Registration Begins JULY 17, 2017 AT 9:00AM

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

Vai Academy 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!

Vai Academy 4.0

Vai Academy 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!

Featured Artists

“We have a host of excellent teachers who will be leading various classes on technique, theory, and more. We’ll have constant jams happening everywhere.”

“You’re going to get an opportunity to sit there, watch, learn, and interact with these guys. It’s a gathering of a powerful group of achievers who have focused their lives on reaching this level. They’re sharing it here.”

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Steve Morse

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St. Vincent

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Yngwie Malmsteen

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Jeremy Colson

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Philip Bynoe

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Dave Weiner

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Thomas Nordegg

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Stig Mathisen

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Doug Doppler

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Andy Alt

Schedule

“As always, we’ve got some good stuff planned. The focus will be on modes, chord theory, interval relationships, exotic synthetic scales and how to derive their chord scales, and chord progression analyzation, and how it relates to song construction, key signatures and circle of fifths, time signature theory, and more.”

Our Vai Academy 2018 Schedule will be announced in the fall.  In the meantime, check out schedules from past Vai Academy events to get an idea of what to expect!

Monday January 02

  • 1:00PM-4:30PM

    Arrival and Check In (3:00 Hotel Check In.  Rooms may be available earlier)

  • 4:30PM-6:00PM

    Steve Vai Welcoming Remarks and Q&A

  • 6:00PM-7:00PM

    Dinner

  • 7:30PM-8:30PM

    Opening Night Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve

  • 9:00PM

    Camper Jamming with Doug Doppler, Stig Mathisen, Stewart Jean, Maurice Verloop, Federico Miranda, and Chris Cisneros

Tuesday January 03

  • 7:30AM-9:00AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:00AM-10:30AM

    Steve Vai Master Class

  • 10:45AM-12:00PM

    Carlos Alomar Session

  • 12:00PM-1:00PM

    Lunch

  • 12:30PM-1:00PM

    Pigtronix Clinic

  • 1:30PM-2:45PM

    Steve Vai and Carlos Alomar Joint Session- Lead and Rhythm 

  • 3:00PM-6:00PM

    Jamming with Stewart and Maurice

  • 3:00PM-4:15PM

    Al DiMeola Master Class

  • 4:30PM-5:45PM

    Breakout Sessions- Play with Steve’s Band (see song list below), Carlos Alomar Informal Session, or Gear Company Presentation (Aaron Marino and Jeff Slingluff)

  • 6:00PM-7:00PM

    Dinner

  • 7:30PM-8:30PM

    Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve

  • 8:30PM

    Camper Jamming with Doug Doppler, Stig Mathisen, Stewart Jean, Maurice Verloop, Federico Miranda, and Chris Cisneros

Wednesday January 04

  • 7:00AM-9:00AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:00AM-10:15AM

    Steve Vai Master Class

  • 10:30AM-12:00PM

    Breakout Sessions with Al DiMeola and Carlos Alomar

  • 12:00PM-1:00PM

    Lunch

  • 12:30PM-1:30PM

    Pigtronix Clinic

  • 1:30PM-3:00PM

    Group Photo followed by individual shots with instructors and artists

  • 3:00PM-4:00PM

    Zakk Wylde Master Class

  • 4:00PM-5:15PM

    Steve Vai and Al DiMeola Joint Session

  • 5:30PM-7:00PM

    Signing and Merch Session

  • 7:00PM-8:00PM

    Dinner

  • 8:30PM

    Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve

  • 9:00PM

    Camper Jamming with Doug Doppler, Stig Mathisen, Stewart Jean, Maurice Verloop, Federico Miranda, and Chris Cisneros

Thursday January 05

  • 7:30AM-9:00AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:00AM-10:30AM

    Steve Vai Master Class

  • 10:45AM-12:00PM

    Breakout Sessions with Zakk Wylde and Carlos Alomar

  • 12:00PM-1:00PM

    Lunch

  • 1:00PM-2:00PM

    T.C. Electronics Presentation

  • 2:00PM-4:00PM

    Jam with the Band! (Maurice and Stewart will be jamming with campers from 2:00-6:00)

  • 2:00PM-3:00PM

    Pigtronix

  • 3:00PM-4:15PM

    Steve Vai and Zakk Wylde Joint Session

  • 4:30PM-5:45PM

    Breakout Sessions- Play with Steve’s Band! (See song list below), Carlos Alomar Informal Session, Stig Mathisen Session, or Gear Company Presentation (Line 6 with Doug Doppler and Thomas Nordegg)

  • 6:00PM-7:00PM

    Dinner

  • 7:30PM-8:30PM

    Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve

  • 8:30PM

    Camper Jamming with Doug Doppler, Stig Mathisen, Stewart Jean, Maurice Verloop, Federico Miranda, and Chris Cisneros

Friday January 06

  • 7:30AM-9:00AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:00AM-10:30AM

    Thomas Nordegg Guitar Tech Clinic

  • 11:00AM

    Check Out

SUN August 02

  • 3:00PM-5:00PM

    Check-In

  • 5:00PM-5:45PM

    Welcome Meet Up – An Intro to Camp with Steve

  • 6:00PM-7:00PM

    Photos with Steve

  • 7:00PM-8:30PM

    Dinner

  • 9:00PM-10:30PM

    Performance: Jam Session & Q&A with Steve and the band

  • 10:30PM-12:00AM

    Jam Rooms open

MON August 03

  • 7:30AM-9:00AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:00AM-12:00PM

    Steve Vai & Takashi Hosono (from Ibanez): Building a Guitar: Video of Ibanez Guitar Build & Discussion

  • 12:00PM-1:15PM

    Lunch

  • 1:30PM-3:30PM

    Steve Vai and Paul Miles (PRS): Guitar Neck & Body: Discussion of various woods and their sounds

  • 3:45PM-4:45PM

    Guitar Clinics with Eric (last names A-K) and Sonny (last names L-Z)

  • 4:50PM-5:50PM

    Guitar Clinics with Eric (last names L-Z) and Sonny (last names A-K)

  • 6:00PM-7:30PM

    Camper Jamming with Steve’s Band (Last Names A-G) / Aaron Marino: Boss Pedal Clinic

  • 7:30PM-8:45PM

    Dinner

  • 9:00PM-11:00PM

    Performance: Steve’s Band /
    Eric Johnson & Sonny Landreth Jam with Steve /
    Steve and Campers Jam (Last Names R-Z)

  • 11:00PM-1:00AM

    Jam Rooms open

TUES August 04

  • 7:30AM-9:00AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:00AM-10:30AM

    Stig Mathisen: Melody in Playing Leads

  • 10:45AM-12:45PM

    Larry Dimarzio: Pick Ups and Electronics

  • 1:00PM-2:15PM

    Lunch

  • 2:30PM-4:00PM

    Steve Vai: Listening Clinic

  • 4:15PM-5:30PM

    Camper Jamming with Steve’s Band (Last Names H-P)
    Doug Doppler: Amp Clinic

  • 5:45PM-6:45PM

    Guitar Clinics with Eric (last names A-K) and Sonny (last names L-Z)

  • 6:45PM-7:45PM

    Guitar Clinics with Eric (last names L-Z) and Sonny (last names A-K)

  • 7:45PM-9:00PM

    Dinner

  • 9:00PM-11:00PM

    Performance: Eric Johnson /
    Sonny Landreth /
    Steve and Campers Jam (Last Names A-G)

  • 11:00PM-1:00AM

    Jam Rooms open

WED August 05

  • 7:30AM-9:00AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:00AM-10:00AM

    Thomas Nordegg: Guitar Set Up

  • 10:15AM-12:15PM

    Sterling Ball: All About Strings

  • 12:30PM-1:45PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00PM-3:30PM

    Steve Vai: Q&A

  • 3:45PM-5:00PM

    Camper Jamming with Steve’s Band (Last Names R-Z)

  • 5:00PM-6:00PM

    Guitar Clinics with Eric (last names A-K) and Sonny (last names L-Z)

  • 6:10PM-7:10PM

    Guitar Clinics with Eric (last names L-Z) and Sonny (last names A-K)

  • 7:10PM-8:30PM

    Dinner

  • 8:30PM-9:30PM

    Signing Session with Steve, Eric & Sonny

  • 9:30PM-11:00PM

    Performance: Steve’s Band Performs /
    Eric & Sonny Jam /
    Steve jams with Campers (Last Names H-P)

  • 10:00PM-12:00AM

    Jam Rooms open

THURS August 06

  • 8:30AM-10:00AM

    Breakfast

  • 12:00PM

    Check Out

Day 1

  • Arrival Day – Cocktail reception/meet and greet for all our guests, Steve & his special guests.
  • Get to know the masters and they will get their first opportunities to know you.
  • After the cocktail party, there will be a wonderful dinner served, followed by an intimate performance/Q&A session with Steve and his guests.

Days 2 -4

  • A minimum of 4 hours a day of master sessions with Steve and a panel of musicians and industry heavies (outlined on the home page).
  • Master classes by Guthrie, Vernon, and Skunk.
  • Evening jam sessions and concerts with Steve and the special guests EVERY NIGHT!
  • Tons of playing, learning, networking, and practicing!
  • Great food!

Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs

“There is perhaps no more magical place than the desert in the winter. The weather is just too delicious to even write about. It’s clean, dry, and fresh. Experiencing a Palm Springs evening usually leaves a sort of mystical imprint for life.”

  • Hard Rock Entrance
  • Hard Rock Guest Room
  • Hard Rock Pool

Setting & Accommodations

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs hasn’t been called one of the best places to stay in Palm Springs for nothing. When it comes to catering to our guests, we roll out the red carpet and connect people through the power of music. From our unique amenities and longstanding tradition of hosting musical greats, we want your experience with us to be like none other. A laid-back vibe with star-worthy accommodations, we know you’ve come to play. This is Hard Rock.

The Pit

Area Attractions

Palm Springs, California, the ultimate desert playground, is an oasis for outdoor adventure, arts and culture, gaming and entertainment. The city’s storied Hollywood legacy, Native American heritage, and stunning collection of mid-century modern architecture reflect why Palm Springs is truly like no place else.

Tram Valley

  • Mountains
  • Dinosaur Museum
  • Hiking

Area Activities

Soar to the top of Mount San Jacinto, hike through ancient palm groves and along stunning scenic trails. Ride a cruiser through the scenic neighborhood, enjoy the Spanish style and mid-century modern architecture. Tour world class museums, leaving time for dining alfresco and walking to entertainment venues under the stars.

Visit http://www.visitpalmsprings.com/ for more details!

Travel Directions

Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs

Address
150 S Indian Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Website
Hard Rock Palm Springs

Contact
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Instrument Travel

FAA Rules - Bringing Musical Intruments on Flights

Upgrades

We will be offering two packages which feature different Ibanez Steve Vai signature models, in this case, signed by Steve and strung by Thomas Nordegg, Steve's tech. Guitars will be available at the event upon arrival.

JEM77WDPCNL MSRP $2299, our price $1699
Upgrade your Vai Academy experience with Steve Vai's Signature series Ibanez JEM77WDPCNL in charcoal brown. Vai will sign them and Thomas Nordegg, Vai's tech, will have them all strung. A $2,299 value.
*Guitar will be waiting on you when you arrive at camp.

JEMJRWH MSRP $666, our price $599
Upgrade your Vai Academy experience with Steve Vai's Signature series Ibanez JEMJRWH in white. Vai will sign them and Thomas Nordegg, Vai's tech, will have them all strung. A $666 value.
*Guitar will be waiting on you when you arrive at camp.

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Promos

Recieve these promotions at camp when you sign up for Vai Academy 4.0!

LINE 6 HELIX NATIVE PLUG-IN($399.00 MAP)
Critically Acclaimed Guitar/FX Processor in a Plug-in Format

Get that full vintage sound in a plug-in with the Helix® Native.

TC ELECTRONIC WIRETAP RIFF RECORDER PEDAL($99.99 MAP)
WireTap Riff Recorder is the must-have tool for every serious songwriter out there.

Jam on and don't lose your killer riff with this compact pedal from TC Electronic.
Build something majestic with the free WireTap app

*Upgrades and Promotions will be received when you arrive at camp.

Pricing and Registration

“Personally, I am looking forward to talking about all of the obtuse quirky technique tools I have, which put me in my own little sandbox at the playground. That quirkiness makes you who you are as a player. Then, you can find those melodies and write songs. It all comes together.”

“For first-timers, I’d like to personally usher you into the fold. If this is your first rodeo, I want you to know we welcome players of all ages and skill levels. For those Vai Academy “veterans,” it’s an honor to see you again and again! Thank you!”

–Steve Vai

Room Types and Pricing

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    2,199.00

    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 Vai Academy 4.0. Pricing is per person.

  • Single with One Bed
    3,499.00

    Standard room with one bed. Pricing is per person.

  • Bring Your Loved Ones
    4,199.00

    If you would like to have your loved join you in Palm Springs but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar hero dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Palm Springs area. Your choice of one King Bed or two Full Size/ Queen Beds. When you purchase tickets there are two options for the room size. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant. 

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • Activities, and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Incredible welcome goodie bags
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi
  • All workshops
  • Nightly jam sessions
  • Multiple jam rooms fully loaded with gear

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 October 1, 2017.
    • Any registrations received after October 1, 2017 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