Thrill Seekers, Players, Students and Travelers of All Ages, Skill Level, and Interests Are Welcome!

Tommy Emmanuel’s Guitar Camp USA: Nashville Skyline is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes! 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!

  • Performances every evening by Tommy Emmanuel and the instructors
  • Intimate breakout groups of all levels from true beginner to advanced
  • Camper open mics
  • Dinner and Concert at the Nashville City Winery
  • Campers to receive premium tickets to see Tommy Perform at the CMA Theatre at the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Tour the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
  • A Signed Tommy Emmanuel Hatch Show Print from the CMA Theatre Concert, plus a group photo on stage!

Tommy Emmanuel and Dreamcatcher Events respectfully ask all participants to be fully vaccinated or tested for COVID before attending.

An Invitation From Tommy Emmanuel

Hello again friends! I’d like to personally invite you to join me at my upcoming Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Camp USA: Nashville Skyline Volume II, taking place September 22-26, 2022 at the Grand Hyatt® Nashville in my adopted hometown of Nashville, TN.

This will be our second Guitar Camp USA to be held in Nashville. We held our first one there last year and what happened surprised us all. We’ve done camps in the most incredible locations, from Scotland to Hawaii to Australia, but something amazing happened in Music City. We just felt connected to something much deeper. We were right there – we could go to RCA Studios where my good friend John Knowles and I could tell stories Chet Atkins told us about those days, about how they recorded and how different records came about. We visited the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum and did a show at The Loveless Café, it was just magical. Nashville has such a beautiful and amazing history for all kinds of music. Just being there for some people is so exciting. It’s a great place to be and I think it’s one of the best places in America to hold a camp.

My Guitar Camps offer four full days of lessons, workshops, and live performances, with everything that happens about you gaining the experience and knowledge to become a better player, no matter what your goals are. As always, we welcome players at all levels, from people with professional dreams to people who just love making music. I’ve taught people who are totally hopeless and will never be able to play the instrument especially well but you know what? They still love it and they’re at the camp because they have the passion to get better. We’ve had young guys and girls who are still in the process of getting really good, they’re enthusiastic and they can’t wait to play for people. Everybody comes with their own kind of enthusiasm and it’s truly incredible to witness.

We’re going to look at making music from a wide range of perspectives. People get so into technique, sometimes I have to remind them that it’s not really about you playing the guitar – it’s about what happens to the people who are listening to you while you’re playing. That’s your reason for playing, not impressing people with your wonderful technique. In my world, technique should be invisible. The thing that people should see is the beauty of what you’re doing. It should touch them in a way that they almost can’t explain. That’s the spiritual connection we create through music.

None of which is to say there won’t be plenty of classes on technique. To teach, you have to break things down into tiny, miniscule pieces and then slowly piece it together. Some people think you just pick up the guitar, you work it out, and then all of a sudden, there’s music. But it’s not like that at all. It’s like brain surgery – you’ve got to join this bit with that bit and then practice those two, and then add the next step and practice those three. Until eventually they start to sound like music. You’re never going to master it but hopefully you’re going to keep trying. Sort of like life itself.

Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Camp USA is an opportunity for you to get close to people who have a lot of real world experience, a lot of knowledge, and love to share that with others. You’re surrounded by fellow musicians who have achieved all levels of success, both professionally and creatively. This is what they do, this is what they pour themselves a hundred percent into, and what they’ve learned, they want to hand on to you. To be with so many people in one place, who are all enthusiastic about making music, there’s a power in that that is unexplainable. It tells a lot about the human race.

With that in mind, I’ll be joined by an incredibly talented and equally diverse group of guest instructors, including my longtime collaborator and fellow CGP John Knowles, guitar and harp guitarist Stephen Bennett, Muriel Anderson (the first woman to win the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship), session guitar hero John Jorgenson, the duo of singer-songwriter/guitarist Trey Hensely and dobro master Rob Ickes, and Parker Hastings, a talented young player from Central Kentucky who came to one of my concerts at the age of eight and has since gone on to become an award-winning thumbpicker in his own right.

We’ll also be joined by a couple of very special guests, legendary bluegrass master of all stringed musical instruments Sam Bush- and the legendary Counrty “California come Nashville” singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale. Sam has been a dedicated musician since he was a kid so he knows what a good song is, he knows what to play and what not to play. You can throw anything you like at Sam Bush and he’ll hit it right back to you. Sam is a very outspoken about certain things so people are going to hear stories and they might not always be sugar coated, I like that about Sam, he’s a real deal. Jim Lauderdale I’ve known for a long time, he’s a great songwriter and a walking encyclopedia when it comes to country music, he has a great way of explaining things. I love Jim’s writing, I love his performance. I love the mojo he brings to it.

None of these people would be there if I wasn’t a fan and if I didn’t think they were going to bring something wonderful to the experience. I’m also going to put some feelers out for other players, to see if they are in town and wouldn’t mind coming down to talk to the camp.Last year, Yasmin Williams dropped in. That’s another great thing about being in Nashville – you never know who’s going to stop by!

To be with so many people in one place, who are all enthusiastic about making music, there’s a power in that that is unexplainable.

Learning and then handing it on is a very important part of the process of music and how it moves around the world. Passing it on is what it’s all about. People find their destiny in something they never even dreamed about. I remember Chet Atkins saying how wonderful it is to get dedicated to an instrument early in your life. It enriches your life for the rest of your days. It’s such a simple way of putting it, but it’s true. Sometimes I think, what would I be doing if I hadn’t run with all my energy into wanting to be a dedicated guitar player? I didn’t really care so much about anything else. And I’m still sticking at it is because it seems to be why I’m here. I seem to have found the reason why I’m here on Earth. And since I was lucky enough to find that out for myself, I have an obligation and a responsibility to share with others. I love watching the campers digging what they’re seeing and hearing. You can see that it’s changed them, they’re thinking about music in a different way. Because they’ve seen someone do something right in front of them, they found out where it came from, how they worked it out, and why they do it. I can see them being inspired, thinking, I want that too.

I very much hope you’ll join me for my next Guitar Camp USA. See you in Music City!

Tommy Emmanuel CGP

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Featured Artists

Tommy Emmanuel

Sam Bush

Jim Lauderdale

Muriel Anderson

Stephen Bennett

Parker Hastings

Trey Hensley

Rob Ickes

John Jorgenson

John Knowles CGP

Schedule

TEGCUSA ’22 begins at 3pm on September 22 and ends at Noon on September 26. The camp schedule is subject to change. You will be provided with an updated schedule upon check-in. Also, we will post the daily schedule in the dining hall in case of last-minute changes.

Thursday September 22

  • 3:00PM

    Check-in

  • 4:30-5:30PM

    Orientation & Camper Raffle

  • 6:00-7:30PM

    Dinner at Hotel and Instructor Preview Concert

    • 8:00-8:20pm – Parker Hastings
    • 8:20-8:40pm – Stephen Bennett
    • 8:40-9:00pm – John Knowles
    • 9:00-10:00pm – Tommy Emmanuel
  • 10:30PM

    Open Mic

Friday September 23

  • 8:00-9:00AM

    Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00-10:00AM

    Tommy Emmanuel Workshop

  • 10:00-11:00AM

    Sam Bush Workshop (hosted by Tommy Emmanuel)

  • 11:10-12:00PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Muriel Anderson
    • Group 2 – Stephen Bennett
    • Group 3 – Parker Hastings
    • Group 4 – Trey Hensley
    • Group 5 – John Jorgenson
    • Group 6 – John Knowles
  • 12:10-1:10PM

    Lunch

  • 12:40-1:40PM

    Optional Mentor Sessions

  • 1:10-2:00PM

    Break OR join in the fun at The Jam Room

  • 2:00-2:50PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 6 – Muriel Anderson
    • Group 1 – Stephen Bennett
    • Group 2 – Parker Hastings
    • Group 3 – Trey Hensley
    • Group 4 – John Jorgenson
    • Group 5 – John Knowles
  • 3:10-4:00PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 5 – Muriel Anderson
    • Group 6 – Stephen Bennett
    • Group 1 – Parker Hastings
    • Group 2 – Trey Hensley
    • Group 3 – John Jorgenson
    • Group 4 – John Knowles
  • 4:30-5:20PM

    Optional Breakout Classes

    • Beginner Tips – Parker Hastings
    • Intermediate Help – John Knowles
    • Harp Guitar Workshop with Stephen Bennett
  • 6:15PM

    Board Buses for City Winery

  • 7:00-8:00PM

    Dinner at City Winery and Instructor Preview Concert

    • 8:00-8:20pm – Muriel Anderson
    • 8:20-8:40pm – John Jorgenson
    • 8:40-9:10pm – Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
    • 9:10-10:25pm – Tommy Emmanuel
  • 10:30PM

    Board Buses for Hotel

  • 11:00

    Open Mic

Saturday September 24

  • 8:00-9:00AM

    Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00-10:30AM

    Tommy Emmanuel Workshop

  • 10:50-11:40AM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 4 – Muriel Anderson
    • Group 5 – Stephen Bennett
    • Group 6 – Parker Hastings
    • Group 1 – Trey Hensley
    • Group 2 – John Jorgenson
    • Group 3 – John Knowles
  • 12:00-1:00PM

    Lunch

  • 12:40-1:40PM

    Optional Mentor Sessions

  • 1:00-2:00PM

    Break OR join in the fun at The Jam Room

  • 2:00PM

    Board Buses for Country Music Hall of Fame

  • 2:30-4:45pm

    Tour Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

  • 5:00-5:45PM

    Soundcheck Hang/Group Photo

  • 6:00-7:30PM

    Dinner at Country Music Hall of Fame

  • 8:00-10:45PM

    Show at the CMA Theatre

  • 10:45PM

    Board Buses Back to Hotel

  • 11:00PM-12:30AM

    Open Mic

Sunday September 25

  • 8:00-9:00AM

    Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00-10:00AM

    Tommy Emmanuel Workshop

  • 10:00-11:00AM

    Jim Lauderdale Workshop (hosted by Tommy Emmanuel)

  • 11:10-12:00PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 3 – Muriel Anderson
    • Group 4 – Stephen Bennett
    • Group 5 – Parker Hastings
    • Group 6 – Trey Hensley
    • Group 1 – John Jorgenson
    • Group 2 – John Knowles
  • 12:10-1:10PM

    Lunch

  • 12:40-1:40PM

    Optional Mentor Sessions

  • 1:10-2:00PM

    Break OR join in the fun at The Jam Room

  • 2:00-2:50PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 2 – Muriel Anderson
    • Group 3 – Stephen Bennett
    • Group 4 – Parker Hastings
    • Group 5 – Trey Hensley
    • Group 6 – John Jorgenson
    • Group 1 – John Knowles
  • 3:15-4:05PM

    Optional Breakout Classes

    • Beginner Tips – Stephen Bennett
    • Intermediate Help – Trey Hensley
    • Expert Help – John Jorgenson
    • Harp Guitar Workshop with Muriel Anderson
    • Dobro Workshop with Rob Ickes
  • 5:30-6:00PM

    Photo & Autograph Session

  • 6:00-7:00PM

    Dinner

  • 7:00-10:00PM

    Guitar Camp Awards & Student & Instructor Show

  • 10:00PM

    Open Mic

Monday September 26

  • 11:00AM

    Checkout

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee

Accomodations

Grand Hyatt Nashville is a downtown luxury hotel on Broadway at Nashville Yards. Within walking distance of the Gulch and Midtown, our retreat features one of the highest outdoor rooftop bars in Music City, a spa, and seven food and beverage experiences. Experience Nashville at its finest.

If you would like to stay at the Grand Hyatt on nights before or after Tommy’s event, you will need to make your own reservation and we can not guarantee that you will be in the same room as during Tommy’s camp. Unfortunately, the hotel is not set up to allow for our reservations to be extended beyond the 4 days and nights of our event so everyone will need to fend for themselves. The rate you will be charged for nights other than our event is up to the hotel. We apologize for the inconvenience but the hotel has its own way of operating.

Travel Directions

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee

Address
1000 Broadway,
Nashville, TN 37203

Website
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Pricing and Registration

If you would like to stay at the Grand Hyatt on nights before or after Tommy’s event, you will need to make your own reservation and we can not guarantee that you will be in the same room as during Tommy’s camp. Unfortunately, the hotel is not set up to allow for our reservations to be extended beyond the 4 days and nights of our event so everyone will need to fend for themselves. The rate you will be charged for night other than our event is up to the hotel. We apologize for the inconvenience but the hotel has their own way of operating.

Pricing and Room Types

  • Commuter Package
    2,399

    For the folks who live in the Nashville area, enjoy all the workshops, concerts, meals, and activities at TEGCUSA but spend the night at home! Everything is included except accommodation at the Grand Hyatt. Pricing is per person!

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    2,899

    Standard Room with two beds and a roommate. You may either name a fellow registrant as your 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 Room with One Bed
    3,899

    Standard room with one bed. All attendees must stay at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Pricing is per person.

  • Bring Your Loved One with One Bed
    5,399

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Grand Hyatt Hotel 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. The room includes one king bed. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

  • Bring Your Loved One with Two Beds
    5,399

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Grand Hyatt Hotel 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. The room includes two queen beds. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

  • Bring Your Loved One Suite
    6,199

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Grand Hyatt Hotel but not participate in workshops, we recommend this deluxe price point. You both share lavish accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together.

    During the day, 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 Nashville. Pricing is per couple.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day, including dinner and a concert at City Winery
  • Premium tickets to see Tommy perform at The Country Music Hall of Fame
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • A free signed Hatch poster for the Country Music Hall Of Fame concert, plus a group photo on stage!

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Personal musical gear

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 a 9.9% surcharge, which includes all state and local taxes, plus service fees.
  • Installment Payment Plan – Upon checkout, you have the option to pay in full or one 50% installment.
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • The remaining balance will be automatically charged to the credit card on file on June 1, 2022.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.
  • Dreamcatcher Events LLC reserves the right to re-schedule any event if there should be an “Act of God,” pandemic, natural disaster, or any other circumstance which makes an event impossible to hold. In this circumstance, Dreamcatcher may issue full financial credit in the amount paid to all registrants who have paid. These “Credited” funds may be used solely for the specific event to be rescheduled. The financial credit shall last two years from the dates of postponement. Registration refunds will not be distributed in the event that an event has to be rescheduled due to circumstances beyond Dreamcatcher’s control. This also applies to any registrant who may not be able to attend an event due to Covid and/or Force Measure.

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

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