Quorn Jam Camp Preparation

Thanks for signing up to our next jam camp in Quorn, South Australia. I trust you will have a great weekend with us and leave inspired and able to play much more bluegrass music with others.

When and Where:

The 2017 Quorn Jam Camp will be held from Friday, 8th to Sunday 10th September.  Some folks are planning to arrive Thursday evening with offers a soup and rolls at the Education Centre – address below.

Starting at 9:00am Friday. The camp is being held at the Outdoor Education Centre, 1 Second St, Quorn SA 5433.  Dorm style accommodation is provided at the Centre – be sure to bring you own linen, bedding and towels.

Friday Dinner:

There is also an offer of a dinner on the Friday night at the Austral Hotel. They have a great menu and all at reasonable costs.

Saturday BBQ:

Saturday night we are invited to a BBQ at Sue and Bobs’ place at 152 Peppertree Lane Quorn. Just down the road and around the corner from the venue.

Camp Fees Cover:

  • all tuitionall meals (except Friday dinner Austral Hotel and Sun lunch),
  • accommodation at the Ed Centre
  • a train ride for the final session on Sunday on the Explorer to Woolshed Flat and return Sun 10.30-1pm.

Follow this link to other accommodation options.

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 encourage then to sign up now.

Are you ready for the 2017 Jam Camp in Quorn?

Please get there a bit early so the class can start on time. Allow some time on the first day for orientation and registration.

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.

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 at the camp for sale.


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This Jam Camp is hosted by Jam Camps Australia with the generous assistance from Sue Tulloch of Quorn SA.


You will need to bring along a few songs of your own that you know and can lead us to sing and play.

While the aim of the weekend is to learn, join in and build confidence, the main part will be “Having Fun”.

Download our easy songbook:


Some other useful material:

 What to bring to the jam camp:

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

* if you play more than one bluegrass instrument please feel free to bring them all along.

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 songs we will be singing and playing at the camp. These are some – 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 do this quite easily. You will be singing along to the chorus during the group sessions.

Please note: You must also come prepared to lead and song or two over the course of the three days – that is why you have enrolled after all, to learn to jam with others through our encouragement and teaching.

Some Jam Camp Song Videos:

Handsome Molly by Doc Watson: [youtube=http://youtu.be/zQ-wq5iq7OA]
Handsome Molly by The Stanley Brothers: [youtube=http://youtu.be/icqVstEBN6c]
My Home’s Across The Blueridge Mountain
by Bela Fleck and Friends:
My Home’s Across The Blueridge Mountain
by The Springfed Band:
 Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms
by IBMA Winners circa 1980
 Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms by Flatt & Scruggs  [youtube=http://youtu.be/zDgYN5qeG4Y]
 Will The Circle Be Unbroken
by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and others
 Will The Circle Be Unbroken
by Iris deMent and others
Bean Creek – I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky [youtube=https://youtu.be/5ytB4iS5O9g]
Catfish John by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and others [youtube=http://youtu.be/0GfYV3db0aM]


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.

Extra Notes


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

Additional Notes for Fiddle and Mandolin Players:

Fiddle and Mandolin players should also download the document to the right to help with your preparations. It contains a few commons questions and some tips on jamming for fiddle and mandolin:

Our 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 blue image to the right headed “Jam Camp Songbook.” You need to print this song book out and and bring it with you to the camp. You also need to bring along a few songs of your own that you know and can lead us to sing and play.



While the aim of the weekend is to learn, join in and build confidence, we also need you to  Have Fun.

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