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Saturday , August 2 - Friday, August 8


Nan Collie (Beavercreek, OR)


Paul Elliot (Seattle, WA)

Camp Instrumentalist

Nina Gerber (Richmond, CA)

Sideperson Strategies (level 2-4) We'll experiment with different ways of accompanying a singer/guitarist; the role of a sideperson; and general manners when it comes to backing up others. We'll learn the "less is more than enough" concept of accompaniment.

Theory Applied To The Guitar (level 2-4) Through the use of 5 major scale patterns (CAGED), we will learn the fretboard 5 frets at a time. Expand your chord vocabulary, play above the 5th fret, and UNDERSTAND the guitar neck. Start learning the note names on the neck NOW!

Sara Grey (Edinbane, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Strangers in this Country (level 1-3) When the Scots emigrated they left behind a homeland rich in ballad and song tradition. My aim during the week is to present an entertaining and informative connection between the Scottish and North American traditional songs.

How Do I Sing That? (level 2-4) We’ll take Scottish dialect songs and decide how to approach singing them; with or without dialect, with or without accents etc. We will also discuss choosing songs and ballads; considering vocal range, interpretation, phrasing, dynamics, etc.

Piper Heisig (Los Osos, CA)

Unobtrusive Percussion (level 1-3) We'll explore a variety of rhythmic grooves using a very compact set of percussion tools. With these grooves we will be able to accompany most of the music found at camp: Country, R&B, rock, swing, jigs, reels, waltzes, and samba.

Vocal Performance (level 2-4) This class will make performing more accessible and less intimidating. We'll learn about mic technique, stage presence, phrasing, finding your key, chart making, arranging, and communicating with the band. Bring a song to perform during the week.

Wayne Henderson (Mouth of Wilson, VA)

Beginning Finger-Flatpicking (level 3) Learn to play fiddle tunes and melodies from the Southeastern U.S. using Wayne's "pinch" style of fingerpicking (or a flatpick). We will go over it (and over it, and over it) until you get it.

Advanced Finger-Flatpicking (level 4) Learn more complex Southeastern single-note fiddle tunes and popular melodies. You can either use a flat pick or learn Wayne's "pinch" style of fingerpicking. There will be lots and lots of playing in this class.

Carol Elizabeth Jones (Buena Vista, VA)

Polishing Your Original Songs (level 2-4) This class is for songwriters who are ready to work on the fine details of their craft. We will share original songs, learn to identify clunkers or problem spots, and figure out how to fix them. The shy need not apply!

Getting That Country Harmony Sound (level 2-4) This class is for students who already sing harmony, but want to find parts that are really country and less "folky." We will learn new repertoire each day, try harmony choices, and work out the new material in duos and trios.

Kitty King (Blaine, WA)

Beginning Bass (level 1-2) The Beginning Bass class provides an introduction to the basics of acoustic bass playing: the care and feeding of the instrument, hand and body positions, your role in the band, and how to fit in with different musical styles.

Writing Song Lyrics (level 2-4) If you've got the music but now you need to put words to it, come to this class. We will explore many different ways to get your ideas onto paper and into the music. Bring your own tunes or use the tunes provided.

John Knowles (Nashville, TN)

Beginning Guitar (level 1) You provide the passion to play guitar and I’ll bring a handful of basic chords. We will accompany ourselves singing by the end of the week. You’ll go home ready to grow as a guitarist.

Beginning Fingerstyle Guitar (level 2) The chords you know will sound even better once you've learned a few basic right-hand moves. I’ll share a few of my favorite intros and turnarounds so you can spice up your accompaniments.

Kristina Olsen (Venice, CA)

Songwriting (level 1-3) Give your songwriting skills a boost! We'll do fun creativity games, talk about what makes a song strong, and we'll do exercises to improve skills for the different aspects of writing, lyrics, melody, and rhythm. Be prepared for lots of assignments.

Slide Guitar (level 2-3) Come learn the seductive sound of the slide guitar! We'll focus mostly on blues and mostly on slide played in open tunings. Slide guitar is a great class to take when your left hand fingers are sore, no calluses needed! All you need is fundamental knowledge of the guitar.

Steve Palazzo (Santa Cruz, CA)

Dissecting the Good Doctor (level 2) We will explore the exciting guitar style pioneered by the legendary Doc Watson in this beginning flatpicking class. We will learn basic accompaniment and simple leads to fiddle tunes and old-time country songs.

Plays Well with Others (level 3) From driving bluegrass songs with bass runs to swinging Texas-style tunes with closed rhythm chords, this class will focus on feeling the pulse of the music and playing the appropriate back-up style.

David Romtvedt (Buffalo, WY)

World Wide Squeeze (level 1-2) Invented in the 1820's, the diatonic accordion is now played for party dance scenes around the world. We'll work on basic technique and learn songs from some of these traditions (Cajun, Conjunto, Juju, Cumbia, Contra, Square, Trikitixa, Forro, etc.).

Part of the World Beat Orchestra (level 1-4) All instruments and skill levels are welcome in this ensemble. Singing, too. If we get together and bring the skills, the love, and the gear that we've got, what can we make? I'll bring tapes and transcriptions of tunes from around the world.

Eric Schoenberg (Tiburon, CA)

Know Your Way Around the Fingerboard (level 3) Learn 4 note chord forms empirically with a system of chord development/fingerboard education, giving you a window into whole-fingerboard awareness. You’ll never need a chord book again with this powerful swing chord tutor/arranging tool.

Techniques for Advanced Fingerstyle Guitar (level 4) Enter into a discussion of advanced fingerstyle elements. These can include musical forms such as folk, blues, ragtime, jazz, and Celtic; and picking styles such as alternating bass, waltz, arpeggio, and the new clawhammer technique.

Richard Scholtz (Bellingham, WA)

Songs in Life (level 1-4) Explore repertoire and strategies for getting songs out of performance and into the intimacy of daily life: families, schools, libraries and offices. How do songs travel? How can you engage non-mucisians in shared music? We'll do a lot of singing.

Song Accompaniment for Dulcimer (level 3-4) This class is for intermediate and advanced dulcimer players interested in finding sounds and textures that support the meaning of a song. Bring songs that you love to sing. Singers are also invited to join the class.

Marcia Taylor (Providence, RI)

Singing 101 (level 1-2) With power, ease, and joy, learn how to sing, or learn how to sing better than you do now. The breath and the body are your instrument. Focus on warm-ups, avoiding vocal strain, singing in-tune, finding your best range, harmonizing, etc. We'll have fun!

Singing 202 (level 2-3) This is a trouble-shooting class for those who are ready to take their next step as singers. You define the challenge; together we'll explore solutions. We’ll combine vocal coaching, group singing, and a survey of good vocal habits and technique.

Joe Vinikow (Seattle, WA)

Swing 101: the Rest of Your Guitar (level 3) If you can play a barre 'F' chord, this class will start you navigating the upper fingerboard wth confidence. You'll learn a handful of the most useful moveable chord positions, fingerings that allow you to play in any key, without a capo.

An Introduction to Chord Melody (level 3-4) Swing chords: not just for backup anymore. Learn to play solo guitar versions of swing and jazz standards, using chord inversions and substitutions, passing chords and moving lines to make simple, satisfying arrangements.

Ray Wood (Port Orchard, WA)

Swing Accompaniment/Comping (level 3-4) We will progressively move from root and fifth based seventh chords to inversions built on the third and seventh with substitutions and rhythmic variation. There will be lots of time devoted to getting out of the book and into the head.

Swing Lead (level 4) Learn how to improvise "no wrong note" solos using key centers as a starting point. Practical scales, parallel harmony, picking techniques, and theoretical ideas will be examined. And we’ll explore bebop ideas. Be prepared to play lots of notes.

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