If you watched the video above, then you already know that you DEFINITELY want to attend HESSFEST… How do I know that? I know because EVERYONE wants to come to HESSFEST, and everyone who has ever been to HESSFEST loves it – and you will too.

HESSFEST – A 4-Day/4-Night Guitar & Music Event Jam Packed With The Best Master Classes, Seminars, Lessons, Jamming, Performances, And Hanging Out With Dozens Of Other Cool & Serious Musicians Just Like You Who Have Traveled From All Over The Planet To Be There

Have you ever had a time in your life when all you did was learn super exclusive knowledge and insider secrets about music & guitar from the world's leading guitar teacher?

4 Days and 4 Nights of nonstop music learning, guitar playing, jamming, master classes, lessons, seminars, performances, hanging out, having fun day and night. There is only one event on Earth where you can be, do and have all of that: HESSFEST.

Here Is Why You Are Going To Love HESSFEST

  • You Experience The Latest And Greatest Master Classes and Seminars Every Day – These innovative, exclusive and powerful master classes are filled with strategies, tactics and insights you will not find anywhere else. Here is a sample of what you will learn & experience in order to transform your musicianship:

    Master Class 1: Shred Like A Beast – Learning To Play Guitar Fast Is Only Hard If You Don't Know What You Are Doing: You will learn why & how some things that ‘sound’ hard and fast are actually very easy to play at high speeds with ease once you make 1 or 2 small adjustments to the way you play them. There ARE some shortcuts to improving your guitar speed… those who say there are no shortcuts, obviously don’t ‘know them’. You will learn what they are, how they work and how to use them to play guitar faster. 

    Master Class 2: How To Write Great Songs Using Modes & Exotic Scales - Get Beyond The Plain Vanilla Sound Of Major & Minor Keys: You will learn new ways to write great songs by breaking out of the cage that typical, overused and boring major & minor keys keep you in. The songwriting concepts you will learn are very powerful, yet easy to use once you learn them at this master class. 

    Master Class 3: Getting Every Drop Of Emotion Out Of Every Chord You Solo Over: You will learn how the greatest guitar players and songwriters choose the perfect note to play over every important moment in a song or solo. They don’t guess. They don’t experiment either… They know which notes will create the exact feeling they want you to feel in every important moment of the music. I will teach this to you in a way that is both easy to understand and in ways that you can USE in your guitar playing immediately.

    Master Class 4: Secret (But Simple) Ways To Write Awesome Songs You Will Love To Call Your Own: You will learn how to quickly create incredible sounding melodies that people love (it’s a lot easier than you think once you know a couple of uncommon but killer tricks). You’ll also learn how to transform any mediocre melody into a great melody so that your songs sound unique, creative and more expressive than ever before. Again, it’s easy once you know what to do and how to do it… I’ll show you both and you WILL be able to do this in your own music by the end of this innovative master class! 

    Master Class 5: How To Blow Away Your Listeners Every Single Time You Use This Incredible Technique: I was blown away myself when I first heard this amazing technique. When I saw it performed I was again blown away… but when I later understood that the technique is not that hard to use I was blown away for a third time… no words can accurately describe how cool this is. But I can tell you that once you hear it and learn it, you will absolutely LOVE this!

    Master Class 6: Advanced (And Totally Killer) Music Theory & Songwriting Concepts Made Easy To Understand & Use Even If You Know Little About Music Theory: Most people write songs by creating a chord progression and then creating a melody on top of that chord progression. While that method does work, it’s been done a billion times and it’s often boring. In this master class you will learn easy ways that master songwriters and composers add more creativity, interest and depth to their music so that you can do the same with yours. We’ll show you how. 

    Master Class 7: How To Permanently Eliminate Bad Habits In Your Guitar Playing So That You Can Get Better Faster: Whether you've played guitar for 1 month or for 30 years, you have 2 constant challenges in front of you: how to prevent bad habits from forming in your playing and/or how to fix bad guitar technique habits you currently have. In this master class you will learn a surefire guitar practice method to solve even the most deep-seated guitar playing problem and make your guitar playing feel easier than ever before.
  • You Get High Impact, One-On-One Lessons With Me. You may have one (or more if time permits) 1-1 guitar/music lesson with me on the guitar/musicianship topic of your choice.
  • You Will Meet & Spend Time With Some Of The Most Passionate Musicians And Students From Literally All Over The World. If you have never been to one to my live events before, then you don’t know how valuable, fun and life changing this will be for you… if you have been to one of my live events before, then you already know exactly what I’m talking about and you know how massively life changing this has been for you already!
  • You Will Learn From & Jam With Other Cool Musicians Who Are As Serious, Dedicated And Passionate About Music As You Are… and the best part is, they are all very cool people who are easy to talk to, are very open, welcoming and approachable – so even if you are a shy person, you’ll feel comfortable right away. 
  • You Will Have Opportunities To Perform your own songs, solos, or jam over backing tracks or with another player/friend attending HESSFEST. Most importantly, you will get immediate, direct and constructive feedback on your playing/improvising. Performing is optional, but strongly encouraged.
  • Like all my events, You WILL Leave HESSFEST A Better Musician Compared To When You Arrive!
  • Massive Amounts Of Fun! People come back every year…because it’s so fun!
  • Nice Hotel Environment At Affordable Rates: In addition to all the master classes, 1-1 lessons, performances, jamming and other music fun, you will be staying at a very nice (but not expensive thanks to our low special group discount rate!) hotel with large lounge areas, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, free local bus shuttles to area shopping and of course lots and lots of music fun with cool people!

Look How Far People Travel To Come To HESSFEST!

Canada Mexico England Ireland Germany
Holland Belgium Sweden Norway Finland
Denmark Poland Russia Malta Italy
France Estonia Greece Slovenia Croatia
Austria Switzerland Spain Lebanon Israel
South Africa New Zealand Australia South Korea India
Singapore Czech Republic Argentina Japan Syria
China Malaysia Ukraine United States  


"In a nutshell, I was FLOORED by this whole event. I can't imagine that it could have gone any better. I'm not sure really what I was expecting, but I can tell you that I came away feeling like my life has been changed in some significant way."

- Nick Layton, Vancouver, Washington, USA


"We got to watch the master at work... Seeing Tom play on a screen is one thing, seeing him play from about 25 cm away as it happened at one point is a whole different experience... The sheer sight of us all trying to analyse every micro-movement Tom's hands were doing hardly leaving him any room to breath must have been absolutely hilarious from the outside... Imagine 40 people literally bending over-backwards to try and get the best possible angle on Tom's hands as he's demonstrating a sweeping lick, but that was absolutely invaluable as an experience since you hardly get the chance to see players of that caliber from so close who are willing to share their experience and explain in minute details what they're doing and how they're doing it... And Tom absolutely did..." 

- Chris Martins, France

"I always expect a lot from Tom and he over delivers on a consistent basis. I am surprised that my face muscles are not sore from all of the smiling I did over the past week! Thank you Tom for everything you have done for me and for yet another experience I will never forget!"

- Paul Tauterouff, New York, USA


"Thank you Tom! Thanks for making this happen! I had a blast in all possible ways. Meeting such talented, ultra cool people just blew my mind. All the Master Classes and one-on-one lessons were great, I learned and got so much out from those that it will take a while to digest everything. I feel that the HESSFEST gave me an inspiration boost for life!"

- Risto Kivela, Illinois, USA


"This was truly an awesome event. Mega thanks to Tom for putting this on, to the hardworking staff, and to all who attended.  I must admit, when I first arrived, I expected I would feel like an outsider, being both a newbie to the event, and a non-guitarist, too.  That melted away within minutes of meeting you all. By the time I left, it felt like family. Being a singer in a very guitar heavy environment, I got to learn the true meaning of the term "cross-pollenation." I was really surprised how much of the material I could apply directly to my own musical world. Tom's "Pro-gression vs. Retro-gression" tip is going to affect every song I write from now on, and the inevitable rewrites of existing ones. Pretty freakin' WOW! Can't wait to see you all again next year!"

- Jim Dix, Florida, USA


August 21-24, 2014
in Crystal Lake, Illinois

Tickets are limited and HESSFEST sells out fast every year. 2014 will be no different. Get your ticket before someone else gets your ticket!

You Now Get This (Never-Before-Offered) Very Special FREE Bonus:

Big Bonus Gift #1: FREE HESSFEST Ticket For Your Friend* To Attend HESSFEST With You – The event will be even more fun when you bring a friend. Plus, YOU will be the BIG HERO in your friend’s mind when he/she has an amazing musical and life-changing experience at HESSFEST! *You can give your free ticket to any friend you want over the age of 18 who is also not a current or former client/student of mine.



Want an even more intense guitar learning and mastering experience? Now you can fill virtually every waking hour of your time here by adding 4 hours of essential guitar training.

A Lifetime Of Limitation, Frustration and Damage To Your Guitar Playing...
Gone In Just Three Days:

Fretboard Domination Coaching 

August 22-24, 2014
in Crystal Lake, Illinois USA
(You will attend this event in the morning (8:00 am - 12:00 pm) 
before HESSFEST begins at 1:00 pm)

Big Bonus Gift #2: 1 Fretboard Domination Coaching 50% Off Discounted Ticket For A Friend. *You can give your 50% discounted ticket to any friend you want who is also not a current or former client/student of mine.  

 Read the full details about the Fretboard Domination Coaching Here 


How much are people paying to attend my other live events? Two years ago, I offered my Total Guitar Mastery Training Event for $1,997… it sold out in 3 minutes! Then I added a second event for the same price… it sold out in 22 minutes! People came from 5 continents to attend those events. Last year I offered my Ultimate Guitar Soloing & Creativity Mastery Training event for $1,997… it sold out in 46 minutes… On November 5, 2013 I offered Total Guitar Mastery Training Event for $1,997 again and it sold out in 4 minutes… we also offered a $2,997 Ultra package which sold out in 93 seconds (yes, ‘seconds’, not minutes)!

So now you're probably wondering how much you will invest to attend HESSFEST (which includes the great bonus item mentioned earlier).... The truth is, I should really charge at least the same as my other live events, because although HESSFEST is a different type of event, it’s massive value and life-changing experience it gives is undeniable (as you saw for yourself in the video at the top of this page). The coolest part is, you won’t pay $1997. In fact, you won’t even pay half that price ($997). How does ¼ ($497) sound? :)

Here is what I want you to do now:

  1. Scroll down.
  2. Click on the orange button that says: “Add To Cart”
  3. Then, on the next page, follow the very simple instructions (it’s very easy and fast to do)

Do it right now.

Once that is done, I’ll show you exactly how to book your hotel room (at our special low $89 discount rate) and then book your airplane tickets (you will get easy step-by-step instructions once your payment is processed).

Yes! Tom, I want to get in. 
Please enroll me in your upcoming:



August 21-24, 2014
in Crystal Lake, IL, USA



plus I also want


Big Bonus Gift: 1 FREE HESSFEST Ticket For A Friend. 


Yes! Tom, I want to get in.
Please enroll me in your upcoming:

HESSFEST 2014 (August 21-24, 2014)
Fretboard Domination Coaching (August 22-24, 2014) (You will attend this event in the morning (8:00 am - 12:00 pm) before HESSFEST begins at 1:00 pm)

in Crystal Lake, IL, USA

(3-month and 6-month payment plans available)

plus I also want

Big Bonus Gift #1: 1 FREE HESSFEST Ticket For A Friend.

Big Bonus Gift #2: 1 Fretboard Domination Coaching 50% Off Discounted Ticket For A Friend.

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Tom Hess

PS: Don’t be intimidated! If you are feeling intimidated or afraid to attend this event, please don’t be afraid. Let me explain why: Although there are many truly amazing guitar players & other musicians who come to this event every year, there are also many other players who are not advanced guitar players yet. They were afraid too the first time they attended HESSFEST, but once they got here, they immediately felt relaxed, comfortable and realize that everyone is here to help you… NOT to compete with you, not to judge you and not to try to be ‘better’ than you. I hear new people say what they fear most is being 'the worst musician in the room' or 'too old' or 'too young' or 'too stupid' or 'into the wrong style' or 'afraid of this' or 'afraid of that'. Here’s my advice to you if you feel this way:


Let’s deal with all the irrational fears that people in the past have had about coming to this event so that we can eliminate them once and for all... right here and right now.

List of irrational fears:

  • Fear of being the worst guitar player in the room.
  • Fear of not being ready for an event like this.
  • Fear of not being 'qualified' to be here
  • Fear of other people hearing you play poorly.
  • Fear of people at the event judging you as a musician (or as a person).
  • Fear of me (Tom) thinking you are not as good of a musician as you want me to think you are.

 .... the list is endless.

If you feel this way now or in the future, STOP it!

NOBODY cares who the best or worst player in the room is.
NOBODY is going to judge you one way or the other.
NOBODY cares how well you play guitar when you come to the event.

... We ONLY care about one thing and one thing only… MAKING YOU A MASSIVELY BETTER GUITAR PLAYER than you are right now! This is the only thing we focus on… (plus we focus on having a LOT of fun in the process!)

We are with you, we support you and we all understand what I feels like to be afraid sometimes or insecure about our playing. You will definitely not be alone in this.

So don’t let fear get in your way. This event WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE in more ways than you can probably imagine right now reading this!

PPS: We KNOW your story! When you are at home, nobody else really is like you. Nobody else around your home city thinks and feels like you do. You are special. You are the only one that you know who is as passionate about music as you are... You often feel isolated where you live... you feel like an island... you feel that others (even other musicians) around you simply cannot understand you, relate to you or think and feel like you do. You often ask yourself, "am I the only person in this world who thinks, feels and believes the way I do?" It's a lonely feeling... I know... I've felt this in the past too for many years, just as you do now.

Right now you know that you WANT to come to this event, but are not sure if you have the courage to actually do it. It can be a little scary to travel around the world to a place you've never been to - surrounded by people you've never actually met.

Next, you arrive at the hotel and you feel strange, awkward and nervous... you don't know what to expect, what to say, what to do or how to act... maybe you feel afraid and wonder if you made the right decision to really come to this event...

Then the events begin, all of your negative feelings and thoughts begin to melt away. You realize quickly that everyone else here is JUST LIKE YOU! You realize that EVERYONE in the room is ultra special. They are NOTHING like the musicians/people you know back in your city. You realize that these events are a collection of all the 'people like you' in the world who all traveled to the same place, at the same time, to do the same things... and it feels AMAZING... almost 'unreal'.

And then the best part comes... you begin to realize that everyone else feels the same way about YOU as you feel towards them!!!

You realize that other special people value you. They feel good simply talking to you... they want to be around you. They want to spend time with you… why? Because they see that you understand them, can relate to them, are as passionate about music as they are… and that is just as rare in their hometown as it is in yours.

You leave the event knowing you have just spent the last several days with the people you've wanted to surround yourself with your whole life but could never find them in your hometown... and you know in your mind, your heart and in your bones that they feel exactly the same way about YOU!!!!!

Trust me... if you don't think you are 'special', it doesn't matter... Why? Because everyone else here at these events DOES think (and know) that you are special to them... and you'll feel that in a very big way... because it's REAL.

When we say this is life changing... it truly is, on so many levels.

PPPS: This Event SELLS OUT Fast Every Year, and the chance of this event selling out again this year is 100%. Registration for this event opens on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:00 am Central Standard Time (Chicago time). Our last music event sold out in just 4 minutes!

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