Cleveland Ohio

Janie's Jumpstart Old Time Music Camp


February 7-9, 2020

At Janie's Jumpstart, we strive to ensure that the students in each class are at the same level. Upon registration, Janie will be in touch to assess your playing via facetime/skype or video. This way, student and teacher will have an even better experience throughout the weekend because everyone will be very close to the same skill and ability.
Intermediate/Advanced Old Time Fiddle with Janie Rothfield
This class is for intermediate-advanced level players with 3 or more years experience playing and who can already play at a medium speed in a jam.   We will concentrate on old time bowing (your fiddle paintbrush) to create rhythm and groove in your playing. We'll also explore phrasing, ornamentation and several open tunings as you learn a variety of wonderful old and new tunes from many old time sources such as Uncle Norm Edmonds, Tommy Jarrell, Snake Chapman and more!  .   

Int/Advanced Clawhammer Banjo with Brad Kolodner
This class is for people who have been playing for 3+ years, who have already have a good repertoire of tunes in keys of C,D, G, and A, and who can play at a solid medium speed in a jam.

Brad will take you beyond the bum-ditty to explore the versatile nature of old-time banjo with a focus on adding rhythm and melody to your playing.  A variety of tune and different tunings will be taught as vehicles for exploring an array of techniques and ideas including but not limited to drop-thumb, playing back up, bass-lines, going up the neck, chords, adding variations to your tunes and achieving good tone.



Novice/Low Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo with Hilarie Burhans
This class is for people who have a little or hardly any experience with clawhammer banjo. 

So you’ve started playing frailing/clawhammer style banjo! I’m here to help you with some next steps, which include:

  • Increasing your repertoire, with some great jam-friendly tunes

  • Learning basic chord shapes in the two most common tunings, and learning how (and why) to refer to them using a number system

  • Hearing and applying chord changes, and how this can help you play tunes you haven’t learned note-by-note

  • Learning and practicing some simple “go-to” right hand patterns, including drop thumb patterns and practice with slides, hammer-ons and pulloffs

All of the above will help you to be able to sit down with other folks and play music with them.  My teaching style is supportive and relaxed, and while we’ll be working hard, we’ll be having a lot of fun while doing it!




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