This camp was started by Julie Sullivan Brace, co-founder of Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival, now in its 15th Year. Julie has also been the artistic director for Pickin’ in the Pines since its inception co-guiding the festival toward its current success and public enjoyment. She currently serves as Festival Advisor. She has also created and supported many music events in her life, including serving as a board member for both Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music, and the Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music (oversight board of The Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley, CA). This camp is her most exciting venture to date. Although we had to cancel the second RBMC, due to COVID 19, and our again in 2021 due to forest fires, our inaugural year in 2019 was a huge success and we will continue to refine the model in years to come. We have specifically moved up the date to earlier in June to hopefully avoid fire season. This camp is for ADULTS and we offer 2 different levels of instruction on many acoustic instruments along with singing classes.
Please note: there are no beginner classes, with the exception of singing. You must have command of your instrument. If you are unsure of your level, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
You must at least be able to strum, pick or bow, as well as change basic chords in time and understand simple melodies (you do not have to know how to play leads—we will teach this). An ability to play in several keys (minimum G, C, D), and to know respective relative minor chords is also desired. These courses will strengthen your knowledge, help you understand song and tune structures, help you to play with more precision, speed, and confidence. Please contact us to discuss your level if you are uncertain.
(I-A) Intermediate to Advanced
Must be proficient in strumming styles, picking, bowing, ability to easily change chords in many keys, can play at speed, and can play some runs and leads. These courses will help you build on this understanding, and improve your skills in speed, chord development, lead playing in various styles.
Wednesday, June 8, (check-in 3:00 pm, no classes). Sunday, June 12 (check out by noon). Please see schedule and fee structure for additional information.