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Sample Camp Schedule (at bottom)


October 21-23, 2016

Oxford PA


Additional instructors may be addd! 

Novice Clawhammer Banjo Class-Hilarie Burhans and Janie Rothfield

This is a class is for the novice level (not beginner) clawhammer banjo player who wants to improve their right hand rhythm,  add in drop thumb techniques, play more than simple melody and how to play with a fiddler in a jam. We will use a fun learn by ear approach designed to help you get the music and rhythm in your head, improve your musicality and get you playing new tunes and songs quickly!  You will expand on your basic “bum ditty” rhythm, learn chords, and more commonly played Old Time tunes and songs, so you can play in jams and have fun with Old Time Music! 


Intermediate-Advanced Banjo Class-Hilarie Burhan/TBD

This class is for banjo players who can already play up to speed in a jam, who are looking to ramp up their playing to the next level and grow further as musicians. Estimated playing experience required:3-4 years and up. 


We will explore advanced variations to tunes and songs with an ear for clarity, tone and detail.   You will learn many left and right hand techniques and tricks with slides, hammer-on’s, pull offs, triplets, more intricate rhythms and tunings.  We will also explore how to back up a fiddler with a variety of chordal and note techniques, how to play harmonies and lead melody and accompaniment to singing. These techniques will be applied to a variety of well known tunes and we will also explore  new tunes in a few special tunings to add to your repertoire.  


Intermediate-Advanced Fiddle Classes (Old Time (Janie Rothfield/TBD), Cajun (Michelle Kaminsky) Quebecois (Lisa Ornstein)

These fiddle classes are for intermediate-advanced players with 3-4+ years experience playing, who are able to learn by ear and can play at a medium speed at jams. You will learn a variety of  tunes in different keys and alternate tunings, rhythms, bowing patterns  pther nuances that are typical of these traditional North American styles. Throughout the weekend you will take a musical and cultural tour through Louisiana, Appalachia and Quebe where you will learn about playing chords, back-up techniques, foot percussion, ornamentation and putting swing and syncopation into your bowing, how to get better tone, play by ear and tips on how to pick up tunes easier and quicker!   







Please play your instrument often for 2-3 weeks prior to camp to build up calluses!

  • Strings

  • Capo

  • ​Audio/Video Recording Device: ipad, iphone, camera 

  • Electronic Tuner

  • Bow re-hair

  • Change your strings

  • Note pad and writing utensil




Jane class march
Betty class march
Anchor 26
Cathy class March
things to remember
October 2016 OXFORD PA FIddle Styles and Clawhammer

Hot and Cold beverages/light snacks available all day, everyday!
Friday Oct 21-
NOON-Orientation and Light Lunch
1-3:30pm  Class
3:30-4pm  Break
5-5:30pm  Jamming/Wildcard Classes (to be determined)
6-7pm       Dinner
7:30pm Staff House Concert/Jam


Saturday October 22

9-9:30am                 Orientation/Continental Breakfast
9:30am-12               Class 
12:00-1:30pm          Lunch break/Jamming
1:30-3:30pm            Class 
3:30-4:00pm            Break
4:00-6:00pm            Wild Card Classes/Socializing/Jamming
6:00-7:15pm            Dinner/Jamming
7:30-8:00pm            Student concert  (sign up at camp)
8:30-10:30pm          Jamming/Socializing/Snack

Sunday October 23

9:00-9:30am            Breakfast
9:30-12pm               Class 
12:00-1:30pm          Lunch/Jamming
1:30-3:00pm            Wild Card Classes/Jamming
3:30                           End of Camp  


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