Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience is a unique guitar retreat, open to guitarists of all ages and levels and provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang out with and learn from Joe and his band, plus G4 friends, in beautiful Cambria, California for four glorious days and nights.

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  1. G4 Experience 2015 Promo – Part 1
  2. G4 Experience 2015 Promo – Part 2
  3. Joe Satriani Welcomes You To G4 Experience 2015
  4. Joe Satriani & Mike Keneally – G4 Video Roundtable
  5. Joe Satriani & Tosin Abasi – G4 Video Chat
  6. Joe Satriani, Tosin Abasi, Guthrie Govan – G4 Video Roundtable

D’Addario Merch!!

…and everyone gets a bag stuffed to the top with items from our friends at D’Addario!

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“This year I’m happy to announce an exciting new G4 line up, with each player selected for their stunning musicianship and original approach to guitar playing.  Guthrie will be bringing his bandmates from The Aristocrats – Bryan Beller on bass and Marco Minnemann on drums. Tosin will come with Animals As Leaders featuring guitarist Javier Reyes and drummer Matt Garstka. Mike “The Wizard” Keneally returns this year bringing his unique multi-instrumental style and approach to the camp giving clinics, playing a solo show as well as being part of my band’s performances and to round out our teaching/performing staff will be my good friends and all-around awesome guitarists Doug Doppler, Bruce Bouillet, and Andy Aledort.”

-Joe Satriani

Special Guests

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Andy Aledort

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Stu Hamm

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Doug Doppler

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Bruce Bouillet

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Stig Mathisen

Schedule

  • Each day Joe Satriani, Tosin Abasi and Guthrie Govan will be lead two identical master classes with each class being limited to half the camp, keeping every session as intimate as possible. Each camper will choose which master classes they will attend at check in. 

“My G4 classes will focus on live performance, in-studio performance, advanced techniques, music theory and using composition to advance one’s overall musicianship. At each clinic I will take the stage and perform selected songs from my catalog to demonstrate the building blocks of my style, the essential elements of writing for the guitar and how to get the best out of your fingers. It will be intimate, fun, up close and personal like a gig, a clinic and a Q & A all rolled into one!”

-Joe Satriani

  • The Aristocrats (Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann, and Bryan Beller) will lead ensemble sessions every day that explore the issues bands face such as playing as an ensemble, improvising, and rehearsing, all while just being The Aristocrats.
  • Animals As Leaders (Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes and Matt Garstka) will also offer ensemble sessions every day, just like The Aristocrats
  • Joe’s protege, Doug Doppler, will be leading classes after Joe’s workshops to follow up with each and every participant about the issues and discoveries made with Joe.
  • Super small breakout sessions, organized by style and experience level, will be led every day by Mike Keneally, Xavier Reyes, Andy Aledort, Doug Doppler and Bruce Bouillet. These sessions will explore and discover all aspects of guitar playing and musicianship.
  • Matt Gartska (Animals as Leaders) will also be available for drum instruction, while Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats) and Stu Hamm will be offering bass clinics.
  • Video and audio recording of each class is welcomed and encouraged.
  • Stu, Andy, Bruce, Stig and Doug will lead jam rooms nightly that will be organized by skill level and age. A song list will be sent out to everyone before the event so that everyone has some commonly known songs to start with.

*All classes, times, information, etc are subject to change

Sunday June 28

  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Registration & Check-In
  • 5:00pm - 5:45pm
    G4 Welcome Q&A
  • 5:45pm - 6:30pm
    Camper Photos with G4 and Instructors
  • 6:30pm - 7:00pm
    Cocktails in the Garden
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Dinner
  • 9:00pm - 10:30pm
    Joe Satriani and Band Welcome Concert
  • 10:30pm - 12:00am
    Camper Jamming

Monday June 29

  • 8:00am - 10:00am
    Breakfast
  • 10:00am - 11:15am
    Breakout Sessions- Choose from Scales and Soloing Concepts with Tosin or Playing the Right Notes- Focusing on Note Choice and Improvisation with Guthrie.
  • 11:30am - 12:45pm
    Breakout Sessions- Choose from Scales and Soloing Concepts with Tosin or the Aristocrats Ensemble Class, Song Dissection with a focus on Group Improvisation.
  • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
    Lunch
  • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
    Breakout Sessions- Choose the Joe Satriani Master Class: Discussing Live & In-Studio Performance, Playing the Right Notes- Focusing on Note Choice and Improvisation with Guthrie, or Coordination for the Modern Drummer with Matt.
  • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
    Breakout Sessions- Choose the Joe Satriani Master Class: Discussing Live & In-Studio Performance, the Animals As Leaders Ensemble Class: Song Writing As A Group, or Grooving with a Drummer with Stu & Bryan.
  • 4:45pm - 6:15pm
    Breakout Sessions- Choose from Major Modes and Related Scales with Andy, 5 New Guitar Exercises Created for G4 with Mike, or Working Through Joe's Masterclass with Doug. There will also be an Aristocrats Merch Sales and Signing Session.
  • 6:30om - 7:30pm
    Breakout Sessions- Choose to work with Javier on Starting a Song- Theory & Technique Ideas to Start a Song, with Bruce on Taking the Mystery Out of the Neck for beginners, or with Stig on Tone Mastery - Tone Is All In The Hands.
  • 7:45pm - 9:00pm
    Dinner
  • 9:00pm - 10:30pm
    Animals as Leaders Concert
  • 10:30pm - 12:00am
    Camper Jamming

Tuesday June 30

  • 8:00am - 10:00am
    Breakfast
  • 10:00am - 11:15am
    Breakout Sessions- Choose from Playing the Notes Right - Focusing on Tone, Articulation, Bending, and Sliding with Guthrie and Extended Range Chords Construction with Tosin.
  • 11:30am - 12:45pm
    Breakout Sessions- Choose Playing the Notes Right - Focusing on Tone, Articulation, Bending, and Sliding with Guthrie or the Open Forum - General Q & A with Animals As Leaders.
  • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
    Lunch
  • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
    Breakout Sessions- Choose from the Joe Satriani Master Class: Advanced Techniques, Extended Range Chords Construction with Tosin, or the Tone Workshop - Building the Chain of Sound with Stu & Bryan.
  • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
    Breakout Sessions- Choose the Joe Satriani Master Class: Advanced Techniques or Song Dissection with a focus on Stylistic Versatility with the Aristocrats.
  • 4:45pm - 6:15pm
    Breakout Sessions: Choose Minor Modes and Related Scales with Andy, Learning As You Compose Analyzing Key Guitar Phrases with Mike, or Working Through Joe's Masterclass with Doug. There will also be an Animals As Leaders Merch Sales and Signing Session.
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm
    Breakout Sessions- Choose Finger Picking - Exercises to Strengthen Finger Style Picking with Javier, Practice Methods, Time Management, and Efficiency with Matt, Triads and How They Function (intermediate) with Bruce, or Complete Fretboard Knowledge - Breaking Free From Patterns with Stig.
  • 7:45pm - 9:00pm
    Dinner
  • 9:00pm - 10:30pm
    Aristocrats Concert
  • 10:30pm - 12:00am
    Camper Jamming

Wednesday July 01

  • 8:00am - 10:00am
    Breakfast
  • 10:00am - 11:15am
    Breakout Sessions- Choose to work with Tosin on Thumping and Tapping or with Stig on The Art of Melodic Soloing.
  • 11:30am - 12:45pm
    Breakout Sessions- Choose from Thumping and Tapping with Tosin, Technical Concerns - How to Approach Various Technical Aspects of Playing the Guitar with Guthrie, or Chop Madness - Taking Licks to the Next Level with Matt.
  • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
    Lunch
  • 2:00pm- 3:15pm
    Breakout Sessions- Choose Joe Satriani's Master Class: Music Theory & Using Composition to Advance Your Overall Muscianship, The Aristocrats' Song Dissection, Focus on Advanced Individual and Harmonic Techniques, or Doug's Working Through Joe's Masterclass.
  • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
    Breakout Sessions- Choose the Joe Satriani Master Class: Music Theory & Using Composition to Advance Your Overall Muscianship, the Animals As Leaders Ensemble: Jamming and Improvising, Stu & Bryan's Modern Bass Techniques - Beyond the Normal, or Guthrie's Technical Concerns - How to Approach Various Technical Aspects of Playing the Guitar.
  • 4:45pm - 6:15pm
    Joe Satriani Merch Sales and Signing Session
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Breakout Sessions- Choose Javier's Chord Making - An Approach to Understanding & Building Chords, Mike's Guitar/Keyboard As One Instrument and Q&A, Andy's Lick Vocabulary & Phrasing, or Bruce's Advanced Triads and Blending with Basic Scales (intermediate to advanced)
  • 7:45pm - 9:00pm
    Dinner
  • 9:00pm - 10:30pm
    Mike Keneally & Counselors Concert
  • 10:30pm - 12:00am
    Camper Jamming

Thursday July 02

  • 8:00am - 10:00am
    Breakfast
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Check Out

Jam room leaders Bruce Bouillet, Doug Doppler, and Andy Aledort have chosen the following versions of G4 Experience-worthy songs to practice so that everyone can jam together this summer!

Monday August 11

  • 3:00 PM
    Registration & Check-in
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Welcome Reception& Q&A
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Dinner
  • 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Welcome Performance
  • 10:00 PM
    Camper Jamming

Tuesday August 12

  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    Breakout Sessions & Discovery Rooms with the guys.
  • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    Paul Gilbert Master Class: The Secrets of Successful Jamming (Tent)
  • 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    Lunch
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Joe Satriani Master Class (tent)
  • 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
    Breakout Sessions & Discovery Rooms
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Dinner
  • 8:30 PM
    Performance with Mike Keneally and Friends!
  • 10:00 PM
    Camper Jamming

Wednesday August 13

  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Breakfast
  • 10:00AM - 11:15 AM
    Breakout Sessions & Discovery Rooms
  • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    Paul Gilbert Master Class: Massive Jam with Paul Part I (Tent)
  • 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    Lunch
  • 3:00 PM
    Joe Satriani Master Class (Tent)
  • 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
    Breakout Sessions & Discovery Rooms
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Dinner
  • 8:30 PM
    Performance with Andy Timmons and Friends!
  • 10:00 PM
    Camper Jamming

Thursday August 14

  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    Breakout Sessions & Discovery Rooms
  • 11:30 AM -1:15 PM
    Paul Gilbert Master Class: Massive Jam with Paul Part II (Tent)
  • 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    Lunch
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Joe Satriani Master Class (Tent)
  • 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
    Breakout Sessions & Discovery Rooms
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Dinner
  • 8:30 PM
    Finale Performance with Joe Satriani and Friends!
  • 10:00 PM
    Camper Jamming

Location

Main Lodge Exterior(2)

Cambria Pines Lodge

Nestled on 25 wooded acres, Cambria Pines Lodge offers desirable accommodations, delightful gardens, and a charming experience all around. Accommodations range from cozy cabins to serene suites. Amenities include an outdoor pool and hot tub, day spa, parking, and wifi. The Fireside Lounge hosts nightly live entertainment, and workshop rooms with full-service catering. The organic kitchen garden provides homegrown organic produce to the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, while other areas of the theme gardens offer spectacular landscaping.

Area Attractions

Cambria was name “one of America’s prettiest towns” by Forbes magazine. Nestled into the rugged windswept coast just north of Hearst Castle along scenic Highway 1, the area offers some of the most pristine views to the west coast. Rich in history and natural wonders, the surrounding area provides visitors with a variety of opportunities to explore.

Local Links

  • Cambria Pines Lodge

    Address
    2905 Burton Drive
    Cambria, CA 93428

    Website
    Cambria Pines Lodge

    Contact
    Email Us

  • By Car

    (Parking is included with your registration).

    From Los Angeles and the south:
    Take Highway 101 North to San Luis Obispo and take the Highway 1 North off-ramp. Cambria is just a 40-minute drive from San Luis Obispo up Highway 1 through Morro Bay.

    From San Francisco and the north:
    Take Highway 101 South through Paso Robles, exit at Highway 46 West and travel West towards Cambria.

    Nearest Major Airport:
    San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP-San Luis Obispo County Regional) 35 miles south of Cambria.

    Nearest International Airport:
    Los Angeles, CA (LAX-Los Angeles International Airport) 3 hour drive to Cambria.

  • By Train

    An Amtrak train station is located in San Luis Obispo,  35 miles south of Cambria.

  • By Bus

    County bus runs between San Luis Obispo and Cambria called RTA. Visit www.slorta.org or call 805-541-2228.

  • Car Rentals

    Car rentals are available in San Luis Obispo – Call SLO Chamber of Commerce at 805-781-2777.

Cambria Pines Lodge

Address
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428

Website
Cambria Pines Lodge

Contact
Email Us

Pricing and Registration

Room Types and Pricing

  • Registration Without Accommodation or Meals
    $699.00

    Registration without Accommodation gets you in to all workshops, concerts, and activities. This package does not include lodging or meals. You are welcome to spend the night wherever you choose. Rooms are available at a lovely B&B across the street from Cambria Pines Lodge, The J. Patrick House (http://jpatrickhouse.com/) and a lovely Inn less than 5 minutes drive from Cambria Pines Lodge, The Sea Otter (http://www.seaotterinn.com/).

  • Registration Without Accommodation, Meals Included
    $899.00

    Registration without Accommodation, Meals Included gets you in to all workshops, concerts, and activities and includes meals. This package does not include lodging. You are welcome to spend the night wherever you choose. Rooms are available at a lovely B&B across the street from Cambria Pines Lodge, The J. Patrick House (http://jpatrickhouse.com/) and a lovely Inn less than 5 minutes drive from Cambria Pines Lodge, The Sea Otter (http://www.seaotterinn.com/).

  • Shared Suite with Three Beds
    $1499.00

    Large Suite with 1 king bed, 1 murphy bed and 1 pullout sofa with roommates. You may either name your own roommate(s) or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. *Pricing is per person

  • Shared Standard Room with Two Beds
    $1799.00

    Standard Room with two queen beds and a roommate. You may either name your own roommate or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. *Pricing is per person.

  • Shared Small Suite With Two Beds
    $2399.00

    Suite with two queen beds and a roommate. You may either name your own roommate or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. *Pricing is per person

  • Single with One Bed
    $3199.00

    Standard room with no roommates.  *Pricing is per person

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
  • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
  • All rates are subject to 7.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on June 1, 2015.
    • Any registrations received after June 1, 2015 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Incredible welcome kit from D’Addario and Planet Waves
  • Several fully stocked jam rooms with drums, PA gear and amps
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Travel to and from the resort
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sightseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – Please bring your own instruments. The TSA has approved instruments as carry ons. Click here for more information.

Please contact info@g4experience.com with any questions you may have on the venue,  pricing or registration.

Sponsors

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