"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 (music) and Linus (notation) 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). Besides making your fingers understand all the freaky licks, there's plenty of theory for your brain to absorb as well. FGC notation wizard Linus "Mr. Gul" Abrahamson will teach you guitar-relevant music theory and notation, all of which you will have great use of as a musician or even just as a hobby-guitarist at home. Chords, scales, modes, notation and other useful things will be explained thoroughly. Got any questions about music theory and/or notation/tablature? Bring them to the camp! Teaching theory always leads to interesting discussions and we will surely have plenty of that!
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 £)!
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