No jamming experience is necessary! The MerleFest Jam Camp is a unique combination of classroom and personal instruction by experienced and understanding teachers led by Pete Wernick, 9:15 A.M. – 5 P.M. daily. Jam Camp is offered the Monday through Thursday of MerleFest week. You will be grouped with others according to experience and do a lot of jamming, sometimes guided, sometimes on your own.
Pete and his experienced assistants will give both group and individual pointers on instrumental technique, harmony singing and the how-to of a variety of jam situations. If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass or resonator guitar (Dobro), you can be part of a bluegrass jam. The ONLY two requirements are: You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and follow chord changes between G, C, D, and A. Fast playing is not expected, instrumental soloing is not required (simple soloing is taught), and singing is not required, though encouraged.
This camp offers a unique intermediate track option, featuring specialized group instructions and jam coaching designed for experienced jammers. Many of our repeat campers and others are ready to learn more advanced band skills, ear skills, musicianship, band dynamics and backup, practice techniques, and more.
For this intermediate track, jamming experience is required. Banjos, mandolins, fiddles and Dobro players should be able to demonstrate the ability to fake solos and also have a willingness to sing. If you’re not sure if you qualify, no problem — you can check out the choices once you’re at camp.
Attendance is limited. Several scholarships are offered, with preference given to musicians under 25 and to veterans. Deadline to apply: March 15. More info
The Bluegrass Camp will be held at Camp Harrison in Boomer, N.C., about 12 miles from the festival site. For accommodations and meal packages: www.campharrison.org/events.
For complete information or to sign up, please visit www.DrBanjo.com.