JOHN PETRUCCI’s Guitar Universe Camp Scheduled for August 2017

John Petrucci's Guitar Universe

Dream Theater‘s John Petrucci will host his first guitar camp on August 7-11, 2017 at the Glen Cove Mansion in Glen Cove, New York. “John Petrucci’s Guitar Universe” is an event for players and music lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste. Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, the four-day programs offer activities and workshops for you. The environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and the lovely surroundings.

Says Petrucci: “How can you say no to four days and nights of shredding, BBQ, wine tasting and hanging out on beautiful Long Island in the summer time? I can’t!

Nostalgically, it’s a very cool place for Dream Theater fans. We’ve recorded four albums at Cove City Sound Studios right there in Glen Cove beginning with ‘Train Of Thought’ and including our last three releases, ’A Dramatic Turn Of Events,‘ ’Dream Theater‘ and our latest endeavor, the massive rock opera ’The Astonishing,‘ which was both written and recorded in that historic studio. There’s a lot of Dream Theater history in the area, in fact. The Dream Theater boys have even stayed at Glen Cove Mansion while recording some of those albums! The north shore of Long Island is a truly beautiful place and is infinitely inspiring. It’s where I grew up, formed the band, raised my family and where I still live today.

I have one important goal going into this: to make ‘John Petrucci’s Guitar Universe’ a blast for everyone! It’s a celebration of the guitar, the art of shred and summer on beautiful Long Island. The camp will include informative workshops, student and faculty jams, a summit with some of the guitar industry’s leading voices and live evening performances including a concert featuring my solo band. It’s not just about taking lessons and attending seminars though; it’s a much broader vision — we’re going to hang out together, BBQ, enjoy some Long Island wines, maybe even talk bearding, bodybuilding and everything else the area has to offer!

There’s something I think about often which is what I like to call a certain ‘guitar camaraderie’ that’s so special and very specific to the guitar community. We’ve all experienced this… a player’s selfless gesture and willingness to share their tone mission… their knowledge, information, and their passion for this instrument and all of the sound-sculpting toys that make this world so infinitely explorable. It’s so easy to learn something new from a fellow guitarist or gain a different perspective through a shared musical experience. It’d be great if everyone who attended this camp left with a sense and feeling of that unique ‘guitar camaraderie.’Through meeting new people and being surrounded by great guitar players, you will hopefully gain a new and impassioned appreciation for the instrument we all love and my desire is that everyone who attends this camp will be able to take that feeling home with them.

I’m proud to say this is my ‘Guitar Universe’!

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Guitar Universe 2017