This camp was started by Julie Sullivan Brace, co-founder of Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival, now in its 17th Year. Julie served as artistic director for Pickin’ in the Pines co-guiding the festival toward its current success and public enjoyment. She currently serves as Festival Advisor. She also creates and supports 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.
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. Also, this camp is for ADULTS 18 and up. Please see our policy on bringing children.
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). 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. Additionally, we will work with the Nashville Number System for understanding music structure when changing keys. This is widely used in bluegrass and blues jams. Please contact us to discuss your level if you are uncertain.
(I-A & I-B) Intermediate
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. Please note: We will access Intermediate level students at the camp to determine what immersion class you should be in. Classes will be organized based on your skill and broken into 2 groups if we have too many students in one instrument. This will most likely be the case for guitar, as is it our most popular course, but not necessarily for the other instrument courses offered.
Wednesday, June 7, (check-in 3:00 pm, no classes). Sunday, June 11, 2023 (check out by noon). Please see schedule and fee structure for additional information.