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20 hours ago, Curtis said:

I've registered for the summer event.  I've never been.  In fact, I've rarely been out of my home studio to play.  I've been working through the Learn and Master Guitar course that Steve put together and I'm on the Jazz lesson.  I've been working on it for a bit over 2 years.  I am really nervous.  I still consider myself a beginner, but I think that this conference will help me to get out of my shell....even if I do suck....hahaha!!!  I'm pretty excited!

Hey Curtis, another Washingtonian here. Looking forward to meeting you in Nashville. It will be fun. 

Greg

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On 12/28/2018 at 6:34 AM, IanD said:

Great news Curtis. There's no need to be nervous, I'm sure there'll be all levels there and the folks will be great and supportive.

Ian

This is absolutely true! There’s no worry about being at any skill level, we are all on the same path and this is the most encouraging and supportive group ever.

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All signed up and staying in the dorm.

Are the dorms air conditioned? 

 

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@Victor Edwards Welcome to Guitar Gathering Victor! What a great way to meet the family!  Perhaps you'd like to visit our New Members area and tell us a bit about yourself and your guitar learning journey.

Don't forget to join us on Live Lessons on our Guitar Gathering YouTube Channel!

NeilES335 - moderator 

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Hey - anyone know if the dorm rooms when staying on campus are single occupancy or shared rooms? $60 is a pretty good deal!

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10 minutes ago, Deviazione said:

Hey - anyone know if the dorm rooms when staying on campus are single occupancy or shared rooms? $60 is a pretty good deal!

Shared rooms;

@colder posted this; 

The doom rooms are typical dorm rooms - two beds in each room and an attached bathroom which is shared with the adjoining room. There is a sink and a mirror in each room. There was also some basic dorm furniture like dressers, a desk and a chair, twin size bed, and a closet. They provide bedding, but if you're particular about it you might want to bring a blanket and a pillow with you. 
I think last year there was enough space so that everyone had their own room, but I'm not sure how it will work out this coming year.Last year the ladies were all on their own floor, with the men on a different floor. 

Edited December 17, 2018 by colder

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What is name and phone number of the best person to talk to about this gathering?

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1 hour ago, Victor Edwards said:

What is name and phone number of the best person to talk to about this gathering?

Victor, I would send Steve a PM.  That would be the best way.

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So, I have a question that maybe you all could answer for me.  What guitar should I bring?  If electric, do I need to bring an amp?  Can anyone give me some key hints to pay attention to when flying with my guitar?  I've never flown with one before.

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@Curtis, I think an acoustic is probably a better choice for the workshops and lessons. In the main room, there may be as many as 80 guitars going off at once during workshops, and you will need to carry your guitar around to the smaller classrooms. The main room has amps and a full PA system for those who want to play their electric in the student showcase. No need to bring a music stand, Trevecca has them, but Steve does carry a dandy collapsible stand in his store.

One accessory I recommend is a collapsible guitar stand like the Cooperstand.

A year or two ago in a live lesson Steve discussed his experiences flying with his guitar. I wish I could recall the exact lesson; maybe someone else can. I do remember two points he made: leave your really good guitars at home, and get a tough hard case. Here are some other thoughts on the subject.

And here's my post from last year for first timers.

Edited by DianeB

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@Curtis I flew once and it was to Nashville Guitar Gathering. 

be 100% ready to put it in the luggage hold.. that means you should be using a hard case not a gig bag if you want it in one piece.

tune the guitar down 1 whole step before heading to the airport.

now you have a hard case, a carry on bag, a suite case, guitar(s), amps, etc. how do you carry all that and airlines charge per pound for extra. 

so yes acoustic is probably going to be your only choice if flying as all the gear costs$$. 

I found this company http://www.backaxe.com/ it adds straps to your hard case so you can carry it like a gig bag and still have hands free for carry on and suite case.

the way down I was on 1 plane, my case was 2" too thick for the overhead (using a Godin TRIC foam case so they're a lot thicker). so the flight attendant headed to the luggage guy at the door. on the other end the luggage guy said he loved my case. 

on the way back we had a layover, the plane was just a bit bigger and the guitar fit in overhead, and I finally lucked out and got an overhead that was in like row B not where I always am in row ZZ.

the security guys x-ray the case to see what's inside.

overall I had a pretty good experience flying with a guitar.. if you wanted a 2nd guitar (electric), amp, etc. you'll be paying for the poundage and you'll need to figure out how to carry it all with only 2 hands, as the person you're flying with will probably have their hands full too and no room to carry your guitar.

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A point to add:  Several members have given Southwest Airlines a thumbs-up on being "guitar" friendly in the past.

Bryan

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