Join exceptional artists and learners from around the country on a life enriching Fingerstyle guitar retreat in the beautiful Tennessee autumn with legendary guitarists Phil Keaggy,
Trevor Gordon Hall and John Knowles.
*Limited Availability to Only 20 Participants
Four days of world-class fingerstyle instruction, hands-on workshops and intimate evening concerts in the stunning Tennessee autumn during peak fall colors.
Legendary Fingerstyle Guitarist
Trevor Gordon Hall
CandyRat Records Artist
Founder of Guitar Gathering
Certified Guitar Player C.G.P.
What You'll Learn
Fingerstyle Guitar Skills
Essential fingerstyle skills from basic to advanced will be covered to give you a solid foundation.
Proper Right & Left Hand Position
Gaining Control of Your Hands
Advanced Fingerstyle Techniques
Up close hands on instruction from world-class fingerstyle guitarists. Get answers to your questions from the best.
Breaking Fingerstyle Boundaries with Trevor Gordon Hall
Creating Memorable Fingerstyle Arrangements with John Knowles
Daily Guitar Workouts with Steve Krenz from Beginner to Advanced
All Skill Levels are Welcome - but a Basic Understanding of Guitar Chords, Skills, and General Fingerstyle Technique is Encouraged.
Learning how to think like a fingerstyle guitarist.
Arranging Songs for Solo Guitar
The Gear You Need & The Gear You Don't
Setting Up Your Guitar for Ultimate Playbility
Practice Strategies for Results
"The retreat was a perfect fit for me - it is one of the best experiences I've had in years."
-Dave W., Asheville, North Carolina
Phil Keaggy is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today. His fans range from those who aspire just to be able to play Keaggy's mistakes, to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style. And in between are those who don't play guitar, yet find solace in his beautifully penned lyrics and memorable melodies.
For three years in a row, Phil was voted one of the top fingerstyle guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine readers.
Trevor Gordon Hall
Rated one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years of age by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Trevor is an instrumentalist from Philadelphia USA whose style ranges from edgy driving rhythms to delicate melodic themes.
Trevor Gordon Hall is a powerful emerging voice, albeit without words to his music, showing that combining honest heart felt compositions with precise technical virtuosity do not sideline an artist in today’s world but can launch a wider reach than ever before.
"Beautiful work! It is so refreshing to hear a player take a whole new approach to the instrument..."
- John Mayer
John Knowles has worked with the finest fingerstyle and classical guitarists including Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Lenny Breau and the Romero Family. His music has been recorded by Chet, Jerry, the Romero Family and James Galway.
Guitarists around the world subscribe to and learn from his FingerStyle Quarterly. John's work has won a Grammy and two Emmy nominations. In 1996, Chet Atkins awarded John the first Honorary CGP (Certified Guitar Player) degree and in 2004, John was inducted into the National Thumb Picker's Hall of Fame for the second time.
Steve Krenz - Conference Host
Steve has played guitar with numerous Grammy winning artists live and in the studio. He is a sought after guitar educator and speaker. Steve’s top-selling guitar instruction course, Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar received the Acoustic Guitar Magazine Player’s Choice Award for outstanding guitar instructional material.
Steve is the founder of GuitarGathering.com which serves 11000+ subscribers with guitar training and live streaming lessons.
“This has to be the highlight of my guitar journey so far. I’ve never played outside of my house. It was a great experience to just be around other guitar players."
Info & Lodging
All Meals & Lodging Included with Registration.
Lodging will be in 8 beautiful rooms with a total of 25 beds. There is one room that can accommodate one married couple.
No private rooms available.
You will be bunking up with new guitar friends in a variety of beds and bunk beds in very comfortable rooms. Each room with private bath and WiFi
Rooms and room mates will be assigned when you register. (If you have a preference on who you would like to room, just let us know and we'll try to accommodate that after you register.)
Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks included with registration. Breakfasts are full, hot breakfasts with items such as eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit, french toast, coffee, juices. Lunches and dinners may include items such as lasagna, brisket, burgers, BBQ chicken. Delicious desserts to possibly include cheesecake, chocolate cake, fruit.
Gluten free menu options available - just let us know when you register.
Registration includes admission to the retreat, all workshops and concerts, 3 nights/4 days beautiful accommodation and all meals.
Registration does not include:
With limited spaces available for this retreat, spaces are on a first come -first served basis.
Before July 1st: Full Refund
Before August 1st: 75% Refund
Before September 1st: 50% Refund
After September 1st: No Refund
"Everyone felt like family...a wonderful group and setting...presented very well a totally new dimension to fingerstyle guitar...and what it takes to get there. In short everything was an incredible experience."
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