September 28 – October 2, 2018

Co-Sponsored by Cascade Blues Association

 

Registration for this event will begin in early 2018.

 

Guitar camp for adults! Immerse yourself in acoustic blues guitar for a long weekend with some of the best blues and fingerstyle guitarists around. During your stay, you choose 12 classes with up to 6 from any one instructor/style you wish to concentrate on. There is at least one beginning level class each day.  Space is limited to 46 participants in order to provide each participant with plenty of instructor time and attention.

 

Artistic Director and instructor MARY FLOWER is renowned for her personal vision of roots music that blends ragtime, acoustic blues and folk. She is technically dazzling yet grounded in the simplicity of early 20th century American music; her instrumental skill with the Piedmont blues guitar is at a level of mastery that takes most players a lifetime to hone. For the 2017 event she was joined by these outstanding musicians:

GUY DAVIS     ORVILLE JOHNSON     VALERIE TURNER

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Registration for 2018 will begin in early 2018.  We’ll post 2018 prices soon!

 

Cancellation Policy:

If 90+ days out, canceling a registration results in a full refund minus a $50 handling fee.

If 46-90 days out, 65% refund.

If 30-45 days out, 50% refund.

If fewer than 30 days out, there is no refund available.

Payment Plan Option:

You may choose to divide the cost across several months, depending upon how far in advance you are registering. Options will automatically appear in the online registration process. The cost is only $5 per month.

A HUGE Thank you to our 2017 Instructors

GUY DAVIS, MARY FLOWER, ORVILLE JOHNSON, VALERIE TURNER

Click instructors’ photos to learn more about each one.

Guy Davis

Guy Davis

Learn blues guitar from Guy Davis: Using the work of Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, John Hurt and others. If you want to sing and play, so much the better!

Harmonica and Guitar: Have you ever tried playing your harmonica along with your guitar? They call it “box and rack”. Jimmy Reed did it. Bob Dylan does it. All you need is a harmonica in the key of A, and a rack to hold it with. It takes some coordination, but I can help you. If you are only interested in learning harmonica, I can help you with that too.

Perform with What You Got: Are you interested in performing? Vocals? Instrumentals? Songwriting? Come bring whatever you have and let us see it and hear it. Are you reaching your audience? Any style of music, singing, spoken word, or instrumental playing is welcome. There is no judgment in this class.

Mary Flower

Mary Flower

Blues Guitar for the Solo Player:  Mary’s classes will take a comprehensive look at how solo players achieve such fullness with merely two hands!  Songs and exercises will demonstrate all things fingerstyle blues including right and left hand technique and options for arranging. Mary will explore and explain the ease of open tunings and the challenge of syncopation, hammer-ons, bass runs, alternating thumb and the integration of melody. This information should help participants become better players/arrangers.

Participants should be able to read tablature and come prepared to record parts of the class.

Orville Johnson

Orville Johnson

 

Bottleneck Slide: The first day we’ll look at basic technique issues. Then we’ll explore a different tuning each day (open G, open D, and standard) and learn a song in each to get familiar with it.

Lap Style Dobro:  We’ll learn some basic technique and a song to use it in. Tuning will be high bass G (GBDGBD).

Finger style Blues:  We’ll learn some tunes from masters like Mance Lipscomb, Mississippi John Hurt, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and others.

 

Valerie Turner

Valerie Turner

Country Blues Repertoire: Country Blues is a broad genre that encompasses ragtime, folk, and gospel songs in addition to blues. This workshop will be devoted to learning a variety of easy Country Blues arrangements in different keys. Participants will learn by ear, and the class will move at a slow, easy pace. One new song will be presented each day and tablature will be provided for all songs covered. Audio recordings of these lessons are encouraged with the caveat that such recordings are made for personal use and do not appear on social media such as YouTube.

Piedmont Fingerpicking Basics: The Piedmont style of fingerpicking is characterized by an alternating bass which is played by the thumb while other fingers on the picking hand simultaneously play the melody. The result is a full sound that often feels like two guitars are being played at once. This workshop will explore several easy arrangements of blues songs in a variety of keys and, in the context of these arrangements, participants will focus on strengthening thumb/finger independence in the Piedmont style of fingerpicking. Participants will learn by ear, and the class will move at a slow, easy pace. One new song will be presented each day and tablature will be provided for all songs covered. Audio recordings of these lessons are encouraged with the caveat that such recordings are made for personal use and do not appear on social media such as YouTube.

 

 

 

2017 Schedule as an example. We’re working on 2018!

Saturday, September 30

3:00 pm Arrival & Check-in at Wright Hall
4:00 pm Welcome & Orientation
5:50 pm Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
6:00 pm Dinner
7:15 pm Introductions, Overview, Presentations

Sunday October 1

7:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Class 1

Guy Davis  Learning the Blues          Wright Hall

Mary Flower *Blues Guitar for Solo Player         Creevey Commons

10:30 am Break
10:45 am Class 2

Orville Johnson Bottleneck Slide                Wright Hall

Valerie Turner Country Blues                      Creevey Commons

11:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Class 3

Mary Flower Blues Guitar for Solo Player      Wright Hall

Orville Johnson Finger Style Blues                Creevey Commons

2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Class 4

Guy Davis Harmonica & Guitar (Key of A)      Creevey Commons

Valerie Turner Piedmont Fingerpicking           Wright Hall

4:15 pm  Break
5:20 pm Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Acoustic Blues Master Concert at Grange Hall (Blues participant tickets are included with registration)

Monday, October 2

7:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Class 1
Valerie Turner Piedmont Fingerpicking          Wright Hall
Orville Johnson Bottleneck Slide       Creevey Commons
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Class 2

Guy Davis Perform With What You Got    Wright Hall

Mary Flower Lap Slide Blues          Creevey Commons

11:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Class 3

Guy Davis Harmonica & Guitar (Key of A)    Wright Hall

Valerie Turner *Country Blues             Creevey Commons

2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Class 4

Mary Flower Blues Guitar for Solo Player     Creevey Commons

Orville Johnson Lap Style Slide Guitar       Wright Hall

4:15 pm  Break
4:30 pm Slow Jam, Fast Jam, 1-on-1 Consultations
5:50 pm Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Faculty Mini-Concert & Lecture

Tuesday, October 3

7:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Class 1

Guy Davis Harmonica & Guitar                 Wright Hall

Orville Johnson *Finger Style Blues          Creevey Commons

10:30 am Break
10:45 am Class 2

Mary Flower Lap Slide                  Creevey Commons

Valerie Turner Country Blues         Wright Hall

11:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Group Photo   Wright Hall
1:30 pm Class 3

Guy Davis Learning the Blues     Creevey Commons

Valerie Turner Piedmont Fingerpicking      Wright Hall

2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Class 4

Orville Johnson Bottleneck Slide       Wright Hall

Ben Turner Percussion             Creevey Commons

4:15 pm  Break
4:30 pm Slow Jam, Fast Jam, 1-on-1 Consultations
5:50 pm Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Student Concert      Wright Hall

Wednesday, October 4

7:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Review & Extra Tidbits

Mary  in the Greenhouse

Orville in Creevey Commons

Valerie in Wright Hall

10:30 am Break
10:45 am Group Evaluation & Last Call          Wright Hall
11:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
12:00 pm Lunch