Mark Miracle, KC Groves
Peter McLaughlin, Reno McCormick, Alvin Blaine, Julie Sullivan, KC Groves
Chris Brashear, Matt Rolland, Rebekah Rolland, Reno McCormick
Reno McCormick, Alvin Blaine, Richard Brown
Sheila McCormick, Mike Shiner
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—check the board at Camp.
2 & 3 Part Harmony Singing
Fast/slow Jam Classes by level
Fiddle & Mandolin Duets
New for 2021! 4 TRACKS offered with various Courses
This year we will be offering a variety of courses within 4 tracks listed below. Courses will be 75 minutes long and include discussion, demonstration, then gathering in breakout groups to play and practice with guidance. Students may enjoy any course on any day and do not have to choose one track. These courses will be co-taught and instructors may change from day to day offering students an opportunity to benefit from different instructors’ knowledge, and to practice in breakout groups, based on the various styles and techniques offered.
Please see the schedule upon arriving for levels and specifics regarding who your instructor(s) will be.
Track 1: Truegrass to Newgrass (Bluegrass Track)
We will examine the work of the great legends in Bluegrass from the beginning (including Bill Monroe, the Carter Family & Mother Maybell, Doc Watson, Clarence White, Stanley Brothers, Louvin Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Del McCoury, Tony Rice, Peter Rowan and more!) to the evolving styles of current masters and innovators of our time (such as Sam Bush, David Grisman, the Steeldrivers, Gillian Welsh, Dave Rawlings, Sierra Hull, Chris Thile, and more).
(Int-Adv) Guitar Crosspicking Techniques
Through examination of Clarence White and other masters like Tony Rice and Norman Blake, we will dissect the patterns used to create this full and floral sound injecting syncopation as a means of driving the melody.
(All Levels/All instruments) Brother Duets (for Sisters too)
Through the amazing family catalog of the brother band genre including the Delmores, Osborne Brothers, the Louvin’ Brothers and others we will study, sing and play as a group, emphasizing work on close duet harmonies.
(Int-Adv) The NewGrass Frontier
Through the eyes and hands of the great players like Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, David Grisman, and more, we will look at the evolution of Bluegrass and what links the sound to the past, while moving it forward with infusions of jazz, blues and rock.
Track 2: Swing, Cowboy Twang & Country Classics
Country music is at the heart of our great American cultural expression and heritage—crossing over and influencing Bluegrass, Blues and jazz, and vice versa. We are fortunate enough to have a couple of great dobro players with us this year which we will feature in some of these courses along with all the other instruments and how they contribute to this downhome sound.
(All Levels/All instruments) Cowboy and Cowgirl up!
Cowboy music is synonymous with the cultural development and history of the West. Let’s look at some classics that are still welcomed around campfires anywhere in the world. In this course, we will pull from this repertoire and sing and play emphasizing storytelling and basic accompaniment. And, there might even be some yodeling involved…
(All Levels/All instruments) Country Classics
Through the lens of music by country music heroes like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Jimmy Rodgers, Johnny Cash, George Strait, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and more we will breakdown some easy chords progressions, while singing and playing these classic songs from the days when there were only scratchy radios!
(Int-Adv) Let’s Swing!
In this course we will examine structures of Swing chords as they are used by the likes of Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys, Asleep at the Wheel, Fats Waller and more and how they have influenced other genres. A blues or bluegrass jam will always welcome an injection of swing to wow your musical compadres!
Track 3: Blues, Jazz, D’Jango & More
(Int-Adv) I got the Blues so bad…. Mike Shiner
Mike Shiner will walk students through basic and more advanced blues progressions interjecting historic context. Emphasis will be on playing proficiently but with soul and passion. Mike will lead students in jams where players can practice blues backup and leads and receive encouragement with suggestions for improvement. This is one course where a harmonica is welcome.
(Int-Adv) D’jingo D’jango
In this course, students will receive instruction on the intricacies of gypsy jazz and more advanced chords. This course will be of special interest and geared for guitar and fiddle students.
(All Levels) I got Rhythm
Well…do you? Having great rhythm can make or break a band, or your own musical performance. Many people get stuck because they play alone, or don’t even realize their rhythm might be “off”. This critical 6th sense is what really forms the foundation for all good music. In this course, students will be lead students through exercises to help them achieve better rhythm while exploring more creative approaches to enhance your playing and singing.
Track 4: Singing & Songwriting
(All Levels) Singing while Accompanying yourself on your instrument Course
This course will be for all levels but especially for novice-intermediate students that would include instruction on how to make a song your own, getting better at presenting, not looking at your hands, fills and simple leads from a chord to enhance your songs.
(All Levels) Songwriting for all levels with various instructors will also be offered this year. Many of our instructors are accomplished songwriters eager to share their knowledge and tips with both beginning and advanced songwriters.