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!
• 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.
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.
Advanced Jam classes will be offered in various styles: bluegrass, swing and blues. These will be facilitated by various instructors with focus on agility, style and presentation, but mostly for big fun!
• Instrumental Explorations (intermediate-advanced)
In these classes we will look into musical styles for various instruments including exploring cowboy and swing chords, gypsy jazz, and more eclectic, creative forms. We will also offer insights into the styles and techniques of some famous influencers like Doc Watson, Django Reinhardt, Tony Rice, Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs, and more.
New this year!
Soundcraft with Alvin Blaine (Old Blue Sound master).
Alvin will have a small stage and sound system set up this year for some evening events where he will discuss the ins and outs of sound for acoustic bands. We have to keep things pretty quiet out there, but it will be informative to have these discussions and demonstrations in a “coffeehouse” setting where you can also showcase your own work.
Vocals from the Heart with Chris Sanders.
Chris Sanders will and guide through a series of invigorating and uplifting exercises and explorations to create an experience of singing that is uniquely positive and customized to the groups needs. See instructor pages for complete description. You do not have to play an instrument to participate in this new event which can be purchased as a stand alone course.