Silver Bay, NY at the Silver Bay YMCA Conference Center
Silver Bay is a large Y Camp and Conference Center, on Lake George in the Adirondacks.
87 Silver Bay Road
Silver Bay, NY 12874
August 21-26, 2022
Fiddles are full.
Please get on the waitlist, as there are sure to be cancellations.
Deposit of $100 via credit card holds your spot. $360 (check or cash) balance due at camp.
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For a $15 discount, pay the $100 deposit by credit card and send a check for $345 by Feb 15 (full payment) to Dr. Banjo, 7930 Oxford Road, Niwot, CO 80503.
All Bluegrass Skills Taught
9am-12:30pm: Daily classes for banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, bass…AND… Coached small jam groups, intermediate/advanced.
1:50-5pm: coaching on harmony singing (one coach per trio), classes on songwriting, basic music theory, practice “boot camp”, playing under pressure, stagecraft, and more!
Activities every evening: fiddle tune jam, open mics, karaoke, history, jamming, beautiful sunsets!
Organized Bands: $395 each member
For band members registering together, to work together as a band throughout the week: $65.00 off each member’s tuition. Bands will have opportunities to perform and get performance coaching including working with a sound system on stage (band lab), band cohesion, rehearsal guidance, band decision-making, “how to make a band work”.
Band members must first contact Pete as a group, for approval of the group members’ band discount, and then they can each register with the discount.
In 2022 we will have two concurrent camps:
|Level 2 (this camp)||Basic Camp|
|Qualifications||Experience with bluegrass jamming; able to play in more than one key; able to follow guitar chord changes; willing/able to lead songs; know basic chord number system and jam etiquette||Ability to change chords smoothly between G, C, D, A (fiddlers and bass players: know which notes go with which chords)|
|Tempos||Ranging over 100 beats/minute||60-95 beats/minute|
|Singing||Ability to sing melodies accurately is expected; harmony singing taught to those who can learn and “hold” a harmony part most of the time||Please try!|
|Soloing||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||Minimal “placeholder” soloing taught, and acceptable; more advanced soloing taught but not required|
|Performing||Performance opportunity (expected but optional); some performance coaching; extra coaching available for bands||No performing expected|
|Night Activities||Open to participate in open mic and karaoke||Attendance welcome at all nighttime activities|
|If you’re not sure if you qualify, write Pete regarding your skills in these areas.|
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.
We are sometimes able to grant scholarships for some or all of tuition and possible housing allowance, according to financial need. Grants depend on contributions to the Silver Bay Bluegrass scholarship fund. 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.
Silver Bay YMCA Conference Center
For accommodations reservations, call 518-543-8415 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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The schedule shown here is based on recent years’ schedules and is sure to incorporate some changes.silver-bay-schedule-2022