A Message From Neil

A Big Welcome To All!

I am thrilled to announce that TotallyGuitars.com is holding our 6th International Guitar Camp at the Asilomar Conference Grounds at the beach on the Monterey Peninsula in beautiful Northern California.

Once again the entire staff will be returning, featuring Dave Nachmanoff, Vanessa Bot, Jim Bruno and Doug Young, as well as our favorite singer Corina.

Last year’s activities included a Performance Workshop, a Songwriting Workshop, sessions on Alternate Tunings, Hand & Finger Exercises For Guitar Players, Vanessa’s Sing Along Class, Jim Bruno’s Vocal Drop In Studio (which is available pretty much all day), Mini-Sets where campers get a chance to play a few songs in front of an audience, a visit from luthier Ed Claxton, and of course everybody’s highlights, an Open Mic every night, as well as plenty of time to collaborate with everyone who has become part of at the IGC family over the years.

Of course all the instructors are around and available for semi-private lessons, my personal highlight as I love spending one-on-one time with students.

Our space is limited to 40 students and I look forward to seeing many familiar faces as well as some new ones in the summer of 2018.

Neil Hogan


International Guitar Camp 2018 - Asilomar Center


IGC 2018 Asilomar with Vanessa>


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What Is The International Guitar Camp

The International Guitar Camp, or IGC for short, is a Guitar Player's community event being presented by Totally Guitars offering some of the finest guitar playing, training and instruction by an elite panel of guitar instructors who truly are "Masters of the Craft".

This International Guitar Camp event, the brain child of Neil Hogan, Matt Williams and others in the TotallyGuitars.com family, will be attended this year by guitar playing enthusiasts from all around the world, many from the TotallyGuitars.com community and a lucky few who find their way to the "Join Us" button on this page.

Most of our players have come to multiple camps, some even returning for their sixth time, continuing their journey of musical development and recharging lifetime bonds formed at earlier camps. Be sure to check out some of their experiences on our IGC Highlights page.

For new IGC attendees this will mark the beginning of their guitar instruction journey and they will discover why this years' International Guitar Camp continues to be heralded as a lifetime experience that promises to give its patrons guidance, progression, and immersion in all things guitar and music.

When and where will the International Guitar Camp be held?

TotallyGuitars.com is excited to share with you several incredible details regarding our sixth, highly anticipated, International Guitar Camp. This year we are returning to the Asilomar Conference Center near Pacific Grove. Take a deep breath and settle in for a time of serene relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation. Celebrated as Monterey Peninsula's "Refuge by the Sea" - Asilomar Conference Center is a breathtakingly gorgeous 107 acres of ecologically diverse beachfront land. Situated within the quaint and scenic town of Pacific Grove, Asilomar offers guests the simple comforts of cozy cottages and historic lodges - and an unforgettable escape from the demands of everyday life. This incredible venue will play host to the lucky group of eager guitarists looking to take guitar playing to a whole new level the weekend of August 17 - 21, 2018.

Don’t forget the FOOD!

The food being presented at the IGC could be an event by itself. The IGC will include cooked meals from Friday evening through Tuesday morning prepared by the world-class chefs at the Asilomar Conference Center. At Asilomar you'll enjoy an authentic taste of California's Central Coast from their fresh, sustainable menu. At its' heart is the simple use of quality local ingredients such as beef, fish, vegetables, fruits, cheeses and wines prepared with delicate seasoning, and with attention to sourcing from regional farmers, ranchers and fishermen. They should have no problems accommodating most dietary requests or restrictions.

Who are the “Masters of the Craft” that will be training?

We are proud to announce that we have reassembled our very knowledgeable and talented crew of in-house experts and instructors as staff for the IGC, These VIP, “Masters of the Craft” instructors will be offering subject specific classes over multiple days and will be on-site and accessible over the course of the event. These inspirational instructors will include:

Neil Hogan: Your host and Master Guitar Teacher for the IGC, Neil will be involved in all aspects of this event and will be involved in all sessions. He will also be offering semi-private lessons to everyone. Besides the incredible teaching he will be providing, Neil will be literally “everywhere” at this event. So reach out to him if you need anything.

Dave Nachmanoff: Dave is an incredibly talented songwriter and guitarist. He has been Al Stewart’s “go to” guy as far as accompanying him on stage for many years. Dave will be offering workshops on Stage Performance and Songwriting, just two of his highly crafted skills. Last year he had a special group learn and perform his song “George’s Corner.” He will also be available to accompany all students at the Open Mics. More information on Dave can be found at: davenach.com

Doug Young: Doug should be well known by the TG Community, as well as any readers of acoustic guitar magazines over the last 15 years or so. Doug has done some video lessons for us, and written dozens of articles on guitar playing for Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Fingerstyle Guitar, and Frets, to name a few. His specialties include Alternate Tunings and Instrumental Composition. Last year he even gave us a workshop on Hand & Finger Exercises For Guitarists. More information on Doug can be found at: dougyoungguitar.com

Jim Bruno: Jim is one of the West Coast's most respected and experienced vocal teachers, along with being a truly skilled jazz guitarist and gypsy violinist. Jim will be bringing all these skills to IGC 2018 and working individually with everyone who wants to explore any of these directions. His Vocal Studio is open for drop in instruction pretty much all day every day.

Vanessa Bot: Vanessa is certainly no stranger to anyone who has spent any time at TotallyGuitars.com. She has become an integral part of the TG teaching team since she joined in mid-2013. She now has more than 175 detailed lessons on the site which are very popular, and brings us a new one every week. She will be on hand to give one-on-one teaching sessions, coordinate the open mics, with assist with collaborations and will be running a series of play-along group sessions. We are thrilled that she has been able to find space in her busy teaching schedule again this year to join us from her home in The Netherlands.

And last but certainly not least, we have the angelic voice of Corina. She will be there to collaborate with anyone who needs a guest vocalist for performances.

Will there be anything else?

Well, of course there will be. As we continue to reach out to others, we will be announcing more special guest instructors, songwriters, music business professionals and other VIPs who will join us. Really, who knows what else we may conjure up?

So simply we are saying, stay tuned to this site, the TotallyGuitars.com Forum and your emails for further updates and announcements over the coming days, weeks and months.

Wrapping up

It is our expectation that our sixth International Guitar Camp completely blows you away. We will keep this a regular event on the Totally Guitars annual agenda and we need you to help us make it a success. This camp is for you, the TotallyGuitars.com family of guitar enthusiasts and we welcome your ideas, suggestions and any insights that will make the guitar camp even better. So come on and join us for this fun-filled and enlightening guitar training and guitar instruction event.

*** Special Note ***

Space is limited for this incredible event as we are committed to every student having easy and personal access to all the instructors. We need to limit attendance to 40 campers. Time is of the essence and don't let this event sell out without you. We don't want you wait until the last minute and miss out on what is destined to be one of the best Guitar Playing, Training and Guitar Instruction live event presentations of the year!

Be sure to visit the Guitar Instructor bios below to really understand the power of what we are offering you at this event. We are excited and look forward to seeing you at this event.

Instructors

Neil Hogan

Vanessa Bot

Dave Nachmanoff

Dave Nachmanoff

Doug Young

Doug Young

Jim Bruno

Jim Bruno

2017 Schedule

( 2018 will be similar )

Monday

  • 4:00PM
    Check-in
  • 6:00PM
    Dinner
  • 7:30PM
    Open Mic

Tuesday

  • 8:00AM
    Breakfast
  • 9:00AM
    Teachers Info and Performances
  • 10:3AM
    Jim Bruno Vocal Class
  • 12:00PM
    Lunch
  • 1:00PM
    Campfire Guitar with Vanessa
  • 2:30PM
    Performance Workshop
  • 4:00PM
    Mini-Sets with Dan, John J. and Jeff
  • 6:00PM
    Dinner
  • 7:30PM
    Open Mic

Wednesday

  • 8:00AM
    Breakfast
  • 9:00AM
    Doug – Alternate Tuning Fingerstyle Pieces
  • 10:3AM
    Dave Songwriting Session 1
  • 12:00PM
    Lunch
  • 1:00PM
    Campfire Guitar with Vanessa
  • 2:30PM
    Dave Nach Teaches George’s Corner
  • 4:00PM
    Mini-Sets with Bob A. Pete & Lisa
  • 6:00PM
    Dinner
  • 7:30PM
    Open Mic

Thursday

  • 8:00AM
    Breakfast
  • 9:00AM
    Doug – Hand & Finger Exercises
  • 10:30AM
    Dave – Songwriting Session 2
  • 12:00PM
    Lunch
  • 1:00PM
    Campfire Guitar w/Vanessa
  • 2:30PM
    Conversation with Ed Claxton, Neil & Doug
  • 4:00PM
    Mini-Sets with Songwriter’s Group and George’s Corner
  • 6:00PM
    Dinner
  • 7:30PM
    Open Mic (Collaborations)

Friday

  • 8:00AM
    Breakfast
  • 9:00AM
    Check Out

Location

The Asilomar Conference Center

AsilomarTake a deep breath and settle in for a time of serene relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation. Celebrated as Monterey Peninsula's "Refuge by the Sea" - Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds is a breathtakingly gorgeous 107 acres of ecologically diverse beachfront land. Situated within the quaint and scenic town of Pacific Grove, Asilomar offers guests the simple comforts of cozy cottages and historic lodges - and an unforgettable escape from the demands of everyday life. It is our pleasure to welcome TotallyGuitars and The International Guitar Camp in 2018. Our beautiful properties provides the perfect setting for musicians to come together in the spirit of camaraderie and education.

Guest RoomsThe beautiful and peaceful grounds include luxurious rooms where the IGC guests will be staying. Accomodations are based on double occupancy.

Crocker Dining Hall is a spacious and welcoming gathering spot with high-beamed ceilings, stone pillars, hard wood floors and incomparable views of the forest and the dunes of Asilomar State Beach. For an additional dining option featuring organic beverages, tasty sandwiches, creative salads, and sweet treats, try Phoebe's Cafe located in the common area of Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall.

LabyrinthA Refuge by the Sea - At Asilomar enjoy a peaceful retreat and the natural beauty that provides breathtaking ocean views, wildlife watching and stargazing opportunities. Asilomar Lodge offers a tranquil destination for this years International Guitar Camp.

Local area activities include Asilomar Walking Tours, Beach Volleyball, Biking, Bird Watching, Hiking & Walking Trails, Shooting Pool, Sunbathing, Swimming and Surfing.

Setting & Accommodations

Surrounded by nature, supported by attentive staff, more cost effective than comparable facilities...

Whether you are part of a large retreat group or small, we can provide the setting you need to meet your needs, with meeting, gathering, and worship spaces to accommodate up to 195 retreatants.

Browse the Asilomar Conference Center website for a complete list of services.

Pricing

General Registration for IGC USA is $1897. It includes 4 nights lodging at the Asilomar Conference Center, all workshops and events, and 3 meals a day. Rooms at this rate are based on double or triple occupancy. Single rooms are available for $2497 and a room with a non-playing loved one runs $2797. To Register Click Here

Refund Policy

All registrations must be paid in full in advance. If you need to cancel, up to 50% of your payment may be refundable until May 31, 2018, with the balance available as a credit toward IGC 2019. After May 31, 2018 you would need to fill your reserved spot with someone you refer or one from our waiting list. In that case we would refund your payment minus $350 for administrative costs. For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

Area Attractions

Kayaking, sky diving, deep-sea fishing and whale watching are just a hint of wonderful experiences available on the Monterey Peninsula. If you looking for even more to do, try Adventures by the Sea, Golfing, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Monarch Grove Sanctuary, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Movie Tours, Pacific Grove Museum, Pebble Beach 17-Mile Drive, Scuba Diving, Whale Watching and even Wine Tasting

 

Map Directions

Asilomar Conference Center

Address
800 Asilomar Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 95033

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