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Qualifications For Pete Wernick's Banjo Camps

Pete

Where do I fit in best?

What camp session is for me? Read carefully the descriptions below of each camp. Amount of time you've been playing, lessons taken, number of songs known form tab are not as important as actual playing experience. If still you have any questions about where you would best fit, please email Pete at [email protected].
Basic Skills · January 6-11, 2014
Basic Skills camp, only qualification: If you can change chords smoothly between G, C, and D7 while playing any sort of strum, you can benefit from and enjoy this camp. If you can do the above while maintaining a TITM roll, so much the better.

The main goals of this camp are:
  • Ability to play comfortably with other players, even if only at slow speeds with easy chords (Maintaining a roll while playing is an achievable goal); and
  • Ability to create a solo to a simple bluegrass song (one whose melody you can hum or pick out on the banjo).
Important note: If you don't have BOTH of the above skills, you are best suited to the Basic Skills camp. This is true even if you can correctly play arrangements from tablature, have been taking lessons for years, etc. These skills are fundamental, without which a person is pretty much a closet player.

Intermediate · January 13-18, 2014
Intermediate camp qualifications are:
  • Ability to jam informally including faking simple solos and following chord changes smoothly with F-shape chopped chords.
  • Ability to create on your own and correctly execute, in time, a simple melody-based 3-finger Scruggs-style solo for a typical bluegrass song.
Important note: If you don't have BOTH of the above skills, you are not qualified for Intermediate Banjo camp. This is true even if you can correctly play many arrangements learned from tablature, have been taking lessons for years, etc. The qualifying skills are fundamental to knowing bluegrass banjo style. Those lacking either of these skills are recommended to Basic Skills Banjo Camp or any Bluegrass Jam Camp. Speed of playing is not a qualification. If you play slowly, that's OK. You will learn to play faster.

Advanced · January 20-25, 2014
Advanced camp qualifications are somewhat hard to define, but are based on experience and attitude. The camp is intended for serious players who have been members of bluegrass bands. A basic knowledge of Scruggs style and repertoire is expected, and it is assumed that all players have a sizable repertoire, having been in at least one performing band. Applicants are encouraged to submit a recording (homemade OK, but band CD preferable) that includes their playing, or at least a brief letter explaining their qualifications and interests.

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