast
Classes & Seminars
Lunch
Classes & Seminars
Ensemble Rehearsals
Clinics/Free Time
Dinner
Clinics
Concert
8am – 9am
9am – 1pm
1pm – 2pm
2pm – 3pm
3:00pm – 3:30pm
3:30pm – 5:30pm
5:30pm – 6:30pm
6:30pm – 8pm
8:30pm

*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.

Pricing Packages:

Commuter Package

$1,100.00

Package Includes:

  • Classes, clinics, workshops, presentations, and concerts.

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

Commuter Package & Meals

$1,320.00

Package Includes:

  • Classes, clinics, workshops, presentations, and concerts
  • Two meals daily (Lunch and Dinner)
  • Wi-Fi

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

Shared Room w/ Two Beds

$1,870

Package Includes:

  • Classes, clinics, seminars, workshops, presentations, concerts and entertainment for 6 days and 5 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.

Single Room w/ One Bed

$2290

Package Includes:

  • Classes, clinics, seminars, workshops, presentations, concerts and entertainment for 6 days and 5 nights.
  • Three amazing meals each day.
  • Hotel accommodation in a private standard room with one bed. 
  • Wi-Fi

Pricing is per person.

What’s Not Included

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

Travel Information

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

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