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Yosemite Songwriting Retreat

October 8th – 11th 2021

October 2021 Retreat

Join us for a weekend of classes, mentor sessions and performance opportunities to connect with other songwriters and develop your skills – October 8th – 11th 2021. Our instructors will include Mary Gauthier, Laurie Lewis and Joe Craven and we will be at a beautiful new venue, Big Table Ranch near Coulterville.

 

As this event approaches will be seeking the best advice available about how to have a safe, creative and fun event during the Covid-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our participants is our first priority.

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Using Zoom for Music

If you’re using Zoom to share music while you’re isolating at home, here’s a really helpful video about how to set up your sound for best results.

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Better Live Acoustic Guitar Tone

We’re really proud of the live sound at our concerts and open mics. Last year, David Jacobs-Strain commented that he’d never before heard so many acoustic guitars sound like acoustic guitars, and he knows a thing or two about guitar tone! If you’d like to get a better amplified acoustic tone, retreat coordinator and Beat Harvest educator Adam Burns has some tips for you in the video below. To learn more come to Adam’s live performance class at the 2019 retreat.

Hear the 2018 Recordings

Everyone who attends the Yosemite Songwriting Retreat has the opportunity to record one of their compositions during the weekend with a professional recording engineer. This is a great way to capture your creations and share them with your friends and family. Visit the ‘Listen‘ page to hear recordings from last year’s retreat, recorded by Mike Christner.

Mary Gauthier

We are very excited that Mary Gauthier will be teaching at the 2021 Yosemite Songwriting Retreat. Mary is an extraordinary songwriter and a revolutionary educator. Watch her TED talk and get inspired…

A Message from Joe Craven

Compilation CD

CDThe Yosemite songwriting retreat CD is a compilation of 17 songs written and recorded by participants at the recording sessions we offer during the retreat. This eclectic collection showcases the depth of talent and diversity of styles that make up our creative community. All of the profits from CD sales go to our scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to people who want to come to the retreat.

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A Day at the Retreat

Adam and Gail take you through a typical day at the Yosemite Songwriting Retreat. Got questions? Get in touch. Ready to register? Sign up today!

How Did YSR Begin?

By Gail Dreifus

I was coming back from Joe Craven’s” Rivertunes” camp and frankly I wanted more.  More chances to hang out with musicians, meet new people and set aside time to write and play music.  However, I did not want to drive a long distance again in pursuit of my musical desires so the obvious answer to my passion was to create my own songwriting retreat in my neighborhood.   Continue reading “How Did YSR Begin?”

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