Summer Camp June 15-19, 2020

Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY

Our one-of-a-kind camp offers a rare opportunity to learn from true masters of the guitar. This year's teachers include Julian Lage, John Scofield, Gilad Hekselman, Tim Miller, and Joel Harrison. Students will have up-close, personal contact with these folks. Every year we provide support for many of our summer camp attendees who can't afford tuition. To make a tax-deductible donation to our scholarship fund, click the button below.

Greetings and welcome to year four of the most unusual, forward-thinking, open-minded guitar camp on the planet.

This year we are thrilled to welcome John Scofield, widely considered one of the most important jazz guitarists of our generation. Scofield's intersection of soul, funk, and bebop has fueled a singular career, whose highlights include stints with Miles Davis and Joe Henderson, as well as many Grammy awards for his own work. Gilad Hekselman, one of the leading jazz players of the younger generation will discuss his gorgeously lyrical modern approach, which is powerfully anchored in tradition. Julian Lage, who continues to ascend, will show us what it takes to become fantastically fluent in multiple styles of American music. His teaching last year was a camp highlight. Ever empathetic, he reveals new depths of understanding to anyone who sits with him. He has a deep bag of unorthodox strategies to free your hands and mind. Tim Miller, another jaw-dropping player who is poised between the world of rock and modern jazz, will share his unique approaches to single line playing and chord structures. Sometimes Tim sounds like Alan Holdsworth which is amazing! And of course, I will be on hand as well for composition, arranging, the jazz -rock- country nexus, and learning the art of practicing.

Please note: John Scofield will only be present for one day! June 16.

We welcome all levels, except no beginners, please. Although our camp has a focus on jazz, in its broadest sense, anyone can profit from attending. We have had rock, blues, bluegrass players, and more. All have walked away wiser.

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Julian Lage: 05-11-16 DROM (2016 Alternative Guitar Summit)
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Joel Harrison: 03-10-17 (le) Poisson Rouge  (2017 Alternative Guitar Summit)

Teachers

Featuring John Scofield, Gilad Hekselman, Julian Lage, Tim Miller, and Joel Harrison.

Scofield's intersection of soul, funk, and bebop has fueled a singular career, whose highlights include stints with Miles Davis and Joe Henderson, as well as many Grammy awards for his own work. Hekselman, one of the leading jazz players of the younger generation will discuss his gorgeously lyrical modern approach. Julian Lage, whose continues to ascend, will show us what it takes to become fantastically fluent in multiple styles of American music. Tim Miller, another jaw-dropping player who is poised between the world of rock and modern jazz, will share his unique approaches to single line playing and chord structures.

What You'll Get

The benefits of attending our camp extend beyond the strengths of the teachers. Of equal import are the connections you will make with other dedicated students in this gorgeous setting.

You can participate in any number of organized and impromptu jam sessions, share insights and ideas, and perform with the teachers as well.

There is MUCH more info on the registration site.

You’ll walk away from your stay with enough inspiration to last the whole year.

Class Topics

1) Rhythm boot camp- developing your inner groove no matter the time cycle
2) Finding your own sound in any style
3) Free improv
4) The art of accompaniment in any style
5) Ways to approach jazz tunes
6) The new landscape of electronic effects
7) Playing a great solo
8) Jazz fundamentals: theory and practice ideas
9) Funk  and jazz-rock guitar
10) Business boot camp- how to make a living

"I have been playing guitar my whole life, almost 50 years now. In all that time I've never felt so inspired by a workshop. The combination of teachers, their generous manner, the setting, and the other students made for a life-altering experience."

- Dalton Potter (AGS Camp 2017)