Paul Gilbert Announces First Annual Great Guitar Escape

Posted by Michael Mueller on November 30, 2011 at 1:51 PM

If you're anything like me, you're already looking ahead to summer vacation possibilities for 2012. And, well, I may have just found mine. Guitarist Paul Gilbert has announced the first annual Paul Gilbert's Great Guitar Escape, set for July 9-13 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. The week-long workshop, which will focus on the techniques, styles, and life of the modern working musician, is open to guitarists of all ages, levels, and styles.

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"The concentrated guitar-power that I have assembled for The Great Guitar Escape could light a city the size of San Antonio for the next 1,000 years," says Gilbert. "But more importantly, the workshops, nightly concert jams, and interaction with the pro musicians and fellow music lovers will give you inspiration and memories to last a lifetime. If you are a guitarist, bassist, drummer, or thinking about becoming one, don't miss this amazing camp!"

Although the focus of the camp is the guitar, there will also be workshops from world-class pros on drums, bass guitar, sound engineering, and guitar tech skills. Every evening will culminate with intimate, once-in-a-lifetime jam sessions.

Featured instructors at Paul Gilbert's Great Guitar Escape include guitar virtuosos Guthrie Govan, Tony MacAlpine, Chris "Kid" Andersen, Scotty Johnson, and Sam Coulson. Other distinguished guest musicians include bassist Kelly Lemieux and drummer Rodney Holmes as well as engineer/producer Tom Size (Sammy Hagar, Aerosmith, David Lee Roth, Huey Lewis, Eddie Money, Mr. Big, Y&T, Europe, Steve Miller Band, Joe Satriani, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Pass).

In addition to his daily Rock Master Classes at the Great Guitar Escape, Paul has set aside additional classes specifically to help beginning guitarists get on the right track for technique and practicing. These classes—personally taught by Paul—will focus on helping guitarists become comfortable with making music in minutes.

"I took my first guitar lessons when I was six years old," Gilbert recalls. "My teacher taught me 'by the book,' and I ended up quitting from boredom and frustration. It was years before I finally started again. I wish I could go back in time and teach myself the basics of how to play the guitar. It would have put me years ahead at such an important time of my life. If guitar is taught the right way, it can be surprisingly easy. No boring exercises. Just music! I'm excited to give you the start that I wish I'd been given."

Paul Gilbert's Great Guitar Escape packages start at just $999. For full details about Paul Gilbert's Great Guitar Escape, visit:


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