"The Guru", a.k.a Mattias IA Eklundh, will lead the God-fearing classes during daytime, teaching his various unique techniques; picking, 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.
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. The Guru has already begun making new sinister music for 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.
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. (Kiko Lourerio, Bumblefoot, Guthrie Govan, Christophe Godin, Vic Zino from Hardcore Superstar, Stian Carstensen, Niclas Engelin from In Flames and Engel, Panzerballet's Jan Zehrfeldt, Andreas Öberg, Mr. Fastfinger, Kee Marcello, Mats/Morgan, Fredrik Åkesson from Opeth, Jonas Hellborg, Selvaganesh Vinayakram and many more). So be it again. IA is talking to a number of interesting collegues that might show up!
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.
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. 880 US $/680 €/600 £)!
Freak Guitar Camp takes place in August. Exact dates for 2013 will be announced in November and registration starts in February!
Hope to see you next summer!
The Freak Guitar Camp Crew