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Tommy Emmanuel’s Guitar Camp USA is 4 days and 4 nights of picking, strumming, creating and storytelling in the heart of the bayou at Nottoway Resort. This retreat will be limited to only 75 lucky participants who will get to join Tommy and his incredible team of handpicked musicians on this intimate musical experience.
“Last summer’s retreat was a wonderful success. It’s so rewarding teaching people as a community, and watching them grow as musicians. That’s the way music should be-we should work together helping one another.
“This summer’s event will take place in the heart of the Bayou, at the luxurious Nottoway Resort in White Castle, Louisiana, over the weekend of June 18-22, 2015. This will be an intimate gathering with a maximum capacity of around 80 people. A smaller admission quotient allows me more time to spend with individual students so we can make the most out of our one-on-one sessions without feeling the pressure from people waiting in line.
“The retreat will be open to people of all skill levels, and I want everyone to feel comfortable attending. This year I have selected guitarists Frank Vignola, Brooks Robertson, and Vinny Raniolo as my co-teachers. I always handpick instructors because I want to work with people who are patient, open to discussing curriculum, and who make my students feel at ease.
“I am looking forward to everyone playing together, hanging together, and eating together. And what better location to do this than New Orleans which is really the birthplace of American music. After all, it is the birthplace of Louis Armstrong who I consider one of the most important people to ever play an instrument. Then, of course, there is the beautiful French and Caribbean culture and the wonderful food.
“For me, I have learned so much from other musicians and creative people. I know that feeling of joy from discovering something new. Our mission in life is to find what we are good at, and our purpose in life is to give that away, and I want to do that as much as I can, and that’s why I love teaching so much.”
These incredible bonuses are included with your registration!
…and everyone gets a bag stuffed to the top with items from our friends at D’Addario!
Australian guitarist, Two-Time Grammy nominee
World-Renowned Jazz Guitarist Extraordinaire
A first-class Fingerstyle Guitar Virtuoso
Guitarist, Musician, Performer, Educator
A detailed schedule will be available in the Spring of 2015, but here are a few words from Tommy about his plans for the retreat. See the complete schedule from 2014 for a detailed idea of the upcoming schedule of activities.
“For beginners, I will share a scientific approach to fingerstyle playing that promotes thumb and finger independence through exercises and tunes that put those techniques to work so players can have fun making real music.
“For advanced students, I will emphasize time, feeling, and smooth fingering movement. I sometimes get sent videos, and in the first five seconds, I can tell the player is struggling with the instrument. Music should be effortless, and I want to teach players how to practice effortlessly. Sometimes this is a dose of reality and you have to put in hours fumbling through before you get to that smooth ride. It’s about repetition, practicing playing smoothly, and then those skills turn into music. I also will focus on jamming, repertoire, songwriting, arranging, tunings, rhythm playing, and chord progressions.”
Nottoway Resort is the South’s largest and most magnificent remaining antebellum mansion. Overlooking the Great Mississippi River and positively soaked in history, visitors are transported back to the days of Southern grandeur. Nottaway lies in the Iberville Parish of White Castle, Louisiana-a short drive from the both Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The property features elegant ballrooms, an outdoor pool and cabana, tennis courts, an onsite bar and restaurant as well as a lounge and fitness center.
Just a few minutes down the road you’ll find the towns Donaldsonville, known as the “Gateway to Cajun and Plantation Country”. A few miles north of highway 18, the town hosts the fabled River Road that goes to Oak Alley, St. Joseph, Laurel, Evergreen and other famous plantations on the Mississippi River. The largest town south of Baton Rouge and New Orleans has the closest proximity to antebellum houses and presence of churches and synagogues, taverns, parks, restaurants, saloons, art galleries, antique shops, cemeteries and other historic buildings. Just a block from the downtown area, you can walk along the levee and take pictures of the ships going up and down the Mississippi River.
Between Nottoway and Baton Rouge is the city of Plaquemine. The town is bordered by the mighty Mississippi River, pre-historic Bayou Plaquemine and is minutes away from the Atchafalaya Basin National Wildlife Refuge. Plaquemine is also part of the Louisiana Scenic By-Ways and Great River Road Commission and boasts multiple historic buildings and residences from the late 1800′s.
Nottoway Resort is located along the Great River Road approximately 20 minutes South of Baton Rouge and an hour north of the New Orleans airport. Call if you have trouble finding us: 225-545-
*GPS users please note that many GPS directions are NOT accurate and may lead you to a ferry that is out of service.
From Baton Rouge:
Take LA 1 South for eighteen miles to Nottoway. You will have passed through the towns of Brusly, Addis and Plaquemine. Nottoway is approximately seven miles past Plaquemine.
From New Orleans:
Take I-10 West towards Baton Rouge and get off on Exit 182 (Donaldsonville/Sunshine Bridge). Follow directions to LA 1 and head North for approximately 12 miles.
Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR)
Nearest International Airport:
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
To make the one-on-one sessions experience more personal, registrations will be limited to 75 people.
“Registration Without Accommodation” gets you in to all workshops, concerts, activities, and meals for Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Camp at Nottoway. This package does not include lodging. But rooms are available at Best Western Inn, Plaquemine, which is 5 minutes down the road from Nottoway. Just mention Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Camp USA when booking to get a preferred rate (their phone is 225-385-4388).
Limited spots available. Each RV spot has an 30amp outlet, water hose for sharing & no sewage disposal. RV is not included. Pricing is per person, if there will be more than 1 person in the RV please contact us to add them to your registration.
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.
Suite with two beds (1 bed & 1 pullout or twin) 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.
Standard room with one bed. Pricing is $3000.00 per person.
Standard room with one bed meant to be shared by a couple. If you select this option choose the same room type for your second registrant. Pricing is $1900.00 per person.
Deluxe suite with one bed meant to be shared by a couple. If you select this option choose the same room type for your second registrant. Pricing is $3000.00 per person.
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