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Basic/Early Intermediate Jam Camp
August 20, 2023 – August 25, 2023 EDT
Taught by Harry Gambrill using the Wernick Method
Silver Bay, NY at the Silver Bay YMCA Conference Center
87 Silver Bay Road, Silver Bay NY 12874
August 20-25, 2023
$10 off through April 20. $150 deposit holds your spot; 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance. You will be sent the full set of of student materials as soon as you register.
Assisted by Tom Behan
In 2023 we will have two concurrent camps:
|Basic/Early-Intermediate (this camp)
|Level 2, directed by Pete Wernick
|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
|Ranging over 100 beats/minute (if not sure you can handle that speed for soloing, please check)
|Please try! Song leading is especially valued
|Ability to sing generally melodies accurately is expected. Harmony singing is taught daily to those who can learn and usually “hold” a harmony part
|Minimal “placeholder” soloing taught, and acceptable; more advanced soloing taught but not required
|Willing/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.
Please carefully assess your qualifications to determine which camp is most suitable. If you’re not sure, write to Pete regarding your skills in these areas. We reserve the right to re-assign students between camps as needed.
|Basic/Early-Intermediate (this camp)
|Level 2 Camp
|No performing expected
|Performance opportunity (expected but optional); some performance coaching; extra coaching available for bands
|Attendance welcome at all nighttime activities
|Open to participate in open mic and karaoke
|Both camps will have the same hours. Sunday evening following dinner is an informal kickoff get-together for all. Classes and coached jamming run Monday-Friday 9-5 daily, in separate but close-by locations at Silver Bay. Both camps’ students will have meals together and may arrange accommodations on-site together.
For accommodations reservations, call 518-543-8415 or email email@example.com.
Call any time… Your message left will get a callback during the next business hours. The Silver Bay reservations team will help you with housing choices and all info. Room/meal deals start at a little over $100/day; the least expensive options are reserved quickly so call soon!
We are sometimes able to grant scholarships for some or all of tuition and possible housing A scholarship is available for a bass player for the Level 2 camp, or for any instrument in the Level 1 camp. It covers full tuition and about half of housing/meal expense. People under 25 and service veterans are especially encouraged to apply. To donate or apply, write to Pete.
Applicants should give their age, instrument(s) played, and experience and goals in bluegrass, and a short statement of their financial need. Applications must be received by June 22 and applicants will be notified by June 27.
Harry Gambrill (Ridley Park, PA) was bit by the bluegrass bug early and began playing the banjo at age twelve. He plays banjo with regional bluegrass band The Jersey Corn Pickers. Harry also plays the bass, dobro, and guitar, and has been giving lessons for over 20 years.
Tom Behan (Slingerlands, NY) teaches and performs in the Capital District area of Upstate NY and has been playing the guitar and banjo for over 40 years. He currently holds down the guitar and lead vocal spot with the High Peaks Bluegrass Band based in Saratoga Springs. Tom has been successfully teaching guitar and banjo to children and adults for over 20 years, including a Beginning Bluegrass Guitar Workshop at the Saratoga Library.