Scandinavian Week 26th - 31st of July
First International Week 2nd - 7th of August
Second International Week 10th - 15th of August
Young, old, boy/man, girl/woman, race or where you’re from doesn’t matter. It’s only about Dedication. The only of its kind, Freak Guitar Camp has during the past years rapidly grown from a small course for Swedes to what now only can be described as a major international success! Though plenty of details have been improved during the years the basic concept is still the same: what you get are six intensive days of hard work (an understatement) in the Scandinavian wilderness, hang out with like-minded guitar fanatics and a life-altering experience.
"The Guru", a.k.a Mattias IA Eklundh, will lead the God-fearing classes during daytime, teaching his various unique techniques; picking examples, tapping, harmonics, phrasing, riffs, exotic tonality, finger-picking, reduction, poly-rhythms and odd time stuff that will turn your whole concept of music up side down! IA's six-stringed-spanking starts right after breakfast and continue until dinner in the afternoon (plus lunch and a couple of breaks for occasional caffeine and refreshments).
There will also be talk about on how to make it on your own in the 21st century, how to make a living from your music, how to survive in show business, e t c. We will sink our teeth into the song-writing process and dissect several tunes to see what make them work (and what to avoid when composing). Every now and then we will throw in a Freak Hour and check out those favourite licks and beefy riffs of yours.
Jonas Hellborg talking music
Most of the teaching is based around demanding Freak Guitar Camp tunes accompanied by a ridiculous amount of pages in both standard notation and tablature, exclusively put together by IA for the camp, a zillion backgrounds, both with guitar and without, for you to practice your brains out to. There will also be attention paid to other interesting artists' music. IA is always working hard to put together more and more challening stuff over the years. 2010 will certainly be no exception. The Guru has already begun making new sinister music for the camp.
IA & Kiko Loureiro at the camp
Guitar playing isn't everything (even if we like to think so). If you want to look and sound good you need a solid groove and few are better at this than overly gifted Christian Alsing. As the sun goes down you will get to learn and try how to record various instruments, programming and editing, playing live; how to get the sound you want, preparations, troubleshooting when the shit hits the fan without loosing your cool. Christian will also go into how different arrangements may affect your music when recorded and how to "dress up" your tunes in various ways. This and tons more. Needless to say, Christian is also geared up to his teeth this year.
The amazing Christian Alsing
There will be freaky jams and the annual Freak Guitar Camp Song Contest, a fun evening where you perform original material in groups of three or four.
Christer and Björn will pop up to join IA for a vivid Freak Kitchen happening!
As if this wasn't enough, other prominent guest musicians will also visit the Freak Guitar Camp when you least expect it… Many fabulous players have come the camp to play, teach and simply chill out. So be it again.
Guthrie Govan taking it away
The camp is held just outside Gothenburg, Sweden, at a place called Härsjösand, located exactly in the middle of nowhere. (Closest airports are Landvetter International Airport and Gothenburg City Airport. You can also get to Gothenburg by ferry, train or bus. We will pick you up. The dare devil might want to drive on his/her own. A detailed map will be provided to prevent you from getting lost in the wilderness).
Among many things, the beautiful surroundings include a nice lake great for various H2O-activities (read: swimming, if you're into that) between the frantic classes, something you might need since at least 10 hours in the class room each day is to expected! After an intense day's work there is time for practice and if you're lucky you just might catch a couple of hours of well-deserved sleep!
Does this sound challenging to your physical and mental state of mind/body? You bet it is! But do not fear; everyone (as far as we know) leave the camp strengthened (if somewhat exhausted). In fact, many of our former students come back year after year and vividly tell that the Freak Guitar Camp has been one of the best experiences of their lives! Once a Freak Guitar Camper, always a Freak Guitar Camper.
IA, Bjorn, Christian and Jorgen Tjusling, our amazing driver
Besides all the classes, the registration fee includes all the course material, a bed at night (nothing fancy but you won't do much sleeping anyway!) and splendid, nutritious food cooked by our own professional Freak Guitar Camp Cook, the one and only Fiffi Tjusling! All this and plenty more is included at the price of 6000 Swedish crowns (approx. 800 US $/600 €/500 £)!
Is this something for you? Are you brave enough? Do you like progress and detest stagnation?
To sign up, please read the following carefully:
Applications to the camp are to be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and are committing. In other words: since we have many more interested in the camp than we have room for, please make totally sure that you can come to Sweden this summer before signing up.
The mail shall state your full name and address and shall clearly say what week you want to attend. When you have sent an application to the address above you will shortly thereafter receive a mail with additional information, a couple of questions and instructions. If you have questions concerning the camp, don't hesitate to drop us an e-mail!
Hope to see you this summer!
The Freak Guitar Camp Crew