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Guitar Workshop

Tuesday, June 14 - Saturday, June 18, 2016


Whether you have been playing for six months or six years, our guitar workshop will provide a significant exposure to new techniques, styles and musicianship skills. Your schedule will include electives, masterclasses, music theory, "guitar orchestra" ensemble experiences, chord studies, individual practice, jam sessions and more. See below for a sample daily schedule and visit our electives page to view the current elective choices.

Students do not need to know how to read music to attend this camp. And you can play either acoustic guitar, electric guitar or both!

In general, required camp activities take place from 8am-5pm. Due to the short time span of this workshop, there may be some required night activities as well. Students attending this workshop should be prepared to attend fundamental classes, ensemble rehearsals and masterclasses taking place from 7:30-9:30pm.

Camp Details

Eligibility Campers must have attended grades 8-12 in the '15-'16 school year.
(Rising 8th graders during summer 2016 are not eligible).
Ability Level All Ability levels; campers do not need to know how to read music to attend this camp.
Cost for Day Campers $290.00
Includes tuition only. No housing or meals.
A $75.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.  Balance is due by May 31.
Cost for Overnight Campers $421.00
Cost includes tuition and housing with three meals per day.
A $75.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.  Balance is due by May 31.
Other Costs
  • Campers must purchase a music book at check-in with cash or check made payable to Class Guitar Resources. Cost is approximately $20.00.
    The book to be used is H.O.T. 2   If you already own this book you do not need to purchase it - just bring it with you.
  • Campers may wish to bring a small amount of extra money for snacks and optional recreation activities.   More information is provided in the camp handbook.
Camp Check-In

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Between 1:00pm - 2:00pm (EST)
All campers must attend check-in. If you can not arrive during the designated times due to extenuating circumstances, arrangements must be made in advance with the camp office.

Be sure to visit our Preparing For Camp section for detailed information about check-in.

Camp Check-Out Saturday, June, 18, 2016
A final concert will be held on this day at 2:30pm.  Check-out will follow the performance.
Placement Audition

No audition is required to register. 

There will be a placement audition at camp check-in to determine your ensemble and masterclass placement. There is nothing to prepare for this audition. You will be given short musical excerpts to play and you will have time prior to the audition to review. Do not be concerned about this audition or at the thought of having to sight read. It is a relaxed audition used to aid us in providing a personalized learning experience at camp.

How To Register You can register online or by mail starting January 11, 2016. 
Click here for registration information and to register online.
Available Discounts Online Early Bird, Event, and FSU Faculty/Staff Discounts apply to this camp.
Visit the Discounts page to learn more.
Instruments All campers must bring their own instrument to camp.
You may play either acoustic or electric guitar. If you play both, please feel free to bring both with you to camp.
Electric guitar plays must bring their own amp, power cords and extension cords.
Concert Schedule
(Concert times are subject to chance)
Saturday, June 18    2:30pm    Final Concert
All campers will perform at this concert.
Camp Handbook
Day Camper Handbook (Coming in the fall) Overnight Camper Handbook (Coming the fall)
What to Pack Specific packing information can be found in your handbook, but click here for a quick list of some camp essentials.
Electives Campers will make their elective selections for this camp at camp check-in in consultation with the instructors.  There is no elective form to send in in advance.
Private Lessons Private lessons are not available at this camp.
Important Things to Note This workshop has required activities after 5:00pm. Day Campers registering for this workshop should be able to attend classes during the day from 8:00am-5:00pm and from 7:00pm-9:00pm.
Shuttle Service Do you need to be picked-up at the airport or bus station?  Read more about our Shuttle Service here.  
Deadline to request shuttle service is May 31. 
Shuttle Service Form. (Coming in the fall)
Extra Housing

Housing at the dorm begins at the designated check-in times.  But we know that travel arrangements sometimes require you to arrive early or leave late.   An extra night of housing is required if you are arriving the day before check-in, arriving anytime between midnight and 8am on check-in day, or leaving the day after check-out. Read more about extra housing here.

Deadline to submit an extra housing request is May 31. 
Extra Housing Request Form. (Coming in the fall)


Read more about dorm rooms and roommates here.

Deadline to submit your roommate request is May 31.
Roommate Request Form. (Coming in the fall)

Camp Instructors Include Edward Prasse, Director of Guitar, Leon High School, FL
Sample Daily Schedule  
8:00-9:00 Small & Large Ensembles

Chord Studies: Students will be place into one of the following classes based on their audition

  • 1st Position and Basic Chords
  • Barre and Power Chords
  • Jazz and Blues Chords
  • Advanced Chord Voicings
10:10-10:50 Music Theory

Electives: Choices Include

  • Beginning Level Pentatonic Scales and String Bending
  • Classic Rock Riffs of the 60's and 70's
  • Songwriting
  • Rock Riffs 2005-2010
  • Jazz Improvisation and Soloing Techniques
12:00-1:15 Lunch

Masterclasses: Students will be placed into a masterclass based on their audition

  • Blues/Rock Lead Guitar of Jimi Hendrix
  • Chord Strumming and Song Playings
  • Fretboard Concepts
  • Speed Mechanics for Lead Guitar
  • Intermediate/Advanced Solo Classical Guitar
2:30-3:30 Individual Practice Time
3:40-4:45 Large and Small Ensembles
5:00-6:30 Dinner
6:45-7:45 Jam Sessions
8:00-9:45pm Evening Activities (see below)


TUESDAY Staff Recital, Social Time
WEDNESDAY Movie or Individual Practice
THURSDAY Games or Individual Practice
FRIDAY Senior High Jazz Ensemble Concert or Individual Practice