Classes

2018 SPRING CAMP CORE CLASSES 

are now posted below

These are the morning classes, the ones you sign up for in advance, averaging 10-12 students to a class (more for classes with two teachers). We do limit the class sizes on these, so the earlier you sign up, the more choices you will have about which class to take. Be aware that some classes tend to fill even the first day we open registration. You take just one class in the morning, same class each day.
In the afternoons, there are many shorter elective classes you can take, and you don't need to sign up for those.

Click on a class, and you will see the full description, along with instructor bios and websites.

CLASS LEVELS:

  • Level 1 is "advanced beginner"; in other words,  you should know the basics of how to play your instrument, how to keep it in tune, and be able to play a few songs or tunes.
  • Level 2 is "intermediate"; you can do all the above, you have some experience playing with others, you're comfortable with your instrument and can play songs up to tempo.
  • Level 3 is "upper intermediate/advanced": you are a confident musician and comfortable jamming and playing in groups, but still there is always more to learn.

Recommended prerequisites are also given. When choosing a class, keep in mind that how long you have been playing does not determine which class you should be in; it's what you can do and what you know, as specified in the prerequisites for each class - please read those prerequisites before choosing your class. That said, an open and positive attitude towards learning in a group setting is really the most important prerequisite for having a great time at camp.

Based on camper interest, most of our classes are for intermediate level and beyond.

Level 1 players! (advanced beginners) Check out the group classes! You'll still get some instrument-specific instruction, and you'll also learn a ton by playing with others (playing with others is really what it's all about!). We do offer some level 1 classes for each instrument, but generally only have space for one or two at each camp.

If you’re uncertain which class is best for you, feel free to call for more information (415-663-6030). The director can help you choose a class, and we will allow for some adjustments as needed the first day.

Those who feel they've "outgrown" camp classes can be considered as teaching assistants (see the FAQs page for more info).

                                                                                                     

After the group classes, the rest of the classes are listed alphabetically by instrument or topic.

Elective Classes: At the bottom of the page, you can see sample topics of the afternoon elective classes. There will be many to choose from, and for the electives you need not sign up in advance, you can go to any of them. When you register for camp, you'll be invited to request any specific elective classes you'd like to see offered, and we'll offer them if at all possible.

Instructor(s): Morgan Cochneuer & Rebecca Richman

This is a special class for children who are not ready for a three-hour instrumental class. The class meets in the mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the same time as the main vocal and...

Instructor(s): Luke Abbott

This class is for you if you play at home but aren't so sure about playing with others, or you've played with others but want to expand your jamming skills, or you just find "going to a jam" to be a...

Instructor(s): Thomas Sneed

For anyone who plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, ukulele, or autoharp, and singers are welcome too. This class is designed for musicians who want to get together with other musicians and have a great time...

For Bluegrass or Oldtime Banjo Level 1 instruction - See, the Bluegrass Jam class or Old Time String Band class near the top of the page.

Instructor(s): Janet Beazley

In this class we will fearlessly pursue the sundry "T's" of good bluegrass banjo playing—tone, timing, technique and taste—as we hone our Scruggs- and melodic-style playing in a comfortable...

Instructor(s): Roy Andrade

This class will focus on playing clawhammer banjo in several settings: solo, backing up a fiddler, and backing up a singer (either yourself or someone else). They require different ways of thinking about how to use...

See the Bluegrass Jam class or Oldtime String Band class near the top of the page.

Instructor(s): Cary Black

For intermediate bassists. We’ll focus on the role of the bass in traditional and progressive bluegrass and old-time music, and also look into how the bass functions in related roots music styles including...

See the Bluegrass Jam class near the top of the page.

Instructor(s): Sally Van Meter

This class is designed for players who are fairly comfortable playing songs and tunes by ear, familiar or not, who want to learn to create good melodic soloing ideas and improve your technique. We’ll work with...

Instructor(s): Annie Staninec

In this class we'll focus on foundational techniques for achieving good tone and intonation, as well as improving our jamming skills! We'll learn how to quickly find a basic melody to a song, and transpose...

Instructor(s): Paul Shelasky

Paul will teach the bluegrass fiddle solos of the masters, concentrating on the originator of bluegrass fiddle—Chubby Wise. These solos will range from very easy to moderately difficult, but all of them are the...

Instructor(s): Betse Ellis

This class will help you to build your musical strengths, feel more fully how fiddle tunes work, and gain insight on practice techniques. You’ll learn tunes by ear, exploring bowing elements and how they...

Instructor(s): Raul Reynoso

This class will introduce you to those mystery chords that you have heard your favorite Swing players use. We'll start with simple three chord Western Swing songs, embellish them with new chords and...

Instructor(s): Chris Stuart

This class will focus on bluegrass rhythm guitar and lead and harmony singing. We’ll explore guitar rhythm patterns that complement singing (and a few that don’t), starting with the basic boom-chick with...

Instructor(s): Nina Gerber

Tired of muted notes?  Do you suffer from embarrassing fret farts?  We’ll spend time working on techniques that will improve your tone and dexterity, painful exercises that will stretch and strengthen...

Instructor(s): John Kael

We'll work on building strong foundations for your bluegrass mandolin playing, including varying rhythm techniques, a framework for building solos in the style of traditional bluegrass, tips and techniques to...

Instructor(s): John Reischman

In this class we will cover the melodies, chords, and approaches to improvisation to some swing and jazz standards. We will also explore some tunes from the new acoustic world...

Instructor(s): Kathy Kalick & Bethany Raine

When folks first start singing they tend to learn songs they've already heard, or songs they know that other people like. But as we go along, we get more specific about the songs that really move us. Once you...

Instructor(s): Keith Little

This workshop is based on Keith’s very popular “Vocal Troubleshooting” elective class which has been offered at camp before, but instead of trying to do this vocal critique class in one hour, we...

Instructor(s): Josh Tharp

Josh Tharp started playing banjo in 1997 after first hearing Earl Scruggs. In 2006 he began his bluegrass travels with the Southern California based band Lost Highway which took him all over the US,...

Instructor(s): many

Elective class sample topics are listed below. These one-hour classes are scheduled in the afternoons. The actual selection varies from camp to camp, but will include some of these for sure, and you...

Instructor(s): Music Caravan

Music Caravan brings a wide array of musical needs to camp including picks, strings, capos, tuners, stands, books and CDs. There will also be some instruments available. If known in advance, special orders can be...

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