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John Petrucci’s Guitar Universe – A 4 Day and Night Summer Shred Intensive!

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Participants of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes welcome!

John Petrucci's Guitar Universe 3.0 is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, and interests! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

An Invitation from John Petrucci

I’d like to invite my fellow guitar players, of all ages, styles, and skill levels, to join me at JOHN PETRUCCI’S GUITAR UNIVERSE 3.0! My two previous camps were held in my own native Long Island, NY but this time we’re heading to the West Coast for four incredible days of music, activities, workshops, master classes, and much more. Presented by Dreamcatcher Events and PARTNERS TK, JOHN PETRUCCI’S GUITAR UNIVERSE 3.0 is happening August 1-5, 2020 at Hotel Irvine in Orange County, CA.

As a Berklee alum and someone who really enjoys teaching, I really love reconnecting with that side of being a musician by doing my own master classes at JPGU. I could talk about technique, theory and gear for days! Sometimes I feel like my classes could go on and on but still wouldn’t be long enough. That’s something that I don’t get to do too often anymore because of my own career with Dream Theater, and how busy I am writing, recording, producing and touring. I’ll be bringing campers on stage during my master classes to help me demonstrate things, and I know a lot of the other instructors will be doing that as well.

One of the things that I noticed right from the beginning was that the environment immediately created this incredible community, almost becoming more of a university setting. It’s not only about the events that are happening during the day, the workshops and master classes, but what happens after hours. People get together and jam way into the night; it’s just an unbelievable bonding experience.

Campers come from all around the world; we have kids who are budding guitar players mixed with people who have been playing guitar for a very long time, all gathered together in one location and intermingling with some of their favorite players. The line gets removed and it becomes more of a collective hangout experience. Your guitar hero is in the hallway, you’re eating lunch together, you’re part of some intimate impromptu jam sessions. I love that! It’s an opportunity to take those barriers away for a few days and just all be part of the same community, which is essentially what we all are.

JOHN PETRUCCI’S GUITAR UNIVERSE is all about sharing. It’s about people imparting knowledge, sharing thoughts and ideas about everything from technique to gear to songwriting and even to how to record. Even from the very first camp, I wanted to bring in players who were not just phenomenal musicians that I really loved and respected but who also had the ability to teach. Our guest instructors this time are an international cross-section of the very best players from around the world, from Germany and the UK to Australia and Brazil and right here in the US. I think that’s both very important and very unique, to see all these incredibly different people who are making a mark in the world of guitar. The line-up is so diverse – in technique, style, and approach – campers are going to leave with such an incredible breadth of knowledge having taken in these many types of guitar approaches.

A lot of being a guitar player can be a mystery. You might read something in a magazine or look at something on YouTube or attend a concert, but it’s not always graspable. If I picture myself as a 13 year old, walking around with guys from bands I really looked up to, being able to hang out with them, ask questions, watch them play, learn how they do what they do, what an experience that would’ve been! It’s so cool for young people to experience something like this and see that it actually can be done.

Some of the guest instructors are pretty young themselves; they’re not too far removed from the age of some of the younger campers. Kids can see that it’s actually possible. Yes, it’s difficult and not everybody becomes successful as a guitar player in the music industry, but it is possible. They can meet young successful people doing it as well as veterans. I would imagine that must be very inspiring, to be in that atmosphere. It all becomes a lot more real.

One of the great things for me personally about JPGU is that we all get to play together. For the first two nights the guest instructors will perform individual sets and then we’ll all jam together with my solo band to end each evening. Something that’s kind of developed organically over the previous two camps is a solo acoustic concert on the third night. The first year was Andy McKee, last year was Al DiMeola, and this year it will be Joscho Stephan. It’s a way to take a break from all of the electric guitar shred and come together as one community to watch one really gifted player. It’s something I really look forward to. I’m like a little kid when we do those Wednesday night acoustic shows, just taking it all in and enjoying the experience. On the fourth and final evening, I’ll perform a solo concert with my band to cap off the week’s festivities.

I’m also very excited about this camp being in California and the opportunity that that opens up for me as somebody who’s lived on the East Coast my whole life. There’s a certain charm about being on the West Coast – the sun, the beach, and the Californian spirit that that welcomes people from all over. My idea from the very first JPGU was to make it more than just a guitar camp; I wanted to make it fun outside of just guitar playing. A real summer camp! That’s something I’m going to continue to do with the next one, only we’ll do it with California style. We’ll be joined by some of my buddies in the wine business; we’ll do some outdoor cooking. Best of all, my dear friend Sterling Ball is going to come down and BBQ for us, which obviously will be a real treat. He’s not only the CEO of Ernie Ball Music Man but also a champion BBQ pit master; he put California on the map as far as being a respected state for BBQ. My relationship with him and my signature Ernie Ball Music Man guitars is going on twenty years, so having him cook for us is really cool and a pretty big deal. My dear friend and pickup-pioneering icon, Larry DiMarzio will also be joining us, as well as other heavyweights in the musical equipment industry representing the various signature products I’ve had the honor of developing alongside, over the course of my career. What a treat this will be for everyone attending that week!

I’m not going to lie – on a selfish level, the camp is incredibly rewarding for me. The whole thing is like a gift as a guitar player. I’m the type of guy who, whenever I’m hanging out with another guitar player, I’m asking questions – how do you do this and how do you do that? The camp is an opportunity for me to be in that environment as well. I’m a student of the guitar, I always have been and I always will be. I love that all these guys are coming from so many different countries, with all different approaches to the guitar, some of them being the new voices on the instrument. For me that’s going to be such a great experience.

Anybody reading this who has experienced JOHN PETRUCCI’S GUITAR UNIVERSE  before will probably have a smile on their face because they know what it’s all about. It’s an opportunity to spend a few exhilarating days completely immersed in the world of guitar, surrounded by so many amazing players and teachers in an incredible setting while embracing the spirit of sharing knowledge, jamming, and simply hanging out and having fun. It really is something special. The first two were so phenomenal, it’s hard to imagine where we can take it from here but I have no doubt that this one will go down as one of the best JPGU camps ever and I hope to see you there!

See you next summer!

John Petrucci

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Featured Artists

John Petrucci

Rena Petrucci

Mateus Asato

Plini

Andy Wood

Jason Richardson

Joscho Stephan

Tom Quayle


Stephanie Bradley

Doug Doppler

Stig Mathisen

Sample Schedule

A real itinerary for JPGU 3.0 will be announced when the final line up is announced later this year, but here is how a typical day will run (all times are approximate):

Saturday August 01

  • 10AM

    John Petrucci master class

  • 11:30AM

    Breakout classes of all levels with Mateus Asato, Plini, Jason Richardson, Andy Wood, Tom Quayle, Joscho Stephan, AND other instructors to be announced!

  • 1PM

    Lunch

  • 2:30PM

    John Petrucci master class

  • 4PM

    Breakout classes of all levels with Mateus Asato, Plini, Jason Richardson, Andy Wood, Tom Quayle, Joscho Stephan, and others TBA!

  • 6PM

    Special presentation by Sterling Ball from Ernie Ball, Larry Dimarzio, or Matt Piccone from Fractal

  • 7PM

    Dinner

  • 8:30PM

    John Petrucci and Friends concert

  • 9:30PM

    Camper jamming with our instructors plus Late Nights With Maddi!- all going until everyone can’t go any longer!

Additionally, everyone will get their photos taken with our instructors and there will be a signing session!

Irvine, CA

Hotel Irvine

Setting & Accommodations

When we call ourselves a lifestyle hotel, we mean business with a splash of pleasure. You know those meeting-filled trips that turn into long weekends of lounging at the pool with your toes dipped in the water and sunshine lifting your spirit? That’s our every day at Hotel Irvine. We’re refining the way you travel with complimentary Wi-Fi, family-friendly activities, and fresh ways to indulge—like our Marketplace, complete with room delivery. Join us, won’t you?

  • Area Attractions and Activities

    Irvine, California was master-planned to be an economic powerhouse and offer an extraordinary quality of life. A leading business center with more than 100 global corporations; a family-oriented multicultural community where residents speak more than 70 languages; a leader in education, Irvine is where community, business and nature are in harmony. Beautifully manicured office parks are surrounded by more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space, the most in the county, offering residents and visitors alike preserved natural habitats and wildlands with miles of hiking and biking trails. You’ll also appreciate Irvine being recognized as “America’s Safest Big City” by the FBI since 2005.

    Irvine is a perfect meeting destination, located minutes from a multitude of diverse businesses and corporate centers; served by one of the country’s most passenger-friendly airports and conveniently located near the area’s highways.

    And for those looking for a weekend getaway, Irvine is right in the middle of all that makes Orange County postcard worthy!

    Business or pleasure—Irvine, one of the nation’s largest and most successful master-planned urban communities, encompasses 66 square miles and features some of the best outdoor recreation, family activities, shopping, dining, sports facilities and meeting venues in California and across the nation.

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Hotel Irvine

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17900 Jamboree Rd
Irvine, CA 92614

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Pricing and Registration

Register by December 2nd for 10% off registration. Use code: JPGU

Plus, receive a John Petrucci DiMarzio Dreamcatcher pick up, IK Multimedia iRig 2, and a Plini Archetype Plug In when you arrive!

Pricing

  • Shared With Two Beds
    2,099

    Standard Room with two beds and a roommate. You may either name a fellow registrant as your roommate or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. Roommate must also register for Guitar Universe. All attendees must stay at Hotel Irvine. Pricing is per person.

  • Single With One Bed
    3,199

    Standard room with one bed. All attendees must stay at Hotel Irvine. Pricing is per person.

  • Bring Your Loved One With One Bed
    3,799

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at Hotel Irvine but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar virtuoso dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Newport Beach area.  The room includes one king bed. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

  • Bring Your Loved One With Two Beds
    3,799

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at Hotel Irvine but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar virtuoso dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Newport Beach area. The room has two queen beds. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

  • Bring Your Loved One – Junior Suite
    4,499

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at Hotel Irvine but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share deluxe accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together. The Junior Suite has one plush king bed, and with plenty of room to stretch out, it’s the perfect place to spread all your gear and practice.

    During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar virtuoso dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Newport Beach area. Pricing is per couple.

    *Please Note: All payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Bring Your Loved One – Deluxe Suite
    4,799

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at Hotel Irvine but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share deluxe accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar virtuoso dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Newport Beach area. Pricing is per couple.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Jam rooms packed with backline, practice amps, and amazing goody gift bags
  • Free shuttle from John Wayne Airport to hotel
  • Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Breakfasts
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sighteseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – please bring your own instruments if you are not signing up for our premium upgrade
  • Parking

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 9.9% surcharge, which includes all state and local taxes, plus service fees.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on March 1, 2020.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

If you have any questions, please call our customer service number (+1) 800-852-9277, or send us an email at info@dreamcatcher-events.com

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

Upgrade Packages

Add a signature guitar to your registration package and it will be waiting for you in a hard case upon your arrival at JPGU V3.0! Choose your color at check out.

+8.9% sales tax applied when purchased

Ernie Ball Music Man – The Majesty

MSRP $3,499 our price $2,999

Built to John Petrucci’s exact specifications, the Majesty is the result of John’s unwavering demand for performance, playability, and tone. The Majesty features new John Petrucci Dimarzio Dreamcatcher and Rainmaker pickups voiced to perfectly amplify the tone woods and deliver John’s latest tonal range.

John Petrucci Signature Guitar