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Every June in Oakurst, CA

With Guitar College's

Plus Bass Instructor  TODD JOHNSON  
Bass artist, former BIT instructor, Alfred's Music author

More information and reservations


Past guest instructors have included Robert Conti, John Stowell, Brad Rabuchin, Steve Trovato, Mitch Holder, Barry Zweig & Frank Potenza

Class discussions include theory, technique, comping, soloing,  single note & chord melody, improv, reharmonization, bebop & jazz stylings, octave playing, chord substitutions, soloing over changes & more.

The level of the workshop classes will be intermediate thru advanced.
Guitarists will be split into 3 groups, with some classes being level specific.

PDFs of the tunes we will be playing
are available to download prior to the workshop.  
2012 PDF Song Workbook

2011 PDF Song Workbook

2010 PDF Song Workbook



Sunday,  Arrival Day

2:00 Check In begins
4:00 Welcome Reception
5:00 Goal Setting /Practicing w/Todd
6:00 Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 Concert /Jam Session

8:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Workout with To
10:00 - Guitar/Bass Song Session
11:00 – Guitar/Bass Specific Class
12:00 - Lunch
1:00 - Group Song Practice Session
2:00 - Break
3:00 - Switch Class-
Guitar with Todd/ Bass with Rich
4:00 - Break
4:30 - Rehearsals for jam

5:30 - Break
6:00 -  7:00 Dinner
7:00 -  9:00  Live Playing Workshop

8:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Workout with To
10:00 - Group Song Practice Sessions
12:00 - Lunch
1:00 -
Group Song Practice Sessions
2:00 - Break
3:00 - rehearsal

4:00 - Break
4:30 - Pack up for gig

5:30 - Dinner
6:00 -  Set up for gig
7:00 -  9:00  Live Concert/Performance

8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Group picture
10:00 Departure for home or airport

Each day will include classes, breakout sessions with one of the instructors and a practice session. Every evening we'll have a time to jam, share ideas and discover other styles at a Live Play Workshop, playing with two or more guitars, bass and drums. It's a real “Hands on” experience working with a hot rhythm section.

You can choose which classes to attend or attend them all, it's up to you! You can take a break for practicing, student jams, visiting, relaxing, napping or just hanging out when you choose.

Workshop Information
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Location: The workshop is held in Oakhurst, CA at the beautiful Evergreen Conference Center (ECCO).  This comfortable lodge and breathtaking Sierra scenery makes the perfect setting to focus on just guitar. Located in the beautiful central California Sierra Mountains, approximately 50 miles north of Fresno and 10 miles south of the entrance of Yosemite National Park.

Travel If you are flying in, the closest airport is the Fresno/Yosemite International air terminal (i.d. code=FAT). You can rent a car to get to the workshop (about 1 hour away) and for sightseeing in Yosemite. For previous workshops for lower rates some flew into Sacramento, San Jose, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland or L.A. and rented a car to drive to the workshop.  This might allow you to do some additional CA sightseeing as well. (approx. 3-6 driving hours away).

Dorms: The comfortable dorm constist of 6 cubicles divided by 8 foot walls, a privacy curtain to the center hallway.  They have a large community men’s room with showers and stalls.  We will assign one person (or two max if needed) per cubicle.  This facility was built for adults so it’s not your typical kids camp bunk house.

Double Rooms:  Each of the double rooms is two levels with 2 twin beds in both the loft and on the ground level with one bathroom on the ground level.  Each person has their own private area for sleeping and dressing, and to keep their belongings.

Spouses:  Bring your spouse along for only $400.00 more than the single occupancy rate, $1599.00 for both you and your spouse.  This includes your spouse's lodging and meals if your spouse is not attending classes.   At this price we encourage you to bring your spouse to get out of the house and out of town for a few days!  Besides just relaxing in the beautiful peaceful, surrounding environment there are many great things to do in the area like  visiting breathtaking Yosemite National Park, beautiful Bass Lake, the majestic Mariposa Grove giant redwoods, Chukchansi Gold Casino or maybe enjoy a local day spa or antique shop in Oakhurst.  Many spouses enjoy hearing the live play workshops in the evening and they make a great encouraging audience to perform for.  If your spouse is a guitar or bass player and will be attending classes too, the price is $1799 per couple, a $200.00 saving over two double workshop reservations

Reservations: It will really help us plan if you let us know of your interest A.S.A.P.  A refundable deposit will hold your spot until 5-15-15. We need to make adequate reservations for all interested in attending.

Workshop Updates: This web page will be updated with anything added or changed.  If you have registered for the workshop be sure we have your correct telephone number email address or fax number to keep you updated.

Deposits: A refundable deposit of $100.00 will hold your spot.  Monthly payments of $100.00 or more may be paid until your balance is paid.  Paypal, Master Card, Visa, Amex and Discover may be used for your deposit, payments and/or balance. Payments and deposits are refundable up to a 6 weeks in advance when any remaining balance is due.

Bring a musician friend, share a room and you'll each save $200.00 over the single rate!  

Bring your guitar if possible.  If you’re driving bring your amp and a music stand.

Please call us at 559-642-2597 to reserve your spot now or reserve online with the link below.

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Phone: 559-642-2597