What You'll Learn
Improved Guitar Skills
Essential guitar skills from basic to advanced will be covered in a variety of styles to give you a solid foundation.
Guitar Technique Workshops:
Guitar Building Foundations
Guitar Care & Maintenance
Guest Artist Masterclasses
Up close hands-on instruction from world-class guitarists. Get answers to your questions from the best.
Jam Groups to Practice Soloing & Learn Songs
Perform Your Own Music at the Student Showcase
Daily Guitar Workouts with Steve Krenz from Beginner to Advanced
All Skill Levels are Welcome - but a Basic Understanding of Guitar Chords, & General Technique is Encouraged.
Creating Memorable Chord Progressions
Basic & Advanced Music Theory for Guitarists
Making the Most of Gear, Pedals & Amps!
The Nashville Number System
Practice Strategies for Results
Voted: "...Best Guitar Camp"
Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Silver Award Acoustic Guitar Players Choice Awards
2020 GUEST ARTISTS
Robben Ford | Blues/Improvisation
One of the "100 GREATEST GUITARISTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY"
- Musician Magazine
Robben Ford is one of the premiere electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing.
A five time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrision, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John Scofield, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Mavis Staples, Brad Paisley and many others.
David Grier | Flatpicking/Bluegrass
Multiple Grammy winner and three time IBMA Bluegrass Guitar Player of the Year, David Grier, was recognized by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of the “Artists of the Decade” and his solo album "I've Got the House to Myself" was included in the "100 Essential Acoustic Guitar Recordings of All Time."
Considered to be one of the premiere flatpicking guitarists in the world, David's cross-picking and unique phrasing have set the standard for flatpicking guitar.
Joe Robinson | Fingerstyle/Travis Picking
“ONCE IN A GREAT WHILE A YOUNG GUITARIST CAPTURES THE ATTENTION OF MUSIC LOVERS EARLY IN HIS CAREER AND MANAGES TO SUSTAIN THIS INTEREST AS HE MATURES CREATIVELY AND SHEDS THE ‘PRODIGY’ LABEL. JOE ROBINSON IS ONE OF THOSE RARE TALENTS.” - Premier Guitar
Winner of Australia's Got Talent, Joe routinely shares the stage with Tommy Emmanuel, Rodney Crowell, Lee Roy Parnell, John Jorgenson, Emmylou Harris and many others playing his exciting blend of Fingerstyle, Travis Picking and John Mayer-esque vocals and songwriting.
With an extensive touring schedule, Joe's breadth of skills and passion for music are contagious. Learn more HERE.
Parker Hastings | Thumbpicking
“...THUMBPICKER OF THE YEAR"
National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame
Born in the musical hills of Kentucky, Parker has shared the stage with Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, Jerry Douglas and Ben Rector.
Winner of numerous awards including "Thumbpicker of the Year" and "Recording of the Year" from the prestigious National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame, Parker's incredible technique and performing have thrilled audiences all over the US.
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 won the Acoustic Guitar Magazine Player’s Choice Award for outstanding guitar instructional material.
Steve is the founder of GuitarGathering.com which serves 16000+ subscribers with guitar training and live streaming lessons.
"It was the best musical event I've ever been to."
- Martin K., Salt Lake City, Utah
What Guitar Gathering Attendees Are Saying
”I have to admit I was extremely nervous about attending, due to my perceived level of play... To my surprise, it didn't matter where I was on my pathway, everyone treated me with respect and made me feel extremely comfortable... I now have the beginning of my plan for getting better.”
“Made lots of new friends in the guitar community and learned soooo much! Got lots to work on, but homework never seemed like so much fun!”
New York, New York
“The Gatherings allow the students to become part of a culture that most of only dream about. By us being able to interact with so many Grammy award winning artists and fantastic performers you have given us a good idea of what it takes to become good. Thanks for fulfilling many of my dreams."
“From the beginner to the virtuoso, there's a cheerfulness, an optimism, a mutual respect among this musical family that's increasingly rare these days."
“I am amazed at the guitar gathering... I still cannot get over how much I learned and how much fun it was. I cannot believe that I was able to see star performers and their classes were amazing. To be immersed in music and the guitar gathering was an unbelievable experience.”
“FANTASTIC! I...had drifted into a lull of strumming the same thing day in and day out... not practicing to get better. The Gathering has motivated me to get back into the learning aspect and really improve to become a player.”
Being a better musician doesn't happen by accident. It takes quality input & daily dedication.
Skill Building Workshops
Guitar Care & Maintenance
Learn how to care & preserve your guitar - deal effectively with humidity, changing strings properly & setting up your guitar.
Greg Voros of Gruhn Guitars has worked on guitars by Les Paul, Brad Paisley, Steve Vai, Chet Atkins & countless pros. Greg's worked on tours with the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, ZZ Top and Bob Seger.
It all starts with a song. Learn how to craft your ideas into a professional song and to find your voice in your music.
Grammy nominated Nashville songwriting coach, Kim McLean has written for numerous artists, TV shows, and has won the GMA Song of the Year.
Learn arranging songs for solo jazz guitar, improving your jazz soloing and comping effectively.
Mel is one of Nashville's finest jazz guitarists performing with many pop and country stars live and in the studio.
Learn how to take your blues playing to the next level - Improving soloing and rhythm comping techniques.
Mike is an in-demand musician who has shared the stage with Albert King and was a featured instructor at Gibson.com.
A true music industry veteran, Dino offers real-world tips on making your improvising memorable.
Dino has played with Keb Mo, Alabama, & Barbara Mandrell. Performed on every major award show, even the White House.
Learn Fingerstyle techniques, creating arrangements, and cascading harp harmonics.
Collin is an amazing young fingerstyle guitarist turning lots of heads in the guitar world with his clean technique and rich harmonies.
How to Be Comfortable in a Jam Session
Learn how to keep rhythm, blend with the group, create fills/embellishments around the singer and lead a song without fainting!
Pat is a veteran of countless jam situations and a conference favorite helping people overcome fear and have fun of playing with others.
Morning Guitar Workouts/
Real World Music Theory for Guitarists
Cut through the nonsense and get to the real music theory and chord substitutions that guitarists need to play their best.
Steve has played with numerous Grammy winning artists and created some of the top guitar educational materials used globally.
Playing Guitar in Worship Settings
Learn keys to approaching worship music and hymns on guitar. Song leading, accompanying singers, and arranging worship music for guitar.
Jonathan is a gifted songwriter and guitarist - as well as leading the music ministry at Grace Chapel in Nashville.
Info & Lodging
Meals & Lodging Not Included with Registration.
All workshops, conference events and evening concerts will be on the beautiful campus of Trevecca University in their new state-of-the-art Jackson Music Building in Nashville, Tennessee. Directions, photos and more can be found at the link below.
Lodging is available on campus in the Trevecca dorms or in nearby hotels in the Cool Springs / Franklin / Brentwood areas of Nashville - a short 10-15 minute drive from the conference.
Dorm lodging at Trevecca is available for $60 per night per person and can be purchased HERE.
Meals are not included with your registration.
Lunch is available in the Trevecca University cafeteria on campus for around $6. A variety of coffees and pastries can also be purchased at the campus coffee shop.
There are also many other restaurants available within a 10-minute drive from campus.
Registration includes admission to all four days of conference workshops, events, concerts and a conference t-shirt.
Registration does not include:
Bring a Spouse or Guest for less than half price $245!
All registration fees are non-refundable.
However, if cancelled before dates below, funds can be applied towards a future Guitar Gathering conference or Fall Fingerstyle Retreat registration.
Before March 1st: Full Credit of Funds to Future Event
Before April 1st: 75% Credit of Funds to Future Event
Before May 1st: 50% Credit of Funds to Future Event
After May 1st: No Credit of Funds to Future Event
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