Classes Offered

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NEW in 2020! Bekah Rolland will host singing Courses.

Roots & Boots Courses & Electives

Courses:

Mandolin

Intermediate/Advanced Mandolin:
Mark Miracle

Novice/Intermediate Mandolin:
Reno McCormick

Guitar

Intermediate/Advanced Guitar:
Peter McLaughlin, Rudy Cortese

Novice/Intermediate Guitar:
Peter McLaughlin, Rudy Cortese

Fiddle

Intermediate/Advanced Fiddle:
TBA

Novice/Intermediate Fiddle:
TBA

Banjo

Banjo courses will only be offered if we have a minimum of 3 students signed up

Upright Bass

Novice – Intermediate
Sheila McCormick

Intermediate-Advanced Bass
Mike Shiner

Singing

All Levels
Rebekah Rolland, and various instructors

Electives:

Various Instructors (1 hour)

Subject to change based on student needs
and desires. This is just a sampling of the types of electives taught. Most are for all levels, but please check the board at Camp.


2 & 3 Part Harmony Singing
Swing, Jazz, Blues Structure
Daily Small Jam Classes by level
Guitar Explorations
Performance techniques
Fiddle & Mandolin Duets

Courses (1 1/2) hours daily

Mandolin

• Intermediate/advanced bluegrass mandolin with Mark Miracle

These courses will be presented as “modules” or more intensive workshop style lessons. Rather than immersion (like 2019) each course will offer a different lesson in various skill building in order to help you improve your playing in all aspects of bluegrass, folk and Americana styles on the mandolin. We will focus on everything from creating a strong rhythmic chop, to clean single note fiddle tune style playing, to double stops and backup accompaniment.

Students should be able to play lead melodies and rhythmic accompaniment at a medium tempo.

• Novice/Intermediate Mandolin with Reno McCormick

These courses will reinforce basic skills on the mandolin with a focus primarily on bluegrass styles. We will be exploring how to preform a solid rhythmic chop to back-up others, including simple two finger chords with relative minor chords. We will learn a few simple, but well known tunes that are essential to a standard bluegrass repertoire and that are likely to be played at bluegrass jams throughout the world. Students must be somewhat familiar with their instrument and know how to play basic chords in G, C, and D.

Guitar

• Intermediate/Advanced guitar class with Peter McLaughlin and Rudy Cortese

The focus in this course will be on more advanced level guitar styles, primarily flatpicking, but other styles will be offered and explored. We will discuss developing guitar solos, adapting fiddle tunes to guitar, crosspicking methods, playing leads out of chord positions, left hand positions (including up-the fretboard using the whole neck), band dynamics, improvisation, and ways to improve timing and tone. There will also be discussion of some of the “master” flatpickers and their styles. Students will be able to take courses from either of these fine teachers over the duration of the camp.

• Novice/Intermediate guitar Peter McLaughlin and Rudy Cortese

These courses are designed to help students get comfortable playing in a group setting by working with familiar songs from the folk, blues and Bluegrass repertoire. We will introduce techniques and skills needed to play in various keys, which will also help you to better accompany yourself while singing. We’ll make sure you know your basic chords and have the ability to move between them. We’ll concentrate on how to create a solid rhythm in order to backup others, and get into some simple lead playing. Time permitting, we will also look into how the notes and chords are structured on the fretboard. Students will be able to take courses from either of these fine teachers over the duration of the camp.

Fiddle

• Intermediate/Advanced fiddle with TBA

These courses will help the more experienced player learn skills in lead development, back-up “percussive” fiddling, and other techniques in various styles from folk, to bluegrass, to acoustic rock. We will focus on style and bowing techniques that give fiddle tunes their groove. This workshop is meant for students with experience on the violin (even if they’ve never “fiddled”) and more experienced fiddlers looking to expand their repertoire and sound. We will spend our time addressing topics in master class style, practicing bowing techniques, and learning several tunes by ear.

 

• Novice/Intermediate Fiddle TBA

Our novice to intermediate fiddle classic will focus on developing your current technique and expanding your repertoire of fun fiddle tunes commonly played in jams. The goal is to make your playing more fluid, and build your musical confidence so you are more comfortable playing in a group setting with other instruments. Bringing a recording device will probably be helpful for most students, but more importantly a willingness to dig in and start playing.

NEW: The Sparkly Patty Memorial Singing & Songwriting Course with Rebeckah Rolland

with Rebekah Rolland

This vocal course is for everyone and will focus on the elements of good vocal technique and its application in the singing and songwriting of Bluegrass and Americana music. The class is designed for vocal students of all levels, from those just becoming acquainted with their voices to those hoping to take singing to the next level. We will work on a variety of songs and exercises meant to build confidence, strength, control, and expression in their vocal development. We will will also learn to apply the principles of vocal harmony, blending, and dynamics through a number of group-singing activities.

Finally, in keeping with folk tradition, students will explore the styles of past and present icons who have come to define traditional styles of singing–from the high, lonesome sound of Bill Monroe to the soaring melodies of Joan Baez to the smooth and soulful croons of Tim O’Brien.

Although you do not have to play an instrument to be in this course, you will receive greater benefits if you do.

This course is dedicated to the memory of an amazing “Unsung Heroine of Song” the great singer, Patricia Booth (Julie Sullivan’s mother): April 30 1939-January 26 2016. “Sparkly Patty” was a monumental influence on Julie’s musical career and inspired her to start this camp, and specifically to add in this singing component to invite everyone to use their voice to find joy and give joy back.

New: Upright Bass for novice to intermediate bluegrass with Sheila McCormick, and intermediate to advanced jazz, blues, and acoustic styles with Mike Shiner

These courses are for those who want to understand the unique and important role the bass plays in ensemble performing. Both Sheila and Mike Shiner are accomplished performers who will lead instruction on the upright bass for 2 learning levels, and offer tips on sound, dynamics, and performing.

This year we will also have an after hours “coffee House” set up with microphones and a PA to allow students to practice their chops with a sound system.

Electives

Our versatile teachers will be working together in these various electives for an exciting mix of instruction. Please check the schedule during camp for elective descriptions, exact times, and instructors. We will be adding more electives as the camp fills up. If there is an elective you’d like to see, let us know!

 

• 2 & 3 part harmony singing for all levels

This class will give students an opportunity to sing leads and harmonies on songs from the classic bluegrass repertoire. We share a catalogue of songs left to us by Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, the Stanley Brothers, Hazel & Alice – as well a huge body of songs from earlier predecessors in rural country music like the Carter Family. We will look at vocal style, phrasing, fundamentals of pitch and enough about music harmonies to help you find your way in a duet, trio or quartet.

• Jam Classes (Various levels)

We will offer various levels of jam classes, breaking students into small groups for an intimate, guided jamming experience. Novice students can take jamming 101 class which will offer instruction on jam etiquette, backup, simple leads, and harmony singing. We will play in a circle (at least 6 feet apart) where you can try out leads in a safe, supportive environment lead by all instructors. Fast jams will be for advanced students who can work together and get input from instructors, on developing speed, technique, and soul.

Only requirements: You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and change smoothly between G, C, D, and A. Fast playing is not expected, nor is the ability to solo required.

• Guitar Explorations (intermediate-advanced)

In these classes we will look into other musical styles on the guitar including Cowboy and swing chords, gypsy jazz, and more eclectic, creative styles.

More descriptions for electives for other instruments coming soon!