2018 Instructor Lineup

We are currently confirming our Summer Camp 2018 workshops and leaders. Below is the most recent (as of Jan. 14) list of confirmed seminar leaders and the general topics they will be presenting. The listing will be updated as we continue to confirm additional leaders (two more to come), and will include the workshop descriptions as soon as they have been finalized.

  • Mark Atkinson (guitar)
  • Kathy Barwick (flatpick guitar)
  • Neil Fraser (guitar)
  • Anne Louise Genest (songwriting, banjo)
  • Rueben Gurr (songwriting, rhythm studies)
  • Becky Kilgore (swing guitar, swing repertoire)
  • Jennifer Scott (vocals)
  • Laura Silverstein (fingerstyle guitar)
  • Samantha Taylor (vocals)

 

2017

SUMMER CAMP 2017 – SEMINARS & SEMINAR LEADERS

B: Beginner  I: Intermediate  A: Advanced

Marc Atkinson

Tools for Jamming and Improvising (I/A): This class is designed to help give a solid concept for building jamming and improvising techniques. Some approaches are discussed that can help steer the path for tackling the world of improvisation. Both soloing and chordal ideas will be discussed. The direction of this class is often guided by questions.

Awesome Jam Tunes You Ought to Know (I/A): This class will teach a few classic jam tunes, with a gypsy twist, that are both user friendly and really fun.

Michael Averill

How to Make a Cover Song Your Own (I): Have you ever listened to a song you love, and heard it a different way? Maybe that pop, folk or classical song could sound even more unique coming from you as a blues or reggae tune. Understanding how to reinterpret a song can be an exciting journey into your own style and development. This practical class will cover how to spice your favourite song(s) with your own special flavour. Singers, strummers, and instrumentalists welcome.

Jam Language (B/I): Playing with others is a conversation. Learning how to listen and effectively communicate ideas improves the quality of a conversation. This class will explore how to lead a jam, how to follow and support a jam, and will improve your ability to improvise on any instrument while having a ton of fun!  All experience and skill levels welcome.

Kathy Barwick

Secrets of Crosspicking Flatpick Guitar (I): First, we’ll look at two right-hand crosspicking techniques. Then, we’ll look at several strategies for integrating crosspicking into your guitar arrangements and improvising, including an analysis of fingerboard patterns that you can use for crosspicking melodies.

Flatpicking Rhythm Guitar for Singers (B/I): This class will present ways to back yourself (or someone else) on a song. We’ll start with the basic alternating bass structure commonly played in bluegrass and folk music, and build from there, focusing on dynamics and ways to most effectively frame the song and feature the singer.

Anne Louise Genest

Clawhammer Banjo: This class will introduce (or review) the fundamentals of clawhammer style banjo, including the basic strum, double-thumb, and drop thumb techniques. We’ll look at tunings in open G, G modal, and double C, and introduce you to some splendid old-time tunes and songs. This will be a very hands-on class so you can expect to play a lot. Tab will be provided for all the tunes we work on, but the in-class focus will be on learning by ear.

Songwriting: Where do songs come from? How can we take the germ of an idea and grow it into a song? We’ll do some fun exercises to explore songwriting ideas and help get the muse flowing, and we’ll look at how to develop a consistent songwriting practice to keep that flow going. We’ll also look at some classic gems from the archives and discuss what makes a song “work”.

Rueben Gurr

Songwriting from the Beginning: We will explore some of the techniques that top songwriters have relied on since Vivaldi. We will explore the technology behind song composition’s chord progressions, key changes, and how to build a full melody, verse and chorus from one small idea. What to do for writers block, how to make the B section pop, as well as several compositional approaches, and characteristics of different styles. Starting a song is easy; we will work with how to finish it.

 

Don’t Wait ’til that Midnight Hour! (B/I): This workshop will explore that beautiful ground between classic rhythm and blues, and the blues. It will feature what was used in classics songs by icons such as Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding etc. and demonstrate their roots in the blues.  Standard chord progressions, chord shapes for guitar, what the bass players, piano players and drummers were doing, grooves, how to be a horn section on an harmony instrument as well as how to convince people you are a funky soul person. Open to all instruments and voices.

Karla Mundy

Singing World Music (All Levels): In this class we will dive right into a cappella singing from various world vocal traditions – from South Africa to Eastern Europe to North America. We will play with different tone productions, rhythms, singing techniques, grooves and ways to feel the music in our bodies. This class will be a lot of fun and will push your ears and your singing to new places!

Gospel/Roots Singing (All Levels): We will explore the incredibly rich world of early Gospel music and its roots. Singing some blues, spirituals and gospel quartets, there will be chances to solo and sing in harmony. We will put lots of attention on how to sing as a group with the right style – scoops, slides, blending and finding the essential rhythmic groove.

Ron Peters

Basic Brazilian Rhythm on Guitar (I): Understanding a few basic Brazilian right hand rhythms will make you sound more authentic. Using classic tunes we’ll look at bossa nova, samba and related styles and learn how to subtly embellish them rhythmically. Some discussion of harmony will also be included. Mostly for fingerstylists, pick players are also welcome.

The Bluesy Side of Jazz (I/A): How is the 12 bar blues re-imagined in a jazz setting? Learn how to embellish 3 chord blues harmony with extensions, alternations and substitutions. Also, what scales are implied by this new harmony? The pentatonic and blues scales are just the beginning.

Jocelyn Petit

Fiddle Tunes Workshop: In this class, we will learn to play Canadian fiddle tunes by ear, then discuss and apply some stylistic ornamentation techniques. This workshop is best suited for fiddle players. Other instrument players interested in learning melodies are also welcome. Accompanists are also welcome, keeping in mind the focus is melody playing.

 

Stepdance Workshop (All Levels): Come tap your toes and move your feet to the fun music of Canada’s East Coast, and Québec! This will be an introduction to: (1) Cape Breton stepdance, from Nova Scotia, and (2) the seated “podorythmie” foot rhythms of Québec. Everyone is welcome – whether you are a seasoned dancer or have never danced before. Hard-soled shoes are recommended.

Karin Plato

Freedom and Fun in Your Singing (All Levels): Singing is fun and easy! Using songs and exercises, we’ll explore vocal technique, and concepts such as breath control, vocal range, colour and style.

Vocal Master Class (All Levels): Perform a song and receive feedback with new ideas related to performance practices and style in music. Have a song prepared to sing to the rest of the class. Any genre is welcome! This is a wonderful opportunity to hone and develop the potential available within a song.

Tom Rawson

Folksong Repertoire (All Levels): Bring back the hootenanny! We’ll sing lots of great songs with catchy refrains and/or easy-to-learn patterns. The emphasis will be on songs that work well in song circles and large groups. All instruments and voices welcome.

Ukulele Tool Kit (I): You know some chords and can accompany yourself singing. Spice up your playing with some fills and breaks. We’ll explore several right-hand techniques for letting melody notes ring out from the chord.

Laura Silverstein

Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar (B/I):  In this seminar we’ll focus on getting your right hand going, with your thumb playing an alternating bass line and your fingers picking patterns — from simple to syncopated. We’ll emphasize establishing a steady rhythm and groove with your right hand, and we’ll learn to play some tunes using these techniques.

Fingerstyle Arranging (I/A): Want to play instrumental versions of songs on your guitar?  In this seminar we’ll look at how to select guitar-friendly keys for your instrumental arrangements, and learn some chord voicings that allow you to follow melodies up the neck. We will apply these concepts to a few familiar tunes for you to take home.

 

2016

SUMMER CAMP 2016 – SEMINARS & SEMINAR LEADERS

B: Beginner I: Intermediate A: Advanced

Michael Averill
Bending the Blues (B/I): Blues is the foundation of many forms of popular music today. It is one of the most universal styles to jam on because of its well known structure and groove, but what happens when you modify that, or blend it with different genres? Join us for a twist on the traditional.

Improvisation (I): Improvising on guitar is like learning to speak. We improve by taking chances, making mistakes, and simply trying to “talk” to others. This seminar is a practical exploration of learning how to speak and share your voice on the guitar.

Keith Bennett
Song Arranging: Arranging your tune for performance. In this seminar participants will bring finished songs that they wish to perform and we will discuss creative ideas to arrange the song to try and make it more interesting. We will look at intros, endings, song form and possible solos. Each participant should bring 2 performance ready songs to class.

Beginner Harmonica: Participants will learn the basic accompaniment for blues as well as blues scales for soloing. Topics covered will include: holding the harp, comping, finding the blues scale on the harp, bending notes, how to solo, tricks and harp maintenance. Participants must bring a 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C (Hohner “Special 20” recommended).

Andy Hillhouse
Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar (I): In this class we’ll look at some of the main forms of Celtic dance music – jigs and reels – and explore how to approach arranging them for fingerstyle accompaniment. We’ll also delve into song accompaniment. Tunings will be in DADGAD as well as regular tuning. No worries if you haven’t tried DADGAD; all fingerings will be taught.
Rhythm Guitar Techniques (I/A): Sometimes you want to drive the rhythm, sometimes you want to have a gentle lilt, and sometimes you want to groove! Coming from the perspective of accompaniment for traditional music and branching out from there, we’ll explore a range of rhythm guitar approaches that can give variety and rhythmic interest to many types of music.

Kristina Olsen
Guitar Soloing for the Clueless (B): Do you freeze up when someone says “take it!”? Do you have no clue how to go from playing chords to playing single note leads? Do you worry that your guitar playing friends will start to talk behind your back? Come to this class and learn how to dazzle those same nay sayers with your new skills. We’ll start with building a solo out of just a few notes in a safe and un-terrifying way with just enough theory to have some comprehension but not too much to confuse.

Songwriting: Give your songwriting skills a boost! We’ll do fun creativity games, talk about what makes a song strong, and do exercises to improve your skills on the different aspects of writing, lyrics, melody and rhythm. Be prepared for lots of assignments.

Ron Peters
Makin’ The Changes (A): You know some scales, so let’s make them work for you. In this class we’ll learn how to spot key centers and common swing chord progressions. Then we’ll build arpeggios and develop lines to really “make the changes”. Add some sophistication to your solos!

Walking After Midnight (A): Using mostly 3 and 4 note chord shapes and inversions, learn the basics of walking a bass line while you simultaneously play the chord changes to any song. This technique gives you a great option to Freddie Green style “4 to the bar” rhythm playing. Dazzle your audience!

Karin Plato
Freedom and Fun in Your Singing: Singing is fun and easy! Using songs and exercises, we’ll explore vocal technique, and concepts such as breath control, vocal range, colour and style.
Vocal Master Class: Perform a song and receive feedback with new ideas related to performance practices and style in music. Have a song prepared to sing to the rest of the class. Any genre is welcome! This is a wonderful opportunity to hone and develop the potential available within a song.

Tom Rawson
Folksong Repertoire (All Levels): Bring back the hootenanny! We’ll sing lots of great songs with catchy refrains and/or easy-to-learn patterns. The emphasis will be on songs that work well in song circles and large groups. All instruments and voices welcome.

Clawhammer Ukulele (I): Due to its “re-entrant” tuning (having a fourth string pitched higher than the second and third strings), the ukulele lends itself nicely to a right-hand technique used in old-time banjo playing called “clawhammer”. In this seminar we’ll learn how to apply the clawhammer motion to the ukulele to play both melodies and accompaniment.

Dale Rasmussen
Easy Vocal Harmony for Beginners (B/I): If you’re a singer who’d love to do some harmonizing, but you don’t know where to start, this course will get you going. We’ll use simple and familiar songs, and focus on the tried and true “tricks of the trade” that all experienced harmonizers use.

Vocal Harmony for Cool Cats (I): Take your harmony singing to a whole new level, with voicings used in classic soul, pop and jazz numbers. This intermediate level seminar will give you a taste of singing more complex vocal parts with confidence, and developing that all-important “blend”. In no time, you’ll be singing soulful harmonies like the pros.

Ali Romanow
FolkHarmonic (All Instruments – All Levels): Immerse yourself in the world of harmonies, melodies, laughter and ensemble playing regardless of skill level. We’ll set up a groove and add easy parts, taught by ear and layered, to make epic sounds out of simple pieces.

Singing and Playing by Yourself (B): Learn simple techniques to get playing guitar and singing simultaneously with confidence and flair. In this seminar we’ll work on the coordination of vocals and rhythm guitar, performance tips and tricks, as well as how to practice and implement the ideas in a fun and efficient way.

Lyndia Scott
Acoustic Guitar: A Partnership (B/I): We’ll focus on rhythm techniques, and have fun with chord progressions and variations to see how guitar playing can punctuate song stores. We’ll learn strumming styles for various genres of musc, and practice simple lead lines in various keys. Why bar chords? And what about open tuning? We’ll listen to some experts and jam along in different tempos. Express yourself!

Songwriting: Anatomy of A Song – Creative Strategies: We’ll examine the elements of a song – words, music, and rhythm, and tease out what makes the song work. Lyrics tell a story or express emotion – what is the role of rhyme? Music moves through time – how do chord choices support expression? Rhythm and tempo help the mood. We’ll look at favourite and successful songs to determine how structure does, or does not, play a part. Let’s create! (Participants are invited to bring fave songs to discuss.)

Russell Shumsky
West African Drumming: We’ll explore traditional West African drumming using djembes (hand drums) and dumuns (African bass drums played with sticks). Participants will learn that traditional rhythms are like melodies, with different pitches being shared between the different types of drums. Drums supplied, but bring your own if you have one.

Afro-Cuban Percussion: This seminar teaches Afro-Cuban drumming using conga drums, claves and bells. Participants’ listening skills and rhythmic sensibilities will be both delighted and challenged. All instruments supplied.

2015

SUMMER CAMP 2015 – SEMINARS & SEMINAR LEADERS

B: Beginner I: Intermediate A: Advanced
Don Alder

Percussive Guitar (All Levels): The acoustic guitar is a highly expressive instrument which also includes a wonderful range of percussion sounds. In this course we will explore the various sounds and how to integrate rhythmic sounds while strumming or fingerpicking your guitar to create the illusion of a band and how to bring this sound to the stage. Handouts and exercises will be provided.

Tips and Techniques for Fingerstyle Guitar (I): The acoustic guitar is an amazing instrument with a huge range of colours. If you have your basic strumming and fingerpicking down then this course is for you. We’ll explore a number of techniques to add additional colour to the usual black and white notes. Tapping, harmonics, hammer-ons, pull-offs, right and left hand coordination, simultaneous percussion while you strum or fingerpick will all be covered.
Bill Coon

Blues Meets Jazz (I/A): We’ll explore the blues from a jazz perspective and investigate jazz from a blues point of view. Discover the rich musical ideas that unfold when blues meets jazz. Learn comping and soloing ideas to help infuse your blues playing with jazz concepts and sounds. Alternate chord changes, creative use of the blues scale, the power of repetition and more will be revealed through study of jazz-blues greats such as Grant Green and Wes Montgomery.

The Guitar Orchestra (I/A): This class that will look at how to transform the guitar into a big band or a string section. By focusing on a few jazz standards, we’ll learn useful arranging ideas that will enable you to play chord melodies and beyond by exploring the amazing variety of textures the guitar is capable of. Through use of octaves, diads, triads, fourths, and full chords we’ll realize that the guitar orchestra is not a dream, it’s a reality!
Marie Eaton

Songwriting: Songs are a magical language, and songwriting is a quest for the sacred, the comical, or the singular within everyday life. In this session, we will explore the tools and craft of songwriting through a series of fun (and maybe a little risky) exercises. We’ll discuss techniques, strategies and blocks, the roles and interrelationships of melody, rhythm and lyric, and song forms and styles. Previous songwriting experience is not necessary, but participants should come with a willingness to take some risks.

Cool Songs and Groovy Chords (B/I): If you’re a beginning guitar player who would like to progress beyond the basic I, IV, V chord forms in first position, this class might be for you. In this repertoire class we will learn songs that are fun to play that also have fun chords and simple runs. We’ll have a blast singing and trying to make our hands work at the same time. Participants should be able to play basic chords.
Kathy Francis

Uke Level 2 – Play in Any Key: If you’re already comfortable playing basic chord shapes and changing at moderate speed, this is the class for you. We will focus on playing and singing while expanding both your chord arsenal and your ability to make smooth changes. Diminished and moveable shapes will become your friends! Transposition will be demystified! We’ll be in C tuning: GCEA.
Andy Hillhouse

Song Accompaniment and Arranging in Alternate Tunings (B/I): DADGAD and CGCGCD are two popular tunings for the guitar that can open up a range of sounds and textures and expand ideas for building arrangements for songs. In this class you will learn some of the benefits and challenges of these tunings, along with chord voicings and some useful general principles for accompanying songs.

Rhythm Guitar Techniques (B/I): Sometimes you want to drive the rhythm, sometimes you want to have a gentle lilt, and sometimes you want to groove! Coming from the perspective of accompaniment for traditional music and branching out from there, we’ll explore a range of rhythm guitar approaches that can give variety and rhythmic interest to many types of music.
Liam MacDonald

Rhythm Basics (All Levels): This seminar will introduce the foundations of all great music — RHYTHM! We’ll cover the basics of good groovin’ music no matter what the style. Topics will include pulse, common subdivisions and the not-so-scary world of poly-rhythms. Ideas discussed will be put into practice on a variety of percussion instruments..

Latin Percussion (All Levels): This seminar will cover the fundamental elements that are essential when playing Latin or African based music — the clave, and how the music grooves and swings. We will get familiar with some of the rhythms that are integral to the music of Cuba, Brazil and New Orleans, and we will discuss how they are closely related by going over what has now become known as the “Mother Rhythm”!
Karla Mundy

Singing World Music (All Levels): In this class we will dive right into a cappella singing from various world vocal traditions – from South Africa to Eastern Europe to North America . We will play with different tone productions, rhythms, singing techniques, grooves and ways to feel the music in our bodies. This class will be a lot of fun and will push your ears and your singing to new places!

Gospel/Roots Singing (All Levels): We will explore the incredibly rich world of early Gospel music and its roots. Singing some blues, spirituals and gospel quartets, there will be chances to solo and sing in harmony. We will put lots of attention on how to sing as a group with the right style – scoops, slides, blending and finding the essential rhythmic groove.
Kristina Olsen

Guitar Soloing for the Clueless (B/I): Do you freeze up when someone says “take it!”? Do you have no clue how to go from playing chords to playing single note leads? Do you worry that your guitar playing friends will start to talk behind your back? Come to this class and learn how to dazzle those same nay sayers with your new skills. We’ll start with building a solo out of just a few notes in a safe and un-terrifying way with just enough theory to have some comprehension but not too much to confuse.

Songwriting: Give your songwriting skills a boost! We’ll do fun creativity games, talk about what makes a song strong, and do exercises to improve your skills on the different aspects of writing, lyrics, melody and rhythm. Be prepared for lots of assignments.
Dale Rasmussen

Easy Vocal Harmony for Beginners (B/I): If you’re a singer who’d love to do some harmonizing, but you don’t know where to start, this course will get you going. We’ll use simple and familiar songs, and focus on the tried and true “tricks of the trade” that all experienced harmonizers use.

Vocal Jazz Harmony (I): If you feel confident with basic harmonizing, let’s take things to a whole new level, using vocal jazz voicings. In the context of jazz standards, we’ll put together spicy, “crunchy” harmonies that take advantage of the complex, endlessly inventive nature of these fabulous songs. (Can you say “sharp 11”?)
Ali Romanow

FolkHarmonic (B/I – All Instruments): Immerse yourself in the world of harmonies, melodies, laughter and ensemble playing regardless of skill level. We’ll set up a groove and add easy parts, taught by ear and layered, to make epic sounds out of simple pieces.

The Art of the Sideman (I): Being a good sideman (or woman) is a fine art. Knowing when to play, when to be silent, and how to fill in the gaps tastefully can be challenging. Learn how to enable the musical visions of others, what will serve the song best, and have fun while you’re at it.
Barry Truter

Stir It Up – Caribbean Rhythms (B/I – All Instruments): An introduction to the calypso, ska, rock steady, reggae and soca music of Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley and others. Using well-known songs, we’ll learn the different rhythm patterns to accompany this irresistibly toe-tappin’ island music – off-beats, staccato, the “skank” stroke, the “one drop”. Run come see, mon!
Tim Williams

Introduction To The Blues (B/I): An overview from the origins of the music to the present day. Learn the form in its 8, 12 and 16 bar lengths. Learn the function of a turnaround, and the real meaning of the mojo.

Fingerstyle Country Blues (I): Fingerstyle and slide blues guitar touches on the major pre-WW II styles from the East Coast (Piedmont) and Mississippi Delta, and Texas. We’ll journey from one-chord songs to ragtime a la Blind Blake, with time devoted to slide guitar in open D and G tunings as well.

2014

SUMMER CAMP 2014 – SEMINARS & SEMINAR LEADERS

B: Beginner I: Intermediate A: Advanced
Anna Baignoche

Singing and Dancing Around the World: Exploring song and dance from Cuba, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Ireland and more, we will sing stimulating melodies, harmonies and rhythms that will inspire our bodies to move.

Love Your Voice: Through fun vocal games and exploratory sound-making, as well as more traditional breath and vocal exercises, we will explore our own unique sound and relax into loving our own voice.
Anne Louise Genest

Rhythm Guitar (B/I): We’ll focus on strumming patterns, bass runs, and the role of rhythm guitar in ensemble playing. We’ll also look at putting dynamics into your playing that will help in a jam or band context, with some tips on how to play when the speed of the jam is a little faster than you are used to. Chord changing tips, the Nashville Numbering system, and capo use will also be covered.

Songwriting is a Fickle Friend: We can’t always rely on the muse to be available when we want it, and we can wait a long time for inspiration to strike. This workshop will focus on approaches and practices that stimulate the muse and develop inspiration from within. We’ll do some fun exercises that help us both explore songwriting ideas and keep the writing flow going. Bring your song fragments and ideas, and let’s write!
Rueben Gurr

Licks and Tricks (I/A): This seminar will concentrate on how to develop your phrase ideas over standard chord progressions. We will explore which simple scales work best in certain progressions and styles. Emphasis will be on how to develop an idea into full licks and solos as well as how to use the same material in different settings and genres. For exploring hammers, pulls and bends, an unwound third string would be an asset. Backing tracks and mp3s as well as handouts will be available.

Songwriting: Retirement plan? Write a hit song! This seminar will explore the secret technology behind song composition – the most famous chord progressions and their variations; the top ten compositional approaches; characteristics of styles such as blues, rock, jazz standards, pop, etc.; lyrics and how to avoid the same old stuff while still expressing yourself; and how to build a full melody (verse and chorus) from one small idea.
Guido Heistek

Wanna Take a Solo? (B/I): Learn two simple scales and how to move them up the neck and play them in any key. You’ll soon be soloing on any song from blues to bossa nova!

Ukulele Ensemble (B/I): We will explore playing as an ensemble with different parts assigned based on level. We will work on strumming, as well as single note playing and some finger-style work. Repertoire will come from jazz, pop and blues. A little guitar or ukulele experience is recommended for this class. Bring your uke to camp and join the band!
Wendy Knudson

Sing and Strum (B/I): So you sing, and you have a guitar … now what! Learn how to accompany yourself while singing. We’ll go over techniques to get you multi-tasking right away like how to line everything up so you don’t pull the rhythm, find the right key for your voice, and use a capo to get the most out of chords that you know … as well as some vocal tricks to get you on your way.

Folk Orchestra (B/I): Folkestra is a fun way to explore the world of ensemble music. We’ll be using traditional tunes, working beyond melody to layer simple parts into full band arrangements with vocals. This is a challenge by choice environment and there’ll be something for everyone. All instruments welcome.
Liam MacDonald

Rhythm Basics (B/I): This seminar will introduce the foundations of all great music — RHYTHM! We’ll cover the basics of good groovin’ music no matter what the style. Topics will include pulse, common subdivisions and the not-so-scary world of poly-rhythms. Ideas discussed will be put into practice on a variety of percussion instruments..

Latin Percussion (B/I): This seminar will cover the fundamental elements that are essential when playing Latin or African based music — the clave, and how the music grooves and swings. We will get familiar with some of the rhythms that are integral to the music of Cuba, Brazil and New Orleans, and we will discuss how they are closely related by going over what has now become known as the “Mother Rhythm”!
Craig McGregor

Common Chord Changes (I/A): Most of us are aware of ii7, V7, Imaj7 chords but there are several other cadences that are almost as common. Learn the typical changes that make up 90% of all standards and you’ll be able to memorize the changes to dozens of tunes effortlessly. You’ll be able to hear changes as blocks or “chunks” of harmony allowing you to play more and struggle less.

Playing The Changes (I/A): Learn the easiest way to navigate the changes to most standards and Swing tunes. We’ll look at the simplest way to “play the changes” and what’s really going on when those changes occur. This seminar offers a good method to start jazz soloing for intermediate players, and will fill in some of the blanks for more advanced players. A good grasp of the major scale is a prerequisite.
Stephen Nikleva

Unlocking the Guitar (I/A): Many guitar players never understand the fretboard. This holds them back from understanding what they are playing and what they could play. Absorbing the basics like unison notes on adjacent strings (as used in tuning) and octaves will help you to unlock the fretboard. Each hour of the class will provide you with ideas that can be recycled to create fresh, new ideas.

Accompaniment (I/A): Whether you are accompanying yourself or helping to back up a singer this seminar will present ideas to expand the tools you have at your disposal. While each song is unique, being able to use an expanded range of the guitar to apply colour and texture will help create variety. We will spend the 2nd half of the seminar applying these ideas to songs that you bring in.
Dale Rasmussen

Intermediate Harmony: Beyond 1-3-5: Take your harmony singing to the next level. In this seminar we’ll sing repertoire that stretches your ability, and gives you tools for creating more distinctive and exciting harmonies. Class time will be in two sections: singing interesting and challenging parts by ear or from written music, and working together building harmonies organically. For vocalists with basic harmony singing ability.

British Invasion: We’ll sing (and harmonize on) classic songs by many of your favourite artists and groups from “across the pond” spanning the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. From the obvious (Beatles, Elton John, Queen, Rolling Stones) to other hip artists like Sting, U2, David Bowie, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam and maybe more. We won’t want to stop once we get going!
Laura Silverstein

Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar (B/I): In this seminar we’ll focus on getting your right hand going, with your thumb playing an alternating bass line and your fingers picking patterns — from simple to syncopated. We’ll emphasize establishing a steady rhythm and groove with your right hand, and we’ll play some tunes using these techniques.

Fingerstyle Arranging (I/A): Want to play instrumental versions of songs on your guitar? In this seminar we’ll look at how you can choose guitar-friendly keys for your instrumental arrangements, and learn some chord fingerings that allow you to follow melodies up the neck. We will apply these concepts to a few familiar tunes for you to take home.
Mark Sullivan

Fiddle Technique: This seminar will focus on right hand and left hand techniques for fiddle playing. The emphasis will be on Canadian style waltzes and jigs.

Canadian Fiddle Tune Repertoire (all instruments): This seminar will showcase Canadian fiddle tunes. We’ll discuss some of the distinguishing features between reels, two steps, polkas, jigs, etc. All instruments are welcome and we’ll also work on accompaniment styles when playing with a Canadian fiddler.

2013

SUMMER CAMP 2013 – SEMINARS & SEMINAR LEADERS

B: Beginner I: Intermediate A: Advanced
Marie Eaton

Songwriting: Jump-Start Songs: Do you write tunes, but can’t find the words? Do you write words but need help to find your melodies? Are you a songwriter, but just haven’t written anything recently? Are you longing to write a song, but just never put pen to paper long enough? In this session we’re going to do a couple of writing exercises to jump-start lyric writing. Guaranteed, you’ll end the session with a song-seed planted!

Songwriting Workshop/Woodshed: Songwriting is not just the magic and rush of the new idea, but also the time spent in crafting a pretty good song into a great song. In this class, we’ll work together on songs that have gotten stuck between inspiration and completion. We’ll examine how well your initial choices are working in a number off areas common to most songs — melody, lyric, structure, and groove. Participants in this workshop class should come prepared with some songs or song fragments that they want to craft.
Neil Fraser

Advanced Improvisation (I/A): Explore single note soloing over jazz tunes using scales, triads and arpeggios to create substitutions that will add colour to your playing. Knowledge of a scale system (for example, the C-A-G-E-D system) would definitely be an asset.

Advanced Jazz Chords (I/A): This seminar will explore how to create interesting chords while supporting a soloist by: manipulating the basic inversions of the chords; using chord scales; 1/2 step approaches, and other devices. Pre-requisite: knowledge of inversions of min7, maj7, dom7 chords on the top four strings.
Rueben Gurr

Blues/Rock Guitar (B/I): This seminar will explore approaches to later blues and rock influences — B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Chuck Berry and even some Clapton and Hendrix concentrating on one or two seminal lix from each of these masters and demonstrating how to use these phrases as a basis for fun improvisation. For exploring Hammers, Pulls and Bends, an unwound third string would be an asset. Backing tracks and mp3s as well as handouts will be available.

Licks & Tricks (I): This seminar will concentrate on how to develop your phrase ideas over standard chord progressions. We will explore what simple scales work best in certain progressions and styles. Emphasis will be on how to develop an idea into full licks as well as how to use the same material in different settings and genres. For exploring Hammers, Pulls and Bends, an unwound third string would be an asset. Backing tracks and mp3s as well as handouts will be available.
Lauri Lyster
Beginner percussion, or “There’s more to life than the egg shaker!”: This beginners seminar will start with some basic rhythmic practice, which we’ll then apply to tastefully fit in to various styles, including latin, swing, pop etc. We’ll use some of the more common percussion instruments that you’ll encounter, including bells and clave, shakers, tambourine, hand drums (ie. conga, dumbek and djembe) and snare drum. Bring percussion instruments if you have them.

It’s all in the Groove: In this intermediate seminar, we’ll analyze various recorded grooves, and decide what/when/how to add percussion. This seminar is all about creating a groove and listening carefully to the ‘track’, and/or other musicians, to see what ‘fits’. Bring favourite recordings and percussion instruments if you have them.
Stephen Nikleva

Western Swing (I): Western Swing is an exciting mix of country and swing jazz. Learn how to navigate through basic chord progressions such as “C Jam Blues” and “Boil ’em Cabbage Ddown” using moving bass lines with your chords. Learn how a couple of simple melodic patterns patterns can be “recycled” to create a solo.

Unlocking the Guitar (I): You will learn some tips and tricks that Stephen has accumulated over his years of playing and teaching. Ways you can begin to “recyle” what you already know, simple tricks to help you with your improvisation. Ways to help “unlock” the fretboard.
Dawn Pemberton

Rooted in Rhythm: Clap your hands, stomp your feet and raise your voice! Discover the joy of embodying rhythms through song. Together we will groove and “la la la” our way through co-operative, fun and funky a-cappella chants, songs, steps and rhythms from around the world. This will be an exciting opportunity to increase your rhythmic health and expand your singing skills and overall musicianship.

Soul Sessions: Why is soul music so fantastic?! Why is soul music so fun to sing?! Together we will dive in and explore some of the techniques and styles of some of the greatest soul singers like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Using fun and inspiring songs, we’ll create a mini-choir in which budding soloists can seek, stretch out and soar!
Karin Plato

Song Catchers: Jazzy harmony arrangements of songs to sing — duets, trios, quartets. You’ll be singing some of the harmonic colours that exist in jazz and blues and enjoy ensemble singing. A book of songs and exercises composed and arranged by Karin will be available for purchase.

Vocal Jazz Master Class: Karin will coach and guide each singer who performs a song for the class. A master class is a wonderful way to showcase a song that you know well, and get some feedback and new ideas too. You’ll be able to listen to each other and this is a great learning tool since aspects of style, phrasing, artistry are discussed throughout the class.
Bob Romanow

Mandolin Accompaniment (B/I): We will start with a few simple moveable chords, delve into some tone/timing/technique options, and explore how they can be applied and expanded upon to accompany a variety of musical styles (old timey, bluegrass, swing). Ability to play a few double stops and/or a simple melody would be an asset.

Choro Repertoire (I): Emerging from Brazil in the middle of the nineteenth century, this combination of Portuguese and Italian influences resulted in melodies with a strong romantic feeling. When joined with African influences, it creates an irresistible groove and rhythmic momentum uniquely Brazilian. We will learn to play a few classics of the Choro repertoire. All instruments welcome.
Garry Stevenson

Introduction to Flatpicking (B/I): How do you pick a tune? We’ll start with Carter-style playing, working out of chord positions while playing the melody. Then we’ll turn to straight-ahead picking of melodies, adding simple embellishments to make interesting breaks.

Bluegrass Repertoire (All levels): Themes include home, the mountains, love lost and gained. We’ll learn several of the timeless tunes that continue to be sung decades after they were first recorded, with emphasis on writers such as Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and other classics.
Laura Silverstein

Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar (B/I): In this course we’ll focus on getting your right hand going, with your thumb playing an alternating bass line and your fingers picking patterns — from simple to syncopated. We’ll emphasize establishing a steady rhythm and groove with your right hand.

Fingerstyle Agility (I/A): What do you do when you’re arranging a tune on the guitar but the melody leaves the first position and seems out of reach? In this class, we’ll learn a few tunes where this occurs. With simple movable chord shapes/positions up the neck, you’ll be free to follow the melody wherever it needs to go!
Laura Smith

Old Timey Banjo (B/I): You’ll learn the simple right hand pattern that is central to this banjo style and some easy songs to get started. If you’re already acquainted with this pattern we will add some variations and fit these into more songs and tunes as we learn them.

Old Timey Song Repertoire (All levels): We’ll learn songs from some of the musicians who were at the forefront of this musical genre: Charlie Poole, The Carter Family, The Delmore Brothers, Doc Boggs, Uncle Dave Macon, and others. All instruments and voices are welcome!

2012

SUMMER CAMP 2012 – SEMINARS & SEMINAR LEADERS

B: Beginner I: Intermediate A: Advanced
Keith Bennett

Song Arranging: Arranging your tune for performance. In this seminar participants will bring finished songs that they wish to perform and we will discuss creative ideas to arrange the song to try and make it more interesting. We will look at intros, endings, song form and possible solos. Each participant should bring 2 performance ready songs to class.

Beginners Harmonica: Participants will learn the basic accompaniment for blues as well as blues scales for soloing. Topics covered will include: holding the harp, comping, finding the blues scale on the harp, bending notes, how to solo, tricks and harp maintenance. Participants must bring a 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C (Hohner “Special 20” recommended).
Marie Eaton

Songwriting: Songwriting is a quest to describe the sacred, the comical, or the singular within everyday life. We’ll explore the tools of songwriting through a series of fun (and maybe a little risky) exercises that will lead toward creating songs.
Neil Fraser

Advanced Improvisation (I/A): Explore single note soloing over jazz tunes using scales, triads and arpeggios to create substitutions that will add colour to your playing. Knowledge of a scale system (for example, the C-A-G-E-D system) would definitely be an asset.

Advanced Jazz Chords (I/A): This seminar will explore how to create interesting chords while supporting a soloist by: manipulating the basic inversions of the chords; using chord scales; 1/2 step approaches, and other devices. Pre-requisite: knowledge of inversions of min7, maj7, dom7 chords on the top four strings.
Rueben Gurr

Licks & Tricks (I): Explore approaches to later blues and rock influences; B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Chuck Berry and even some Clapton concentrating on one or two seminal lix from each, how to use these phrases as a basis for fun improvisation. For exploring Hammers, Pull and Bends, an unwound third string would be an asset.

Wide Open Guitar (I): Open Tunings – the door to creativity! We will explore Open G for the folkies and Keith Richards fans; DADGAD for the sophisticated songwriter; DADF#AD for the blues; Drop D for the Celts; Open A Minor for the Mysterious; Drop C because we can; and a look at double capoing with the spider variable capo.
Guido Heistek

Ukulele Band Shop (All Levels): This seminar will be taught in G, C, E, A tuning. We will explore playing as an ensemble with different parts assigned based on level. We will work on strumming, as well as single note playing as well as some fingerstyle work. All levels are welcome, but some guitar or ukulele experience is strongly recommended. If you have a ukulele lying around the house bring it along to camp!

Self-Accompaniment on Guitar (B/I): Many people find singing and playing at the same time challenging. This low-key seminar will explore strategies for working on self-accompaniment including strumming and finger-picking by ear, speak-singing, and pattern simplification. We will also work on taking grooves and rhythms from recordings and converting them into strums or fingerstyle patterns of our own.
Peter Langston

Early Rock, Unplugged! (B/I): It’s acoustic but rockin’! We’ll sing and play great tunes from early rock legends like the Beatles, Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, the Everly Brothers, Ray Charles, and even some Reggae — Rock On! All instruments welcome, especially voices.

It Sounds So Sweet! — Jug Band Music (B/I): Learn why jug bands from the early black jug bands to the 60s revival white bands bragged “It’s hard to beat!” It’s easy to play and fun, too! You can join the Georgia Strait Jug Stompers as a singer, guitarist, jug-player, kazooist, or… you name it; all are welcome!
Lauri Lyster
Beginner percussion, or “There’s more to life than the egg shaker!” This beginners seminar will start with some basic rhythmic practice, which we’ll then apply to tastefully fit in to various styles, including latin, swing, pop etc. We’ll use some of the more common percussion instruments that you’ll encounter, including bells and clave, shakers, tambourine, hand drums (ie. conga, dumbek and djembe) and snare drum. Bring percussion instruments if you have them.

It’s all in the Groove: In this intermediate seminar, we’ll analyze various recorded grooves, and decide what/when/how to add percussion. This seminar is all about creating a groove and listening carefully to the ‘track’, and/or other musicians, to see what ‘fits’. Bring favourite recordings and percussion instruments if you have them.
Dave Paterson
Acoustic Slide Guitar (B/I): Explore the guitar style considered closest to the human voice! Using various tunings and techniques the slide blues of masters Bukka White, Robert Johnson and others will be examined. Steel or glass bottleneck slide required.

Acoustic Blues Guitar (B/I): From Mississipi Delta to Eastcoast Piedmont, explore a variety of “country blues” finger picking styles. Learn picking patterns and chord techniques used by such legends as Mississippi John Hurt, Blind boy Fuller and others.
Karin Plato
Song Catchers: We’ll have fun singing in a group, exploring harmonies, unison and rhythm. We’ll use various approaches: some improv, some by ear, some with sheet music.

The Art of Singing: This is a technique seminar for vocalists. We’ll concentrate on throat ease, the “singing breath”, exploring and expanding your vocal range and color with songs & exercises.
Pharis Romero

Old Time Guitar Technique (B/I): Learn back up techniques and styles for a variety of old time fiddle tunes. If you know some basic chords and have an interest in learning back-up guitar for string band tunes and songs, you’re ready for this class. We’ll work on the boom-chuck rhythm, chord choices, bass notes and runs, keeping time, tuning, and learning to listen.

Old Time Songs (All Levels): Bring your instrument – or just your voice instrument! – for an old time song class. We’ll learn songs, and some stylings that are important, from artists like the Carter Family, Uncle Dave Macon, the Skillet Lickers, and other more obscure groups like the Hackberry Ramblers, Dewey & Gassie Bassett, and The Southern Melody Boys. Songs books will be provided for this class.
Don Share

Bluegrass Guitar Technique: This seminar will work on helping guitar players to produce the bluegrass sound. We’ll work on basic rhythm, bluegrass “punctuation,” runs that connect chords, and rhythm groove. We’ll learn to play with singers and to support instrumentalists. We’ll work on these skills by playing and singing a lot, and learning some bluegrass repertoire. Having fun is mandatory.

Vocal Bliss: Duet Harmony and Beyond (with Sue Thompson): Singers: Come learn our proven method for figuring out vocal harmony by ear. No note reading, no bogging down in music theory—you’ll learn to hear harmony intuitively. You’ll also learn techniques, licks, and tricks to blend better and find your part faster. We’ll sing duets and maybe even get into some trios.
Prerequisite—ability to sing a melody reasonably in tune.
Sue Thompson

Get Started with Lead Guitar Flatpicking: Folk, Bluegrass and Country: Learn how to boost your fun quotient in jams by adding your own guitar breaks. We’ll find easy ways to create and play melody-based solos on some favorite songs. We’ll also learn techniques to enhance tone and stay relaxed as we play. Lots of playing in class in a low-key, supportive atmosphere.
Prerequisite—ability to hold your flat pick and change chords in rhythm.

Vocal Bliss: Duet Harmony and Beyond (with Don Share): Singers: Come learn our proven method for figuring out vocal harmony by ear. No note reading, no bogging down in music theory—you’ll learn to hear harmony intuitively. You’ll also learn techniques, licks, and tricks to blend better and find your part faster. We’ll sing duets and maybe even get into some trios.
Prerequisite—ability to sing a melody reasonably in tune.
Barry Truter

Fingerstyle Accompaniment (B/I): Fingerstyle patterns to “lively-up” your song accompaniment! Using well-known songs we’ll step through a variety of picking patterns (arpeggios, calypso, alternating bass, ragtime syncopation) as well as some percussive techniques. We’ll also explore weaving in single notes and harmony lines to create intros, fill-ins, turnarounds, and simple instrumental breaks.
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2011

SUMMER CAMP 2011 – INSTRUCTORS & COURSES

B: Beginner I: Intermediate A: Advanced
Cori Brewster

Songwriting: There are no rules in songwriting — but there are “tools” that can help you achieve your goals and there are “common denominators” that occur over and over again in successful songs – songs that touch the hearts of audiences. We will look at the nuts and bolts of songs: creativity, lyrics, melody, and chord structure. Bring your song, instrument and an open mind.
Bill Coon

Guitar Comping (I/A): We‘ll learn several ways in which we can find new chord voicings and extend our chord repertoire. We’ll explore chords on the highest 4 strings, II V I patterns, and how to deal with extensions. Also we’ll take a look at what kind of rhythms we can play behind soloists and vocalists in order to provide the nicest groove possible in swing and Latin styles.

Guitar Soloing (I/A): We’ll look at both ends of the soloing spectrum: learn how to use what we already know more effectively AND learn how to play over every conceivable dominant chord you’ll ever face. Learn how to make the chords and melody work to our advantage, how to master them and not let them master us! Take your playing to a new level always keeping in mind that a good solo is simply a new melody.
Pepe Danza

Stick Technique and Rhythm Skills for Guitar: In this workshop we will learn basic drum stick technique (that can be applied to any percussion instrument). We will then apply these skills to the guitar, both fingerstyle and with a flat pick. We will study polyrhythms, paradiddles, clave concepts and other fundamental building blocks of rhythm including dynamics, timing, feel, listening and soloing.

African Rhythms: In this workshop we will learn the basic technique for instruments such as the djembe, conga, djun djun, bells, shakers and clave. We will also learn a few traditional rhythms, songs, and concepts basic to African style and Afro-Latin drumming.
Steve Dawson

Slide Guitar: This course will be an overview of some right and left hand techniques involved in playing bottleneck slide. We’ll learn two standard slide tunings and several blues standards that use them. We’ll also look at basic improvisation and some solo slide in the Delta blues vein. Bring a slide!

Blues Guitar: This class focuses on some basic techniques involved in playing Country Blues and Delta Blues. Includes right hand techniques and licks and progressions from the 30’s-50’s. We’ll also look at a bit of ragtime guitar from the same period.
Dave Dunnigan

Song of a Beach: Are you a guitarist looking for some great song for your next beach party or summer get-together? We’ll learn some terrific and popular party songs, with cool riffs and progressions that will get everyone singing along and make you the life of the party! Suitable for intermediate players.

Jumping with the Flea: The ukulele (literally “jumping flea”) is one of the most enjoyable instruments you can play, and always brings a smile to the faces of listeners and players alike. If you’ve never played the instrument and would like to learn, or have begun playing and want to expand your repertoire, this is the course for you. Ukes may be any size, and should be in GCEA tuning. Some ukuleles can be provided for those who haven’t yet acquired their own.
Kori Miyanishi

Appalachian Old Time Fiddle: For those of you who have some experience with the fiddle, we will be exploring the use of bowing patterns and drone strings – fundamental (with an emphasis on ‘fun’) characteristics of the style – to drive your playing. We’ll learn a few standard issue dance tunes in the repertoire. All tunes will be taught by ear.

Old Time Repertoire (fiddle: Kori Miyanishi; banjo: Jason Romero; guitar: Pharis Romero): Here’s something different and fun, with separate courses presented for three instruments which will come together to work in one ensemble. This is an opportunity to learn some Old Time tunes on your instrument of choice, then put what you’ve learned to work playing with others in the old time band.
Karla Mundy
Basic Harmony for Beginners: This course will explore two and three part harmony singing in several vocal traditions. We will look at basic harmonic structure, intervals, as well as vocal sound quality and ways to blend with your fellow singers. We will be learning by ear so there is no need to read music.

World Music Choir: This course will explore various singing styles from different world vocal traditions. Drawing on Appalachian, Cuban, African and Gospel music, we will be learning two, three and four part harmony singing and working to understand the basic rhythms and vocal quality within these different styles. We will learn by ear and everyone is welcome!
Stephen Nikleva

Rockabilly Guitar (I): Let ‘s go for a romp through some of the most influential guitar playing of the 20th century, Rockabilly! We’ll focus on the great Scotty Moore from Elvis’ Sun studio band and will look at the many aspects that make up this unique style of playing. Blues based single lines to Chet Atkins inspired rhythm patterns will be included and who knows, maybe we’ll get into some pretty cool “hotrod” techniques as well!

Travis Picking (I): “Hillbilly Fingerstyle” as I like to call it. We’ll take an intermediate approach to this complex style, focusing on independent thumb technique and a variety of new chords that will get you to that classic “Merle” and “Chet” sound. We’ll also look at some great techniques such as forward and backward rolls, open string riffs, and 3 over 4 patterns that will really spice up your playing!
Ray Piper

Basic Bossa Nova: In this class we will look at how to play a basic bossa nova and samba groove. We will work on how we can apply it to most standard Brazilian tunes, using both forward and reverse clave.

Basic Choro: We will learn the basic accompaniments to choro tunes and some of the other dance forms within the choro genre, maxixe, polka, samba choro and waltz. We will also look at how the bass lines function in the context of the accompaniments.
Jason Romero

Old Time Banjo: For both clawhammer or three-finger banjo players who know some tunes in either style. This class will focus on the sound and rhythm of stringband playing and the banjo’s job. We’ll explore tunes and licks in several banjo tunings and will practice these tunes when we get together in the old-time stringband class.

Old Time Repertoire (fiddle: Kori Miyanishi; banjo: Jason Romero; guitar: Pharis Romero): See description above.
Pharis Romero

Old Time Guitar Technique: If you know some basic chords and have an interest in learning back-up guitar for string band tunes and songs, you’re ready for this class. We’ll work on the boom-chuck rhythm, chord choices, bass notes and runs, keeping time, tuning, and learning to listen. We’ll practice all these skills when we get together in the old-time stringband class.

Old Time Repertoire (fiddle: Kori Miyanishi; banjo: Jason Romero; guitar: Pharis Romero): See description above.
Jean Strachan

Vocal Technique: In this class you will experience simple and effective ways to release the energy and power of your voice. We’ll start with the basics of correct position, dynamic relaxation, using the breath, and engaging your will and vocal imagery. Then we’ll move on to good tone production, resonance articulation and more, all the while singing exercises and songs that consolidate our learning.
Barry Truter

Introduction to Fingerstyle Patterns: This course is rich in tips and techniques for fingerstyle accompaniment. We’ll use well-known songs to introduce a variety of picking patterns from arpeggios to calypso, alternating bass, clawhammer and ragtime syncopation that will add colour to your arrangements.
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2010

SUMMER CAMP 2010 – INSTRUCTORS & COURSES

B: Beginner I: Intermediate A: Advanced
Bill Coon

Guitar Comping (I/A): We‘ll learn several ways in which we can find new chord voicings and extend our chord repertoire. We’ll explore chords on the highest 4 strings, II V I patterns, and how to deal with extensions. Also we’ll take a look at what kind of rhythms we can play behind soloists and vocalists in order to provide the nicest groove possible in swing and Latin styles.

Guitar Soloing (I/A): We’ll look at both ends of the soloing spectrum: learn how to use what we already know more effectively AND learn how to play over every conceivable dominant chord you’ll ever face. Learn how to make the chords and melody work to our advantage, how to master them and not let them master us! Take your playing to a new level always keeping in mind that a good solo is simply a new melody.
Doug Cox

Slide Guitar: Using Open D tuning we’ll explore the basic elements of (bottleneck) slide guitar. Right and left hand techniques will be looked at plus the basic chord shapes in Open D tuning. Licks and rhythm playing will both be explored. Students should have basic skills on the guitar in order to join the class. A bottleneck slide is needed!

Blues Guitar: We will look at the different kinds of blues rhythms and some blues turnarounds. We’ll explore chord shapes and look at major and minor blues. We will also introduce lead guitar techniques working on some scales but mostly on fun riffs and licks and how to approach a solo. Students should have an understanding of the guitar such that they can play through a basic 3 chord song without slowing down.
Pepe Danza

Stick Technique and Rhythm Skills: In this workshop we will learn basic drum stick technique (that can be applied to any percussion instrument). We will then apply these skills to the study of polyrhythms, paradiddles, clave concepts and other fundamental building blocks of drumming, including dynamics, timing, feel, listening and soloing.

African Rhythms: In this workshop we will learn the basic technique for instruments such as the djembe, conga, djun djun, bells, shakers and clave. We will also learn a few traditional rhythms, songs, and concepts basic to African style and Afro-Latin drumming.
Don Fraser

Guitar Soloing (B/I): Using the CAGED method, we will learn the major pentatonic scale which works really well for soloing. Five movable patterns allow you access to the whole neck and because they are movable you can play in any key. As well we will learn how these same patterns relate to the minor pentatonic scale to get a bluesier sound.
Don Kellett

Mandolin (B/I): This course is designed for players who have a few chords and want to learn to play melodies. We’ll focus on learning appealing melodies to help you become familiar with both right and left hand technique. Tunes will be selected from folk, bluegrass, fiddle tunes and standards. Most importantly, we’ll aim to have fun with this versatile instrument.

Hawaiian Music “Kanikapila” Class: Bring your ukulele, guitar, slack key guitar, steel guitar (or Dobro), bass and your voice and join in the spirit of Kanikapila. We will learn to play some standard (and maybe not so standard) Hawaiian tunes. Background on the tunes, the Hawaiian music tradition, and Hawaiian instruments will be discussed. You will be transported to a backyard music party in Hawaii – wonderful cure for the drab Vancouver rainy season blues!
Kitty King

Songwriting: Finding your way in. How do you begin to write a song: with melody, lyrics, rhythm, chord structure, or…? In this supportive class, we’ll experiment with different approaches to creating and sharing your own songs. Bring your instrument and an open mind!
Wendy Knudson

Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar (B/I): Have you always wanted to play fingerstyle guitar? We’ll work on getting that thumb to be truly independent, learn a few basic finger patterns and apply them to a variety of songs.

Guitar Backup for Fiddle Tunes (B/I): AKA beyond boom chuck. Using standard tuning, we’ll explore tips and tricks to figure out chords to fiddle tunes, simple bass runs, rhythmic ideas and alternate chord ideas to jazz up your accompaniments.
Craig MacGregor

Playing By Ear (Level One): This is an introduction to playing by ear or intuition. We will learn two forms of the major scale and how to practice them so we can learn to hear the intervals of the scale. Focus will be placed on fingering so that possibilities are reduced and scale degrees become attached to a certain finger. By the end of the class everyone will be playing familiar melodies by ear.

Playing By Ear (Level Two): This is a step beyond level one for people who already have some knowledge of the CAGED system or the five shapes of moveable scales. We will learn to play familiar melodies by ear in all five shapes. This will lead to the discovery that there are only two ways (fingerings) to play a melody, and these two ways cover the entire fretboard.
Karla Mundy
Basic Harmony for Beginners: This course will explore two and three part harmony singing in several vocal traditions. We will look at basic harmonic structure, intervals, as well as vocal sound quality and ways to blend with your fellow singers. We will be learning by ear so there is no need to read music.

World Music Choir: This course will explore various singing styles from different world vocal traditions. Drawing on Appalachian, Cuban, African and Gospel music, we will be learning two, three and four part harmony singing and working to understand the basic rhythms and vocal quality within these different styles. We will learn by ear and everyone is welcome!
Jean Strachan

Vocal Technique: In this class you will experience simple and effective ways to release the energy and power of your voice. We’ll start with the basics of correct position, dynamic relaxation, using the breath, and engaging your will and vocal imagery. Then we’ll move on to good tone production, resonance articulation and more, all the while singing exercises and songs that consolidate our learning.

Putting Voice to Song: In this interactive class you’ll learn effective ways to place a song in your voice. Bring a song that you know or are learning, which represents a challenge for you (could be the vocal requirements, interpretation, style, performance or all of the above). We’ll break it down and find ways to move through the challenge to vocal freedom, confidence and creative expression.
Valdy

Performance Technique: When I log, I don ear protectors, hard-hat and steel-toed boots. When I attend the opera, I don specific garments. When I present my songs, I dress them with body language, microphone technique, and respect for the listener’s time, interests and sensibilities. Attend this workshop to hone your presentation skills.

Accompaniment: Every song has a purpose, a destination, an intent. How can I use my instrumental skills to best achieve a connection to the listeners? Should I strum, comp, or finger-pick? How can I vary the dynamics to maintain listener interest? Attend this workshop to hone skills in arrangement and accompaniment.
Zav

Fiddle Ensemble: Experience playing with others while having fun creating great music with layers of melody, harmony and groove. All instruments from the fiddle family are welcome, intermediate through advanced players. Inspiration and laughter are guaranteed.

Tune Garden: Discover your own unique creative voice and get in touch with your musical intuition as we explore composing in this guided journey of melody crafting. All instruments and all levels of experience (including first timers) are invited to come and play in this garden.
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2009

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SUMMER CAMP 2009 – INSTRUCTORS & COURSES

B: Beginner I: Intermediate A: Advanced
Phil Belanger

Basic Snare Drumming: This course will give you the basic techniques necessary to accompany other musicians with your snare drum. We will learn brush and stick techniques, and explore Swing, Latin, and Folk/Country rhythms. Bring a snare drum or “laptop” snare if you have one. We might also add some cymbals or hi-hat, time permitting.

Hand Percussion: In this course we will focus on the smaller percussion “toys” – shakers, maracas, tambourine, cowbells, guiro, triangle, and some conga and other hand drum techniques.
The musical styles will lean towards Bossa Nova and Samba (Brazil), and Cha-Cha and Salsa (Cuba).
Keith Bennett

Song Arranging for Guitar: This course explores how to create guitar accompaniments for songs. Where time permits, this will include intros and extros, transitions between chords, simple chord substitutions and tweaking your existing song arrangements. Students are asked to bring a couple of songs they’d like to arrange and perform. Also bring paper, pencil and eraser.

Beginner Blues Harmonica: With little or no experience you will soon be playing the blues. Harmonica is a great choice as a soloing instrument for singers and guitar players. All participants must bring a Hohner “Special 20” diatonic harmonica or equivalent in the key of C.
June Cannon

Absolute Beginner Fiddle: If you’ve always wanted to play the fiddle but are not sure how to get started, this is your opportunity. How to hold it and look cool, basic bow control, rhythm patterns, how to get the notes and maybe even a wee tune. Bring your own fiddle if you have one in working order, or June will have a limited number to lend for the weekend.

Celtic Fiddle Tunes: If you have already begun your fiddling journey and can play, in this class you can learn a couple of tunes from the Celtic repertoire, some details of the Celtic styles, advance your bowing technique, explore shuffling and slurring to give your tunes accent and drive, and find answers to other questions you may have about fiddling.
Dave Dunnigan

Party Guitar: Great party and jam songs aren’t necessarily the hardest ones to play, but they are the ones everybody loves to sing along to, even if they don’t play an instrument. In this course we’ll sing and play some of the best songs to bring to your next party, sing-along or jam – timeless tunes with great melodies and groove. This course is open to guitarists of all levels.

Fingerstyle Guitar (I): One of the most beautiful sounds in music is that of fingerstyle acoustic guitar backing up a song. Think of the timeless music of James Taylor, Paul Simon and other singer songwriters and you know how effective a fingerpicked guitar can be. Designed for the intermediate guitarist, this course will explore a variety of fingerpicking patterns that can be used to accompany both contemporary and classic songs. Music, charts and tablature will be provided as appropriate.
Don Fraser

Dobro-style Guitar: Come and learn the basic tuning and techniques for dobro. We’ll cover all you need to know to be able to get started playing over major minor and dominant chords, proper bar and pick techniques and a few tunes to put these important techniques into practice.

Country-style Soloing (B/I): We will learn the major pentatonic scale which works really well for soloing in a country style. Five movable patterns allow you access to the whole neck and because they are movable you can play in any key. As well we will learn how these same patterns relate to the minor pentatonic scale to get a bluesier sound.
Neil Fraser

Advanced Improvisation (I/A): Explore single note soloing over jazz tunes using scales, triads and arpeggios to create substitutions that will add colour to your playing. Knowledge of a scale system (for example, the C-A-G-E-D system) would definitely be an asset.

Advanced Jazz Chords (I/A): This class will explore how to create interesting chords while supporting a soloist by: manipulating the basic inversions of the chords; using chord scales; 1/2 step approaches, and other devices. Pre-requisite: knowledge of inversions of min7, maj7, dom7 chords on the top four strings.
Guido Heisteck

Blues Guitar (I): This low-key class will cover Finger-style folk blues playing in the style of Mississippi John Hurt as well as walking a simple bass line through a Blues. The philosophy of this course: “it doesn’t have to be fancy to sound good.”

Ukulele: We will learn to play modern pop songs arranged for ukulele. Songs by Feist, Green Day and Corrinne Bailey Rae. As well as some Hawaiian classics. If you have a ukulele somewhere, please dust it off and join us! Class will be designed for G, C, E , A tuning with a high-G.
Don Kellet

Mandolin (B/I): This course is designed for players who have a few chords and want to learn to play melodies. We’ll focus on learning appealing melodies to help you become familiar with both right and left hand technique. Tunes will be selected from folk, bluegrass, fiddle tunes and standards. Most importantly, we’ll aim to have fun with this versatile instrument.

Gypsy Jazz/Hot Club Swing Guitar (I): This course is designed for a discussion of the basic technique for both rhythm and lead playing in this style. The main focus, however, will be on playing tunes that are Gypsy Jazz Standards – those written by Django as well as other more modern players of the genre. So bring your guitar, your enthusiasm and we’ll pretend we are sitting outside a caravan in Samois.
Kitty King

Songwriting: Finding your way in. How do you begin to write a song: with melody, lyrics, rhythm, chord structure, or…? In this supportive class, we’ll experiment with different approaches to creating and sharing your own songs. Bring your instrument and an open mind!
Wendy Knudson

Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar (B/I): Have you always wanted to play fingerstyle guitar? We’ll work on getting that thumb to be truly independent, learn a few basic finger patterns and apply them to a variety of songs

Guitar Backup for Fiddle Tunes (B/I): AKA beyond boom chuck. Using standard tuning, we’ll explore tips and tricks to figure out chords to fiddle tunes, simple bass runs, rhythmic ideas and alternate chord ideas to jazz up your accompaniments.
Colleen Savage

Vocal Technique: This class will cover all the basics of producing our unique, natural sound. Beginning with proper body alignment and full connected breathing, we’ll discover how to support our best tone from way down deep, lift our sound up through all our body’s resonating chambers and deliver our musical message with clarity and expression. Along the way we’ll utilize some basic structures of music to tune up our ears to the harmony. Then we’ll sing traditional melodies in three parts!

Vocal Blues: Well sing some well known blues in major and minor keys, learn some common voicings for the chords, groove to swing and Latin feels, try out some different bass lines, and take turns on lead and background vocal parts using the basic 12 and 8 bar patterns. We’ll invent our own riffs and improvise vocal solos over them.
Brian Tate

The Swing and Beyond Choir: This course is a fun-filled introduction to the music of swing and beyond. Lift up your voice with fellow singing enthusiasts with arrangements of swing, bebop, and the roots of jazz: gospel, blues, African and Afro-Cuban music. Learn how to sing parts and develop a repertoire of different vocal styles. All levels are welcome: music reading skills are not essential. There will be opportunities for soloists.

The Singers Master Class: An intimate and dynamic class designed for you to discover your power through your voice, expand your confidence and creativity, connect powerfully with your audience, and take any song and make it uniquely yours. You need not have any singing experience to do this workshop! Come with a song of your own choice memorized.
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