Registration Opens November 11th at 9AM Eastern!

4 Days and Nights of Non-Stop Guitar, Start to Finish

Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape: Shrapnel and Beyond 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 oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

Here are a list of activities and topics to be covered by Paul at the Great Guitar Escape:

  • Paul’s Massive Jam!
  • Soloing with The Best Notes
  • Paul’s Technique Bootcamp
  • A Metal Guitarist’s Journey into Blues, Jazz, and Fusion
  • Playing Melodies with Maximum Expression
  • No Stomper Left Behind
  • Four Distortion Pedals, Why?
  • Piano Chords… for Guitar!
  • How to Teach Guitar
  • Mike Varney will lead an A&R session and critique your music!

4 Days and Nights of Non-Stop Guitar, Start to Finish!

Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape: Shrapnel and Beyond 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 oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

Here are a list of activities and topics to be covered by Paul at the Great Guitar Escape:

  • Paul’s Massive Jam!
  • Soloing with The Best Notes
  • Paul’s Technique Bootcamp
  • A Metal Guitarist’s Journey into Blues, Jazz, and Fusion
  • Playing Melodies with Maximum Expression
  • No Stomper Left Behind
  • Four Distortion Pedals, Why?
  • Piano Chords… for Guitar!
  • How to Teach Guitar
  • Mike Varney will lead an A&R session and critique your music!

An Invitation from Paul Gilbert

Fellow guitar players! I’d like you to join me for PAUL GILBERT’S GREAT GUITAR ESCAPE: SHRAPNEL AND BEYOND, taking place July 6-10, 2020 at the beautiful Glen Cove Mansion in Glen Cove, NY. Musicians of all skill levels, ages, and interests are welcome to join me and some of my favorite guitarists of all time for four days of workshops, mentor sessions, all-star jams, and so much more.

The theme for this camp is SHRAPNEL AND BEYOND so we’re going to be focusing on the immense legacy and impact of Shrapnel Records and its founder, Mike Varney. They both played a big part in my personal and professional history and certainly the same can be said about most of the players joining us at Great Guitar Escape.

When Mike started Shrapnel in the early 80s, it really changed the way people viewed the guitar. There had been guitar players over the years that really blew people’s minds with what they could do musically and also athletically – obviously Jimi Hendrix but especially Eddie Van Halen. Van Halen inspired the idea that the classical virtuoso musician could play with the fire and creativity of a rock musician. Mike Varney did an amazing job of looking at the post-Van Halen world and finding all of these inspired young players, people like me that had practiced eight hours a day for their entire high school existence. Mike gave us a platform. He helped us find other musicians to play with, he helped put a musical frame around this new approach. And of course it just blew everybody’s mind!

We’ve put together an amazing group of guitarists for this camp, all of whom have significant history with Shrapnel and the music it inspired. It’s always exciting for me to see how everyone has branched out and grown over the past 30 years. I grew up with 60s and 70s rock, but its “I hope I die before I get old” philosophy cut a lot of careers short! My peers at Shrapnel, who were in it for the music rather than the lifestyle, have had a chance to grow and expand their musical horizons over decades. Everyone’s had a chance to widen his or her musical areas of expertise. It’s rather amazing to witness.

Mike Varney ads: “I’m so excited about the Great Guitar Escape. It’s almost like a high school reunion or something for me. Paul Gilbert is one of my all time, highest esteemed artists. We first met when he was 15; he submitted a tape to me with a letter asking if I could get him an audition with Ozzy Osbourne. I listened and thought, let’s find out more about this guy. He sounded really good. I reached out and said, tell me about yourself. He told me he was 15 and I said, Well, that might be a hard pitch at this point but why don’t we keep in touch? Paul kept sending me tapes and about three years later we started making records. Not only do I get to see Paul and a bunch of my favorite guitarists, I’m also curious to meet some of the people who have been inspired by Shrapnel. Being around people that are interested in the same thing that I’ve devoted my life to is something I don’t have a chance to do very often. It’ll be cool to go back and kind of relive certain moments. There will definitely be stories, lots of stories! Paul and I are also going to listen to music by some of the camp attendees, offer our honest evaluations. I’m really looking forward to it and hope you’ll join us.”

The Great Guitar Escape is not like simply going to a gig or even a clinic. This is about community and interaction between musicians, whatever your age or skill level. When I was growing up, starting to play guitar, I’d look at the back covers of my albums and read rock magazines, but it wasn’t really until I became a professional musician myself that I was in a position to meet some of my heroes. I mean, it would have been unthinkable and really kind of scary.

A typical clinic might be two hours, but the Great Guitar Escape takes place over four days. This takes some allows everyone to get comfortable and enjoy hanging out. With the standard VIP experience, you might have 15 minutes to spend with somebody that you really want to meet. But with Great Guitar Escape, we have a chance to go much deeper together. We’re able to relate in a very normal way, where it’s not just I’m on stage and you’re the audience. It’s much more like, “Hey this is good bacon! What kind of amp did you use on the first Racer X album? Can you pass the orange juice?”

That’s one of the things I like most about doing camps. It allows aspiring guitarists a chance to really get close to professional musicians. My uncle was a pro level guitar player and being around him when I was a kid, gave me such a specific idea of what I needed to pull out my instrument. It was beyond what would you could get from explaining something in words. It was a very concrete picture: That’s what I have to do. That’s how I have to attack my instrument. It’s something that you get when you’re close up, and I try to give everyone at the camp that kind of opportunity.

At Great Guitar Escape, you’re not just close to one player but a whole group of players. And not just any players but some of the best guitarists who have ever picked up the instrument! That proximity is what makes this camp such a unique experience.

Make no mistake; these will be four busy days. We’ll do clinics and we’ll do concerts, there will be one-on-one lessons, jam sessions, and more. I like to organize jams where every camper can play with me (and have someone nearby who can capture the jam on your phone!) I also really enjoy the concerts at night. I take care in choosing the guests/teachers at my camps, because I’m a fan too! These guys are amazing! We’re all guaranteed to see some incredible shows, with the rare opportunity to see these people from so close up.

It’s funny – as a professional musician, when you go home and you’re with your family, there can be a pressure to put the guitar down and just be a husband or wife, a mom or a dad. But at the camp, everyone is free to rekindle your original passion for music and the guitar. For me, The Great Guitar Escape rekindles the spirit and love of music. When you go home after, you’ll definitely be full of inspiration and fire. In fact, we’ll all leave Great Guitar Escape with a renewed sense of musical mission, some useful musical philosophies, and some amazing licks to work on!

See you in 2020!
Paul Gilbert

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Featured Artists

Paul Gilbert

Bumblefoot

Eric Gales

Greg Howe

George Lynch

Tony MacAlpine

Mike Varney

Chris Cisneros

Doug Doppler

Stephanie Bradley

Sample Schedule

A real itinerary for Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape will be announced later this year, but here is how a typical day will run (all times are approximate):

Saturday August 01

  • 10AM

    Paul Gilbert master class

  • 11:30AM

    Breakout classes of all levels with Bumblefoot, Eric Gales, Greg Howe, George Lynch, Tony MacAlpine, and Mike Varney!

  • 1PM

    Lunch

  • 2:30PM

    Paul Gilbert master class

  • 4PM

    Breakout classes of all levels with Bumblefoot, Eric Gales, Greg Howe, George Lynch, Tony MacAlpine, and Mike Varney!

  • 6PM

    Special presentation by Mike Varney and Paul Gilbert

  • 7PM

    Dinner

  • 8:30PM

    Paul Gilbert and Friends concert

  • 9:30PM

    Camper jamming with our instructors until no one can go any longer!

Plus, here are a list of activities and topics to be covered by Paul at the Great Guitar Escape:

    • Paul’s Massive Jam! – A chance for EVERYONE to jam with Paul. Trade licks with Paul over a supportive groove. Photos and video are welcome!
    • Soloing with The Best Notes – Customize your scales! Focus your harmonic message. Play over Chord changes with more ease and success. Clarify your “vision” of the fretboard!
    • Paul’s Technique Bootcamp – Play along with Paul’s technique exercises slowly and accurately to get it right.. and speed-upable! Bring your guitar. We will all be playing together!
    • A Metal Guitarist’s Journey into Blues, Jazz, and Fusion – How to expand out of the usual rock patterns. How to improvise. How to connect these styles to ROCK.
    • Why Let Singers Have all the Fun? – How to play melodies on guitar with maximum expression. Using the slide, and using fingers to imitate a slide. How melodies “lay out” on the fingerboard. Huge benefits for improvisation and songwriting happen here!
    • No Stomper Left Behind – The best metronome is your foot. Paul’s stomping bootcamp will open the door to this technique to deepen your groove and make every drummer happy to play with your. Bring your guitar, and your foot! The more scared you are of this class, the more your should do it! “I will take away the fear!”
    • Four Distortion Pedals, Why? – How to tame a fire-breathing rock guitar sound, and still get maximum tone and clarity from your notes.
    • Why Let Keyboard Players Have All the Fun? – An exploration of chords from Queen to Elton John to The Beatles and more. Yacht Rock has some ferocious chords. Let’s learn them!
    • How to Teach Guitar – What Paul has learned from giving over 8,000 video lessons. His personal “checklist” of what to listen for, and how he composes new lessons for each student, inspired by what he hears them play. How teaching others, can help you teach yourself.

Additionally, everyone will get their photos taken with our instructors and there will be a signing session!

Glen Cove Mansion
Glen Cove Long Island, New York

Glen Cove Mansion

Setting & Accommodations

The property features beautiful guestrooms & suites situated in contemporary guest wings extending from the mansion. We’ll share our meals in the Garden Room Restaurant which has magnificent views of the property and spend time together after hours in the game filled upstairs party spot – Pub 1910. If you find yourself needing a break from the noise there are several sprawling outdoor areas overlooking the mansion’s gardens.

Glen Cove Pool

AREA ATTRACTIONS

Glen Cove has something for everyone. Amazing beaches, a scenic golf course, and lovely, tree-filled parks provide a summer vacation paradise that’s just a quick train ride from New York City. If recreational boating is your thing you can take advantage of the areas full-service marinas, a city yacht club, and a fully renovated launch ramp offering easy access to North Shore waterways.

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The Mansion at Glen Cove

Address
200 Dosoris Ln
Glen Cove, NY 11542

Website
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Pricing and Registration

Register by Cyber Monday, December 2 for 10% off registration prices!
Plus, a FREE Paul Gilbert Ibanez MM31 miKro Guitar!
Use promo code GGE!

Paul Gilbert Ibanez MM31 miKro

Pricing & Room Types

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    1,999

    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.

    *Please note, pricing is per person and all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Single Room with One Bed
    2,799

    Standard room with one king bed for one participant.

    *Please note, pricing is per person and all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Bring Your Loved One with One Bed
    3,599

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Glen Cove Mansion but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar virtuoso dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Glen Cove area. The room includes one king bed. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

    *Please note, all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Bring Your Loved One with Two Beds
    3,599

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Glen Cove Mansion but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar virtuoso dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Glen Cove area. The room has two queen beds. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant

    *Please note, all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • 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

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 9.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes, plus service fees.
  • 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 March 1, 2020.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

If you have any questions, please call our customer service number (+1) 800-852-9277, or send us an email at info@dreamcatcher-events.com

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

Upgrades

Add a signature guitar to your registration and it will be waiting for you upon your arrival at Great Guitar Escape:Shrapnel and Beyond!

+8.9% sales tax applied when purchased

Ibanez FRM200WHB

MSRP $1,199 our price $900

As with previous Fireman models, the FRM200 features a bigger-than-average set-in neck joint that Gilbert maintains is the secret to his endless sustain. Conjoined to a Mahogany body, the neck is a Mahogany/Maple 3-piece with a Ebony fingerboard and narrow & tall frets to facilitate more extreme string bending. The Tight-Tune bridge/ tailpiece is the perfect hard tail combination of adjustability and dependable tuning stability.

Paul Gilbert Signature Guitar