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The daily schedule for Paul Gilbert's Great Guitar Escape is now available. Full details are listed below and can be viewed at:

The first annual Paul Gilbert's Great Guitar Escape—featuring acclaimed guitarist Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X)—will take place July 9-13 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. Guitar players of all ages, levels and styles are invited to join Paul Gilbert and other expert musicians for this experience focused on the techniques, styles, and life of the modern working musician.

Paul's musicianship was praised in the January 2012 issue of Guitar Player magazine. Writer Matt Blackett noted, "His sense of melody, composition, and humor in his solos is world class, and his chops and execution—which have always been off the freaking hook—just keep getting better."

Here are comments from some of the instructors for Paul Gilbert's Great Guitar Escape:

Paul Gilbert:

"When I was in high school, I would look ahead to every summer vacation and think, 'This summer, I'm really going to get better.' Those summer days were a chance to take my extra time and focus it all on the guitar. The result was noticeable bursts of improvement in my technique, my ability to improvise, and my ability to write songs. These musical leaps always seemed to happen when I could remove the distractions of daily life and spend hours getting deeper into the instrument. With the help of the teachers at The Great Guitar Escape, and the stunning location of the Full Moon Resort, I know that you will take similar leaps yourself…from "instant gratification" techniques and phrases, to musical ideas and philosophy to last you into the future…Let's make this summer the one where you take your guitar playing and musicianship to a new level. I'll be practicing my guitar until I see you there!"

Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, Dizzee Rascal, Asia, The Fellowship, The Young Punx):

"I'm flattered and honoured that Paul Gilbert invited me to be involved with his Great Guitar Escape—and I must say I'm looking forward to it immensely. There's something very cool about the idea of guitar players getting together in a pleasantly tranquil location to celebrate their chosen instrument…and Paul's roster of tutors encompasses an impressively diverse range of playing styles, so this promises to be a musically mind-expanding experience for everyone who attends. Most pleasing!"

Tony MacAlpine (CAB, Planet X):

"The Great Guitar Escape is an excellent way to learn and interact with professional guitar players and an even better way to have a super time in a great environment where improvement is the goal!"

Paul Gilbert's Great Guitar Escape poster

Chris "Kid" Andersen (Rick Estrin and The Nightcats, The Terry Hanck Band, Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop):

"I am very proud to be part of Paul Gilbert's Great Guitar Escape. If there are any guitarists out there who couldn't pick up a thing or two from the incredibly diverse lineup of instructors who will be at their beck and call during this week, I can only assume that they are busy doing some incredibly well-paying gig, or that they are contractually obligated to do something to pay off their debt to Satan that week. Regardless of whether you are a shredder, jazzer, rock god in training, funkazoid, bluesman or a chicken-picker, you are going to have a great time and get a chance to meet up, learn from and jam with some people that'll fit your taste and make your every day of this experience. Personally, I am eagerly anticipating seeing Guthrie Govan doing an impression of me!"

Scotty Johnson (Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Paul Gilbert, Robben Ford's Fords and Friends, The Ford Blues Band, The Blindside Blues Band):

"I'm thrilled to be a part of this landmark event. Clinics by day, jamming every night, throw in the beautiful scenery and this is as close to heaven as a guitar player can get!"

Sam Coulson (UK guitar virtuoso):

"I am looking forward to this July's Great Guitar Escape with even greater anticipation! It makes me extremely proud to be teaching and playing alongside my fellow contributors. It is my belief that everyone attending will find themselves in a magnificent environment to soak up all the musical ideas they possibly can. And furthermore, what a great location to do so in. The amazing beauty of upstate New York will be the perfect place to stand up next to a mountain and chop it down with the edge of your hand! Needless to say I am thoroughly excited to perform and teach at Paul Gilbert's Great Guitar Escape!"

Kelly Lemieux (bassist for Goldfinger, Electric Love Hogs, 22 Jacks, MD.45, King of Clubs, Fear):

"What an amazing thing to be a part of. I'm sure this will be a great learning experience for everyone involved. I can't wait for this summer! I'm shopping for bug repellent right now!"

The daily schedule for Paul Gilbert's Great Guitar Escape is as follows:

Monday, July 9

3:00 PMSign In
4:30-5:15 PMMeet and Greet with Instructors
5:30-6:30 PMPaul GilbertIntroduction Seminar
6:45-8:00 PMDinner
8:30 PMConcert with Paul Gilbert Band

Tuesday, July 10

8:00-10:00 AMBreakfast
10:15-11:15 AMScotty JohnsonCrash Course in Music Theory: The Language of Musicians
11:30-12:45 PMPaul Gilbert5 Steps to Alternate Picking
1:00-2:00 PMLunch
2:15-3:30 PMKid AndersonRock 'n' Blues Vocabulary I
Paul GilbertHands-On Beginners Course I
3:45-5:00 PMTony MacAlpineAdvanced Heavy Rock I
5:15-6:30 PMGuthrie GovanChoose Your Notes Wisely: Note Choice and Improvisation
6:45-8:00 PMDinner
8:30 PMConcert/Jam with Paul Gilbert and all instructors

Wednesday, July 11

8:00-10:00 AMBreakfast
10:15-11:15 AMSam CoulsonVibrato, Sustain, and Ripping Tone I
11:30-12:45 PMPaul GilbertStuck Technique — Unstuck!: Break Through Your Technique Barriers
Bring your guitar!
1:00-2:00 PMLunch
2:15-3:30 PMRodney HolmesGroove Inventions I
Mike ArellanoGuitar Tech 101
Paul GilbertHands-On Beginners Course II
3:45-5:00 PMScotty JohnsonEssential Skills for the Working Guitarist I
Tom SizeCrash Course in Modern Mixing
5:15-6:30 PMKid AndersenRock 'n' Blues Vocabulary II
Kelly LeMieuxBass Guitar On Tour I
6:45-8:00 PMDinner
8:30 PMConcert/Jam with Paul Gilbert and all instructors

Thursday, July 12

8:00-10:00 AMBreakfast
10:15-11:15 AMSam CoulsonVibrato, Sustain, and Ripping Tone II
Scotty JohnsonEssential Skills for the Working Guitarist II
11:30-12:45 PMPaul GilbertMelodic Phrasing with Arpeggios and 'Arscalios'
1:00-2:00 PMLunch
2:15-3:30 PMTony MacAlpineAdvanced Heavy Rock II
Rodney HolmesGroove Inventions II
Paul GilbertBeginners Course III
3:45-5:00 PMGuthrie GovanIt's All in the Details: A Guide to Articulation and Control
Kelly LeMieuxBass Guitar On Tour II
6:45-8:00 PMDinner
8:30 PMConcert/Jam with Paul Gilbert and all instructors

Friday, July 13

8:00-10:00 AMBreakfast
10:00-11:00 AMPaul Gilbert Speech/Meet and Greet with Photo
11:00 AMCheck Out

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