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  • Multi-day intensive-but-relaxed instruction focused on how to jam
  • Camps are full-immersion for two or more days, a good way to instill learning in a short time
  • Camps tend to draw students from a wide region, to be together for a weekend
  • Understanding instruction on following and leading songs, faking solos, backup skills
  • No music or tab, no prior experience required but must be able to switch smoothly between G, C, D, and A chords
  • Experienced players welcome, will be given skill-appropriate challenges
  • All bluegrass instruments, all ages

All Camps

  • Weekly sessions with intensive-but-relaxed instruction focused on how to jam.
  • Weekly classes draw from a smaller area, so nearby jammers can meet.
  • Weekly classes allow students to practice up and prepare between sessions.
  • Understanding instruction on following and leading songs, faking solos, backup skills
  • No music or tab, no prior experience required but must be able to switch smoothly between G, C, D, and A chords
  • Experienced players welcome, will be given skill-appropriate challenges
  • All bluegrass instruments, all ages

All Weekly Classes

  • Daily sessions (typically 2 hours each) teaching the basics of informal bluegrass playing.
  • Small coached groups.
  • Understanding instruction on following and leading songs, faking solos, backup skills.
  • No music or tab, no prior experience required but must be able to switch smoothly between G, C, D, and A chords.
  • Experienced players welcome, will be given skill-appropriate challenges
  • All bluegrass instruments, all ages.
  • Walkups welcome or pay in advance for discount.

Festival Classes

  • Intensive-but-relaxed instruction focused on how to jam.
  • Individually coached small group jams with experienced, low-pressure teaching.
  • Easy qualifications: Be able to switch between G C, D, and A chords.
  • Experienced jammers welcome, will be given skill-appropriate challenges.
  • Learn to follow along, lead songs, fake solos, backup skills.
  • No written music or tab. Learn by ear as in real bluegrass.
  • All bluegrass instruments, all ages

All One-Day Classes

QualificationsLevel 1 Classes and Camps
Basic / Early Intermediate
Level 2 Classes and Camps
Intermediate / Advanced
Overall
Ability to change chords smoothly between G, C, D, A (or the notes that work on bass and fiddle)
Ample experience with bluegrass jamming; able to solo in more than one key; able to follow guitar chord changes; willing/able to lead songs; experienced using the basic chord number system and jam etiquette
Tempos60-95 beats/minuteRanging over 100 beats/minute (if not sure you can handle that speed for soloing, please check)
SingingPlease try! Song leading is especially valuedAbility to sing generally melodies accurately is expected. Harmony singing is taught daily to those who can learn and usually “hold” a harmony part
SoloingMinimal “placeholder” soloing taught, and acceptable; more advanced soloing taught but not requiredWilling/able to fake passable solos in more than one key (exceptions: bass players and rhythm-only guitar players). Melody-based solos are the standard, so we try for that; ability to find melody notes by ear is expected.
PerformingNo performing expectedSome camps may provide a performance opportunity (expected but optional); some performance coaching; extra coaching available for bands in some camps
OtherIntermediates welcome, and given added challenges. Level 1 camps present a lower challenge than a Level 2 camp in levels of skill and speed, allowing an experienced player to take a more prominent role in the Level 1 jam groups.

Level 1 Camps

Level 1 Weekly Classes

Level 1 One-Day Classes

Level 1 Festival Classes

QualificationsLevel 2 Classes and Camps
Intermediate / Advanced
Level 1 Classes and Camps
Basic / Early Intermediate
Overall
Ample experience with bluegrass jamming; able to solo in more than one key; able to follow guitar chord changes; willing/able to lead songs; experienced using the basic chord number system and jam etiquette
Ability to change chords smoothly between G, C, D, A (or the notes that work on bass and fiddle)
TemposRanging over 100 beats/minute (if not sure you can handle that speed for soloing, please check)60-95 beats/minute
SingingAbility to sing generally melodies accurately is expected. Harmony singing is taught daily to those who can learn and usually “hold” a harmony partPlease try! Song leading is especially valued
SoloingWilling/able to fake passable solos in more than one key (exceptions: bass players and rhythm-only guitar players). Melody-based solos are the standard, so we try for that; ability to find melody notes by ear is expected.Minimal “placeholder” soloing taught, and acceptable; more advanced soloing taught but not required
PerformingSome camps may provide a performance opportunity (expected but optional); some performance coaching; extra coaching available for bands in some campsNo performing expected
OtherIntermediates welcome, and given added challenges. Level 1 camps present a lower challenge than a Level 2 camp in levels of skill and speed, allowing an experienced player to take a more prominent role in the Level 1 jam groups.

Level 2 Camps

Level 2 Weekly Classes

Level 2 One-Day Classes

Level 2 Festival Classes

  • Much like our regular camps, but held just prior to or during a bluegrass festival
  • Camps are full-immersion for two or more days, a good way to instill learning in a short time
  • Camps tend to draw students from a wide region, to be together for a weekend
  • Understanding instruction on following and leading songs, faking solos, backup skills
  • No music or tab, no prior experience required but must be able to switch smoothly between G, C, D, and A chords
  • Experienced players welcome, will be given skill-appropriate challenges
  • All bluegrass instruments, all ages

Festivals Typically Including a WM Camp

  • Grey Fox Festival
  • MerleFest
  • Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival
  • Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Festival Camps

  • Learn to play some seasonal songs bluegrass-style!
  • A “Holiday Jam Songbook” will be provided, and standard bluegrass jam songs will be ringing through air as well!
  • Holiday-themed treats, decorations, and attire!

Holiday Classes