FAQ & Camper Tips

Is Virtual Camp Right for Me?
If you haven’t yet experienced a virtual music camp, you may well wonder if the format is going to work for you – whether you’ll be able to learn enough to make it worthwhile, and whether you enjoy it. We ran Suwannee Banjo Camp online in 2021, and the feedback we received showed overwhelmingly that students were extremely pleased by how much they learned, and how much they enjoyed the experience – especially in a time when in-person gatherings are still problematical. Some even reported that the online format actually offered some distinct advantages over in-person.
Here are a couple of comments from SBC Online 2021 students.
  • “Ran very smoothly. I think that I got more out of the virtual classes than the in-person banjo camp. I could focus totally on the instructor and the content instead being distracted by travel logistics, etc. I loved being able to download the class materials ahead of time. My favorite was being able to noodle during the class without disturbing anyone. A totally enjoyable and successful banjo camp! “
  • “Incredible experience! Although I missed the ability to jam with people in person, there was a unique opportunity to learn from master musicians without having fifty banjos playing in the same room at the same time. I felt like I was getting private lessons.”
Recommendations on Choosing Classes

Orleans 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.

Be diverse!

cheap neurontin 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!)

Check out the 2022 Faculty Page

Hands-on!

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 Kinds of Classes

This may be primarily a 5-string banjo camp, but we do also offer full-time instruction in guitar, old-time fiddle and mandolin.

Supplies to Have Around
  • Your mobile phone charger!!
  • A music stand, or some way of supporting handouts
  • Spare music supplies, such as extra strings, capos, fingerpicks and flatpicks, rosin, etc.
Some tips to Enhance Your Online Learning Experience

This is a personal note from SBC director Ken Perlman . . . It will help many, if not most instructors do their best teaching job if you leave your video feeds turned on during class, and keep the webcam aimed so that instructors can see your hands. And if they ask for volunteers to try out a new skill or musical passage during class, try to do so! Student participation makes online classes far more helpful and meaningful.