The second annual Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape–featuring acclaimed guitarist Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X)–will take place July 8-12 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. Guitar players of all ages, levels and styles are invited to join Paul Gilbert and other guest guitar instructors for this unique music camp. After a full day of activities, evenings will culminate with intimate, once-in-a-lifetime jam sessions.
Paul says, “The Great Guitar Escape is built around world-class seminars, concerts and jam sessions. It’s a chance to learn and be inspired by some truly amazing musicians. And it’s just a great way for everyone to hang out together in a beautiful place. The Full Moon Resort makes a perfect location to soak up some serious guitar music.”
From platinum album sales and #1 chart success as a founding member of Mr. Big, to frightening the guitar community with new levels of ferocious picking technique with shred-pioneers Racer X, to exploring punk, pop, classical, blues, jazz, and progressive instrumental styles in his solo career, Paul has held a top spot in the world of rock guitar technique for decades. He also has the rare ability to break down his techniques and ideas to be understood by guitarists at any level. Paul currently records and tours extensively as a solo artist and clinician, as well as teaching at his Artistworks Online Rock Guitar School.
Featured guest guitar instructors at Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape include: Ibanez guitar signature artist Andy Timmons (Danger Danger, Simon Phillips, Paul Stanley of KISS, Olivia Newton-John, Paula Abdul), internationally renowned jazz guitarist/composer Mimi Fox (Stevie Wonder, Charlie Byrd, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, Joey DeFrancesco), Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston Scotty Johnson (Paul Gilbert, Robben Ford’s Fords and Friends, The Ford Blues Band, The Blindside Blues Band), acclaimed rock/blues/slide guitarist Tony Spinner, and Adam Fulara who specializes in two-handed contrapuntal tapping.
Paul adds, “Every teacher at the camp has something unique to offer. I’ve had great, face-melting jams with Andy, Scotty and Tony in the past and they are three of my favorite guitarists. I’ve also been interested in Mimi and Adam for quite a while now, and I’m very excited to watch them play in person. Their abilities are off the map!”
Great Guitar Escape students will arrive at Full Moon Resort on Monday, July 8 for an orientation, meet and greet with the teachers, and concert with Paul’s band. July 9, 10 and 11 will be filled with seminars and concerts with Paul and the other instructors, with informal jam sessions each night. Guests will enjoy breakfast together on July 12 before departing.
Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape packages are on sale now at www.greatguitarescape.com and start at just $1200, including lodging, access to all workshops, seminars, gourmet meals, performances, and camp activities. Full Moon Resort features an eclectic array of comfortable, rustic country-inn accommodations as well as luxury and primitive camping. The grounds offer one hundred acres of meadows, forests and streams providing a natural backdrop for an unforgettable, enriching experience. Guests can enjoy the spring-fed swimming pool, on-site access to the Esopus Creek, and explore the splendors of the Catskills on the nearby network of hiking trails. For those who prefer in-room Wi-Fi, air conditioning, television, and daily housekeeping service, Slide Mountain Forest House and The Alpine Inn–located approximately a mile and a half from Full Moon Resort–are available as an all-inclusive camp package.
Last year’s Great Guitar Escape received rave reviews from all who attended. For full details about Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape 2013, visit: www.greatguitarescape.com.
About The Great Guitar Escape Instructors
Founding member of the bands Racer X and Mr. Big, Paul currently records and tours extensively as a solo artist and clinician, as well as teaching at his Artistworks Online Rock Guitar School. Paul was the youngest rock guitar instructor at Hollywood’s Guitar Institute of Technology, and has been a columnist for Guitar Player and Premier Guitar magazines. Paul has held a top spot in the world of rock guitar technique for decades, but has the rare ability to break down his techniques and ideas to be understood by guitarists at any level. Paul brings his experience of touring the world’s arenas and recording platinum-selling albums, as well as having taught hundreds of one-on-one lessons to students around the world.
Andy is an Ibanez guitar signature artist who has toured/recorded with artists as diverse as Simon Phillips, Paul Stanley (KISS), Olivia Newton-John, and Paula Abdul. Andy achieved platinum record sales as a member of the band Danger Danger and continues to be active as a solo artist, studio musician, and leading guitar
clinician. His recent guitar instrumental version of the legendary Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band shows Andy’s ability to simultaneously
adapt vocals, strings, and horn sections into a single guitar performance.
Internationally renowned guitarist/composer/recording artist Mimi Fox has been named a winner in 6 consecutive Downbeat Magazine international critics’ polls and has been recognized by writers and colleagues alike as one of the most eloquent guitarists on today’s scene. In addition to her solo albums on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label, Mimi has performed/recorded with Stevie Wonder, Charlie Byrd, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, and Joey DeFrancesco. Mimi performs at major jazz festivals and headlines top jazz venues around the world, teaches master classes, and has served as head of the guitar program at the Jazz School in Berkeley and Adjunct Professor at New York University. In 2005, Mimi received an award from the International Association Of Jazz Educators for outstanding service to jazz education.
Scotty Johnson is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has recorded and toured the world with guitarist Paul Gilbert. Scotty worked with Steve Vai as the co-author and instructor of the Berklee online course “Steve Vai Guitar Techniques.” After being signed to Mike Varney’s heavy blues-rock label Blues Bureau International in the mid-nineties, Scotty has never looked back, having toured and recorded with Robben Ford’s “Fords and Friends,” The Ford Blues Band, and The Blindside Blues Band. As an active pit musician, Scotty has well over 30 theater credits to his name including The Lion King, Memphis, The Color Purple, Legally Blonde, Chicago, and many others. Scotty brings a unique “real world” perspective to his students with an emphasis on stylistic diversity and musical literacy.
Tony’s mastery of rock, blues, and slide guitar playing can be heard on his multiple solo albums and has brought him into the spotlight when touring with well-known guitarists like Pat Travers, Steve Lukather (Toto), and Paul Gilbert. Tony has honed his raw talent with countless gigs around the world, and brings rootsy, authentic guitar vocabulary, real-world musician skills, as well as his amazing vocal abilities, to the Great Guitar Escape.
A guitarist of uncommon ability and musicality, Adam specializes in two-handed contrapuntal tapping, combining elements of baroque and jazz styles. His technique is astonishing, and the result is always musical. You’ve got to see him and hear him to believe it!