JUNE 10-14, 2019
Full moon resort BIG INDIAN, NY

"It has been exciting to watch the Alt Guitar Summit emerge as one of the most interesting and distinguished forums for our instrument on the planet. The work that Joel has done with this festival to showcase the development of the guitar and the expanded role that it has taken in music is a testament to the almost unlimited sonic dimensions the word “guitar” can invoke in the imagination of musicians and fans alike." - Pat Metheny


Greetings and welcome to year three of the most unusual, forward thinking, open-minded guitar camp on the planet! This year we are thrilled to welcome Mike Stern, widely considered one of the most important jazz guitarists of our generation. Mike's intersection of rock, funk, and jazz has fueled a remarkable career, whose highlights include stints with Miles Davis, Michael Brecker, and Dennis Chambers, as well as 6 Grammy nominations for his own work. His wife Leni Stern will be offering insights into blending jazz with traditional music from Mali and India. Ben Monder will discuss his endlessly inventive use of chords and his staggering single note runs that cross all stylistic boundaries, while Julian Lage will show us what it takes to become fantastically fluent in multiple styles of American music. And of course I will be on hand as well. 

Once again we have scholarship money. We can only consider those who are truly in need and could never attend without help. In order to qualify for a scholarship you must email Joel Harrison an mp3 or video of two performances. Precedence will be given to the most compelling, dedicated players. Send to harrisongtr@gmail.com


Eventbrite - Alternative Guitar Summit

In the words of Summit founder Joel Harrison,
"This camp represents the type of learning situation I longed for growing up, but could never find."





Primarily a camp for improvisers, especially in the jazz realm, but all teachers are truly great rock and blues musicians as well, so you should not feel bashful about signing up if you don't know a lot about jazz. 

You'll get to perform with the teachers who will make the classes elastic enough to suit all needs and levels. Novice to advanced welcome, no beginners please.

CHECK IN: Monday, June 10th @ 3:00pm | CHECK OUT: Friday, June 14th @ 11:00am

*Schedule Subject to Change

*Schedule Subject to Change


  • Playing a great solo

  • Jazz fundamentals: theory and practice ideas

  • Funk guitar

  • Business boot camp- how to make a living

  • Incorporating music from India and Africa into your playing

  • Jazz Rock Approaches

  • *Topics subject to change

  • Finding your own sound in any style

  • Playing slide guitar in rock and jazz contexts

  • Free improv

  • The art of accompaniment

  • Ways to approach jazz tunes

  • The new landscape of electronic effects

  • Rhythm boot camp- developing your inner groove no matter the time cycle





Each brilliant in their own right... together they're a formidable teaching team with a vast knowledge across all stylistic boundaries



The New York Times calls Julian “…one of jazz’s breezier virtuosos, possessed of an unflappable technical facility and a seemingly boundless curiosity.” At age 27, Julian Lage already boasts a resume that an artist twice his age would be proud to claim. A former child prodigy—he was the subject of the 1997 documentary Jules at Eight—the California- born, now New York–based guitarist has collaborated with such giants as Gary Burton, Jim Hall, David Grisman, Béla Fleck, and Charles Lloyd. He’s released three albums as a leader, most recently 2016’s trio outing Arclight featuring Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen. UK’s Jazzwise describes Arclight as '... a bright light shone on very specific, finely wrought musical miniatures that unfold untold pleasures.'
Lage has also release several duo projects including Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, pianist Fred Hersch, and Punch Brothers guitarist Chris Eldridge.

Mike Stern


To a generation of contemporary jazz guitar aficionados, Mike Stern is regarded as one of the true guitar greats of his generation. A player of remarkable facility whose searing lines are informed mainly by bebop and the blues while also carrying a rock-tinged intensity, Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early ‘80s before launching his solo career in 1985. Since then he has released 17 recordings as a leader, six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards. His latest, Trip, is his first since recovering from a serious accident in the summer of 2016 that left him with two broken arms and nerve damage in his right hand that prevented him from even holding a pick. But Stern is back on top of his game, playing with typical authority and prodigious chops on this all-star outing, which features such longstanding colleagues as trumpeters Randy Brecker and Wallace Roney, saxophonists Bob Franceschini and Bill Evans (a bandmate of Mike’s in Miles Davis’ ‘comeback band’ of 1981), bassists Victor Wooten and Tom Kennedy and drummers Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White.

Born in Boston on January 10, 1953, Stern grew up in Washington, DC, then returned to Boston to study atthe Berklee College of Music where he met and befriended fellow Berklee students like guitarists John Scofield and Bill Frisell, bassist Jeff Berlin, drummers Steve Smith and Vinnie Colaiuta. He got his first big break in 1976 going out on tour with Blood, Sweat & Tears, appearing on the group’s studio More Than Ever and live album In Concert that year and also on 1977’s Brand New Day. 

Stern was presented with Guitar Player magazine’s Certified Legend Award on January 21, 2012. 

Stern travels the world with his band and working on select projects.  In 2018 he visited five continents, at least twice each.  Along with his touring, he always makes time to mentor young players by leading clinics.  This year he has done clinics around the globe, including Bowling Green, OH; Nashville, TN; Mahwah, NJ; Bangor, ME; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Rovigo, Italy; Hong Kong, China; Stavenger, Norway.



A musician in the New York City area for over 30 years, Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, Billy Childs, Andrew Cyrille, George Garzone, Paul Motian, Maria Schneider, and Marshall Crenshaw. He also contributed guitar parts to the last David Bowie album, “Blackstar”. Ben conducts clinics and workshops around the world, and has served on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, NYU and the New School. He was the recipient of a Doris Duke Impact Award in 2014, and a Shifting Foundation grant in 2013.  Ben continues to perform original music internationally in solo and trio settings, and in a long standing duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He has appeared on over 200 CDs as a sideman, and has released 6 as a leader: Amorphae (ECM, 2015), Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013), Oceana(Sunnyside, 2005), Excavation (Arabesque, 2000), Dust (Arabesque, 1997), and Flux (Songlines,1995). 

Ben is extraordinarily gifted at many things, notably his singular chordal vocabulary which will be the focus of his some of his teaching. 

http://www.benmonder.com/ | https://www.mymusicmasterclass.com/premiumvideos/ben-monder-jazz-guitar-lesson-1/



Leni Stern is an unstoppable force of bottomless energy.  Her long-time fans know her from a successful jazz career that saw her touring the globe on the stage of every major festival and legendary club with bands that included some of the biggest heavyweights on the scene (Dennis Chambers, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell (to name a few). Everything changed when in 2005 Leni was first invited to perform at the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali.  It was there that she would meet Bassekou Kouyate and his wife Ami Sacko, embraced by their family and their bands, she dove headfirst into the traditions of West African guitar and later the n’goni (African banjo).  It was a natural path from jazz, a personal journey to where her playing and the genre all began, a sort of spiritual exploration coupled with devoted study and practice.

As a bandleader Leni has composed and released 21 albums to date and toured the world as both a teacher and performer, ensuring that the next generation of musicians are inspired to continue the mind-melding and cultural exchange that is so central to Leni’s musical intentions.



Named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2010, Washington D.C. native Joel Harrison has long been recognized as a highly gifted guitarist, composer, arranger, vocalist and songwriter. A survey of Harrison’s body of work would be a bit like spinning a globe and stumbling on regions with names like Duke Ellington, Hendrix, The Beatles, John Mclaughlin, and Charles Ives. Wielding a focused lens and an ever-increasing courage to take risks with his art, Harrison has quickly blossomed from mentorships with Joan Tower, Ali Akbar Khan and Charlie Banacos into one of the most respected artists of his generation.
Harrison is a two-time winner of the Jazz Composer’s Alliance Composition Competition, and has received support from Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, the Flagler Cary Trust, NYSCA, New Music USA, and the Jerome Foundation.  He has released 17 cds since 1995 as a leader, and has appeared high up on the "Rising Star" Downbeat Magazine poll for many years. His most recent efforts include Mother Stump (Cuneiform), where Harrison finally puts himself out front as a guitarist, leading a trio that catalyzes numerous American guitar styles, in a stunning display of raw sound and emotion that both soothes and rocks. And now the recently released Spirit House with a stellar quintet of Cuong Vu (trpt), Paul Hanson (bassoon), and Brian Blade (drums).
His 2013 release, Infinite Possibility, new music for a 19 piece jazz orchesta, received a four and a half star review from Downbeat. AllMusic called it "a stellar exercise in ambition and vision." Pastworks include Harrison on Harrison (Highnote, 2005), exploring the music of George Harrison, (Dave Liebman, Uri Caine and David Binney), Free Country (Norah Jones, Binney, Gary Versace), and the septet Search (Donny McCaslin, Stephan Crump, Dana Leong). All display his affection for country, gospel, Indian, modern jazz, classical concepts, and of course his dry sense of humor dispatched with a Zen sensibility.
Harrison has composed several non-improvised works as well, including the PASIC award-winning marimba solo Fear of Silence, and a percussion quartet with piano entitled Faith in Nights. He is the founder and administrator of the Alternative Guitar Summit, a yearly festival devoted to new and unusual guitar music.


A Magical Blend of Lodging, Music and Nature

FULL MOON RESORT, located one half hour west of Woodstock, New York is a year-round mountain resort located in the heart of the "Forever Wild" Catskill Forest Preserve. Dedicated to the celebration of nature, music and the arts, this one hundred-acre wonderland of mountains, fields, and streams is a world of its own. "Music and art in nature" is a central theme at Full Moon Resort. Music is always in the air with the Music Masters Camps offering special interactive experiences with world renowned artists.


Lovingly prepared, fresh, healthy cuisine served by a friendly, professional staff is the trademark of Full Moon CateringThe menus offer a full range of possibilities – hot buffet breakfasts and lunches, down-home country barbecues and formal gourmet dinners. Fresh, natural ingredients (often organic) are the common thread throughout.


Accommodations are charming in their simplicity, with guest rooms available in a variety of lodges – some B&B style with shared hallway baths and others with private bath options. Also available are the new, deluxe cottages which feature a king bed (or two twins), sitting area with couch, private deck, picture windows with panoramic views, air conditioning, mini-fridge, coffee maker, Smart TV, WiFi, and bathroom with dual head shower and radiant heat.

Wi-Fi, cable television and complimentary phone service are all available at the Inn (please bring a phone card for international calls). Please Note: Cell phone reception is not reliable at Full Moon Resort or in Big Indian. Standard guest rooms do not have air conditioning, television, telephones or daily housekeeping service.



Packages include all workshops, seminars, meals, performances, use of the grounds and your choice of accommodations. All activities will be held at Full Moon Resort which features an eclectic array of comfortable, rustic country-inn style accommodations including simple B&B style guest rooms with shared hallway baths as well as private guest rooms with private baths. Also available are premium cottages equipped with private deck with mountain views, air conditioning, television, radiant floor heating and dual head shower heads in the luxury and spacious bathroom. All accommodations are just steps away from the daily activities. The grounds offer a spring-fed swimming pool and one hundred acres of meadows, forests and streams. In addition, guests are welcome to explore the splendors of the Catskills on the nearby network of hiking trails.

Cable television and complimentary phone service are available at the Inn (please bring a phone card for international calls) and complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the facility. Please Note: There is no cell phone reception in this area of the forest preserve and standard guest rooms do not have telephones, televisions, air conditioning or daily housekeeping services.


Sign up by January 1st to receive a $150 discount

Sign up by February 1st for $100 discount


Please contact Joel Harrison directly for possible selection at joel@joelharrison.com by May 1st

Your decision to register constitutes your acknowledgement of and consent to all of the registration, payment and cancellation terms and conditions listed below:



  • All rates are per-person

  • Shared Room Packages require you to share your room

  • You may request a roommate on your registration form (roommates must purchase the same package type)

  • All rates are subject to Tax and the Service & Processing Fee

  • All registrations and payments are 100% non-refundable

  • Early Bird Rates: Registrations received by January 1st receive $150 discount; Registrations received by February 1st receive $100 discount

CANCELLATION: All payments and deposits are non-refundable.
Due to the nature of our events and strict cancellation policies, Creative Environments, LLC DBA Full Moon Resort strongly suggests purchasing travel insurance.


By registering, you hereby release Full Moon Resort, its employees, and all associated entities, from all claims, liabilities, loss to property, damages, injuries, etc. arising out of or in connection with your participation in any aspect Rhythm, Sound and Magic at Full Moon Resort.


Full Moon Resort and Music Masters Camps reserves the right to take photos and/or video during.Rhythm, Sound and Magic and to use such photos and/or video for advertising and marketing purposes. By registering for Rhythm, Sound and Magic, you agree to release your photograph to Full Moon Resort. Music Masters Camps without compensation and understand that Full Moon Resort Music Masters Camps reserves all rights in regard to reproduction of said photograph.


Music Masters Camps at Full Moon Resort are designed for participants 18 years or older. The host facility is Full Moon Resort. Minors are not permitted at Full Moon Resort without a their legal guardian or other adult designated by the participant’s legal guardian as chaperone. If you are an adult attempting to register a minor or if you are a minor attempting to register, you must call Music Masters Camp for further details and to make appropriate arrangements: (845) 254-8009


What gear do I need?

Bring your instrument(s) if they fit! Amps are not required. For more information, email music@fullmoonresort.com to see what will be provided.

What's the weather like?

Weather in the Catskills varies. You can expect warm days (low 70s) and cooler nights (upper 50s).  Click Here for updated weather information.

What do you suggest I bring with me?

Audio recording devices
Clothes & Toiletries (toothbrush, soap, shampoo etc…)
Tent Campers- don’t forget towels, sleeping bags, tarps, etc.!
Insect Repellent
Writing Utensils & Note Paper
Water bottle
Cash for evening bars (There is no ATM on-site)

Do you provide equipment storage for tent campers?
This can be arranged on an as needed basis.

Can I select my own roommate?
Yes – if that person is signed up as well. We cannot hold a spot for someone unless they have already registered.

How does the facility select my roommate?
Full Moon Resort selects roommates based on age and gender. You will always be placed with a same-gender roommate.

How old you you have to be to attend?
Music Masters Camps are designed for Adults and the majority of participants are adults.  16 and 17 year olds are permitted with consent forms. Participants under 16 are permitted if accompanied by legal guardian/chaperone.