FAQ & Camper Tips
Recommendations on Choosing Classes
It’s very likely that sometimes you’ll look at our schedule and wish you could be three places at once. This is quite normal, and not grounds for alarm. In fact, our director feels he wouldn’t be properly doing his job as programmer if you didn’t want to be three places at once! The first time this happens to you, just follow your instincts and make your selection (you can’t go wrong, all the choices are good!). The next time you feel torn, try to select a class offered by a different teacher, the time after that by a third teacher, and so on.
Try to sample at least one class by each of the instructors in your genre over the course of the weekend. Don’t feel intimidated about attending a class offered by an instructor who is well known or whose playing is complex. After all, if he or she can do the complex stuff, he or she can probably explain the simple stuff, too (and all our teachers are great explainers, or they wouldn’t be here!)
Most of our classes are “hands-on,” meaning that teachers have a set of skills or a tune or two in mind to impart, and that students should have their banjos in hand during class. On the other end of the spectrum are the few sessions labeled “demo.” Demos are presentations or mini-performances combined with explication and Q & A sessions (students will probably not have banjos in hand for demo classes). Somewhere in between are those classes labeled “demo-instructional.” Where they fall precisely in the continuum is up to the discretion of the individual teacher, but do have your banjos available.
Other Classes: This may be primarily a 5-string banjo camp, but we do also offer full-time instruction in guitar and old time fiddle. We also offer a number of “special classes,” such as ukelele, ekonting and vocal harmony.
No doubt you’ll want to take home lots of CDs, books and videos by your favorite banjoists. We’ll have an artists’ sales booth, run by volunteers, to help you fulfill this aim. We won’t be able to take credit cards at this booth. To make things easier for our volunteers, please bring along at least several personal checks or a reserve of cash. Thanks in advance for your cooperation on this!
Many of our instructors teach by ear, so we strongly recommend that you bring recording devices so you can listen at home to the tunes and techniques you learned at Camp. Nowadays most mobile phones have inbuilt recording devices that are surprisingly good; otherwise there are quite a number of excellent inexpensive options on the market.
ABOVE ALL, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU CHECK THE WEEKEND FORECAST BEFORE LEAVING HOME.