A Message From Neil

Greetings Guitar Enthusiasts!

TotallyGuitars.com launched the International Guitar Camp in 2013 and now we are heading into our 5th annual Musical Fantasyland for 2017.

Once again I will be joined by our talented teachers, Dave Nachmanoff, Doug Young, and Vanessa Bot. We will be bringing you workshops like Playing On Stage, Playing With Others, Songwriting, Alternate Tunings, as well as having Open Mic nights every night. In general, a lot of Playing!

Everyone will also have plenty of opportunities to have one-on-one, semi-private lessons with all of the instructors.

There are a lot more details here so look around and I hope to see you in California in the summer of 2017.

Neil Hogan


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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.

Many of our players will be returning for their second, third, fourth or even fifth camp, 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 thrilled to share with you several incredible details regarding our fifth, highly anticipated, International Guitar Camp. Once again it will be held in Northern California, where the Santa Cruz Mountains and its Pacific Coast Ranges will play host to the lucky group of eager guitarists looking to take guitar playing to a whole new level the week of August 21 - 25, 2017.

The IGC event is being hosted at the beautiful Presentation Center, in the hills just above Los Gatos. Be sure to click the link above to see and learn more about this amazing place.

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 Monday evening through Friday morning prepared by the world-class chefs at the Presentation Center. They 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 songwriting and accompanying others, just two of his highly crafted skills. In previous years he has given us a "Performance Workshop" as well as offered his playing skills as a backing musician to everyone at one of the open mic nights. More information on Dave can be found at: http://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. His workshops will revolve around those subjects. More information on Doug can be found at: http://dougyoungguitar.com/

Vanessa Bot: Vanessa is certainly no stranger to anyone who has spent any time at TotallyGuitars.com since she dropped in a few years ago. She has grown from being a member who freely contributed advice and suggestions into a full-fledged member of the TG Staff, bringing us new lessons every week. She will be on hand offering play-along group sessions as well as coordinating our Open Mic evenings. We are thrilled that she has arranged her schedule again this year to join us from her home in The Netherlands.

We expect to have additional announcements soon about other very special guest presenters soon!

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 fifth 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 event is for you, the TotallyGuitars.com family of guitar enthusiasts and we welcome your ideas, suggestions and any insights that will make the event even better. So come on and join us for this fun-filled and enlightening guitar training and guitar instruction event.

*** Special Note ***

We know it is early in the announcement stage of this incredible event, but we must say, time is of the essence if you want to join us. Space is limited and we do expect this event to sell out! 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

2016 Schedule

( 2017 will be similar )

Monday

  • 4:00PM
    Check-in
  • 6:00PM
    Dinner
  • 7:15PM
    Open Mic

Tuesday

  • 8:00AM
    Breakfast
  • 9:00AM
    Teachers Info and Intro
  • 10:3AM
    Jim Bruno Vocal Class
  • 12:00PM
    Lunch
  • 1:00PM
    Campfire Guitar with Vanessa
  • 2:00PM
    Performance Workshop
  • 4:30PM
    Wine Tasting with Krista
  • 6:00PM
    Dinner
  • 7:00PM
    Open Mic

Wednesday

  • 8:00AM
    Breakfast
  • 9:00AM
    Doug - Fingerstyle Duets
  • 10:30PM
    Dave & Neil Songwriting
  • 12:00PM
    Lunch
  • 1:00PM
    Campfire Guitar with Vanessa
  • 2:00PM
    High Performance Guitars
  • 3:00PM
    Collaboration/Practice Time
  • 6:00PM
    Dinner
  • 7:00PM
    Open Mic

Thursday

  • 8:00AM
    Breakfast
  • 9:00AM
    Doug - Dress Up Your Playing
  • 10:30AM
    Dave & Neil - Songwriting
  • 12:00PM
    Lunch
  • 1:00PM
    Campfire Guitar w/Vanessa
  • 2:00PM
    Guitars Galore w/Jack van Breen
  • 3:00PM
    Collaboration/Practice Time
  • 6:00PM
    Dinner
  • 7:00PM
    Open Mic (Collaborations)

Friday

  • 8:00AM
    Breakfast
  • 9:00AM
    Check Out & Clean Up

US Location

The Presentation Center

Deer in Field for BannerNestled among the redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains, The Presentation Center offers 5-star hospitality just a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley. For 40 years we have offered warm hospitality to groups and individuals. It is our pleasure to welcome TotallyGuitars and The International Guitar Camp in 2015. Our beautiful and historic property, tucked into the forest, provides the perfect setting for musicians to come together in the spirit of camaraderie and education.

LabyrinthThe beautiful and peaceful grounds include cottages where the IGC guests will be staying. Each cottage includes a kitchen, a central gathering area, and 3-8 bedrooms sleeping 1-2 to a room.

There is a central Dining Hall where all meals are prepared by a world-class staff who can easily accommodate most special diet requests- gluten free, vegetarian, wheat free, pretty much anything you might desire.

LabyrinthOther amenities available for our use include a swimming pool, basketball court, a redwood amphitheater which we may be using for our nightly Open Mics, a pond inhabited by a pair of blue heron, a labyrinth for quiet reflection, and a short nature trail through the grounds. There are many miles of hiking trails right next door in an Open Space Preserve not yet open to the public but available to guests of The Presentation Center.

There are a couple of wineries just a little further up Bear Creek Road, less than 10 minutes away, and the charming town of Los Gatos is also just 10 minutes back toward civilization, if you are inclined to need to get back to it all for any reason during your stay.

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 Presentation Center website for a complete list of services.

Pricing

Registration for IGC USA is $1697. It includes 4 nights lodging in cottages at The Presentation Center, all workshops and events, and 3 meals a day. Most rooms in the cottages are double occupancy but there are a few singles available at no additional charge, by request, and as available. TotallyGuitars Target members can get a $100 discount by applying a code found on the TG Forum.

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, 2016, with the balance available as a credit toward IGC 2017. After May 31, 2016 would need to fill from spot with someone you refer or one from our waiting list. In that case we would refund your payment minus $250 for administrative costs.For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

Area Attractions

Presentation Center is located within a short distance of a number of local attractions. In addition to the suggestions below, talk with our Hospitality department for other recommendations and maps.

Hakone Gardens, Saratoga, CA- A tranquil place of peace and harmony. Come experience Hakone, the oldest Asian and Japanese estate in the Western Hemisphere-eighteen acres of magnificent beauty nestled in the verdant hills of Saratoga overlooking Silicon Valley.

Santa Cruz Beaches - Monarch butterflies at Natural Bridges State Park, tide pool, walk along the tide line.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park - Hike trails among the redwoods in California's oldest state park, established in 1902.

 

Map Directions

Presentation Center

Address
19480 Bear Creek Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95033

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Aug. 21 - 25, 2017

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