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.

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Alvarez Premium Package

Book a premium package when you register and receive an Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Guitar and Deluxe Gig Bag upon arrival. A $699 value for only $199.

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Pay In Full by Christmas and Get a Free Kala Ukelele!!

When you pay for your registration fee by Christmas Day 2014 you’ll receive a free Kala KA-S Ukelele when you arrive at camp.

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

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Artists

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Tommy Emmanuel

Australian guitarist, Two-Time Grammy nominee

Frank

Frank Vignola

World-Renowned Jazz Guitarist Extraordinaire

Brooks

Brooks Robertson

A first-class Fingerstyle Guitar Virtuoso

Vinny

Vinny Raniolo

Guitarist, Musician, Performer, Educator

Schedule

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.”

Monday July 28

  • 3:00 PM
    Registration & Check-in
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Orientation & Group Assignments in the Barn
  • 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Dinner in the Tent
  • 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
    Teacher Concert in the Roadhouse
  • 9:30 PM – Late
    Campfire by the Stream, Barn, Café & Billiard Room Available for Jamming

Tuesday July 29

  • 7:00 AM
    Coffee Available in the Cafe
  • 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
    Breakfast in the Tent
  • 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    All Students with Tommy in the Barn- The realities of being a touring musician; Stories and anecdotes with special guests Clara Emmanuel and Gina Mendello.
  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Group A with Tommy in the Barn. Group B with John and Joe in the Roadhouse. Group C with Jim in the Café
  • 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
    Lunch in the Tent
  • 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
    Group B with Tommy in the Barn. Group C with John and Joe in the Roadhouse. Group A with Jim in the Café
  • 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Group C with Tommy in the Barn. Group A with John and Joe in the Roadhouse. Group B with Jim in the Café
  • 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Dinner in the Tent
  • 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    1-on-1s with Tommy in the Barn and Teachers MC Student Jam in the Roadhouse
  • 9:30 PM – 11:30 PM
    Open Mic in the Roadhouse
  • 9:30 PM – Late
    Campfire by the Stream, Barn, Café & Billiard Room Available for Jamming

Wednesday July 30

  • 7:00 AM
    Coffee available in the Cafe
  • 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
    Breakfast in the Tent
  • 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Tommy interviews other players for all students BARN
  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Group B with Tommy and Jim in the Barn: Jamming Demonstration. Group C with Joe in the Roadhouse: Soloing. Group A with John in the Café: Soloing
  • 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
    Lunch in the Tent
  • 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
    Group C with Tommy and Jim in the Barn: Jamming Demonstration. Group A with Joe in the Roadhouse: Soloing. Group B with John in the Café: Soloing
  • 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Group A with Tommy and Jim in the Barn: Jamming Demonstration. Group B with Joe in the Roadhouse: Soloing. Group C with John in the Café: Soloing
  • 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Dinner in the Tent
  • 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Tommy Performance in the Roadhouse
  • 9:30 PM – 11:30 PM
    Open Mic in the Roadhouse
  • 9:30 PM – Late
    Campfire by the Stream, Barn, Café & Billiard Room Available for Jamming

Thursday July 31

  • 7:00 AM
    Coffee Available in the Cafe
  • 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
    Breakfast in the Tent
  • 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Tommy Remaining 1-on-1s in the Barn Student-Teacher Jam in the Roadhouse
  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Group C with Tommy in the Barn. Group A with Jim and John in the Roadhouse. Group B with Joe in the Café
  • 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
    Lunch in the Tent
  • 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
    Group B with Tommy in the Barn. Group C with Jim and John in the Roadhouse. Group A with Joe in the Café
  • 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Group A with Tommy in the Barn. Group B with Jim and John in the Roadhouse. Group C with Joe in the Café
  • 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Dinner in the Tent
  • 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Student Concert in the Roadhouse
  • 9:30 PM – 11:30 PM
    Open Mic in the Roadhouse
  • 9:30 PM – Late
    Campfire by the Stream, Barn, Café & Billiard Room Available for Jamming

Location

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Nottoway Resort

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.

Area Attractions

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.

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Pricing and Registration

To make the one-on-one sessions experience more personal, registrations will be limited to 75 people.

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 and Planet Waves
  • Several fully stocked jam rooms with drums, pa gear and amps
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the resort
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sight seeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – please bring your own instruments if you are not signing up for our premium package

kala-promo1Pay In Full by Christmas and Get a Free Kala Ukelele!!

When you pay for your registration fee by Christmas Day 2014 you’ll receive a free Kala KA-S Ukelele when you arrive at camp.

guitar-11Alvarez Premium Package

Book a premium package when you register and receive an Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Guitar and Deluxe Gig Bag upon arrival.

Standard Rooms

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    $1900.00

    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 Bed
    $3000.00

    Standard room with no roommates. Pricing is per person.

  • Couples Standard Room
    $3800.00

    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.

Suites

  • Shared Suite With Two Beds
    $2500.00

    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.

  • Couples Suite
    $6000.00

    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.

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
  • All rates are subject to 6.9% 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 April 1, 2015.
    • Any registrations received after April 1, 2015 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

Please contact info@tommyemmanuelguitarcampusa.com with any questions you may have on the venue,  pricing or registration.

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