Taught by Gilbert Nelson using the Wernick Method*
Boomer, NC just after MerleFest
Camp Harrison, 7901 South NC Highway 18, Boomer NC 28606 (10 miles south of Wilkesboro)
May 2-5, 2022
Monday – Thursday 9:15am-5:00pm each day
Includes lunches, snacks, and Camp Harrison student fee. $100 deposit holds your spot; 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.
Other meals and on-site bunkhouse, RV, and camping accommodations are are arranged through Leigh Nelson.
In 2022 we will again present two camps but at different times:
|Basic Camp (entry level – early intermediate) — this camp — just after MerleFest||Intermediate / Advanced just prior to MerleFest|
|Qualifications||Ability to change chords smoothly between G, C, D, A (fiddlers and bass players: know which notes go with which chords)||Experienced at bluegrass jamming; able to play in different keys; able to follow guitar chord changes; willing/able to lead songs; know basic chord number system and jam etiquette|
|Tempos||60-95 beats/minute||Ranging over 100 beats/minute|
|Singing||Please try!||Ability to sing melodies accurately is expected; harmony singing taught to those who can learn and “hold” a harmony part most of the time|
|Soloing||Minimal “placeholder” soloing taught, and acceptable; more advanced soloing taught but not required||Willing/able to fake passable solos (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|
|Performing||No performing expected||Performance opportunity (expected but optional); some performance coaching; extra coaching available for bands|
|If you’re not sure if you qualify, write Pete regarding your skills in these areas.|
Gilbert Nelson has been a regular on the jam scene for 30 years, with a passion for jamming, performing and teaching a variety of instruments. Gilbert’s teaching is action packed and always encouraging, emphasizing fun and success, providing a safe and supportive learning environment while still finding ways to stretch comfort zones and bring students to a higher level of musical maturity. Gilbert leads his own band “The Jam Town Grass” as well as coaching other groups in musicianship and stagecraft.
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