Cordova 4H Adult Workshops

Cordova, AK

 

July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017

 

Contact Information:

Belle Mickelson

bellemickelson@gmail.com

907.388.3347

907.424.5143

 

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Cordova Adult Workshops Registration Form

 

Our new website is www.cordovamusiccamp.org. Please register at that website.

Welcome!

We are now offering an opportunity for adults to explore a diverse range of traditional music styles and instruments in a supportive and encouraging environment.  This is a great event to foster new friendships and old, and bring the enjoyment of playing music into your life!

Registration
Registration and online payment is available online. Class sizes are limited and preferences are honored by registration arrival. Classes run Monday through Friday. There are 5 classes each afternoon. Students may choose to do 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 classes per afternoon. Forms and payment are due by Friday, July 15th.

Please spend a few moments on your Registration Form to tell us about your ability: How many years you have played, what your favorite song is, what song you are currently working on, other capabilities, and your goals for camp. If you are signing up online, you may fill this out in the “Additional Comments” section.

Instruments
We can provide instruments if you need to borrow one. Please let us know that when you register.

Location
Chuch of the Nazarene
405 Adams St.
Cordova, AK 

Schedule
Classes are offered in five sessions. You may choose which times work best for you. Please indicate which times are best for you in the Additional Information section of the Registration Form.

12:45pm - 1:45pm
1:45pm - 2:45pm
3:00pm - 4:00pm
4:00pm - 5:00pm
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Evening Activities
All evening activities are optional, but a great way to meet other musical camp families!! Family and friends are welcome!

To Be Announced

Tuition
1 class per day for 5 days - $100
2 classes per day for 5 days - $200
3 classes per day for 5 days - $300
4 classes per day for 5 days - $350
5 classes per day for 5 days - $400

You may pay securely online with a credit card, pay with a major credit card when you arrive, or write a check to Cordova 4H Music Camp.

Contact
Belle Mickelson
907.424.5143
bellemickelson@gmail.com


Faculty
Belle Mickelson - camp director, fiddle, guitar

Belle started playing fiddle when she was 10 years old—and has been playing in old time and bluegrass bands since 1975. She has a passion for teaching music and started the Cordova 4H Music Camp 20 years ago. Now she is the director of Dancing with the Spirit, a program to take the music camp idea to Alaskan villages. Color-coded guitar chords and accompanying fiddle tab are used to make music easy for beginners. Belle also teaches an extra curricular acoustic music program for the Cordova schools, directs the Cordova 4H Adult Music Camp, and calls an occasional square dance. She became an Episcopal priest 7 years ago—and loves gospel music, bluegrass jamming, singing, dancing, and fiddle tunes!


Fred Weiss - bass, guitar, songwriting, harmony singing

Fred started playing guitar at age 16 and bass a few years later. By 1966, he was playing electric bass in a rock and roll band. He now plays both electric and stand-up bass in a variety of Fairbanks bluegrass, country, and Americana bands. He also plays guitar and sings lead and harmony—and is a talented songwriter. One of his bands, the Denali Mountain Boys, released a CD in 2012 which features three of his songs. They have toured in Hawaii, Georgia, and Pennsylvania—in addition to playing many Alaskan gigs. Fred has a Masters in Teaching—and loves teaching everyone—plus learning himself! Last summer, he studied mandolin at the Rockygrass Academy in Colorado. Fred has been on the Dancing with the Spirit staff for the past 5 years--teaching guitar, bass, singing, and square dancing to kids in Alaskan villages.


Instrument Class Choices
Please spend a few moments on your Registration Form to tell us about your ability: How many years you have played, what your favorite song is, what song you are currently working on, other capabilities, and your goals for camp. If you are signing up online, you may fill this out in the “Additional Comments” section. If you have questions about what classes to sign up for, please email us at bluegrasscampsforkids@yahoo.com.

We highly recommend that students that sign up to be in a Intermediate, Advanced, or Master class also sign up to be in a Jamming class. One of the great things about being able to play and learn music is to able to play songs with one another and our peers, and our Jamming classes encourage that growth in our more advanced students.


Beginning Banjo
No prerequisite. This class is an introduction to the three-finger style of bluegrass banjo playing. Students will learn basic rolls, chords, and a few easy banjo tunes.

Intermediate Banjo
Students will begin to improve on rolls and increase their repertoire of rolls and chords used in bluegrass tunes. This class will teach how to read tab as well as teach students 3-4 basic bluegrass tunes on banjo.

Advanced Banjo
Students should be comfortable playing at least five chords and rolls on the banjo, as well as most of the basic bluegrass tunes, and also feel comfortable in beginning jam scenarios. Students will learn the nuances of the role of the banjo in bluegrass jams and bands and learn how to solo, as well as increase their song repertoire.

Beginning Bass
No prerequisite. Students will learn how a bass fits into a jam or band. They will learn 4-5 chords and how to back up a guitar on some simple singing songs.

Intermediate Bass
Students should have been taking lessons in orchestra or otherwise for at least 6 months. Students will learn chords to back up a guitar, as well as scales, patterns for following new chords, new songs, and how to “walk” bass lines.

Advanced Bass
Students should be comfortable in beginning jam sessions, should be starting to hear chord changes, know all of the major chords, and should be fairly comfortable with their rhythm. Students will learn theory behind the Nashville Number System, how to solo on the bass, different scenarios for moving from chord to chord, and the nuances of how the bass fits into a band or jam.

Beginning Fiddle
No prerequisite. This class is geared towards students who have no or very little background in playing fiddle or violin. Students will learn how to correctly hold and bow and the instrument as well as a few basic fiddle tunes.

Intermediate Fiddle
Students should have been taking fiddle for one year or be in Suzuki Book 1, and/or know songs like Boil Em Cabbages, Buffalo Gals, Old Joe Clark, Cripple Creek, Angeline the Baker, or Camptown Races. In this class, students will work on becoming stronger players and learn a few basic fiddle tunes in first position.

Advanced Fiddle
Students should be in Suzuki Book 2 and/or be fairly comfortable playing basic fiddle tunes such as Over the Waterfall, Arkansas Traveler, Soldier’s Joy, etc. Students will increase their fiddle tune repertoire, and begin to learn how to put together a solo to singing songs.

Master Class - Fiddle
These classes are geared towards students who already know most of the basic fiddle tunes, like Blackberry Blossom, Fisher’s Hornpipe, Wheelhoss, Opus 23, etc., and are ready to delve into a certain style. Students will learn the nuances of various styles, including bowing, tunes, fingerings, improvisation, backup, and other techniques.

Twin Fiddle
Students must have been playing fiddle/violin for at least 1 year and be signed up for Intermediate Fiddle or higher. This class will teach students how to find and play harmony parts on the fiddle. Students will learn the lead and harmony part to a few different fiddle tunes.

Vocals
No prerequisite. Students will learn fun singing songs to sing with a group, a guitar, or by yourself.

Harmony Singing
Students will work on harmonizing and the finer techniques of singing, while building their repertoire.

Beginning Guitar
No prerequisite. Students will learn 4-5 basic guitar chords, how to strum with a pick, and a few basic bluegrass and folk songs.

Intermediate Guitar
This class is geared towards students that can play several chords comfortably and the boom strum rhythm. Students will begin to flatpick, along with strengthening their chord and rhythm knowledge.

Advanced Guitar
This class is for students who are comfortable with many chord changes: Most of the major chords, and a few minor and seven chords. Students will increase their chord and theory knowledge, as well as work on basic soloing and begin to learn how to improvise.

Master Class - Guitar
The Master Guitar Classes are for students who are very comfortable with their rhythm and chord changes and are ready to explore the nuances of different genres. Students will also continue working on creating a great solo and how to improvise.

Beginning Mandolin
No prerequisite. This class will teach students the basics of how to hold and play the mandolin. They will learn a few easy mandolin chords, and how to play rhythm on a few easy tunes.

Intermediate Mandolin
Students should be quite comfortable playing 2 finger chords. They should also be able to play a few basic tunes like Boil Em Cabbages, Shortenin’ Bread, Old Joe Clark, Cripple Creek, or Angeline the Baker. Students will learn how to play closed-finger chords, work on their rhythm, and lead on a few new fiddle/mandolin tunes.

Advanced Mandolin
Students should be comfortable with a few three or four-finger chords, and should be able to jam on some easy tunes. Students should also be able to play lead on tunes such as Soldier’s Joy, Over the Waterfall, Fisherman’s Hornpipe, Arkansas Traveler, etc. Students will increase their tune repertoire, learn how to jam on some more difficult tunes, and be introduced to the Nashville Number System.

Master Class - Mandolin
Students should be very comfortable with all of the three or four-finger major chords, and should know some minor chords, as well being comfortable playing more complicated tunes such as Blackberry Blossom, Opus 23, Monroe’s Hornpipe, or Wheelhoss. Students will learn the nuances of how a mandolin fits into a jam or band, how to create a great solo, and how to backup a singer or lead player. Students will also begin to explore improvisation techniques and genres: Dawg, jazz, and blues.

Songwriting
Students will learn the art of how to write songs, from instrumentation to lyrics, and will be placed into classes by age.

Beginning Ukulele
No prerequisite. Students will learn basic chords on the ukulele, how to strum and tune the instrument, and a few songs.

Intermediate Ukulele
Students should know many of the beginning ukulele chords. The class will further develop chord knowledge and different strumming patterns.

Beginning Jamming
Students must be signed up for an Intermediate level class in the instrument of their choice. Students must have a basic understanding of their instrument, and be able to play 1-2 tunes like Boil Em Cabbages, Old Joe Clark, Cripple Creek, Shortenin’ Bread, Buffalo Gals, Camptown Races, or similar songs OR be able to play 3-4 chords and rhythm. Students will learn how to jam with their peers by learning basic jamming tunes, the different elements of a jam, and jamming etiquette.

Intermediate Jamming
Students must be signed up for an Intermediate or Advanced level class in the instrument of their choice. Students must have a basic understanding of their instrument and be able to play 4-5 tunes like Soldier’s Joy, Arkansas Traveler, Turkey in the Straw, Over the Waterfall, Liberty, or similar songs OR be able to play the 5 major chords, and 2-3 seven chords and minor chords. Students will continue to increase their jam tune repertoire, and begin to take leads in singing songs.

Advanced Jamming
Students must be signed up for an Advanced or Master level class in the instrument of their choice. Students will continue to learn how to create a successful jam with their peers - taking leads when appropriate, how to sing verses or choruses, and keeping background rhythms for the group. They will also delve into the different genres of acoustic music, and learn some traditional jamming tunes that are commonly played.

Recording Studio
Students must be signed up for an Intermediate level instrument class or higher. Using a condenser microphone, Garage Band, and a laptop, students will explore how to successfully record themselves and their peers while playing a song. Students will also learn how to mix their recording, how to get the best tone out of their instrument for recording, and how to arrange a song.

Band
This is a chance to work up a song with your peers and learn about the nuances of being in a band. The class will be mostly students of your same age or level, and will include everything from stage presence, to singing and taking solos, to playing rhythm.

Bluegrass Band – This style of music was pioneered by Bill Monroe in Kentucky around the 1930s and incorporates flat pick guitar, stand-up bass, hard driving fiddle, rhythmic mandolin, three-finger style banjo, dobro, and three part harmonies. Lead and harmony singing is a huge part of bluegrass music, as well as each person taking a solo. Usually, bands or jams only have one or two of each instrument, versus Irish or Old-Time, which can have more fiddlers.

Old-Time Band – This style of music is one of the oldest traditional musics in American and came out the Appalachian Mountains. Old-Time is a very rhythmic music, where everyone plays the melody at the same time. Typically the guitar does not take solos in Old-Time music, but is a very important part of the rhythm section. Old-Time can usually have more fiddlers then Bluegrass and Folk. Typical instruments include fiddle, mandolin, guitar, claw-hammer banjo, and stand-up bass.

Folk Band – This style of music is coined “the people’s music”. Singing and thoughtful lyrics are big parts of this genre. Typically the instruments are meant to “back up” a singer or songwriter, but can be used to take solos during the song. Folk is a large genre and can be taken in many directions. Typical instruments: All instruments!!

 

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