Come join our jams!
There will be a lot of spontaneous jamming during the
camp, and you’re certainly welcome to jump into them.
However, these happen every day at the same time, and
are big fun.
If you're a newbie and
experiencing the (unfounded) Jam Fear that everyone
does, read this.
OK, so here are our jams. Try them out—trust us!
(Level 2-up), Keith Yoder: We will have a blast
learning some standard bluegrass songs. If you want
to develop your ear and take solos on that song "you
don't know" (yet), this jam will be beneficial to
you. We will work on hearing the chord changes and
not always looking for them. Vocal songs in
bluegrass are in whatever key is good for the lead
vocalist and not necessarily in the key that is
written in a book. Expect to sing a lot and we'll
have a great time learning together. Open to all
instruments and vocalists.
Fiddle Tune Slow Jam
(Level 2-up), Keith Yoder: If you are an
instrumentalist looking to learn some of the best
known fiddle tunes this jam will be beneficial.
Music notation will be provided but you will not be
required to use it unless you have to. The goal is
to have you developing your ear to hear melodies in
the keys we are playing. Instrumental tunes are
written in specific keys (unlike vocal songs) and we
will play them in the most common key. Expect to
play a lot and we'll have a great time.
(Level 3-up), Dave Firestine: This will be a smaller version (meaning
you can hear yourself) of the Carp Camp jams at
Winfield. You call the tunes, you call the songs,
but let's not get too serious!
(Level 4-5), Raul Reynoso: This is gonna go full speed! Bring any
instrument you want to this jam, including your voice.
We'll play through a variety of swing and Western swing
standards. You'll have plenty of opportunities to get
into the swing groove, whether you want to solo over a
solid rhythm section or to practice playing swing rhythm