Forrest Jam Camp Welcome

Thanks for signing up to our up-coming jam camp in Forrest, Victoria. I trust you will have a fun few days with us and leave inspired to play more bluegrass music with others.

The 2016 camp will be held over three days from Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May. Each day’s tuition starts at 9:00am.

The camp is being held at Forrest Neighbourhood House in Grant Street Forrest, Victoria 3236.

Jam Camp Vacancies:

First of all we do have space available for more jam students. If you know of anyone who is still considering this event, please urge then to sign up now. You can click on this link and sent it to them via the share buttons at the bottom of that page.

We’d also invite you (urge you) to share the link on your own Facebook and Google+ pages too.

Are you ready for the 2016 Forrest Jam Camp?

Please get there a bit early so the class can start on time. In the mean time, we have compiled a few important things on this page to help you prepare for the camp.

Books and DVD’s

We have included some easy to learn and play songs, along with some recommended song books for the future.

We have also included links to Pete Wernick’s Jamming DVD’s. These are arguably the best DVD’s available today and are closely aligned with the structure and presentation of our “Wernick Method” jam camps and workshops.

Everyone should have at least one of the Pete Wernick DVD’s. They are a valuable learning tool and a great reference source for the future. We will have these DVD’s and others available for sale at the workshop weekends.

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This Jam Camp is presented by The Forrest Neighbourhood House.


You are required to bring along a few songs of your own that you know and can lead us to sing and play. (Fear not, we’ll teach you how).

While the aim of the weekend is to learn, join in and build confidence, the important thing is to have fun.


Don’t forget to download the Jam Camp Songbook below. Bring this with you.


 What to bring to the jam camp:

  • Your instrument/s
  • An electronic tuner (a must)
  • A recording device
  • A notepad and pen/pencil
  • A strap for your instrument
  • Spare picks and strings
  • Your songbook/s
  • A music stand (optional)

Before The Jam Camp:

You have some work to do before your arrival at the camp. One of the most important things to do now is to spend some time watching the following YouTube clips and become familiar with the just some of the songs we will be singing and playing at the camp. However, these are not all of the songs we will spend time on.

Remember to try to learn and recall the words to the chorus of the songs. It is not that necessary at this stage to learn the words to the verses, although some people can to do this quite easily. You will be singing along to the chorus during the group sessions.

You will also need to bring along a few songs that you know and will be happy to lead the group in. This may sound like a daunting task now but do not stress. We teach you how to do this and how to do it with confidence.


Some Jam Song Videos:

Handsome Molly by Doc Watson:

Handsome Molly by The Stanley Brothers:

My Home’s Across The Blueridge Mountain

by Bela Fleck and Friends:

My Home’s Across The Blueridge Mountain

by The Springfed Band:

Long Gone by Lonesome River Band

I’ll Fly Away by Gillian Welsh and Alison Krauss

 Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms

by IBMA Winners circa 1980

 

 Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms by Flatt & Scruggs

 

 Will The Circle Be Unbroken

by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and others

 Will The Circle Be Unbroken – Iris deMent and others

 

Catfish John by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and others

Catfish John by The Whites

Note:

The list of songs above are just some of the songs we will be singing and playing over the course of the jam camp. There are others but  these will be introduced later. Happy picking.

NOTE: Do not concern yourself with the speed of these songs. The important thing is to become familiar with the music. Concerns for speed comes later.

If you have any questions please fill in the contact form below and send it to me.

Books and DVD’s

As well as including some easy to learn and play songs, along with some recommended song books for the future. We have also included links to Pete Wernick’s Jamming DVD’s. These are arguably the best DVD’s available today and are closely aligned with the structure and presentation of the “Wernick Method” jam camps

Everyone should have at least one of the Pete Wernick DVD’s. They are a valuable learning tool and a great reference source for the future. We will have some of these DVD’s available at the camp for sale.


Our Jam Camp Song Book:

We have also provided a link to download the words and chords to a few songs we will be playing (among others) over the weekend – See the image to the right headed “Jam Camp Songbook.”

You are also encouraged to bring along a few songs of your own that you know and can lead us to sing and play. This is not an optional. You will be learning how to lead a jam session after having learnt that new skill over the weekend. Fear not, I will help you through it.

While the aim of the two weekends is to learn, join in and build your confidence, we also need you to “Have Fun”.

JamcampSongbook

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Guitar Chords – How to Read Them:

One of the subjects covered in our camps is “following the guitar players chords”. You will benefit by downloading and identifying the following chord shapes.

This is a useful document which you should download and bring along to the camp.

Download

 DOWNLOAD

G-chord C-Chord
D-Chord A-Chord

 


ExtraNotes

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DOWNLOAD

Additional Notes for Fiddle and Mandolin Players:

There is some additional reading for fiddle players.

Fiddle players and mandolin players have differing roles in bluegrass music and some additional reading will help you understand these roles as explained by Pete Wernick.


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