Prepare for the Quorn Jam Camp

Thanks for signing up to our up-coming jam camp in Quorn South Australia in September this year. I trust you will have an enjoyable weekend with us and leave inspired to play more bluegrass music with others.

The 2018 Jam Camp in Quorn will be held from Friday 7th September to the afternoon of Sunday 9th September. The camp starts officially at 9:00am on Friday 7th July with registrations and sign in at 8:00am.

Those wanting to arrive the night before (Thursday 6th September) may do so as we have booked the venue from Thursday  evening through to Sunday afternoon.

The camp is being held at the Quorn Education Centre at Sixth Street Quorn, SA 5433.

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, especially guitar and bass players, please encourage then to sign up now. PLEASE.

Are you ready for the 2018 Jam Camp in Quorn?

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

Books and DVD’s

I have listed some easy to learn and play songs below – see videos list.

I 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 my “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. I will have these DVD’s and a selection of others available at the camp for sale.

Some useful material:

The following files and links are aimed to help you get ready to take full advantage of the tuition during the course of the jam camp.

I sincerely encourage you to download these files, print them off , study them and bring them along to the jam camp.

  • How to read guitar chords when jamming – Link Here.
  • How to sing in tune – Link Here.
  • Some frequently asked questions – Link Here.
  • Some additional notes for fiddle and mandolin players – Link Here.

The information, downloads and links on this page are an important resource. Pete Wernick has spent some years developing this course and its content. The files above provide additional information that will give you an added edge as a jam camp student.

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The information in these files will help you over the course of the weekend. You can always seek more information from our instructors should you need. We are here to help you through the weekend so that you emerge with confidence and courage to take the next step and join or start your own regular jam session.


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You will need to bring along a few songs of your own that you know and can lead us all to sing and play.
Fear not, we’ll teach you how to do this.

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


 
Gembrook 2013


 What to bring to the jam camp:

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

What’s Next?

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 song’s melodies. You do not need to learn to play these songs – just become familiar with the melodies. I will teach you how to play along with these and many others at the jam camp.


By way of introducing you to some of the (well my) heroes of bluegrass music and some of the songs we will be playing at the jam camp, I invite you to have a look at these video clips below. Please note we will play them much slower than all of these are played. Just concentrate on the melodies and words of the chorus.

Handsome Molly by Doc Watson:
Handsome Molly by Hot Rise etc:
My Home’s Across The Blueridge Mountain
by Bela Fleck and Friends:
My Home’s Across The Blueridge Mountain
by Curly Seckler
My Home’s Across The Blue Ridge Mountains – Earl Scruggs and Sons
Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms
by IBMA Winners circa 1991
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I am Weary Let Me Rest – The Cox Family
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
by Iris deMent and others
Catfish John by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and others

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.

If you have any questions please email me at jamcamps@australianbluegrass.com.

Books and DVD’s

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

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Our Song Book:

I 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. Download our jam camp song book which may help you choose something easy if you don’t have something available.

The aims of the jam camps are to learn, join in and build confidence, but we do have a lot of fun in the process.