"Joe Satriani's 1987 breakthrough can be seen as the gold standard for guitar playing of the mid to late 1980s, an album that captures everything that was good about the glory days of shred."

--All Music Guide

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

The G4 Experience 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!

Activities Include:

  • Daily workshops with Joe
  • Recording with John Cuniberti
  • Nightly concerts with Joe, his band, and very special guests!
  • Performing songs from SWTA with Joe's band on the big stage!
  • Guitar maintenance sessions with Joe's personal guitar tech!
  • Workshops from our all-star instructors
  • Jamming every night
  • ...and so much more!

Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience 2017

Every event I’ve ever been to—whether it’s a great concert, clinic, or a tour—I refer back to it for daily solace. I hope this is something similar for our G4 attendees.

An Invitation from Joe Satriani

“Each year, the G4 Experience evolves. It’s like a rock ‘n’ roll show, so you hit the ground running, adapt, and improve every hour it’s going. That’s what makes it fun! For 2017, things are evolving yet again. 2017 is the actually the 30th anniversary of my album Surfing with the Alien—if you can’t believe it’s been this long, imagine how I feel! That ignited something of a creative firestorm when we began thinking about the G4 Experience, and we decided to focus the camp on Surfing with the Alien.

From July 24-28 at the Asilomar Center in gorgeous Carmel, CA, I’ll be hosting JOE SATRIANI’S G4 EXPERIENCE 2017: SURFING WITH THE ALIEN 30th ANNIVERSARY.

“From July 24-28 at the Asilomar Center in gorgeous Carmel, CA, I’ll be hosting Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience 2017: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary.

“When I look back on the album, it’s a celebratory record of the rock ‘n’ roll I love—from Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix. It’s very inclusive and broad in styles. That inclusivity is a signature of G4. Now, we want to give you the ultimate window into this record. No matter where I go, fans always bring up Surfing with the Alien. I love talking about it and sharing these stories. The goal is to satiate every curiosity you may have on your mind!

“At the same time, it will be everything campers love about the G4 Experience. After breakfast, classes will start in the morning. It’s your opportunity to ask any and all questions about the album! We’ll have dinner, and then I’ll be performing in front of a very small audience. Afterwards, you can spend the rest of the night jamming until you’re too tired to play anymore, of course. The interaction between campers and musicians is a cornerstone of the event. That’s such a key element, which I really cherish. You’re going to get that bond.

“As with every G4 Experience, 2017 will be all-encompassing. The memory is something people can take with them and treasure. That’s the spiritual side of what we do. I’m committed to making sure we answer all of your questions about everything from scales and chords to guitar strings and pickups, but it’s also about enjoying these four days together. You get the chance to learn in a party atmosphere, hang in a beautiful location, make great friends, and leave a better player than when you arrived.

“Can’t wait to see you and go Surfing with the Alien again…”

Joe Satriani

Asilomar Conference Grounds

Carmel is one of the most beautiful Northern California cities. The town is truly a jewel. I moved to the state from New York in the late seventies, and I’ve always been very enthralled with the Northern California coast. There’s a magical quality to it. I don’t even know how to explain it! When we do the G4 Experience, we hope to draw upon some kind of energy from the location. I think everyone will feel that. Also, we’re only two hours from where we recorded Surfing with the Alien in San Francisco.


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 Setting & Accommodations

Asilomar offers charming, rustic accommodations perfect for anyone dedicated to rest and reflection. In keeping with this tradition, guest rooms are free of modern-day distractions such as telephones and televisions. You can thank us later for the extra focus!  All lodging rooms have private baths, and many buildings feature common living rooms appointed with fireplaces and inviting overstuffed chairs. We look forward to watching you inspire each other in your downtime.

Area Attractions

Kayaking, sky diving, deep sea fishing and whale watching are just a hint of wonderful experiences available on the Monterey Peninsula. This spot is the epitome of relaxation brought on by inspiring nature – which means it’s a perfect place to get those creative juices flowing.

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Area Activities

  • Asilomar Walking Tours
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking & Walking Trails
  • Shooting Pool
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming
  • Surfing

*Visit www.visitasilomar.com for more information!

[Surfing with the Alien] put Satriani on the map. Beautifully played and well-paced, it manages to capture all the icy fire of fusion jazz without losing any of the visceral power of rock & roll…

-The Rolling Stone Album Guide


Each day and night will be jam-packed with clinics, demonstrations, Q&A’s, jam sessions, and performances. We keep the action going! There’s nothing quite like a G4 Experience, and we leave no stone unturned at all, when it comes to guitar playing, teaching, and exploring. That’s a big part of this, and it always will be.

Your 4 days and nights at the G4 Experience 2017 will feature hands on, interactive workshops with Joe and his special guests, small group jamming sessions and full concerts from the artists beginning at 10am and going late into the night.

Check out the schedules and photos from past camps to see what you can expect in 2017!

A detailed schedule will be available this coming spring.

“Over the years, I’ve always prepared the recordings that Joe plays to during the camps. I’ve known about them, and I’ve always wanted to go. This is my chance to join in on the fun with everyone else. It’s really fun to watch Joe play live to those tapes. I’m a fan too.

“I’m excited to be there and fill in some of the missing pieces. I can remember a lot about the engineering, production, and technical sides of the record. I’m there to provide insight and help tell the stories. The kids always want the details, which makes me feel honored. What’s great is a lot of the technical things are written down. I have a thick folder about that record, how we made it, and why we made it. We’re going to share all of that.”

–John Cuniberti

Monday August 08

  • 2:30PM     Check-In

  • 5:30PM     Orientation

    including Welcome Reception and Photo Ops with Joe and the G4 Team

  • 7:30PM     Dinner

  • 8:30PM     Joe Satriani Band Show

  • 10:00PM     Camper Jamming

    with jam room leaders Stig Mathisen, Doug Doppler, Andy Aledort, Steve Jenkins, Frederico Miranda, Kenny Grohowski, and Teddy Kumpel

Tuesday August 09

  • 8:00AM     Breakfast

  • 10:00AM     Breakout Sessions

    • Mike Keneally (Stretching the mind and fingers: Melodic/chordal exercises and examples, difficulty level Reasonably Easy)
    • Andy Aledort (Song Dissection: “Ice Nine,” “Rasberry Delta-V,” and “Cool #9,” will be dissected and Andy will teach everyone the many different ways to navigate through these tunes for soloing and rhythm guitar all across the fretboard)
    • Alex Skolnick (Music Theory & Music Truth: Unlocking the mysteries of music theory while maintaining musical expression)
  • 11:30AM     Joe Satriani Master Class

    “Watch me play up close, observe and learn, and ask questions! This class will have an “open” approach based on what you see and hear me play. No question is out-of-bounds, too complex, or too simple to be addressed.”

  • 1:00PM     Lunch

  • 2:00PM    Jam with the Band

    Teddy, Kenny, and Steve will be jamming with campers from 2:00-7:00PM.

  • 2:30PM     Joe Satriani and Steve Vai Clinic

    “Writing instrumentals or songs with vocals, How does it change the approach to your guitar playing? Steve Vai and I will talk and demonstrate from experience how we make the distinction work for us.”

  • 4:00PM     Eric Johnson Clinic

    Eric will begin each workshop demonstrating personal playing techniques and equipment set up and settings then start the questions from the attendees. He will then take the workshop in the direction of the subjects that YOU want to know about or discuss, this included bringing some of you on stage to attempt certain techniques while Eric comments or instructs on how to improve. In one session he will explore deep into chord construction and in another lead techniques. also he will be there to answer everything you want to know about his muting techniques and of course the myriad of guitar set up, equipment, pedal and wiring issues and set ups!

  • 5:30PM     Breakout Sessions

    • Stig Mathisen (Mastering Legato Technique: including essential technical principles and exercises for legato technique, plus demonstration and analysis of the solos from “Flying in a Blue Dream” and “Memories”)
    • Doug Doppler (Doug will use Joe Satriani’s backing tracks to work with campers on playing specific songs from Joe’s repertoire. Feel, tone, pitch, vibrato, whammy, time, technique etc.)
    • Alex Skolnick (Music Theory & Music Truth)
  • 7:00PM     Dinner

  • 8:30PM     Steve Vai Show

    with Special Guests!

  • 10:00PM     Camper Jamming

    with jam room leaders Stig Mathisen, Doug Doppler, Andy Aledort, Steve Jenkins, Frederico Miranda, Kenny Grohowski, and Teddy Kumpel

Wednesday August 10

  • 8:00AM     Breakfast

  • 10:00AM     Steve Vai Clinic

    followed by Photo Op

  • 11:30AM     Breakout Sessions

    • Joe Satriani (Applying modes to your guitar and modern music composition. Real-world application of scales and modes made easy to learn and apply. Let’s bridge the gap between ear training and fretboard memorization.)
    • Alex Skolnick (Diversity is a Virtue: On becoming fluent in more than one style)
  • 1:00PM     Lunch

    and Eric Johnson and Alex Skolnick Signing and Merch Session

  • 2:00PM    Jam with the Band

    Teddy, Kenny, and Steve will be jamming with campers from 2:00-7:00PM.

  • 2:30PM     Breakout Sessions

    • Joe Satriani (Watch me play up close, observe and learn, and ask questions! This class will have an “open” approach based on what you see and hear me play. No question is out-of-bounds, too complex, or too simple to be addressed.)
    • Andy Aledort (Song Dissection)
  • 4:00PM     Breakout Sessions

    • Eric Johnson (Eric Johnson Session)
    • Alex Skolnick (Diversity is a Virtue)
    • Mike Keneally (Stretching the Mind and Fingers: Difficulty Level Solidly Challenging)
  • 5:30PM     Breakout Sessions

    • Stig Mathisen (Complete Fretboard Mastery: Understanding the thought process required to be a master of the instrument and develop complete freedom as an improviser. Demonstration on how to utilize these approaches when playing over complex chord changes such as “Not of This Earth”, etc.)
    • Doug Doppler (Joe Backing Tracks Session)
    • Mike Manning (Maintaining your JS Signature baby)
  • 7:00PM     Dinner

  • 8:30PM     Eric Johnson Show

  • 10:00PM     Camper Jamming

    with jam room leaders Stig Mathisen, Doug Doppler, Andy Aledort, Steve Jenkins, Frederico Miranda, Kenny Grohowski, and Teddy Kumpel

Thursday August 11

  • 8:00AM     Breakfast

  • 10:00AM     Breakout Sessions

    • Mike Keneally (Stretching the Mind and Fingers: Difficulty Level Punishingly Hard)
    • Andy Aledort (Song Dissection)
    • Alex Skolnick (The Art of Self-Teaching: Maintaining momentum in between workshops and lessons & overcoming mental hurdles common among artists)
  • 11:30AM     Breakout Sessions

    • Joe Satriani (Live Performance: insights, techniques, tricks and tips to achieving a successful live performance. “Forty-six years of experience playing live on stage has given me unique insights into to making every show fun for both you and your audience.”)
    • Stephen/Bryan (Bass and Rhythm Section Work)
  • 1:00PM     Lunch

    and Joe Satriani Band Signing and Merch Session

  • 2:00PM     Jam with the Band

    Teddy, Kenny, and Steve will be jamming with campers from 2:00-7:00PM.

  • 2:30PM     Breakout Sessions

    • Doug Doppler (Joe Backing Tracks Session)
    • Andy Aledort (Song Dissection)
  • 4:00PM     Breakout Sessions

    • Eric Johnson (Eric Johnson Session)
    • Doug Doppler (Joe Backing Tracks Session)
  • 5:30PM     Breakout Sessions

    • Stig Mathisen (Essential Compositional Principles of Joe Satriani: analysis of typical chord progressions and harmonic solutions favored by Joe, songs to be discussed include “Surfing with the Alien”, “Ice 9”, “Satch Boogie”, etc)
    • Doug Doppler (Joe Backing Tracks Session)
  • 7:00PM     Dinner

  • 8:30PM     Alex Skolnick Show

  • 9:00PM     Mike Keneally Show

  • 9:30PM     Guests Finale Show

  • 10:00PM     Camper Jamming

    with jam room leaders Stig Mathisen, Doug Doppler, Andy Aledort, Steve Jenkins, Frederico Miranda, Kenny Grohowski, and Teddy Kumpel

Friday August 12

  • 8:00AM     Breakfast

  • 11:30AM     Check Out


For the first time since 1995, Stu Hamm and Jonathan Mover will be my live band during the camp! It’s such a cool reunion. They were my live band on the tours behind Surfing with the Alien when I started my career as an instrumentalist playing live. The three of us have such an interesting bond. I can’t wait to rekindle it. In addition, we’re going to have some other very special guests who are not only incredible musicians but longtime friends!


Stu Hamm


Mike Manning


Jonathan Mover


Stig Mathisen


Doug Doppler


Gary Brawer

Surfing With the Alien played like an animated movie of the mind’s eye, driven by Satriani’s evocative soundtrack, and held in check only by each listener’s wildest imagination…

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800 Asilomar Ave
Carmel, CA 93950

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Room Types and Pricing

  • Shared Room with Two Beds

    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 the G4 Experience. Pricing is per person.

  • Single with One Bed

    Standard room with one King bed. Pricing is per person.
    Ocean View Upgrade available upon Checkout

  • Bring Your Loved One

    If you would like to have your loved join you at Asilomar but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals at Asilomar, 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 Carmel area.  Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant. Includes one D’Addario Welcome Kit. Your choice of one King Bed or two Queen Beds.
    Ocean View Upgrade available upon Checkout

  • Couples Room

    A standard room with a King bed meant to be shared by a couple BOTH PARTICIPATING IN ALL ACTIVITIES.
    Ocean View Upgrade available upon Checkout

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • 5 fully loaded jam rooms
  • Incredible welcome kit from D’Addario
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sighteseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – please bring your own instruments

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, 2016.
    • Any registrations received after April 1, 2017 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Minor Policy
    • 16 and 17 year olds are permitted with consent forms. Participants under 16 are permitted if accompanied by legal guardian/chaperone and a consent form.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy