Sample Camp Schedule (at bottom)
January 6-8, 2017
Mountain View, California
Novice Clawhammer Banjo Class
This is a class is for the novice level clawhammer banjo player who wants a refresher with the basics of right hand rhythm (including drop thumb), help with playing 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 a bunch of commonly played Old Time tunes and songs, so you can play in jams and have fun with Old Time Music!
Intermediate-Advanced Banjo Class
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.
This class 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 Class
The fiddle class is for intermediate players with 3-4 years experience playing. You will learn a variety of Old Time tunes in different keys and alternate tunings, rhythm and bowing and those other nuances that are typical of traditional Southern style fiddling, chords and back-up, how to get great tone, play by ear and how to pick up tunes easier and quicker!
Back Up Guitar Class
This class is for guitarist who already can play the basic chords of G, D, A and C. You will learn how to change chords, hear the chord changes for tunes and songs, and get that right hand driving rhythm for Old Time Music.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER TO DO
AND BRING LIST FOR JANIE'S JUMPSTART WEEKEND CAMP
Please play your instrument often for 2-3 weeks prior to camp to build up calluses!
Audio/Video Recording Device: ipad, iphone, camera
Change your strings
Note pad and writing utensil