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Elixir® Strings proudly presents Thomas Leeb's Acoustic Fingerstyle Bootcamp in Val Verde, California during NAMM week! A Fretmonkey Event!

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Join acoustic fingerstyle master Thomas Leeb along with guest instructors Kevin Blake Goodwin, Janet Noguera, and CalArts World / African Music Instructors Andrew Grueschow and Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole in Val Verde, California (43 miles from LA). The event features unforgettable masterclasses in percussive fingerstyle guitar and world music. Participants will also enjoy an open mic session and a small ensemble concert featuring West African music, composers, and percussionists.

Guest Instructors


May 31st: Arrival

  • 6:00 PM Orientation

  • 9:00 PM Open Mic

June 1st

June 2nd


Location: Nestled in the foothills of the Topatopa Mountains (northwestern Los Angeles County, California), the event location is the perfect setting for those who enjoy beautiful scenery or have plans to attend NAMM later in the week in Anaheim (June 3-5), located just one hour away.

*For air travelers: LAX airport is located 45 miles from Val Verde, California.

Registration does not include meals or housing. Hotels are located a short distance away in Val Verde, Valencia, and Santa Clarita, California.

Registration: Registration is $260 per person and includes access to all events, but does not include meals or housing. To keep the event cozy and personal, there are only a limited of spots available. Very nice housing is available on site (Airbnb style) including (two) 1 bedroom (non-shared room) at $200 per night, and 1 bedroom with two twin beds (shared room) at $130 per person per night. Accommodations include a large shared living room, kitchen, washer and dryer, and other amenities. Other accommodations may become available. Email to book on-site housing.

On-site Camping with port-a-potty and shower is available for $20 per night (email to book.


Hotels are located a short distance away in Val Verde, Valencia, and Santa Clarita, California.

Refund policy: Participants may receive a partial refund of 100% of the event registration and housing if the event organizer cancels due to unforeseen circumstances.  Full refunds are issued for event and housing cancellations made 30 days or more before the commencement of the event; otherwise, participants will receive a refund of 50% through May 16th. No refunds will be issued after May 16th. 

About Thomas Leeb: Thomas Leeb has played more than a thousand concerts since his first stage appearance at the age of fifteen. He is a constant performer all over the world and is a faculty member at the CalArts school of music. Founded in 2005, his well-known "Thomas Leeb Acoustic Fingerstyle Bootcamp" hosted in Turracher Höhe, Austria is considered the premier acoustic guitar camp. For those who are not fortunate enough to attend in worries! His California acoustic fingerstyle Bootcamp is awesome, too! (minus the MeiZeit chalets and spectacular views of Austria). Check out the pics below from Thomas' California Bootcamp (2017).

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