Week Two Classes 2016

Advancing Beginner Guitar is for players who know their basic guitar chords and not much else. We’ll get up the neck a bit, try out some tunings, fool around with rhythm, and learn some shortcuts and cheap tricks. Bring a capo and a favorite song or tune.

  • African American Songs, Tunes, Stories and History
  • Hubby Jenkins
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

This unique class will combine singing and playing with the history and context of the African American. We will talk about how African Americans helped shape the emergence of old time music, as well as the history around work songs, gospel songs, and toasts. Come ready to play, sing, clap, stomp, and discuss. All levels

First time players will learn basic tuning and playing skills, while more advanced players concentrate on developing accompaniments and arrangements and repertoire. We’ll learn some of our songs and tunes by the numbers and some by ear. All levels

  • Beginning Flatpicking Guitar
  • Mark Cosgrove
  • TBD, 12:00 am - 12:00 am

In this class, we will explore the elements of flatpicking from the basic down-up right hand delivery, to cross-picking, rhythm ideas and back-up guitar techniques. This class will strive for a relaxed atmosphere which will encourage a non-competitive and musical experience in order to show how much fun this very conversational style of guitar playing can be. Written materials will accompany the class.

Tuning the guitar, learning how to hold it, and strumming chords "in rhythm" is where this class will begin. Folks who have never played as well as beginning guitarists are welcome. We will cover playing to accompany songs as well as session tunes. Bass runs and dynamics will also be practiced. Before we are through we hope to get everyone to play a blues run or a rock and roll riff...enough to make you want to play more.

  • Beginning Old Time Banjo
  • Trish Miller
  • TBD, 12:00 am - 12:00 am

It's fun! The instrument is ideal for playing chords and easier than many instruments for learning to play melodic accompaniment. This class is for learning basic techniques on the right and left hands, learning tunes and songs 'by ear', basic session essentials and plenty of practice playing in rhythm. As the week progresses, the class will play traditional old-time tunes in several tunings (please bring a capo), look at tablature and try a basic finger pickin' pattern...ring, ring the banjo.

  • Beyond the Basic Strum: The Art of Backup Guitar
  • Maura Kennedy
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Maura has toured the US, UK and Ireland for two decades as half of The Kennedys duo, and as Nanci Griffith's primary backup vocalist and acoustic guitarist. Her specialty is getting a full band sound out of a single acoustic guitar, and her style involves not only strength and volume, but also a number of more subtle techniques using the dynamics and contrasting sounds that are available to the guitarist who wants to dig a little deeper and venture beyond the basic strum. Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

This class is intended to introduce basic techniques, styles and approaches to the use of the harmonica in blues and folk music. Topics covered include holding the harmonica, playing in both first, second, and third positions, and harmonica maintenance. We will also explore special effects like bends, trills, fanning, tremolo, and throat pops. We will also address things like accompanying yourself on harmonica with other instruments, etc. Students are required to bring at least one diatonic (10 hole) harmonica in the key of C. Harmonicas will be available for purchase in the camp store. Beginner/Intermediate

Being from the "loving-all-kinds-of-fiddling-styles" school, I would like to offer a class on the language of fiddle styles. What makes an Irish tune sound Irish? (and how do they make those neat ornamental sounds?), an old-time tune sound old timey? (rhythm with the bow, emphasis on the correct syllable), How do those Quebecois fiddlers do that thing with their feet and fiddle at the same time? All questions answered and new techniques taught to help you on your journey. Intermediate/Advanced

  • Filling in the Cracks for Guitar
  • Bennett Hammond
  • TBD, 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Filling in the Cracks is for any guitar players who do OK but want to spiff it up, for old folkies needing to lose bad habits, for more experienced players looking for a technical boost, or for any who have nothing else to do that period. We’ll get you to play just like yourself, only more so. Drop-ins welcome all week. All levels

  • Folk Ensemble
  • John Kirk
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

We will study and perform music from the string band traditions of rural America. Additionally Nova Scotia, Quebecois, Irish, New England, Scandinavian, African American, dance, and ballad traditions will also be explored with listening, practice, and performing components. Emphasis on ensemble intuition, playing by ear, and lifetime personal music making skills (transposition, harmonizing, etc.). Violin, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, accordion, concertina, penny whistle, flute, bodhran, harp, ukulele, or piano ~ All Welcome!

  • Intermediate and Advanced Flatpicking Guitar
  • Mark Cosgrove
  • TBD, 12:00 am - 12:00 am

This class assumes that you have a little knowledge of the fretboard and can play some single note lines as a soloist. Fiddle tunes and fiddle tune variations are a plus but not a necessity as we work through more advanced techniques with ear training and written materials available as a guide to having fun and sounding good.

  • Joel Mabus & Songwriting 1 – “Look what I made at camp!”
  • Joel Mabus
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Learn by doing. In this class, each camper will write a song this week. On the first day you will get your own unique song assignment – it could be a scenario, an intriguing question, or an absorbing image – which will begin your quest for the week. By the last day of class, you will sing your new song for the class in a no-judgment zone. In-between we will take a look at the art, the craft, and the nuts-and-bolts of songwriting. The song you write will be a real-life exercise in creation, learning how to mine your own feelings, talents and perspective to create a song – poetry with dancing shoes! Greenhorns as well as old hands are welcome in the bunkhouse. Joel has taught classes in songwriting with this technique at many camps – Puget Sound, California Coast, Augusta Heritage, Folk College, Summersongs, and Lamb’s Retreat For Songwriters (and SAMW!) – over the past 25 years and hundreds of wonderful songs have been born. All levels

  • Joel Mabus & Songwriting 2 – “Words? Meet music!”
  • Joel Mabus
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Lyrics give us rhyme and reason. But music rules the realms of mood and mystery. In this class we will explore the world of composition: melody, rhythm, chords, structure & motif. We’ll include a survey of key elements of several styles of music, such as blues, jazz, bluegrass, tin-pan alley, hymnody, and, yes, folk music. We’ll touch on some basic music theory in its relationship to songwriting – like which chords usually go with each other & why. How adding or changing one note in a chord changes the mood completely. And what’s so special about a diminished seventh, anyway? We’ll talk about how to listen to your lyrics for rhythm cues and melodic ideas. And tackle the million dollar question – how can this class help me make better songs? You won’t get homework assignments in this class, so it would make a nice compliment to Joel’s other songwriting class – or a stand-alone addition to your camp experience. Most musical examples will be using guitar and voice, but all instruments are welcome. All levels

This is the music from the 20s made popular by buskers and bands like the Memphis Jug Band and Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers. And we got more to choose from! So bring your mando, your voice and a jug, if you have one...preferably one that’s full and ready to pass. Music in standard and TAB will be provided so you can take this music home and annoy your neighbors. And bring your favorite recording device. We will be playin’ jug band blues!! Intermediate/Advanced

Ever sit down at a jam with your mandolin and stare like a deer in the headlights because you aren’t sure what to play? Then this workshop is for you! We are going to work on techniques you may use when you are playing mandolin along with your singing and/or the music of others. We’ll explore a diverse set of music styles and rhythms, from Celtic ballads and fiddle tunes to bluegrass and blues...rhythms, chords, melody and bass lines galore! Music in standard and TAB will be provided, and the use of recording devices is strongly encouraged. Intermediate

Sing for energy and sing for joy. We’ll sing great songs that are easy to learn, and the class will include plenty of vocal warm-ups and wake-ups. Everyone welcome. All levels

  • Performance with The Kennedys
  • The Kennedys
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Pete and Maura Kennedy have performed on stages all over the US and the British Isles, from Royal Albert Hall and the Beacon Theater to Falcon Ridge and the Newport Folk Festivals, but many of the most valuable lessons they have learned in over a thousand live shows have been in the intimate setting of a folk concert, where the audience is attuned to every word and note, and they have learned that the anxiety of performing can be converted into creative energy that lifts up the audience and performer in one collective gesture.
This workshop will involve performing a song for a small, appreciative and compassionate team of fellow students who together with the Kennedys will help you find ways to achieve the rapport that folk performers always seek with their audience. All levels

  • Playing the Music of Joe and Odell Thompson on Banjo
  • Hubby Jenkins
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

As a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Hubby Jenkins became steeped in the music of Joe and Odell Thompson. They played an African American style of square dance music whose tradition goes back to the Civil War. In this intermediate banjo class we will break down, and learn, songs and tunes preserved from the frolics of Thompson’s youth.

  • Singing With Your Heart, Soul and Body: Session One
  • Sloan Wainwright
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Singing is fun! Inside each of us lives a beautiful and unique instrument!
In this workshop, we will move our bodies, soften our hearts, open our mouths and let our voices out to play!
With an emphasis on vocal health and self-care, we will use a combination of vocal warm-ups and workouts, to help relax and strengthen the voice - making it more flexible and reliable. Individual attention and support is offered to each person in class as well as for the group as a whole. All levels

  • Singing With Your Heart, Soul and Body: Session Two
  • Sloan Wainwright
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Singing is fun! Inside each of us lives a beautiful and unique instrument!
In this workshop, we will move our bodies, soften our hearts, open our mouths and let our voices out to play!
With an emphasis on vocal health and self-care, we will use a combination of vocal warm-ups and workouts, to help relax and strengthen the voice - making it more flexible and reliable. Individual attention and support is offered to each person in class as well as for the group as a whole. All levels

Pete Kennedy's interest in songwriting stems from an early 80's stint as East Coast guitarist for Kate Wolf, when he got a sense of the power of a simple voice and acoustic guitar. That led to years as house guitarist at the Birchmere, backing Tom Paxton and other greats. A year on the road with Mary Chapin Carpenter led to a 20-year on-and-off gig with Nanci Griffith, including the recording of Other Voices, Other Rooms, which gave him a chance to watch the process as practiced by Nanci, Guy Clark, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, and a holy host of others, many from the Texas school of songwriting. Pete describes that as "getting a master's degree in song craft", and it has served him well over the last two decades as co-writer of both words and music with Maura Kennedy, writing both for his own voice, and frequently for Maura's. He is enthused about sharing his experiences in the songwriting world, and passing along not only stories, but practical tips for structuring and strengthening your songs. All levels

We will learn real world sound skills and wander through some "big picture" theory without getting too technical. Much of what makes good sound is really basic: beat back hums and buzzes, set up your stage well, monitor levels in the right places, have good communication with the stage. Class tips and hands-on experience will come in handy at festivals, coffee houses, and home recording. Class members will be asked to crew on stage and be at the mixer for the final student concerts. All levels

  • The Blues On The Guitar
  • Robert Jones
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

The guitar is perhaps the most versatile instrument in American folk music. It can play rhythm and melody, and it can be both percussive and sustaining. Just how does one get the guitar to play the blues? That is the goal of this class. We will explore the history, tradition and aesthetic of the Blues, while all the while learning tunes that help us understand the principles that underpin a wide variety of traditional (acoustic) blues styles. We will touch on areas like chord organization, regional differences, improvisation, scales, timing and tone. All levels are welcome in this class but a strong familiarity with first position chords is highly recommended. All levels