Welcome to Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape

4 days and nights of non-stop guitar, start to finish, amid the magical landscape of Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, California.

Participants of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes welcome!

Paul Gilbert's Great Guitar Escape 3.0 is an event for players and music lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing one's self in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

Registration Opens Nov. 24th!

Paul's Special Guests!


Kiko Loureiro


David Ellefson




Andy Timmons


Bruce Bouillet


Doug Doppler


Stig Mathisen


Jeff Bowders


Every day is a full schedule of guitar seminars, jams, and performances. But we need to eat and drink too! The day begins with a hearty breakfast. We will enjoy not only the food, but also the experience of hanging out without barriers. We are all “backstage,” and it’s a good time to talk about music or whatever is on your mind.

Look out for a detailed schedule in the Spring of 2016.  In the mean time, check out past schedules to get an idea of what to expect.

Monday July 08

  • 3:00PM
    Sign In
  • 4:30-5:15PM
    Meet and Greet with Instructions
  • 5:30-6:30PM
    Paul Gilbert - Introduction Seminar
  • 6:45-8:00PM
  • 8:30PM
    Concert with Paul Gilbert Band

Tuesday July 09

  • 8:00-10:00AM
  • 10:15-11:15AM
    Scotty Johnson - Morning Music Theory
  • 11:30-12:45PM
    Mimi Fox – Creative Jazz Improvisation
  • 1:00-2:00PM
  • 2:15-3:00PM
    Paul Gilbert – Jam with Paul... All students play! (or just sit back and listen)
  • 3:45-5:00PM
    Tony Spinner – Blues and Slide Authenticity
  • 3:45-5:00PM
    Adam Fulara – Elements of Music as a Tool for Style Creation (true virtuosity vs. speed)
  • 5:15-6:30PM
    Andy Timmons – Rock Phrasing Workshop
  • 6:45-8:00PM
  • 8:30PM
    Concert/Jam with Paul Gilbert and all instructors

Wednesday July 10

  • 8:00-10:00AM
  • 10:15-11:15AM
    Scotty Johnson – Morning Music Theory II
  • 11:30-12:45PM
    Andy Timmons – Rock Phrasing Workshop II
  • 1:00-2:00PM
  • 2:15 – 3:30PM
    Paul Gilbert – Scales and Arpeggios for Rock Guitar
  • 3:45-5:00PM
    Mimi Fox – Great Jazz/Blues Licks
  • 3:45-5:00PM
    Scotty Johnson – How to Turn Rock Into Fusion (bring your guitar!)
  • 5:15-6:30PM
    Adam Fulara – Extraordinary Tapping in the Context of Style (plus how to learn & memorize new music quickly)
  • 5:15-6:30PM
    Tony Spinner - Blues and Slide Authenticity II
  • 6:45-8:00PM
  • 8:30PM
    Instructor Concert (Peacock Room)

Thursday July 11

  • 8:00-10:00AM
  • 10:15-11:15AM
    Adam Fulara – Counterpoint Improvisation Ideas for Tapping, Fast Shred Soloing (single lines built on counterpoint, J.S. Bach’s violin method. Fingerstyle and classical guitar.)
  • 11:30-12:45PM
    Scotty Johnson – Going “Outside” with Rhythmic Intention (bring your guitar!)
  • 11:30-12:45PM
    Tony Spinner – Singing and Playing Live
  • 1:00-2:00PM
  • 2:15-3:30PM
    Andy Timmons – Rock Phrasing Workshop IIII
  • 3:45-5:00PM
    Mimi Fox – Flying Solo, The Art of Solo Guitar Playing
  • 5:15-6:30PM
    Paul Gilbert – Songs, the Best Guitar Teacher for Rock
  • 6:45-8:00PM
  • 8:30PM
    Concert/Jam with Paul Gilbert and all instructors

Friday July 12

  • 8:00-10:00AM
  • 10:00-11:00AM
    Paul Gilbert – Final GGE Jam with Paul… All students play!


Cambria Pines Lodge

Nestled on 25 wooded acres, Cambria Pines Lodge offers comfortable accommodations, delightful gardens, and a charming experience all around. Accommodations range from cozy cabins to serene suites. Amenities include an outdoor pool and hot tub, day spa, parking, and wifi. The Fireside Lounge hosts nightly live entertainment brought to you by our counselors and attendees. Jam rooms are located throughout the main lodge. The organic kitchen garden provides homegrown organic produce to the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, while other areas of the theme gardens offer incredible landscaping.

Area Attractions

Cambria was name “one of America’s prettiest towns” by Forbes magazine. Nestled into the rugged windswept coast just north of Hearst Castle along scenic Highway 1, the area offers some of the most pristine views to the west coast. Rich in history and natural wonders, the surrounding area provides visitors with a variety of opportunities to explore.

Travel Directions

Cambria Pines Lodge

2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428

Cambria Pines Lodge

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Nonstop Flights to San Louis Obispo are available from:
Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Fransisco.

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Instrument Travel

FAA Rules - Bringing Musical Intruments on Flights

Pricing and Registration

We are limiting the Great Guitar Escape to 75 lucky participants so be sure to sign up before all the spots are gone!

Room Types and Pricing

  • Shared Suite with Three Beds

    Large Suite with one King bed, one murphy bed and one pullout bed. You will be paired with 2 roommates. You may either name your own roommates or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommates in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. Pricing is per person.

  • Shared Room with Two Beds

    Standard Room with two beds and a roommate. You may either name your own roommate or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. Pricing is per person.

  • Single with One King Bed

    Single with One Bed – A standard room with one king bed. Pricing is per person.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Incredible welcome kit from D’Addario
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sighteseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – please bring your own instruments if you are not signing up for our premium upgrade

Complimentary Gear!!

If you registered by January 5th, 2016 you’ll receive your complimentary Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone Pedal when you arrive at camp!

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 8.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on May 1, 2016.
    • Any registrations received after May 1, 2016 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

Special Thanks to the Musicians Institute

For more information on the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music check out their website at http://mi.edu/.


D’Addario Merch!!

Everyone gets a bag stuffed to the top with items from our friends at D’Addario!