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

John Petrucci Guitar Universe is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! 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

Prepare for a twice in a lifetime event! This is John Petrucci welcoming everyone to my second guitar universe camp. We had a great time at the first event last August. It was a such a blast that we’re returning to the Glen Cove Mansion on the Gold Coast of beautiful Long Island from August 6-10, 2018.

We’ll be back in the heart of Dream Theater country. Just down the road from the mansion is Cove City Sound Studios, where we recorded four albums, including our ambitious latest album, the epic rock opera, ‘The Astonishing.’ But there is no need to leave the mansion. This time out we’ll have a mobile recording site where we’re staying. So we’ll have more time to devote to the number of edifying workshops, which are for players ranging from beginner to intermediate to advanced.

There will be a number of amazing instructors. You will learn a great deal and leave camp a better guitarist than when you arrived. All campers will have the opportunity to learn from each of the instructors. We’re going to cover all of the bases. The lessons will cover technique, music theory and how to get a sound.

We’re also going to delve into gear. What gear works for you and what will help produce the sound you’re looking for. We’ll go over modal improvisation, how to come up with a riff and we’ll focus on melodies. But it will be more than workshops. Campers will jam and they will witness some special concerts every night.

One of my biggest guitar heroes, Al Di Meola, will perform. I will get up and play with my solo band. The other guest instructors, Guthrie Govan, Tosin Abasi, Andy James, Tony MacAlpine, Rusty Cooley, Jason Richardson, and Jon Finn will perform concerts as well. You’ll be witnessing performances you can’t see anywhere else. It’ll be fun.

The goal at this camp is when you step in the door, you’re on the path to gaining more knowledge. You’re going to leave having learned how to get the guitar sound you’re after, you’ll learn about recording and you’ll learn a lot more since what I’m offering is a broad range of teachers, who all play at a high level.

Each of the instructors knows how to teach guitar, myself included. As a Berklee, alumni I know about music theory and how to convey insight about playing the guitar. Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini, who used to be a faculty member at the Berklee College of Music, will discuss percussion. Twice every day, we gather in one big room for my masterclass, which is one of my favorite parts of the camp, since we focus on some of the more fascinating aspects of playing the guitar.

Get ready to shred! When you return home and your friends wonder why you’re a better guitarist, you can tell them that you traveled to John Petrucci’s Guitar Universe to get to the next level!

-John Petrucci

Glen Cove Mansion
Glen Cove Long Island, New York

The mansion is really cool. It’s a beautiful part of Nassau County. There’s no place quite like it. There are rooms for classes, a venue for concerts and great areas for eating and socializing. It’s the perfect place for an event like this.

Glen Cove Mansion

Setting & Accommodations

The property features beautiful guestrooms & suites situated in contemporary guest wings extending from the the Mansion. We’ll share our meals in the Garden Room Restaurant which has magnificent views of the property and spend time together after hours in the game filled upstairs party spot – Pub 1910. If you find yourself needing a break from the noise there are several sprawling outdoor areas overlooking the mansion’s gardens.

Glen Cove Pool

AREA ATTRACTIONS

Glen Cove has something for everyone. Amazing beaches, a scenic golf course, and lovely, tree-filled parks provide a summer vacation paradise that’s just a quick train ride from New York City. If recreational boating is your thing you can take advantage of the areas full-service marinas, a city yacht club, and a fully renovated launch ramp offering easy access to North Shore waterways.

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Schedule

We’re going to cover as much as we can in order to make you a better guitarist. We’ll be talking about tone, riffs, gear and developing your chops.  I know how to connect with guitarists in this type of atmosphere. I’ve done clinics, master classes and workshops. I know how to get the message across. But I’ve never had such a great forum as this camp. For four days and four nights, campers will benefit from so much great instruction. The great thing is that it’s not a one-off. I went to clinics as a kid and after a few hours, it was over. This camp covers so many musical bases.

Monday August 06

  • 4:00 PM

    Check-In

  • 4:30 PM

    John Petrucci and Guest Artist welcoming remarks and orientation

  • 6:00 PM

    Camper Photos with John Petrucci and Guest Artist’s

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:15 PM

    Opening Night Concert

  • 9:00 PM

    Camper Jam

Tuesday August 07

  • 9:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 10:15 AM

    Group Sessions

  • 11:30 AM

    John Petrucci Master Class

  • 1:00 PM

    Master Class

  • 2:00 PM

    Group Sessions

  • 3:15 PM

    John Petrucci Master Class

  • 4:30 PM

    Group Sessions

  • 6:00 PM

    Group Sessions

  • 7:30 PM

    Dinner

  • 9:00 PM

    Instructor Concert

  • 10:00 PM

    Camper Jamming in multiple rooms

Wednesday August 08

  • 9:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 10:15 AM

    Group Sessions

  • 11:30 AM

    John Petrucci Master Class

  • 1:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00 PM

    Group Sessions

  • 3:15 PM

    John Petrucci Master Class

  • 4:30 PM

    Group Sessions

  • 6:00 PM

    Group Sessions

  • 8:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 9:00 PM

    Instructor Concert

  • 10:00 PM

    Camper Jamming in multiple rooms

Thursday August 09

  • 9:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 10:15 AM

    Group Sessions

  • 11:30 AM

    John Petrucci Master Class

  • 1:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00 PM

    Group Sessions

  • 3:15 PM

    John Petrucci Master Class

  • 4:30 PM

    Group Sessions

  • 6:00 PM

    Group Sessions

  • 8:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 9:15 PM

    John Petrucci Concert

  • 10:00 PM

    Camper Jamming in multiple rooms

Friday August 10

  • 9:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 10:00 AM

    Signing Session with All Instructors

  • 12:00 PM

    Check Out

The schedule is subject to change. You will receive an official schedule upon arrival as well as a schedule posted daily during the camp for any updates.
This schedule is an example schedule. Our schedule will include workshops and Q&A during the day then concerts and jam sessions in the evening.

***There will be a BBQ and wine tasting included for participants***

Featured Artists

I love to teach and share from what I’ve learned playing guitar and being in Dream Theater all of these years. My goal is to teach something valuable so that those who come out will walk away with some knowledge about playing the guitar that they didn’t have when they arrived. With all of the teachers we’ll have, the campers will learn a great deal and become better players.

This is all about the workshops and learning through instruction but you can also learn a lot just by watching Al Di Meola. Al has always blown me away. He’s just on another level. I admire him like you can’t believe. I’m looking forward to the younger players seeing him. He’s going to change their lives.

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Al Di Meola

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Guthrie Govan

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Tony MacAlpine

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Rusty Cooley

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Andy James

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Tosin Abasi

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Jason Richardson

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Jon Finn

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Stig Mathisen

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Doug Doppler

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Matt Schieferstein

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David LaRue

Travel Directions

Glen Cove Mansion

Address
200 Dosoris Ln
Glen Cove, NY 11542

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Upgrade Packages

Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty Monarchy Series 6-String Guitar Upgrade Package, our price is $2,899, Street Price $2,999

Upgrade your John Petrucci Guitar Universe experience with an Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty Monarchy Series 6-string guitar. We will be offering four different colors Black Knight, Royal Red, Majestic Purple, and Imperial Blue.

The Majesty Monarchy Series is constructed with a through-neck design of mahogany and flame maple top; available in 4 rich translucent finishes. The Majesty Monarchy Series comes with chrome or black hardware featuring a custom John Petrucci Music Man Piezo floating tremolo bridge and Schaller locking tuners.

*Guitar will be signed by John Petrucci and come with a case. Guitars will be ready for you when you arrive at camp.

Ernie Ball Music Man

Promos

Register by Christmas to receive a free John Petrucci Dunlop Wah Wah pedal and a Line 6 Helix Native plug-in! You will receive these items when you arrive at camp.

John Petrucci Dunlop Wah Wah Pedal (MSRP $199)

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John Petrucci Dunlop Wah Wah Pedal

Pricing and Registration

I wish I had the opportunity to attend something like this when I was a kid. This camp would have been off the charts for me. I would have worked night and day to have such an opportunity. But I didn’t have the chance but if I was growing up now, I would jump at the chance to be part of something like this.

Pricing

  • Shared with Two Beds
    1,999.00

    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 Glen Cove Mansion. Pricing is per person.

  • Single with One Bed
    3,399.00

    Standard room with one bed. All attendees must stay at Glen Cove Mansion. Pricing is per person.

  • Bring Your Loved One with One Bed
    3,799.00

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Glen Cove Mansion 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. The room includes one king bed. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

  • Bring Your Loved One with Two Beds
    3,799.00

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Glen Cove Mansion 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. The room has two queen beds. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Incredible welcome kit from Ernie Ball
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • 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

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 8.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • 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 April 1, 2018.
    • Any registrations received after April 1, 2018 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy