Advice on Our Program

Here's some advice about how to get the most out of the Camp.

Recommendations on Choosing Classes

Conflicts: 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, Ken 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!: Try 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!)

Hands-on vs. Demos: 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

Special Events: This may be a 5-string banjo camp, but we do also offer instruction in backup guitar and old time fiddle. We also offer a special African Roots Program, which is explained on the website.

Artists' CDs and Instructional Matierials

No doubt you'll want to take home lots of CDs, books and vide os 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!


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