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Playing Experience Levels

These guidelines aim to ensure that all camp participants have an enjoyable experience. They represent what your playing capability should be before you take the class (prerequisites).

Classes are generally designed to pace themselves to match the participants' abilities. Level 1 classes aim to proceed at the pace of the slower students in the class. Level 2 and 3 classes aim to move at the pace of the majority of students in the class. Level 4 classes are designed to push the capabilities of all students and will target the pace of the more capable students  Class descriptions that show a range (Levels 2-3) means the material presented is broadly applicable across that range.

LEVEL 1: You are new or relatively new to your instrument. You may be able to play basic chords or scales slowly. You want to learn the basics of the instrument. You have very little experience playing with others.

LEVEL 2: You are competent with basic chords and/or basic scales. You can keep rhythm and/or play basic melodies and/or sing and play at the same time if the song is familiar. You generally need the chords or melody to be written out in order to play along. You have some experience playing with others.

LEVEL 3: You are reasonably comfortable with most chords, basic major and minor scales, and can play at an appropriate tempo for songs. You are aware of time signatures, song keys, and know that there are chords called 6th, 7th, 11th, etc even if you can’t play them all. You are comfortable maintaining good rhythm and are willing to taking breaks while jamming with others, even if the breaks don't always turn out the way you planned. You may be hoping to take your playing up to the next level of performing with a group or band (beyond jamming) and you want to further improve your technique and speed.

LEVEL 4: You are skilled on your instrument and have a good understanding of musical concepts including scales, arrangements, harmonies and some improvisation. You play lead and back-up with a steady rhythm and can play skillfully with others. You know there is life further up the neck on your instrument and have some capability in that world. You have performing experience, can hold a tune, and can harmonize.

Build A Band

JARRED ALBRIGHT

Level: 2–4
Whether you’re looking for arrangement tips and tricks, tightening up your band’s sound, finding a role for yourself in a new band, standing out as a player without sticking out, or just getting the most out of your instrument, this class may be for you!

Using some folk, bluegrass and country sensibilities I’ve learned over the years as both a professional multi-instrumentalist and producer, we’ll talk, write out, and of course, play our way through all of this and more as we deep-dive a few songs of the group’s choosing.

All instruments are welcome and encouraged but some intermediate-to-advanced fundamental backup and lead playing would be a big asset.

Come and learn how to take your entire musical approach to the next level!

DRUM & STRUM ENSEMBLE

DAN BARTON

Level: 1–3

Ever wonder why the person next to you at the campfire is flailing on their instrument with reckless abandon and you barely have time to strum your next chord once? Why does it look so complicated but sound so good?

Armed with my ukulele and drumming skills, I will deconstruct some classics, breaking them down into basic strum patterns you can see and feel, and then build them back up with strumming patterns, different finger picking techniques, and feels. We will explore the pocket, setting a backbeat, and staying in the groove through the changes. Build rhythm patterns that fit a tune, and work on harmonies and arranging to make your music breathe, lift, and better entertain.

We’re going to have a lot of fun first, and then maybe learn some cool things too.  This ensemble class will include lots of rhythm-focused playing.

Bring ANY acoustic instrument along to this class. Students should have reasonable proficiency with their instrument as NO instruction on how to play their instruments will be given.

FIDDLE

CHELSEA SLEEP

Level: 2–3

Taught in the aural tradition, this mixed intermediate level class will learn tunes from a mix of styles, focusing on multi-layers, harmonies, back-up groove parts and overall arranging for groups/ensembles.

Sheet music for tunes will be provided at the end of the last class so come with your ears and your audio recorders charged!

The overall goals of the class are:

  • to create a supportive, encouraging learning space;
  • to introduce tools to help learn better and faster in the aural tradition (by ear):
  • to explore techniques to improve overall sound and grow playing ability’
  • Have the students leave as more confident and competent musicians:
  • to have fun.

Prerequisites: students who are competent on their instrument and can play at least a couple of simple tunes by memory and by ear.

HARMONICA

PETER MAY

Level: 1–2

The Ultimate Portable Instrument

Class Description Coming Soon!

Old Time Ensemble

RHONDA SHIPPY

Level: 2–4

Coming Soon …

Songwriting

WYNN GOGOL

Level: 1–4

Coming Soon …

Ukulele - Fingerstyle

BEVERLEY THOMPSON

Level: 2-3

Are you wanting to move from strumming your Ukulele to Fingerstyle Picking? Are you feeling you need a change from the DDuDuDu strum pattern and wish to explore other techniques? If you know your basic open chords, this workshop is for you!

Various Ukulele Picking styles will be illustrated:

  • PIMA (Thumb, Index, Middle, Ring fingers)
  • Travis Style
  • Carter Style
  • BONUS! – Open C tuning (Slide)

Applying your newly learned skills we will play classic songs such as Dust in the Wind, Banks of Ohio, Shady Grove, Blues Stay Away from Me, and some newer options such as You are My Sunshine in a minor key (Yes, a minor key!), The Water Let’s You In, and The Redtail Hawk.

No previous fingerpicking experience necessary. Tabs will be provided to learn new techniques, with a quick primer in Tab reading. For more experienced players, chords in alternate positions will be explored.

Come prepared to elevate your Ukulele skills and most of all, have UKEFUN!

Vocals

DANA WYLIE

Level: 1–4

Singing is a fundamental to being human. I believe that everyone can (and should!) sing, and that to use our own bodies as resonant chambers in music-making is one of life’s great joys. And when we do it together – well, that’s a whole other level.

In this class, we’ll run the gamut from the basics of healthy sound production, to exploring and expanding the full range of vocal expression, to addressing challenges and how easily we can get in our own way, to different approaches to harmony singing.

I’ll make time in this class to work with students individually and as a group.

And we’ll do plenty of singing together as well.